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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

Student Serves Internship in Ireland

July 8, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—A Sacred Heart University sophomore is the first student enrolled in SHU’s semester program in Dingle, Ireland, to obtain an internship while abroad. Deana Kosmalski, 19, is studying nursing and business management. She began working at WK Fitness gym in January when the semester program began. She spent four days a week, six hours a day at the gym, learning more about health as well as the ins and outs of managing a business.

Professor Roney Discusses Ireland's Coastal Environment While on Sabbatical in Dingle

June 13, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Sacred Heart University Professor John B. Roney has been presenting a variety of lectures on understanding the coastal environment in Ireland while on sabbatical in Dingle. The history professor plans to continue this work throughout the spring and summer.

Study Abroad Students Meet U.S. Ambassador to Ireland

February 15, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — After a semester of academics, adventures and exploration, Sacred Heart University freshmen studying in Dingle, Ireland, met with the U.S. ambassador to that country during one of their last weeks abroad. Several SHU students and faculty members participating in the Freshman Fall in Dingle program spent a few minutes with Ambassador Kevin O’Malley when he visited the thriving fishing port in County Kerry. O’Malley was in town for Ireland’s Edge, a conference focusing on the arts and business.