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.



An education that enriches the understanding of the humanities and global culture

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Meet the Faculty

World-class scholars give students a unique knowledge of Irish culture and traditions

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Study Abroad

Take advantage of fully funded internships and study abroad programs

Major in the Irish Language & Literature

Major in the Irish Language & Literature

Learn Irish from the original program in North America. Immerse yourself in the vibrant, rich culture of the Emerald Isle the way it was intended — in the Irish language. Our students engage in truly authentic Irish experiences by engaging with renowned faculty in and out of the classroom.

Latest News

Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant

Author: Mary Jo Young

IRLL Welcomes Caroline Gallagher, our Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant for 2019-2020 Caroline is from the Erris Gaeltacht in County Mayo.                                                                                                       She has spent the past two years promoting and teaching the Irish language with Gaelchultúr in Dublin. She has also instructed Irish language classes to undergraduate students at University College Dublin, where she obtained a first-class MA degree in Irish Writing and Communications. Her other studies include a B.A. in Irish and English from Dublin City University. She also got the opportunity to spend a year studying Communications and Finnish at the University of …

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Peter McQuillan - 25 Years

Author: Mary Jo Young

Professor Peter McQuillan  The Department of Irish Language and Literature congratulates Professor Peter McQuillan on 25 years' service to Notre Dame. Peter holds a B.A. and M.A. from University College, Dublin. He went on to Harvard where he took his Ph.D. and he subsequently held the Sir John Rhys Studentship in Celtic Studies at Jesus College, Oxford University." …

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