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Summer School in Irish Studies

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Course Outline

Wisdom sown in tears and blood: rebellion and identity in Irish History and Anglo-Irish Literature;

We hope that the 39th Summer School in Irish Studies will bring inspiration and an understanding of Irish history and literature to all who journey to UCC in 2018. 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.

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Course Details

In the History section, we explore the foundations of Irish identity and the quest for political independence. We examine the earliest expressions of Irish identity and how the literature and art of the remote past were used to create a modern, distinctive identity. The rediscovery of that inheritance led to a cultural renaissance – the Celtic Revival – that heralded the profound political and social changes which continue to shape life in Ireland to this day.

The Literature course examines the works of two major Irish Writers: the poet W. B. Yeats and the novelist James Joyce. Both writers, who had an impact of international significance, reflect in their work the tensions and creative dynamism of their time. Yeats viewed the emergence of modern Ireland as the child of the literary imagination, a place “the poets imagined terrible and gay”. A contrasting voice from the time, James Joyce, gives a very different view of the period and the role of the writer in modern Ireland. We will read a wide selection of Yeats’s poetry, from his earliest work to poems written in 1939, the year of his death, and Joyce’s novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and his collection of short stories Dubliners.


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:

Barryscourt Castle and Fota House, Cobh, County Cork

Ardmore, Co. Waterford and 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.

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.

Why Choose This Course

The Summer School in Irish Studies in UCC aims to provide a unique learning experience by combining a rigorous introduction to major academic themes in the development of Irish identity with an opportunity to encounter Ireland's rich cultural landscape.

Skills and Careers Information

The Summer School provides the student with a comprehensive introduction to Irish literature, history and culture. It is suitable for those with a specific interest in Irish Studies and also for those with a broad interest Irish culture and heritage.


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

Fees and Costs

The cost of attending the School of for non-EU citizens is €2,300 which covers single-room accommodation from Sunday 1st July to Saturday 28th July 2018, 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: m.riordan@ucc.ie for information on revised costs.

How Do I Apply

See Visiting US and Non-EU Students for how to apply.