Welcome to Irish Studies at University College Cork. The College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences is home to a vibrant group of researchers and teachers in the field of Irish Studies who have come together to offer an innovative new MA programme: Irish Studies – Identities and Representations.

Irish Studies research at UCC is at the cutting edge of new scholarly developments, and a rich variety of Irish Studies conferences, seminars and lectures take place at UCC each year. Research and teaching in Irish Studies at UCC builds on a long and distinguished tradition exemplified by the seminal work of scholars such as Daniel Corkery, Seán Ó Tuama, Seán Ó Riada, James Hogan and Michael O’Kelly. Current research and teaching is embedded within the rich cultural context of Cork city and region, an area alive with historical resonances which regularly hosts festivals and celebrations of literature, film and the visual arts.


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Irish Studies,
c/o College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences Office,
O’Rahilly Building, University College Cork,
E: irishstudies@ucc.ie

Useful Links

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Wales-Ireland Research Network:

Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies - Irish Script on Screen

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An Ghaeilge

Tá an teanga labhartha ag treabhadh lé i gcónaí sna Gaeltachtaí traidisiúnta agus sna cathracha agus in áiteanna eile a mbíonn tionchar na nGaelscoileanna le tabhairt faoi ndeara go láidir anois. Tacaíocht leis an dul chun cinn seo is ea úsáid mhinic na Gaeilge sna meáin: sna nuachtáin, ar an raidió, agus go háirithe i gcúrsaí teilifíse. Ní nach ionadh agus caidreamh leanúnach le fada an lá idir an gColáiste Ollscoile agus na Gaeltachtaí in aice láimhe (Rinn Ó gCuanach, Cúil Aodha, Baile Bhúirne, and Corca Dhuibhne), go mbeidh ar chumas na mac léinn tairbhiú den gcaidreamh sin. Déantar cuairdeanna do na ceantair seo a shocrú do mhic léinn na Máistreachta i Léann na hÉireann. 

Irish language and literature is the heart-beat of Irish studies. It is the primary language of all Irish mythology, poetry, storytelling, science, and pre-conquest historiography. Prior to the 1600s Irish was the exclusive language of native, professional scholarship, a tradition that is still cultivated in University College Cork.

Today the Irish language dominates the landscape, the topography and townlands, the literature and the psyche of the country in a way that makes it essential to the understanding of Ireland and its people. From the poetry of Yeats to the plays of Friel, the Irish language has also informed what is now a mainstream culture of Anglo-Irish or Hiberno-Irish literature that is conscious of and reflects its indebtedness to the traditions of another tongue.

Literature in Irish, prior to the 20th century, was transmitted in a manuscript tradition that was continuous in script and language from the late 11th century. Hints of a vibrant oral literature are found from time to time, but serious efforts at collecting this material only began in the late 19th century. The earliest printed book in Irish dates from the second half of the 16th century, but the print-tradition only gained prominence in the 19th century. Manuscript-awareness, therefore, forms an essential component of Irish studies, and such awareness is actively promoted by the Department of Modern Irish at UCC.

The spoken language continues to evolve today both in traditional Irish-speaking areas (An Ghaeltacht) and in newly-emerging urban centres where the influence of all-Irish schools is now asserting itself. This growth has been supported by a strong Irish-language presence in print, radio and television media. University College Cork has long-established associations with Irish-speaking districts in its hinterland: Rinn Ó gCuanach, Cúil Aodha, Baile Bhúirne, and Corca Dhuibhne. By availing of such links students can choose to make the Gaeltacht experience an important feature of their time at UCC. Visits to some of these districts are arranged for MA in Irish Studies students.

Irish Studies

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Irish Studies, c/o College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences Office, O’Rahilly Building, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland