The center for Irish Research & Teaching

An tIonad um Thaighde agus Theagasc Éireannaigh

Georgia southern university

The Flagship Irish Studies Program in the University System of Georgia

America's Third-Largest University System

PO BOX 8023 (CARROLL SUITE 2288), STATESBORO, GA 30460, USA

irish@georgiasouthern.edu

"To transmit to you the last newest news" • Thomas Moore, "News for Country Cousins" (1826)

"To transmit to you the last newest news" • Thomas Moore, "News for Country Cousins" (1826)

Headlines

7 Jan 2016: CIRT on guest list for US launch of the Irish State's 1916 Rising Centenary Program (at NYC Consulate) • 14 Dec 2015: CIRT receives $15,000 to establish the Helen Ryan Collins Memorial Scholarship in Irish Studies • 18 Nov 2015: The Irish Consul General for the Southeastern US officially announces CIRT's receipt of a $35,000 competitive grant from the Irish Government's diaspora unit to advance the Wexford-Savannah Axis research project.


"It might be a hurling match" • Lady Augusta Gregory & W.B. Yeats, Cathleen ni Houlihan (1902)

"It might be a hurling match" • Lady Augusta Gregory & W.B. Yeats, Cathleen ni Houlihan (1902)

Study in Ireland

We provide three exciting summer options. (1) During Summer Term A: a pair of competitive-entry, research-intensive undergraduate courses for 6 credit hours. (2) During Summer Term B: a menu of lower- & upper-division undergraduate courses, from which you choose 7 credit hours. (3) Several multi-week graduate fellowships for thesis research. 

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"facts...ready for use, as materials for the imagination, or the judgment"  Maria & Richard Lowell Edgeworth, Practical Education (1798)

"facts...ready for use, as materials for the imagination, or the judgment"  Maria & Richard Lowell Edgeworth, Practical Education (1798)

COURSES & MINOR

Ireland ranks high among earth's "most global" countries. It's the EMEA headquarters for pharmaceutical powerhouse Pfizer and such IT super-corporations as Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, and Intel. US Foreign Direct Investment in Ireland exceeds the amount dedicated to China. Thus, the Minor in Irish Studies constitutes a smart, internationalizing educational choice. 

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"[W]e must act of our own choice" • Letter from Joseph Mary Plunkett to Roger Casement (6 April 1916)

"[W]e must act of our own choice" • Letter from Joseph Mary Plunkett to Roger Casement (6 April 1916)

ÉIRÍ amach na casca 1916

CIRT is honored to both participate in and originate events that mark, assess, and respond to the centenary of the Easter Rising, which raged in central Dublin for a week, beginning on 24 April 1916. The rebels proclaimed Poblacht na hÉireann (the Irish Republic), changing Ireland utterly, as poet W.B. Yeats famously remarked. Historian Dorothy Mcardle opined in 1937 that the Rising "united...the passion for freedom and social justice" with "the ideal of a civilization inherently Irish." 


"[C]an't you give us a tune to put a stir in us these dull times?" • Charles J. Kickham, Knocknagow (1873)

"[C]an't you give us a tune to put a stir in us these dull times?" • Charles J. Kickham, Knocknagow (1873)

EVENTS

Rigor, scruple, and imagination characterize our events portfolio. On campus, in Savannah, and across the Coastal Empire, our offerings attract thousands of students and other stakeholders annually. We've welcomed such luminaries as Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney and historian of Ireland's Great Hunger Christine Kinealy...and the list goes on!

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"almost all the books related to the language, history, and antiquities of Ireland" • Sydney Owenson, The Wild Irish Girl (1806)

"almost all the books related to the language, history, and antiquities of Ireland" • Sydney Owenson, The Wild Irish Girl (1806)

RESEARCH

Both undergraduate and graduate students participate in CIRT's signature Wexford-Savannah Axis research project, conducting primary-source inquiries at the Georgia Historical Society (1839), the Wexford County Archive, the National Archives of Ireland, and other venues. They discover, synthesize, and present findings that are changing the Ireland-US emigration story. 

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