Irish and Irish American Studies

at the College of Charleston Jan/Feb 2015

Book Signing & Lecture: Stephen White's biography of Bishop Patrick Lynch

Wednesday, Feb. 11th, 7pm

Addlestone Library, Room 227

The University of South Carolina Press has just released a biography of Bishop Patrick Lynch, third bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston and Confederate representative to the Vatican, by our own Stephen White and the late David C. R. Heisser. The book is available at
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Minor almost ready to go

The Minor in Irish and Irish American Studies at the College of Charleston has been approved by the Provost's Office. Now it goes to the faculty's Curriculum Committee and then to the Senate. We hope to have all approvals in place by March, which means we'll launch the minor in Fall 2015. You can see the draft curriculum at our website.
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Summer Study Abroad

Joe Kelly and Trish Ward are taking students to Ireland for three weeks this summer to study ancient Irish Mythology and the Celtic Revival. See our upcoming classes at the Program website. Above are Summer 2013 students at Connolly Station in Dublin.
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Pilgrimage to the Heart of the Sacred

CofC anthropologist Moore Quinn is co-directing a conference over the 4th of July weekend, at Mansfield College, Oxford, UK. This is the 2nd global meeting of the Sacred Journeys: Pilgrimages and Beyond Project. 300-word presentation proposals will be accepted until 13 March. Last year, Dr. Quinn reported on the resacralization of the graves of unbaptised children in Ireland. (She took the picture above at such a site, called a cillín.) This year, Dr. Quinn will discuss her work on the commemoration of the "famine walks," such as the one that takes place every year from Louisbourgh to Delphi Lodge in County Mayo in remembrance of those who died during he time of the Great Famine.

Mark Long on Shepard Fairey

Mark Long, CofC political scientist, Cork native, and member of our planning committee, just published an article in the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies: "Geographies of street art: Shepard Fairey and the trans- scalar imagination." You've seen Fairey's work: the famous "Hope" Obama poster, the "Obey" Andre the Giant poster, and the giant mural on College Lodge, Calhoun St., which is pictured below.
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Na Fidléirí and Seomra TFC

Sunday, March 15th, 4pm

150 Meeting Street

Charleston, SC

  • Charleston's beloved Celtic fiddling ensemble and the Taylor Festival Choir's new 8-voice vocal ensemble Seomra TFC perform lively gigs and reels, as well as plaintive airs and ballads in TMG's annual celebration of this important Irish Holiday. Tickets available from the Taylor Music Group's website.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Tuesday, March 17th, 10am-12pm

134 Saint Philip Street

Charleston, SC

CofC's Irish and Irish American Studies program has been invited to march in Charleston's 18th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. The Parade is organized through the efforts of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Irish Historical Society, and the Knights of Columbus. The parade begins at St. Patrick's Catholic Church on Radcliffe St., 10am on 17 March, and ends at the Cathedral of John the Baptist. Catholic Mass at St. Patrick's at 8am before the parade. Come on out to King St. and cheer us on!
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Exploratory Committee

Cara Delay, History

Joe Kelly, English

Mark Long, Political Science

Moore Quinn, Anthropology

Trish Ward, English

Stephen White, Charleston Historical Society

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Flowers greet CofC students to Doolin Pier, July 2013.