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 Irish Studies Teach in Dingle Ireland
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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

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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.‌‌

 

 Latest News

Sacred Heart University Establishing John Moriarty Institute for Ecology and Spirituality in Dingle, Ireland

October 20, 2017

Sacred Heart University has established the John Moriarty Institute for Ecology and Spirituality. The Institute's mission, as stated on its website, is to understand and consider the richness and wonder of the natural environment, and to promote a deeper reflection on human spirituality as an important and necessary element for a flourishing life of meaning and purpose.

Irish Times: Why US college students are flocking to Connemara

September 15, 2017

"Now SHU has become so fond of Dingle that it is purchasing the former Christian Brothers school in the town as a secondary campus, where it hopes to provide courses on tourism, marine science, sports marketing and history. SHU has also signed a memorandum of understanding with University College, Cork and the Institute of Technology (IT) Tralee to run new student and faculty exchange programmes. Irish lecturers will be employed, and the economic spin-off is substantial, Flannery points out."

Bloomberg: Here's Why Ireland Is Set to Be a Winner

June 20, 2017

"Ireland will grow at the fastest pace among euro-area economies this year, despite uncertainties surrounding Brexit negotiations, according to the latest Bloomberg Surveys. “Ireland is clearly the most exposed within the EU to Brexit risk and that will probably lead to a slowdown in growth. However, falling unemployment and a strengthening construction sector should continue to see Ireland as one of the top performers within the EU, at least for the next couple of years or so,” said Alan McQuaid, chief economist at Merrion Capital in Dublin."