Roinn Theanga agus Litríocht na Gaeilge




























Is í Roinn Theanga agus Litríocht na Gaeilge an chéad roinn dá cineál i dTuaisceart Mheiriceá, a thugann deis do mhic léinn an Ghaeilge a fhoghlaim agus eolas a chur ar litríocht agus ar chultúr na Gaeilge.

The first of its kind in North America, Notre Dame’s Department of Irish Language and Literature gives students the opportunity to learn the Irish language, and to engage with its literature and culture, among the oldest attested in Europe.

IRLL Congratulates Sarah McKibben on ACLS Fellowship

Sarah McKibben, an associate professor in the Department of Irish Language and Literature, has been awarded an ACLS Fellowship for her project Tradition Transformed: Bardic Poetry and Patronage in Early Modern Ireland, c.1560-1660. For nearly 100 years providing fellowships for scholars in the humanities and related social sciences has been one of the signal activities of ACLS. 

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Our world-class faculty teaches students Irish, the indigenous language of Ireland and the voice of the oldest vernacular literature in Europe, which allows them to engage Irish culture in its native language. Learning with these scholars, both within and beyond the classroom, gives students a unique knowledge of Irish culture and traditions. The time they spend studying the Irish language not only furthers this knowledge but also enhances their ability to study abroad in Ireland in Notre Dame's Dublin Program and in various summer programs in Donegal, Galway, and Kerry.

Our students leave Notre Dame having received an education that enriches their understanding of the humanities and world culture that translates to any number of careers.

Bríona Nic Dhiarmada

Professor Bríona Nic Dhiarmada presents Senator Joe Biden with a special edition of 1916 The Irish Rebellion at a reception for the launch of the Cambridge History of Ireland at the Irish ambassador’s residence in Washington, DC, on Monday 17 September.

John Prendergast - Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant for 2018-2019

John is a law graduate who came top of his class in the BCL (Law and Irish) program in University College Cork in 2015. Following that, in 2016 he completed a Masters in Welsh and Celtic Studies in Cardiff University. From 2016 to 2018 he was an Ireland Canada University Foundation Irish Language Scholar at Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Canada. John is a native of Tralee, Co. Kerry, with close connections to the Corca Dhuibhne Gaeltacht. The Department of Irish Language and Literature is delighted to welcome John to Notre Dame and look forward to working closely with him.



IRLL Graduates

Congratulations to our graduating majors and minors, Michaela Larson (winner of the Brother Simeon Prize), Patrick Lynch, Michaela Fallon and Máiréad Willis. Missing from the photo is Kerrianne Conroy. 


Chris Fox - Latest Works

The festschrift for Prof. Chris Fox, founding director of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and first chair of the Department of Irish Language and Literature, has just been published. Edited by James G. Buickerood and published by Bucknell University Press, among its contributions are essays by department members Amy Mulligan, Peter McQuillan, Bríona Nic Dhiarmada and Diarmuid Ó Giolláin,  concurrent department members Declan Kiberd and Barry McCrea, and Irish Studies librarian Aedín Ní Bhróithe Clements.



Maynooth University Visitor

Dr. Liam Mac Amhlaigh of the Department of Modern Irish, Maynooth University, recently paid two visits to the department. A specialist on Irish lexicography and Irish-language modernism, Dr. Mac Amhlaigh is also the organizer and editor of Portráidí na Scríbhneoirí Gaeilge/ Portraits of Irish-language writers, a volume that celebrates contemporary writers with biographies and portraits. 


Seaghan Mac an tSionnaigh

Fulbright Speaker Series Lecture
 T. O'Neill Lane: The Irishman who Wrote a Dictionary by Hand


"What are the best novels in Irish? Here’s a liosta." Pól Ó Muirí's review of Úrscéalta na Gaeilge (eds. Ronan Doherty, Brian Ó Conchubhair and Philip O'Leary) in The Irish Times, 29 March, 2018.

Screening of "Song of Granite"

"On March 23rd, Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant Seaghan Mac an tSionnaigh organized a screening of Pat Collins' Oscar-Nominated film, Song of Granite, with the help of Irish Studies librarian Aedín Clements, Mary Hendrickson of the Keogh-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and Ricky Herbst of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. The screening, follows by a discussion chaired by Seaghan, was a great success."


An Ghaeltacht sur Seine

"Clíona Ní Ríordáin, Université la Sorbonne nouvelle Paris 3, and Diarmuid Ó Giolláin with Ambassador Patricia O'Brien, Irish Embassy, Paris, for Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish language week) event, March 12, 2018." 


Irish Club

Irish Club officers Kyle Rose and Máiréad Willis at the Irish Department Open House that they organized in LaFortune on March 19th. The event was a resounding success and a model for the future. Well done!

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IRLL Performs

Congratulations to IRLL students Shane Wagy and Michaela Fallon along with team mate Jess Gibson. They are pictured here with Cara Butler following their extraordinary performance onstage with Irish music legends The Chieftains at the Music Centre, Goshen College, on Saturday, March 3.



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