International Summer School in Irish Studies

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Course Code: IEO

Course Title: Summer School in Irish Studies

College: International Education Office

Summer School in Irish Studies

Duration: 4th July 2016 to 29th July 2016

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: N/A

NFQ Level: N/A

Costs: The cost of attending the School of for non-EU citizents is €2,300 which covers single-room accommodation from Sunday 3rd July to Saturday 30th July 2016, tuition, certain social events, study tours, and meals on study tours,but excludes daily meals; the cost for three weeks is €1900; and for two €1300. Students wishing to arrange their own accommodation should contact Marie Riordan, International Office, UCC. Tel: + 353-21-4904748; Fax: + 353-21-4904735; Email: for information on revised costs.

2016 Entry Requirements: The School welcomes students who take the course for credit and also those who choose not to enrol for credit. Students who wish to register for credit are expected to have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.85 or above.

Closing Date (Non-EU): 8th April 2016

Next Intake: 4th July 2016


We hope that the 37th Summer School in Irish Studies will bring inspiration and an understanding of Irish history and literature to all who journey to UCC in 2016. The School runs for four weeks in the month of July. For two weeks, the School will explore Irish identity formation and expression in its historical context from the earliest descriptions of Ireland and its inhabitants, to modern contestations of that identity.

During the two weeks devoted to literature, the School will examine how twentieth-century writers sought to define a sense of cultural identity by exploring the idealised version of Ireland’s past.

Course Details

Conflict and debate about identity have dominated Ireland’s history. From the earliest times to the present, different communities with their different ethnic, political, and religious affiliations have contributed to shaping Ireland’s history and to creating its distinctive identity. The history lectures, seminars, and field-trips of the Summer School explore how communities sought legitimation by claiming to embody ‘true’ Irish identity, or by declaring themselves to be the inheritors of the ‘original’ identity of Ireland’s remote past as it was expressed in its earliest art and literature.

In the literature section of the School, we will read the poetry of W.B. Yeats and the fiction of Edna O'Brien. Yeats, the founding figure of the Irish literary revival in the late nineteenth century, viewed the emergence of modern Ireland as the child of the Irish literary imagination, a place “the poets have imagined terrible and gay” (‘The Municipal Gallery Revisited’, 1937).  A contrasting voice from later in the twentieth century, Edna O'Brien, gives a very different view of the role of the writer in modern Ireland.  The lectures and seminars will address the contrasts and similarities in Yeats' romantic poetry and O'Brien's fiction and autobiographical writing.

Application Procedure

Application forms are available from the International Office. Please contact Marie Riordan, International Office, UCC. Tel: + 353-21-4904748; Fax: + 353-21-4904735; Email:

Course Practicalities

Study-tours are an integral part of the Summer School programme and give students the opportunity to explore the beauty of the Irish countryside and to experience the places examined in lecturers and seminars. This year, there will be study-tours to the following destinations:

  • Camden Fort Meagher, Crosshaven, Co. Cork
  • Ardmore, Co. Waterford
  • Curraghmore House, Portlaw, Co. Waterford

The programme will also include a theatre visit.


Students who attend the School for four weeks may take the course for up to 10 ECTS credits, 5 in Literature and 5 in History.  Students indending to take credits need to indicate this clearly on the enrolment form. 


Students should also forward a transcript of courses already completed at their own university clearly stating their GPA. They should forward the address of their home institution for processing of completed credits.



Who Teaches This Course

The Summer School draws on the expertise of Faculty members, established scholars in their field, to deliver lectures.  Lectures are followed by discussion-based teaching in seminars of small groups where Teaching Assistants develop the themes of the lectures.  These assistants also give guidance and encouragement with their work.

Further Contact Information

Marie Riordan

Summer School Co-ordinator,

International Office,


T: + 353 (0)21 490 4748

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