The Center for Irish Research and Teaching is among the most active units on campus and a key area-studies player in the Coastal Empire, the region with Savannah at its heart • From supporting students who take Irish Studies courses in Statesboro to providing one of the largest North American summer-study programs in Ireland, the Center “earns its keep” and then some • With an ever-expanding footprint, our general operations now require around $5,000 per year

Like public broadcasting, we rely almost exclusively on donations to honor our commitments to students and our other constituencies • Our General Fund —Account 0496 at the Georgia Southern University Foundation—makes a difference every day, so please consider making a tax-deductible donation, whether as a single payment or in monthly installments • Development Officer Sue Bunning is available at (912) 478-3435 and also at • She is glad to assist with donations, from universal endowment of the Center (with naming rights) to those smaller gifts that, in aggregate, keep our academic and service wheels turning • Go raibh maith agat: thank you!



Not so many years ago, Georgia Southern University’s Center for Irish Research and Teaching was the only dedicated Irish Studies entity in the North American academy without a study-in-Ireland program • Today, by contrast, it runs one of largest and most successful such programs, having inaugurated a full-credit summer term at Waterford Institute of Technology in 2009 • Between Summer Term “A” and Summer Term “B” of 2014, the Center facilitated study in Ireland by 74 students, three of whom were graduate students conducting field research for their theses • During early June 2014,  a group of 11 Honors and other high-ability students advanced the university’s mission of intensified undergraduate research by working over a two-week period at the National Archives of Ireland in Dublin and the Wexford County Archives in Wexford town as part of the larger Wexford-Savannah Research Project

Unlike many of our peer universities, both within and outside the State of Georgia, Georgia Southern University does not levy an Internationalization Fee on the general student body to help supplement study abroad; thus, units like CIRT attempt to “fill the gap” by means of scholarships • Your contribution to Account 0496, the Eddie Ivie Scholarship for Study in Ireland, will make participative foreign learning possible for the rising generation • Go raibh maith agat: thank you!


The Center for Irish Research and Teaching enjoys a reputation for exposing Georgia Southern students and various local and regional communities to world-class lecturers, performers, and thought-leaders • Our primary mechanism for supporting public programs is Account 0777 at the Georgia Southern University Foundation: the Fred and Donna Sanders Lectureship in Irish Studies • In March 2013, we welcomed the late Irish poet, Seamus Heaney, winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature, as keynote speaker at an Irish Studies conference that we co-hosted with Emory University’s Center for Irish Studies • Georgia Southern Master’s candidate in English Tiffany Manning reflected, “I’m forever grateful to the Center for Irish Research and Teaching. Anyone concentrating in literature would give much to interact face-to-face with Heaney, and there I was: discussing his poetry with him; benefitting from his insights into my thesis. The CIRT Director likes to use the phrase ‘the Georgia Southern advantage,’ and I now know what he means”

We integrate visiting presenters into Irish Studies syllabi, and that’s especially been the case with the annual Distinguished Lecture in Irish Multicultural Studies, jointly supported by our Sanders Fund and the  Multicultural Student Center • Our 2012 guest was Keith Farrell, a leading Irish maker of historical documentaries (a kind of Irish Ken Burns) • In 2012, we featured Dr. Christine Kinealy, the foremost living expert on Ireland’s Great Famine of the 1840s • Kinealy lectured on Irish statesman Daniel O’Connell, the nineteenth century’s leading anti-slavery campaigner and Frederick Douglass’s role model • For 2014, Dr. Mick Moloney  joined us to reveal Irish and African roots of American music, as well as Irish-Jewish interactions that yielded the Popular American Songbook • Described by the Wall Street Journal as “the preeminent authority on Irish-American music,” Moloney is Global Distinguished Professor of Music at New York University and a recipient of a US National Heritage Fellowship • Individuals of the calibre detailed above are evidence of CIRT’s outsized contributions to the core Georgia Southern goal of Academic Excellence • As a non-funded unit, we continue to rely on your financial vote of confidence in the quality and worthwhileness of our work • Go raibh maith agat: thank you!


On the day after St. Patrick’s Day 2014, Dr. Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Tourism, and Sport, officially inaugurated the Wexford-Savannah Axis Research Project, a longterm transatlantic partnership • Speaking at Georgia Southern University, the Minister commended the four lead entities: the Center for Irish Research and Teaching (Statesboro, Georgia); the Georgia Historical Society (Savannah, Georgia); Waterford Institute of Technology (Waterford city, Ireland); and the John F. Kennedy Trust (New Ross, Co. Wexford, Ireland) • He commented, “This multifaceted inquiry into migration from southeastern Ireland to the southeastern United States should transform understanding of the Irish-American narrative, which has long privileged Northeastern and Midwestern cities: New York, Boston, Chicago, and the like. Its public-history outcomes will significantly impact education and cultural tourism on both sides of the Atlantic”

The research spans a range of activities, among the first of which is discovering, cataloging, digitizing, and analyzing nineteenth-century documents—for example, the records of William Graves & Sons, one of the Wexford shipping companies that pioneered the winter sea passage between Wexford, Ireland’s “Model County,” and Savannah, Georgia’s first city • As they push forward, the partners are radically committed to making research opportunities available to not just graduate students, but also undergraduates • CIRT Director Dr. Howard Keeley avers, “When it comes to high-impact pedagogies that develop a young person’s creative capabilities, few rival primary-source archival research, such as our Wexford-Savannah Axis initiative demands” • Donations to this project’s support fund, Account 0968 at the Georgia Southern University Foundation, help us to make new knowledge about both Irish migration and the American South: they’re a way to express pride in Savannah’s unique history • Please follow the lead of St. Joseph/Candler, Savannah’s premier healthcare provider, who presented $5,000 to the Wexford-Savannah Axis Research Fund; O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln of Beaufort, South Carolina, who contributed $1,500; and the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and the Hibernian Society of Savannah (founded in 1812), each of whom pledged $1,000 • Go raibh maith agat: thank you!


When it comes to family pride, few Irish clans rival the O’Sulllivans • The ranks of famous O’Sullivans include the Gaelic chieftain Donal Cam O’Sullivan Beare (1561–1618), whose march, begun on December 31, 1602, remains among the most heroic episodes in Irish history •  In Statesboro, we’re fortunate to count as a community member Dr. Gary B. Sullivan, an internationally respected medical practitioner and researcher • During its first decade, Dr. Sullivan was an indefatigable supporter of the Center for Irish Research and Teaching; and we’re please to maintain his legacy through a scholarship named in his honor • The fund supports students who demonstrate exceptional academic excellence when pursuing the Multidisciplinary Minor in Irish Studies • Please elevate lives through this scholarship, which advances highest educational standards while conveying the Irish story • Go raibh maith agat: thank you!


Several donors have asked for a gift-management statement on our website, and we’re delighted to oblige • In general, 95% of your donation is transferred directly to the designated unit • In other words, the Georgia Southern University Foundation assesses a 5% gift reinvestment fee on non-endowed gifts • This one-time fee is applied to a gift at the end of the month during which it’s received • The 5% fee is redirected to college development officers to support their travel  expenses and to pay for alumni-relations events and donor-relations activities • In the case of endowed funds (such as the Eddie Ivie Scholarship for Study in Ireland),  a 1% service fee based on the account’s fair market value is assessed by the Foundation on July 1 each year to support the university’s operational needs related to philanthropic growth







Monday, December 1, 2014: Please join English faculty members and others for two Irish Literature presentations by MA candidates • The venue is Room 2203 of the Newton Building, and the one-hour, open-to-all session begins at 7:35 PM • Light refreshments will be available • Graduate students Anna Wells and Lindsay Shalom will present papers that use literary theory to analyze works by Martin McDonagh, one of earth’s leading living playwrights, born in London to Irish parents • Anna’s essay is entitled “‘Oh, don’t let me be killed by a girl': Gender and Différance in Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore (2001)” • It concerns the second drama in the author’s Aran Islands Trilogy, set on the Co. Galway archipelago that Robert Flaherty’s 1934 fictional documentary Man of Aran iconized • For her part, Lindsay will offer “Foucaultian Interpretations of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman (2003)” • She uses ideas developed by the French philosopher Michel Foucault to help us better understand a play that  critiques totalitarianism—and that won the 2004 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play




No-vember is Yes-vember 2014:  It’s that time of year! Students are registering for their Spring and Summer 2015 courses • For the popular Multidisciplinary Minor in Irish Studies, eight courses are available during Spring 2015; two courses during Summer Term “A”; and 14 courses during Summer Term “B” • The Spring selection includes our non-mandatory threshold course, Introduction to Irish Culture • Click the link below for full details of pre-approved courses for the Minor across the 2014-2015 Academic Year



The Center for Irish Research and Teaching continues to be a Campus Leader in offering international-grade public events • Join us at 7:00 PM on Monday, November 10, 2014 to enjoy an illustrated lecture by Dr. David Gleeson, the foremost living authority on the Irish in the South during the nineteenth century • Gleeson will speak on the topic of his most recent (and widely acclaimed) book, The Green and the Gray: The Irish in the Confederate States of America • Click the link below for full details



Four of the eleven students who participated in the 2014 iteration of our Transatlantic Inquiry Program in Statesboro, Savannah, and Ireland will present findings at 8:30 AM on Saturday, November 15, 2014 • Later, their faculty mentors will analyze the Program as an instance of high-impact pedagogy • Click the link below for full details




The Center for Irish Research and Teaching provides opportunities to study in Ireland throughout both summer terms (“A” and “B”) • Read on for full details about our undergraduate offerings, including links to the programs’ respective webpages • All our Ireland-based courses are taught by Georgia Southern (or University System of Georgia) faculty members and deliver full academic credit, appearing as official Georgia Southern courses on your transcript and counting towards graduation • In fact, demonstrating  study-abroad courses as part of your résumé significantly enhances your desirability in the eyes of employers, graduate schools, and professional-training programs

For seven  years, we’ve delivered a range of exciting and relevant courses at Waterford Institute of Technology, the premier doctoral-research university in Ireland’s “Sunny Southeast”: a multi-county region that embraces prehistoric monuments, medieval towns, eighteenth-century “Big Houses,” and cutting-edge biotech and information-tech facilities—as well as some of Europe’s most breathtaking landscapes and seascapes • While many study-abroad programs are little more than academic tourism, we maximize for our students the research, networking, and participative-learning opportunities that come with being based at one of Ireland’s most research-productive and regionally integrated institutions of higher learning

Graduate students: the summer of 2015 constitutes our fourth consecutive year of facilitating independent thesis and dissertation research in Ireland  for a minimum of two and maximum of five weeks per individual • We work with the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies at Georgia Southern to ensure the integrity of these opportunities • Various projects have been undertaken, with great success • The program welcomes any discipline, and thus far has helped eight graduate-student researchers in computer science, education, English literature, history, and mechanical engineering • Examples of achievements to date include field research into hydroponic systems that extend the season for Irish strawberries; field research into the Gaelscoil and Educate Together initiatives that are changing Ireland’s primary and secondary education sectors; and archival research into the role that soldiers from Nottingham, England, played in the republican Rising in Dublin during Easter 1916

To discover more about conducting summer graduate research in Ireland, please email the CIRT Director, Dr. Howard Keeley, directly (, putting the phrase “Graduate Research in Ireland” in the subject line



Honors and other high-ability students are encouraged to apply to this outcomes-oriented program, which offers precisely the research exposure that graduate and hiring committees seek in today’s highly globalized knowledge ecosystem

Contact us ( to learn more about this truly world-class opportunity • Several generous scholarships are available

Check out our student-produced video about the 2014 iteration of the Transatlantic Inquiry Program • In 2015, we continue the theme of the Wexford-Savannah Axis: an investigation into and analysis of a major but under-studied migration pathway between Ireland and the American South






Our most popular study-in-Ireland option, attracting 60 students each year •  A highly effective way to fulfill core curriculum requirements or to secure upper-division courses with that all-important international edge • The average class size is less than 10, guaranteeing superior access to your professor’s expertise and help

Check out our video about the Summer Term “B” in Ireland Program: an intelligent investment in your education…and your future






Almost every student at Georgia Southern University must complete a 15-hour academic Minor: a strategic means to add value to the primary degree • When combined with the Major, the Minor signals to admissions and hiring committees that the student is well-rounded and multi-skilled • Now, more than ever, the internationalized candidate is in demand, for ours is a profoundly integrated and interdependent planet • Cultures and businesses are transcending national borders • People and their ideas flow worldwide at unprecedented speed • Bottom line: Workers, creatives, teachers, and researchers must be cognizant of—and must innovate and deliver results for—the globalized present, even as they build the globalized future

Critical to giving Georgia Southern students the advantages of internationalization is the institution’s Center for Irish Research and Teaching (CIRT), the flagship entity of its type in the University System of Georgia • Both in Statesboro and at its “summer campus” in Waterford (the principal city in the beautiful and historic “Sunny Southeast” of Ireland), CIRT delivers Global Literacy, not least through its full-credit course offerings • In the minds of graduate and professional programs—and of corporate and other employers—Ireland is synonymous with openness to and leadership in contemporary international networks • The Minor in Irish Studies is a powerful way to demonstrate that you’re academically prepared for today’s competitive ecosystem


The multidisciplinary Minor in Irish Studies may be completed over the span of your undergraduate career at Georgia Southern • Should you need assistance with declaring the Minor or selecting courses, CIRT is at your service. Simply email • According to the University Catalog, the Minor in Irish Studies must have 15 credit hours of coursework, with a minimum of 12 of those hours being at the upper division (i.e. 3000 level or above) • The threshold course, Introduction to Irish Culture (IRSH 2130), isn’t mandatory; neither is a capstone course • However, many students avail of both those opportunities • Introduction to Irish Culture is available in Statesboro every Spring semester • You can earn the Minor without partaking in our summer-in-Ireland courses, but it’s useful to know that every Ireland-based credit is eligible for counting towards the Minor • Again: Bear in mind that the 15-credit-hour Minor can contain no more than three lower-division credits

In the past, courses were cross-listed: for example, an Irish literature course could be taken under an “IRSH” or an “ENGL” designation • In general, cross-listing has been eliminated, meaning that the course designation now reflects just the originating department (ENGL, HIST, etc.) • Due to the absence of the IRSH cross-listing designation, the CIRT Minor Committee provides students and advisors with a list of approved courses • That list follows (engage the “Click to Know’ feature) • It covers the Academic Year from August 2014 through July 2015 • If you encounter difficulties with registration (e.g., being told you require a prerequisite), please email us at • Most issues are easy to resolve • Occasionally, a course you’re taking—in, say, business or geography—may include Significant Irish Content and, thus, be countable towards the Minor • If you think that’s so, start a conversation with us by email








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Irish Studies at Georgia Southern • PO Box 8023 • Statesboro • Georgia 30460 • USA • (912) 478-1272 •