Irish Research & Teaching

An tIonad um Thaighde agus Theagasc Éireannaigh

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Unit-Level Entrepreneurialism: To advance its mission and realize its goals,
the Center for Irish Research and Reaching actively embraces the job of
friend-raising and fund-raising

The Center for Irish Research and Teaching Receives No University Budget Line. Please Help Maintain the Program by Contributing What You Can. Thank You!

Fund 0496
♦ Irish Studies General Fund ♦

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 alone 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!

Fund 3760
♦ Helen Ryan Collins Memorial Scholarship in Irish Studies ♦

Thanks to a generous private donation, CIRT in early 2016 was able to establish the Helen Ryan Collins Memorial Scholarship in Irish Studies. Named to honor an emigrant from the Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry, to New York City, the scholarship is valued at $1,000 per award. It seeks to assist students whose course of study features significant Irish and/or Irish-American content and would be enhanced by financial support.

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♦ Eddie Ivie Scholarship for Study in Ireland ♦

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!

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♦ Fred & Donna Sanders Irish Studies Lectureship ♦

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!

Fund 0968
♦ Wexford-Savannah Axis Research Fund ♦

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 long-term 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!

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♦ Dr. Gary B. Sullivan Irish Studies Scholarship ♦

When it comes to family pride, few Irish clans rival the O’Sullivans • 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!

Honest Disclosure:
How Georgia Southern Manages Your Donation

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

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