Irish Studies at NUI Galway

Centre for Irish Studies

Why Galway?
Much to the irritation of non-natives, Galway continues to claim the title of Ireland’s capital of culture, home to the Druid Theatre Company, An Taibhdhearc, the Galway Arts Festival, Babaró Children’s Festival, the Cúirt International Festival of Literature, and Macnas, who pioneered street-theatre in Ireland.

Within striking distance of the Aran Islands, and the rich musical hinterlands of Clare, and Sligo, Galway is also a UNESCO city of film, and will shortly be declared Ireland’s premier bilingual city. A short distance from the city, the Connemara Gaeltacht is the largest in the country and the traditional arts of sean-nós song and dance make their own contribution to the city’s dynamic cultural diversity.

Why Irish Studies?
Irish Studies offers small group teaching in a supportive environment and a programme of study designed to meet the needs of individual students, preparing them for life and work outside the classroom through a range of transferable skills while deepening their knowledge and understanding of modern and contemporary Irish culture.

Our graduates have gone on to take up positions in teaching, journalism, administration, and marketing and to further study in Ireland and overseas. Graduates of Irish Studies have also competed successfully for prestigious research funding awards, both nationally and internationally.

Why me?
Irish Studies is particularly suited to students with a deep interest in modern and contemporary Irish literature, music, history, language and culture. The emphasis in all our programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels is on new approaches to Irish writing, and to Irish music and dance, both popular and traditional.


 testimonial Who says?
‘The intimate nature of the course, the superb assistance provided and the wonderful enthusiastic lectures made it a joy to attend Irish Studies seminars. The material covered would enlighten anyone with an interest in Irish history, poetry, culture and all other things Irish. You won't be disappointed and it will remain with you as a life-shaping experience.’                            
                                                                                                                                     Iain Mac Carlúis 


About our Centre

Since its inception in 2000, the Centre for Irish Studies at NUI Galway has established itself as one of the premier locations worldwide for interdisciplinary research and advanced teaching on the cultural, social and political endeavours of Irish people.

The Centre’s premises at Martha Fox House were refurbished in 2002 and contain dedicated space for up to twelve research and teaching personnel.  A flexible teaching space accommodates most of our taught programmes and a number of arts and community initiatives which are central to the Centre’s engagement with the broader community.  

Contact Information

Centre for Irish Studies

National University of Ireland,
Galway, University Road, Galway, Ireland.
Phone: +353 (0)91 492051

Latest News

Latest News

Saileog Ní Cheannabháin appointed as Sean-nós Singer in Residence 2021

The Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway, is delighted to announce the appointment of Saileog Ní Cheannabháin as Sean-Nós Singer in Residence for 2021. A sean-nós singer, musician and composer, Saileog learned and played both traditional and classical music from a very young age.

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