Irish Studies.


Irish Studies

Fáilte! Welcome to Drew Irish Studies

The Irish Studies Department is home to the Irish Studies and Irish-American Studies concentrations within Drew’s Doctors of Letters program.  We focus on the literature, history, politics, and culture of Ireland and Irish America. Students may study topics such as contemporary Ireland, Irish and Irish-American literature, The Great Irish Famine, constructions of Irish-American identity, Celtic archeology, film, historical research, modernism and much more.

Our department is also responsible for organizing the annual Transatlantic Connections Conference. Held each year in County Donegal, Ireland, the conference explore cultures and the interactions and intersections between them. The focus of the conference will be on cultures that are “outside the mainstream,” and the goal is to foster a sense of shared kinship and celebration amongst representatives of humanity’s cultural diversity.

Dr. Mary McAleese to Receive 2018 Drew CRCC Peace Builder Award at Ireland Conference

Each January, Drew University faculty, scholars and alumni visit Ireland for a week-long trip that includes a special event, by the CRCC, to honor a significant Peace-Builder who has contributed to the Irish Peace Process. Past recipients of this award include the Honorable George J. Mitchell, Mrs. Patricia Hume (2017), the Honorable Bruce Morrison (2016), Mr. Niall O’Dowd (2015) and Mr. Don Mullan (2014). This year, the Peace Builder award will be presented to former President of Ireland, Dr. Mary McAleese, on Saturday January 6 2018, 7.30 p.m. at Club Na Muinteoiri, Parnell Square.

Upcoming Events

Drew University ShortTREC Study Abroad Trip to Ireland

January 4–14, 2018

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Drew University will be taking undergraduate and graduate students on a peace studies trip to Ireland which will include the Transatlantic Connections Conference, the Dublin Peace award, and a lecture and tour program.

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Drew University Transatlantic Connections Conference V

JANUARY 10–13, 2018

The annual Drew University Conference in Irish Studies, Transatlantic Connections 5, will take place in Donegal, Ireland from January 10th-January 13, 2018.

For the call for papers, registration, keynote speakers and all other information, please visit