Irish Studies

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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

Frederick Douglass and Ireland: The Making of a Human Rights Champion

January 24, 2019

SHU in Dingle, the Department of History and the Isabelle Farrington College of Education and the Human Journey Colloquia Series present “Frederick Douglass and Ireland: The Making of a Human Rights Champion” on Wednesday, February 13, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Schine Auditorium at Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield. The guest speaker will be Christine Kinealy, Ph.D., director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University. The event is free and open to the public.

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.