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Fairfield CT 06825

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‌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.‌‌

Latest News & Events

International Education Week

November 6, 2018

The Office of Global Affairs presents International Education Week: Saturday, November 10, 2018 - Friday, November 16, 2018.

Cherish the Ladies: Celtic Christmas

September 12, 2018

Sacred Heart University’s Center for Irish Cultural Studies, the Society for Traditional Irish Music and the Gaelic American Club of Fairfield will host "Cherish The Ladies: Celtic Christmas" on Wednesday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts. One of the most engaging and successful ensembles in the history of Celtic music, Cherish The Ladies have shared timeless Irish traditions with audiences worldwide for over thirty years.

Professor Michael W. Higgins Explores the Life of John Moriarty in "Digging Deep in Sacred Caverns"

August 22, 2018

*Posted courtesy of The Tablet - By Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought Michael W. Higgins - John Moriarty - He curled himself up, egg-shaped, so that he could lay in a swan's nest longing for his own re-hatching; he faced the pure white-out of a Manitoba blizzard like a buffalo in order to survive; he spent his life trying to recover from the calamity of falling out of the Christian story. John Moriarty was, in the words of philosopher Brendan O’Donoghue (quoting his doctoral supervisor), "like Dostoevsky, in that he was not only not understood in his lifetime, he was not even misunderstood".