Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Irish Studies Program office located?

The Irish Studies Program Director's office is located in the Saint Augustine Center Room 105. The phone number is (610) 519-7517. (Directions to campus).

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What can I do with a minor in Irish Studies Program?

The Irish Studies minor teaches students in an interdisciplinary manner about the art, literature, theatre, politics, and history of modern Ireland and its United States diaspora.  The cultural history is rich and varied, and the skills learned in this interdisciplinary minor may be applied to many fields of work after college.  These skills include critical thinking, research methods and writing, presentations, and argument--beneficial to fields as diverse as law, medicine, public relations, non-profit and business managment.  Our faculty are world-class and our courses varied, rich, and engaging.  

The minor also offers students the opportunity to learn the Irish language, both on campus through our Irish language courses and abroad in the Gaeltacht regions of Ireland.  

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What types of opportunities are available in Irish Studies?

Study options are available at major Irish universities on a semester or year long basis. In addition, students may take part in a six-credit Villanova-in-Ireland summer program at University College Galway.  The program also offers the Abbey Theatre Internship and the Abbey Theatre Summer Studio as well as the opportunity to study the Irish language over the summer in Gaeltacht regions in Ireland.  Studiyng under the Heimbold Chair and learning the Irish history of Philadelphia are other excellent opportunities offered through the Irish studies concentration.

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Contact Information

Irish Studies Center
Villanova University, SAC Room 105
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Dr. Joseph Lennon

 (610) 519-4647 

Administrative Assistant II,
Wendy Wunderlich

Phone: (610) 519-7517

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News & Events

Visitors from Ireland

Announcing the Villanova University Irish Studies Center.

Beginning this fall, we will inaugurate our new Irish Studies Center by hosting an academic conference, "Who's/Whose Irish? Philadelphia Stories of Inclusion and Exclusion" on October 15th.  We will also welcome the Abbey Theatre to Philadelphia with a Villanova Night at their performance of The Plough and the Stars by Sean O'Casey at the Annenberg Center on October 14th. The performance is part of a tour to commemorate the Easter Rising of 1916. 

The Irish Studies Center is being made possible by a generous gift from the Connelly Foundation.  To honor the gift the Center's directorship will be named for Emily C. Riley, Executive Vice President for the Connelly Foundation and a former member of the Villanova University Board of Trustees.  For more on the educational philanthropy of the Connelly Foundation and their gift click here.

We will also host the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick on September 20th for their quarterly meeting.  Professor Joseph Lee, Director of Glucksman Ireland House at NYU, will deliver a lecture on "Easter 1916" at 7:30 p.m. in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center, which is open to the community.

Other news:  Vicky Brady from Cork joins the Villanova Irish Studies Center to teach Irish Language courses this year, Introductory Irish I & II and Intermediate Irish.  Failte romhat Vicky!

And, in January we will welcome Belfast Playwright Stacey Gregg who is shown here at the awards ceremony for the Irish Times Theatre Awards.  Her play Scorch won best new play for 2016 (photo credit: Aidan Crawley).