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5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield CT 06825

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 Irish Studies Teach in Dingle Ireland
video icon‌ Watch Julianne O'Hara's video from
her Spring Semester 2013 trip to Dingle

‌The Center for Irish Cultural Studies promotes the study, understanding, and appreciation of Irish and Celtic culture, history, and language through a variety of academic programs, public lectures, music concerts and other performing arts programs, and study abroad at the SHU campus in Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland.

The minor in Irish Studies at Sacred Heart University is designed to offer students an opportunity for an in-depth study in one of the most multi-disciplinary studies available in undergraduate programs, including Irish and Celtic culture, history, language, literature, music, politics, religion and society. A distinctive feature of the program is study at SHU’s campus in Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland, and an emphasis on patterns of socio-cultural and political change in contemporary Ireland and the place of Ireland in the modern world.

In addition to offering a minor in Irish Studies, Sacred Heart University also offers undergraduate study abroad experiences, both full semester and two-week sessions.

SHU in Dingle

Sacred Heart University operates its program in Ireland through a partnership with the Díseart Centre of Irish Spirituality and Culture, located in Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland (one of Ireland’s officially-designated "Gaeltacht," or Irish-speaking, districts). Through this partnership SHU in Dingle offers short-term and semester programs of study. Course offerings include anthropology, archaeology, history, Gaelic language, literature, media studies, music, geology, and religious studies.

SHU in Dingle (starts at 16:23)

 Latest News

The Yanks to Perform as Part of Traditional Irish Music Series

June 10, 2013

Irish band The Yanks will perform at Sacred Heart University on Friday, June 21, at 8 p.m. in the Schine Auditorium. 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield, CT. Tickets available at the door - general admission $20; student admission $10. For additional information, contact Professor Gerald Reid at 203-371-7765 or via email at Sponsored by SHU's Center for Irish Cultural Studies and the Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society.

The Changing Face of Northern Ireland on the Silver Screen

March 27, 2013

A lecture entitled "The Changing Face of Northern Ireland on the Silver Screen" with Fiona Coffey will take place in Sacred Heart University's Schine Auditorium on Monday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Collaboration with Irish Aquarium Establishes SHU as a Member of the International Coastal Research Community

March 11, 2013

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University is now one of the few universities in the world to have an international coastal research center capable of learning not only how to better protect fish and shellfish from pollutants like those found in Long Island Sound, but possibly how to use tides as an energy source. Collaborating with scientists and staff at the Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium in Dingle, Ireland, Sacred Heart Biology Department faculty will soon start offering advanced marine biology classes for both undergraduate and graduate students. The first class in Dingle will take place in May and, like many future classes, be taught collaboratively by Sacred Heart faculty and marine biology experts from the Oceanworld Aquarium.