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Irish Club - Club na hÉireann
The William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies encourages students to join the Irish Club, Club na hÉireann, to celebrate Irish culture, on and off campus.
We have several professors and students from Ireland and Northern Ireland who will join in the activities. The William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies serves as a gathering place for the Irish Club, students in the Irish Studies courses and students who are interested in Irish-related topics.
If you are a UST student and you would like to join the Club, please contact Lori Gallagher at 713-525-3592 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Pursuing my graduate degree in Irish Studies was as much about adapting my undergraduate anthropology studies to a specific focus as it was about reclaiming lost heritage. The Center for Irish Studies provides invaluable resources for not simply looking back into Ireland's past, but helping to secure her future as well. Irish Studies is the reason I chose the University of St. Thomas for my graduate studies and will continue to support the University and Center as an alumnus.
The Study Abroad experience in Ireland was the realization of a dream and it brought to life all the things I had been covering in my academic studies. Ireland is truly a place that cannot be completely appreciated solely in print. Traveling there to see the landmarks and meet the people is crucial to solidify understanding of a country with a unique history and colorful political environment."
"Through my participation in a year-long Study Abroad program through Study USA from the Ulster University, I became acquainted with the exceptional work undertaken by the William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas. By providing a comprehensive range of social and cultural events, such as musical exhibitions and galas, in addition to hosting an excellent cross-cultural Study Abroad program, I believe that the Irish Center provides the perfect conduit for enabling students to become immersed in Ireland’s rich cultural history.
"In addition to these cultural outreach events, the student-led UST Irish Club provides an excellent resource for facilitating collegiate interaction among burgeoning students, and inculcating communitarian values among the student population at large. Overall, I believe that the William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies remains one of the most outstanding resources for fostering local, regional, and international relationships between Ireland and the United States."
“Every aspect of UST’s Irish Studies program has provided me with the understanding necessary to pursue my profound interest in Ireland and its history, culture, language, and people. Because of this program, I was able to pursue a minor in Irish Studies and explore one of my deepest passions in depth under the guidance of some of the finest, most experienced mentors in the field of Irish Studies.
"The program enabled me to broaden my outlook on Irish history, which provided me with a solid framework for appreciating the current affairs and contemporary cultures of Ireland and Northern Ireland. I also learned the elements and essentials of the Irish language. Through the Irish Club, I was able to share in Irish experiences and customs with other students and faculty members of the University. I was thrilled to participate in the best Study Abroad program that UST has to offer. I traveled through the beautiful countryside of Ireland and Northern Ireland, dined in special places and became immersed in their cities. I also met unforgettable political and social figures. Because of my experiences with the program, I feel that I have truly grown as a person, both in a scholarly sense and in a human one."
“The William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies was one of the main reasons why I chose to pursue my BA at the University of Saint Thomas. My mother is a dual Irish-American citizen and my Irish heritage has always been central to my life and interests. The Center offers fantastic courses in Irish language, history, and literature, which complemented my major in English and minor in History and allowed me to focus on specific areas of interest across multiple disciplines and courses. The Culture Club and Study Abroad in Ireland further enriched my academic experience through immediate, personal exposure to Irish and Irish-American culture and recent history.”