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School of Irish Studies



GEARÓID Ó HALLMHURÁIN, PhD Queen’s University Belfast; Professor

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

MICHAEL KENNEALLY, PhD University of Toronto

Associate Professors

GAVIN FOSTER, PhD University of Notre Dame; Associate Professor
JANE G. V. MCGAUGHEY, PhD University of London; Associate Professor
EMER O’TOOLE, PhD University of London; Associate Professor

Assistant Professors

MÁIRTÍN COILFÉIR, PhD Trinity College Dublin; Assistant Professor
KEELAN HARKIN, PhD McGill University; Assistant Professor
KATIE YOUNG, PhD University of London; Assistant Professor


Sir George Williams Campus


For the complete list of faculty members, please consult the Department website.


The School of Irish Studies offers interdisciplinary programs in the history and culture of Ireland and Irish emigration and settlement, especially in Canada.

Courses in Irish history, literature, politics, language, ethnomusicology, film, theatre, economics, religion, women’s studies and popular culture, introduce students to Ireland’s rich culture and complex society. Because of the country’s unique history, students are also introduced to issues pertinent in other regions of the world, such as colonization and postcolonialism, cultural nationalism, dual linguistic and religious traditions, famine and migration, rebellion and civil war, sectarian conflict and reconciliation, and economic development and globalization. Ireland therefore offers a case study relevant to other cultures and societies.

Students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines are attracted by the interdisciplinary and comparative programs of Irish Studies which prepare them either for graduate studies or to enter the work force in a wide range of fields from cultural production to media, public service to law, or education to international relations. With its own library and meeting room, the School creates an intimate and welcoming intellectual environment which is enhanced by a public lectures series as well as cultural and community events. Scholarships and opportunities to study in Ireland are available to students in the programs.

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