Meet the Director
Meet the Director
Lori Meghan Gallagher, J.D.Lori Meghan Gallagher, J.D., is the director of the William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies, a lecturer in Irish Studies and an attorney licensed to practice law in Texas. For 18 years, she practiced law at a large international law firm in Houston, Andrews Kurth LLP, where she was the chair of the civil appellate section and a partner.

She has been the director of the Center for Irish Studies since the Center’s creation in January 2003. She received her undergraduate degree in English and Journalism and law degree from the University of New Mexico (1980, 1984). She received a postgraduate degree in Irish Literature from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, in 1981 on a Rotary Foundation scholarship. 

Gallagher has pioneered new Irish Studies courses on Irish and Northern Irish history, politics, law and culture, including Northern Ireland: The Conflict and the Peace; Historical and Political Perspectives on Irish Law and Culture; Irish Diaspora: Irish American Experience; and Contemporary Ireland: Society and Culture 

Gallagher oversees the Irish Studies academic program, which includes a minor in Irish Studies and a graduate concentration in the Master in Liberal Arts Program, as well as the Ireland Study Abroad Program and the Irish Studies Cultural Outreach Program.


The William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies is listed as one of the top 10 Irish Studies programs in the country by IrishCentral.com.


Gallagher also has received many accolades, including being named to the Global Irish 100 and Education 100 by Irish America magazine in 2009, as well as receiving the 2009 Irish American Leaders of Texas Award by Irish Echo newspaper and being selected as one of the honorees for the Mayor's Gala for the 2009 Houston International Festival featuring Ireland.  She also served as the Grand Marshal for the 2011 Houston St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Learn more about these awards.

Irish Student Life
Irish Student Life

 

Join the Irish Club, take Irish language courses, study abroad in Ireland and Northern Ireland or earn a Minor or Master of Liberal Arts graduate concentration in Irish Studies.

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Support the Center

 

The William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies is one of a kind in the Southwest. Learn how to get involved with the Center. 

 

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Events & Lectures
Events & Lectures

 

The Center sponsors lectures and cultural events, such as St. Patrick’s Day, storytellers and lively concerts.
 

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Center for Irish Studies Meet the Director
Center for Irish Studies
The William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston is the only Irish Studies academic program in the Southwest. The Center serves as a focal point for the study and appreciation of Irish and Northern Irish history, literature, politics, law, language, music, art, drama, culture and society.

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