IMAGALLAMH: Kylemore Summer School in Irish Studies 

DATES: JUNE 9-20, 2024

The Keough-Naughton Institute at the University of Notre Dame is delighted to invite applications for the inaugural session of Imagallamh: the Kylemore Summer School in Irish Studies, directed by Professor Barry McCrea, which will take place from June 9th-20th in the University of Notre Dame Center at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, and in Trinity College Dublin. Students will stay in residence in Kylemore (week 1) and on the Trinity campus (week 2).

All successful applicants will have their travel, tuition, and accommodation fully funded by the School.

Imagallamh means “mutual discourse”, and the emphasis of the summer school will be on bringing graduate students into conversation on topics of Irish interest with leading figures in scholarship, the arts, culture, and politics.

The theme of the school this summer will be “The Languages of Ireland”. While in residence at Kylemore Abbey, participants will follow a seminar in the mornings on contemporary Irish fiction and poetry led by Prof. Clíona Ní Ríordáin, and in the afternoons participate in conversations and readings with a group of writers who will be in residence for the duration: former US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey; poet Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin; novelists Paul Murray and Kevin Barry.

After Kylemore, the School will move to Trinity College Dublin, where the focus will be on the linguistic history and sociology of Ireland. Participants will join morning seminars on “The Anglicization of Ireland” with Profs. Peter McQuillan and Rory Rapple, and attend guest lectures on subjects ranging from the languages of medieval Ireland to the languages of contemporary Irish ethnic minorities.

In both Connemara and Dublin participants (along with visiting writers and scholars) will partake in field trips, excursions, and sessions exploring the “languages” of the landscape, archaeology, and traditional Irish music.


The School is open to all graduate students currently completing a Master’s or PhD in any discipline who have an interest in Irish Studies. Applicants are invited to submit a one-page statement of interest and a CV to Sarah Deneher at by Thursday 29th February. Decisions can be expected by mid-March. Funding will be provided to cover flights, accommodation, on-site meals in Kylemore, and a subsistence stipend in Dublin. Kindly direct any questions to Sarah Deneher at