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Posted on April 22, 2020 in Journals and Magazines

Recent articles in Irish Studies

One of the pleasures of perusing a journal from cover to cover is encountering a variety of material — scholarly articles, creative writing, book reviews –features that we might otherwise miss. Here is a selection of contents pages of Irish studies journals. I hope this ‘current contents’ list will be interesting to graduate students, especially.

Use the journal title for a link to the Hesburgh Library’s catalog entry, and from there use your University ID for the online journal.

New Hibernia Review

New Hibernia Review/ Iris Éireannach Nua: A Quarterly Record of Irish Studies is published by the Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota. Online at Project Muse.

23:4 Winter/Geimhreadh 2019:

The Back Room.
Gerald Dawe.

The Encroachment on Highbury: Ireland in Jane Austen’s Emma.
Julie Donovan.

Irish Cinema under Erasure.
Michael Patrick Gillespie.

“Though Blighted Troth Be All Bereft”: Famine Memory in Finnegans Wake.
Donal Manning.

Silent Noise: Narrative and Style in John McGahern’s The Dark.
Martin Keaveney.

Filíocht Nua: New Poetry.
Fred Johnston.

“As Important … in My Childhood as the Catholic Church and the Fight for Irish Freedom”: Legacies of Conflict in Maeve Brennan’s Cherryfield Avenue Stories.
Ailbhe McDaid.

Reading the Cauldron: Landlords and Texts in George A. Birmingham’s The Seething Pot.
Gerard Dineen.

Fear, Trembling, and Carousing: Father Phelan in Michael Crummey’s Galore.
Beth Downey.

Brexit and Ireland.
Richard English.

“I Am this That and the Other”: In Memory of Ciaran Carson.
Piotr Florczyk.

An Ulster Slave-Owner in the Revolutionary Atlantic: The Life and Letters of John Black, ed. by Jonathan Jeffrey Wright.
The Great Irish Famine: Visual and Material Culture. ed. by Marguérite Corporaal, Oona Frawley, and Emily Mark-Fitzgerald.
Cathal Brugha, by Fergus O’Farrell.
Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know: The Fathers of Wilde, Yeats, and Joyce, by Colm Tóibín.
Then Again, by Pat Boran.



Published biannually by the Irish American Cultural Institute. On Project Muse.

Fall/Winter 2019

Flann O’Brien, James Joyce, and the Queer Art of Bare.
Catherine Flynn.

Soldiers, Sokol, and Symbolism: Forging a National Identity in 1930s Ireland. Conor Heffernan.

De Valera’s Gains: The Masculine Body in Irish Political Cartoons, 1922-39. Timothy Ellis.

What to Wear for a Revolution? Countess Constance Markievicz in Military Dress. Gail Baylis.

From Silence to Plenty: The Famine in Early Twentieth-Century Periodical Fiction. Lindsay Janssen.

St. Patrick Meets St. Louis: The Display of the Irish at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Jeffrey O’Leary.

Gaels on the Pacific: The Irish Language Department in the San Francisco Monitor, 1888-91.  Matthew Knight. (Followed by an Index of First Lines of Poetry in the Monitor).

Silk-Stocking Sympathy: American Whig Rhetoric and the Irish Famine. James M. Farrell.

Maria Edgeworth’s “Little Platoons”: The United Kingdom as Professional Society. Sara L. Maurer.


Irish University Review

A journal of Irish literary criticism, affiliated with IASIL, and produced biannually. The November issue includes the IASIL Bibliography, an annual record of critical writings worldwide on Irish literature. Online at Edinburgh University Press.

Reflections on the Published and Unpublished Poetry of Mary Lavin. James Ryan.

Four Poems. Mary Lavin.

‘Come up to a place like this?’ The Problem with Seeking Sanctuary in the Rural in Mary Lavin’s Short Stories. Deirdre Flynn.

The Adventures of Miss Sophia Berkley: Piracy, Print Culture, and Irish Gothic Fiction. Christina Morin.

Tuam Babies and Kerry Bables: Clandestine Pregnancies and Child Burial Sites in Tom Murphy’s Drama and Mary Leland’s The Killeen. Mary Burke.

McGuinness’s Music.  Helen Heusner Lojek.

The Right to Dream: Gender, Modernity, and the Problem of Class in Kate O’Brien’s Bourgeois Bildungsromane. Naoise Murphy.

Faeries, Aliens, and Leviathans: Science and Fantasy in Ian McDonald’s King of Morning, Queen of Day. Richard Howard.

Maeve Kelly: Women, Ireland, and the Aesthetics of Radical Writing. Simon Workman.

The Comic Uncanny in John Banville’s Eclipse. Bryan Radley.

Elegising the Past and Future: Seamus Heaney’s ‘Route 110’ Sequence. Ian Hickey.

‘She done Coriolanus at the Convent’: Empowerment and Entrapment in Teresa Deevey’s In Search of ValourWilla Maley.

Secrecy, Alterity, and Defiant Femininity in Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s The Boys of Bluehill. Pilar Villar-Argáiz.


Irish Crime Fiction, ed. by Brian Cliff.
A History of Irish Autobiography, ed. by Liam Harte.
María Elena Jaime de Pablos (editor), Giving Shape to the Moment: The Art of Mary O’Donnell: Poet, Novelist and Short Story Writer, ed. by Maria Elena Jaime de Pablos.
The Theatre of Thomas Kilroy: No Absolutes. José Lanters.
Oscar Wilde and Contemporary Irish Drama: Learning to be Oscar’s Contemporary. Graham Price.
J. G. Farrell’s Empire Novels: The Decline and Fall of the Human Condition. Rebecca Ziegler.

IASIL Bibliography 2018


Canadian Journal of Irish Studies / Revue canadienne d’études irlandaises (CJIS/RCÉI)


The journal of the Canadian Association for Irish Studies, currently edited at the School of Irish Studies at Concordia University Montreal. Online at JSTOR.

Volume 42 (2019): Special Edition on Irish Short Stories. Guest editor, Michael Kenneally.

Contemporary Short Stories (Guest Editor’s Introduction), Michael Kenneally.

An Interviews with Author Kevin Barry. Michael Kenneally and Kevin Barry.

Seeping into Stones: The Fractured Landscapes of Kevin Barry. Shaney Hermann.

“I wanted them not to be lost”: Immigration and Irish Short Fiction. Paul Delaney.

The New Dubliners: Contemporary Irish Short Story Cycles. Elke D’hoker.

[Un]covering Joyce: Dubliners 100 and the Contemporary Irish Short Story as Intertextual Practice. Gillian Moore.

Ecological and Social Awareness in Place-Based Stories. Derek Gladwin.

“Black and White, Flickering”: The Visual Cycle in Kevin Barry’s Short Fiction. Gregory Dekter.

Delaying/ Arrest: The Irish Short Story since 2000. Adrian Goodwin.

Autonomy, Naturalism, and Folklore in Claire Keegan’s Walk the Blue Fields. Eoghan Smith.


Griffintown: Identity and Memory in an Irish Diaspora Neighbourhood, by Matthew Barlow.
The Imperial Irish: Canada’s Irish Catholics Fight the great War, 1917-1918,  by Mark G. McGowan.
A Land of Dreams: Ethnicity, Nationalism, and the Irish in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Maine, 1880-1923,  by Patrick Mannion.
Landscapes and Landmarks of Canada: Real, Imagined, (Re) viewed, by Maeve conrick, Munroe Eagles, Jane Koustas, Caitríona Ní Chasaide.
“The Food Issue” Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, vol 41, by Rhona Richman Kenneally, Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire.
Masculinity and Power in Irish Nationalism, 1884-1938, by Aidan Beatty.
Relocated Memories: The Great Famine in Irish and Diaspora Fiction, 1846-1870, by Marguérite Corporaal.
Remembering the Troubles: Contesting the Recent Past in Northern Ireland, by Jim Smyth.
Whose Mission, Whose Orders? British Civil-Military Command and Control in Northern Ireland, 1968-74, by David A. Charters.
Children, Childhood and Irish Society, 1500 to the Present, by Maria Luddy and James M. Smith.
Sport in Ireland 1600-1840 by James Kelly.
Heroes or Traitors? Experiences of Southern Irish Soldiers Returning from the Great War, 1919-1939,  by Paul Taylor.
Ambassador Extraordinaire Daniel O’Daly, 1595-1662, by Margaret Mac Curtain.
Letters of a Dead Manby Herman von Puckler-Muskau, Linda B. Parshall, Niamh O’Sullivan.
In the Lion’s Den: Daniel Macdonald, Ireland and Empire, by Niamh O’Sullivan.
The Irish Enlightenment by Michael Brown.
Making Oscar Wilde, by Michele Mendelssohn.
Flann O’Brien: Problems with Authority, by Ruben Borg, Paul Fagan, John McCourt.
George Bernard Shaw in Context, by Brad Kent.
Irish Divorce / Joyce’s Ulysses, by Peter Kuch.
Reading Life, by Chris Arthur.
The Selected Essays of Sean O’Faolain, by Brad Kent.



Irish Studies Review

The quarterly journal of the British Association for Irish Studies. Online at Taylor and Francis.

Volume 28:2 (2020)

Relocating Regionalism: The Fin-de Siecle Irish Colour Tale in Transnational Contexts. Marguérite Corporaal.

“The old cause is never dead”: Hauntology and Brendan Behan’s “The Hostage”. Ian Hickey.

“Comfort plus excitement”: Colonial Futures in Bob Shaw and David Hardy’s Galactic Tours. Richard Howard.

Objective Historians, Irrational Fenians and the Bewildered Herd: Revionsist Myth and the Irish Revolution. Fearghal Mac Bhloscaidh.

Anticipating Northern Ireland’s Post-Agreement Novel: Narrative Suspension in Deirdre Madden’s One by One in the Darkness. Birte Heidemann.

“Like poetry or freedom / leaning in from sea”: A Reconsideration of the Topography of Heaney’s Poetry. Ellen Howley.


Taxation, Politics, and Protest in Ireland, 1662-2016, edited by Douglas Kenter and Patrick Walsh.
Civilising Rural Ireland: The Co-Operative Movement, Development and the Nation-State 1889-1939, by Patrick Doyle.
Protestant Nationalists in Ireland, 1900-1923, by Conor Morrissey.
Packy Jim: Folklore and Worldview on the Irish Border, by Ray Cashman.
Theories of International Relations and Northern Ireland, edited by Timothy J. White.
Hannah Lynch, 1859-1904: Irish Writer, Cosmopolitan, New Woman,  by Faity Binckes and Kathryn Laing.
Bram Stoker and the Late Victorian World, edited by Matthew Gibson and Sabine Lenore Muller.
Thomas MacGreevy and the Rise of the Irish Avant-Garde, by Francis Hutton-Williams.
John Banville and his Precursors, edited by Pietra Palazzolo, Michael Springer and Stephen Butler.
Woven Shades of Green: An Anthology of Irish Nature Literature, edited by Tim Wenzell.
Contemporary Irish Women Poets, by Lucy Collins.


American Journal of Irish Studies

Annual journal from Glucksman House, NYU. Online on JSTOR.

Volume 15 (2019)

The Irish Oresteia: An Interview with Colm Tóibín. Colm Tóibín and Kate Costello-Sullivan.

Irish Philadelphia Stories: Special Issue of the American Journal of Irish Studies. Joseph Lennon.

Three Philadelphia Stories. Kevin Kenny.

Grace Kelly, Philadelphia, and the Politics of Irish Lace, Mary Burke.

Down but Not Out in Late Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia: The Begging Letters of Irish Immigrants. Padhraig Higgins.

The Production History of Philadelphia, Here I Come! Kelly Matthews.

Creating an American Catholic Poplular Culture: The Contribution of Irish American Novelists: Eighteenth Annual Ernie O’Malley Lecture.  Eileen P. Sullivan.

The Challenge of Chartism: Daniel O’Connell’s Idealogical War: A Lecture in Collaboration with the University of Notre Dame. Patrick M. Geoghegan.

Pádraig Feiritéar (1856-1924): Scoláire Ghaeilge sa Bhaile is i gCéin: 12ú Léacht Bhliantúil Bharra Uí Dhonnabháin. Meidhbhín Ní Úrdail.

Patrick Ferriter (1856-1924): An Irish Scholar at Home and Abroad: 12th Annual Barra Ó Donnabháin Lecture. Meidhbhín Ní Úrdail.

10th Annual Irish Institute of New York Lecture: Glucksman Ireland House, New York University April 20, 2017. Stanislaus Kennedy.

The European Union — Towards a Discourse of Reconnection, Renewal and Hope: The 11th Annual Emile Noel Lecture. Michael D. Higgins.

News from the Archives of Irish America at New York University. Marion R. Casey.


The Irish Review

From Cork University Press, this is available online through EBSCO, and via Ingenta.

Volume 54:1 (Spring 2018):

Embodied Geographies of the Nation
Embodied Geographies of the Nation. Nessa Cronin and Keran E. Till.
Artistic Proclamations. Gerry Kearns.
‘Take off yer boots’: Céilí Bands, 2RN and Sounding the Nation. Tim Collins.
Waiting ‘For the City to Remember’: Archive and Repertoire in ANU Productions and CoisCéim Dance Theatre’s These Rooms Karen E. Till.
Féile Fáilte: Dancing Out of Place Fearghus Ó Conchúir.
Asylum Archive: An Archive of Asylum and Direct Provision in Ireland. Vukasin Nedelikivic. 
Archaeologies of the Future: Landscapes of the ‘New Ireland’ in Gerard Donovan’s Country of the Grand. Nessa Cronin.
Trying Identities: Erskine Childers and Roger Casement. Bryonie Reid. 
Four Poems. Vahni Capildeo.
Two Poems. Miriam Gamble.
Three Poems David Wheatley. 

Women Writing War: Ireland 1880-1922. Edited by Tina O’Toone, Gillian McIntosh and Muireann Ó Cinnéide.
OE Somerville and Martin Ross: Female Authority and Literary Collaboration. Anne Jamison.
Contentious Terrains: Boglands, Ireland, Postcolonial Gothic. Derek Gladwin.
Seamus Heaney and the Adequacy of Poetry. John Dennison.
Uncertain Futures: Essays about the Irish Past for Roy Foster. Edited by Senia Paseta.
And so began the Irish Nation: Nationality, Nationalism and Nation Consciousness in Pre-Modern Ireland. Brendan Bradshaw.
Philanthropy in Nineteenth-Century Ireland. Edited by Laurence M. Geary and Oonagh Walsh.

Estudios Irlandeses

The scholarly journal of AEDEI, the Spanish Association for Irish Studies.

Issue 15 (March 2020)

Understanding and Mis-Understanding in Language in Brian O’Nolan’s An Béal Bocht and Cruiskeen Lawn. Comprensión e inconprensión en el lenguaje en An Béal Bocht y Cruiskeen Lawn, de Brian O’Nolan. Julieta Abella.

“Portals of Discovery”: Historical Allusion in Joyce’s Portrait. “Portales de descubrimiento”: Alusiones históricas en Portrait, de James Joyce. Maria-Ángeles Conde-Parilla.

“Cannot an Irishman be a good man?”: Maria Edgeworth’s “The Limerick Gloves” (1804) as a Tale of Irish Identity. “¿Es que no puede un irlandés ser un buen hombre?” “The Limerick Gloves” (1804) de Maria Edgeworth como relato sobre la identidad irlandesa. Carmen María Fernández-Rodríguez.

Disrupting Colonial Views: Savvy Nabobs, Oriental Dreams, Colonial Appropriations in J. C. Mangan’s “An Extraordinary Adventure in the Shades” and “The Thirty Flasks”. Distorsionando visiones coloniales: Nababs espabilados, sueños orientales. Apropiaciones coloniales en “An Extraordinary Adventure in the Shades” y “The Thirty Flasks”, de J.C. Mangan. Richard Jorge Fernández.

Staging the Outcast in Brendan Behan’s Three Prison Dramas. Subiendo a excena a los marginados en tres obras de teatro sobre prisión de Brendan Behan. Wei H. Kao.

The “Production” of “Reflection”. Adolsecent Choices in John McGahern’s The Dark. La “producción” de “reflexión”: elecciones adolescented en The Dark, de John McGahern. Martin Keaveney.

Heaney and American Poetry: The California Narrative. Heaney y la poesia american@ La narración de California. Christopher Laverty.

“Teresa speaks to poets”: Mystical Experience, Apology and Literary Creation in Kate O’Brien’s Teresa of Ávila. “Teresa habla a los poetas”: Experiencia mistica, apologia y creación literaria en Teresa of Ávila, de Kate O’Brien. Pilar Somacareraa- Íñigo.

Place-lore in the Mélusine Narrative from Irish Tradition. Sabiduria tradicional sobre lugares en las narraciones sobre Melusina dentro de la tradisión irlandesa. Tiziana Soverino.

Echo’s Bones and Samuel Beckett’s Early Aesthetics: “The Vulture”, “Alba” and “Dortmunder” as Poetic Manifestos. Echo’s Bones y la estética inicial de Samuel Beckett: “The Vulture”, “Alba” y “Dortmunder” como manifiestos poéticos. Sławomir Studniarz.

El arte por el dolor: resemantización estética de la crueldad en “The Birthday of the Infanta” de Oscar Wilde. Art for Grief’s Sake: Aesthetic Resignifying of Cruelty in Oscar Wilde’s “The Birthday of the Infanta”. Eduardo Valls Oyarzun.

“A Pint of Plain in Your Only Man”: Masculinities and the Pub in Twentieth Century Irish Fiction. “Una pinta de cerveza es tu único amigo”: Masculinidades y pubs en la ficción irlandesa del siglo XX. Loic Wright.

“Stretching the Imagination into another World”: An Interview with Eibhear Walshe. “Estirando la imaginación hasta otro mundo”: Una entrevista con Eibhear Walshe. Pilar Villar-Argáiz.

“Folklore seeks out the things that are not permitted in official discourse”. An Interview with Lillis Ó Laoire. “El floclore saca a la luz aguello que no está aquello que no está permitido en el discurso official”: Una entrevista con Lillis Ó Laoire. José Francisco Fernández.

Are my Stars from Ireland? Reflections on an Irish-American Experience. ¿Vienen de Irlanda mis estrellas? Reflexiones sobre una experiencia americanoirlandesa. Michael Coffey.


Introductory Essay. “Resisting Power and Direction”: The King of Spain’s Daughter by Teresa Deevy as a Feminist Call to Action. “Resistiéndose al poder y a la dirección”: La hija del rey de España, de Teresa Deevy, como una llamada feminista a la acción”. Úna Kealy.

Translation of The King of Spain’s Daughter (1935), by Teresa Deevy. Traducción de La hija del rey de España (1935), de Teresa Deevy.  Andrés Romera.

The Year in Review

Irish Studies in Spain – 2019. Los estudios irlandeses en España en 2019. María Losada Friend.

Irish Studies Round the World – 2019. Los estudios irlandeses alrededor del mundo – 2019. Christina Hunt Mahony.

Irish Film and Television – 2019. Cine y televisión irlandeses – 2019. Roddy Flynn, Tony Tracy.


As soon as this was done, I learned about another Irish studies journal, RISE: Review of Irish Studies in Europe.  The current issue, 3:2 (March 2020) is on the Home Rule Crisis. It is published by EFACIS, the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies.

I hope you find something interesting in the samples above. It is certainly interesting to see the range of interdisciplinary journals of Irish studies in our library.

If Blogs were Catalog(u)ed*

Posted on October 30, 2017 in Digital, Journals and Magazines, Media

When Dr. Melinda Grimsley-Smith was a PhD student at Notre Dame, she convinced me that it would be a good librarianly service to open a Twitter account and to routinely re-tweet posts that might interest graduate students. She was excited about archives, and she was enthusiastic about sharing information about collections and about exciting new projects.


I followed Melinda’s lead, initially following various archives and libraries and retweeting news of collections and exhibitions, tweeting inconsistently, with short bursts of enthusiasm. With the flurry of activity around the 1916 centenary, I learned that retweeting was a way to catalogue information, and I began to apprecate the role of the hashtag for organizing the twitterworld. (Such a pity that in order to type in Irish, I lost my keyboard’s hashtag.)

And now I wonder if Twitter-cataloguing could be the answer to my question about blogs.

Librarians organize information of all kinds,helping people sort through thousands of materials to identify information, books, journals or websites.  We archive websites and catalog online publications. We find ways to make our information available online.  But blogs seem to belong to a category that people discover either by serendipity or by word of mouth. The library cataloguedoesn’t seem appropriate for the informal format of the blog, so why not see how the social media can be used?

On Twitter, I found an Irish Blogs hashtag, but this does not address my needs, which are to tag blogs interesting to those with an academic interest in Irish studies, e.g. scholarly or newsy articles on Irish history, literature, politics, music, art, theatre etc.  I aim to curate, so that blogs included in my lists are up to date and to select in the same way as I would a journal or magazine subscription for the library. So my hashtag will be #IrishStudiesBlogs.

Scéalta Ealaíne. Irish Art Blog by Eoin Mac Lochlainn


So I think I’ll start a new hashtag and call it Irish Studies Blogs. Blogs I want to catalogue include Mise Ciara, a great blog for Irish language students, Scéalta Ealaíne, shown above, the blog of artist Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Mairekennedybooks, on Irish historical bibliography, and writers’ blogs such as that of Lia Mills.

‘S Mise Ciara, Seo mo Bhlag! Scríobh / Eat / Sleep 


Though I plan to include only blogs that are current, Deirdre Ní Chonghaile’s wonderful Amhráin Árann – Aran Songs begs to be listed.  This three-year blog (2012-14) is a collection of essays on the people, music and songs of the Aran Islands. From biographies of writers and singers to an essay on the provenance of the piano in the house where Somerville and Ross stayed, the blog, written in Irish and in English, is an online publication that should be available to anyone studying Irish music, and so needs to be archived and catalogued.

The blogs I am considering for my “Twitter Catalog” are listed below, and you can also see a preview of the Twitter-Catalogue for #IrishStudiesBlogs.

Literature and Writers

Rogha Gabriel

Crime Scene. A Blog by Louise Phillips

Irish Writing Blog

Women Rule Writer. Lit Blog of Nuala O’Connor/ Nuala Ní Chonchúir

Anti-Laureate of the People’s Republic of Cork 

Mary Morrissey. A Blog about Fiction and History

James Joyce Quarterly Blog



An Ghaeilge – The Irish Language

Included here are blogs on various topics, but written in Irish and therefore good for Irish language students to have available.

Hilary NY. Meascra i nGaeilge ó Nua Eabhrach — Nó pé áit ina bhfuilim! 

Mise Áine ag Rámhaille

Uathachas in Éirinn 

S Mise Ciara, Seo mo Bhlag!

Cúrsaí Staire. Aistí Ócáídeacha ar Stair, ar Staraithe, agus ar Scríobh na Staire

Smaointe Fánach Aonghusa

Rogha Gabriel


Cúrsaí Staire. Aistí Ócáídeacha ar Stair, ar Staraithe, agus ar Scríobh na Staire

Ciara Meehan. Historian, Author, Lecturer


Books, Libraries and Archives

Books Ireland Blog

NLI Blog (blog of the National Library of Ireland)

John J. Burns Library’s Blog 

Manuscripts at Trinity

UCD Library Cultural Heritage Collections Blog



Kennys Booktalk Blog



Amhráin Árann – Aran Songs


The Irish Art Blog


Scéalta Ealaíne. Irish Art Blog by Eoin Mac Lochlainn


The Cedar Lounge Revolution. For Lefties Too Stubborn to Quit

Slugger O’Toole

Irish Politics Forum

Jason O’Mahony































I don’t know if this Twitter-catalogue idea will take, but if you come across a blog that would interest others in Irish studies, please add a tweet, or contact me at Thanks!


*Though bilingual now in the English languages of both sides of the Atlantic, I’ve never become comfortable with the u-less ‘catalog’.

New Issues of Journals

Posted on January 6, 2015 in Journals and Magazines


Issue 63 of the Dublin Review of Books has just come out.



Among the books reviewed are the following:

Periodicals and Journalism in Twentieth-Century Ireland, Mark O’Brien and Felix M. Larkin (eds), Four Courts Press.
Hesburgh Library status: In process.

Romancing Ireland: Richard Hayward 1892-1964, by Paul Clements.  Lilliput, 2014.
Hesburgh Library: DA 963 .C54 2014

Captain Jack White: Imperialism, Anarchism and the Irish Citizen Army, by Leo Keohane, Merrion Press.
Hesburgh Library status: In process.

Ireland and the Irish in Interwar England, by Mo Moulton, Cambridge University Press.
Hesburgh Library: DA 125 .I7 M68 2014


Irish Studies journals with recent issues:

New Hibernia Review, Vol. 18, no. 4 Winter/Geimhreadh 2014

New Hibernia ReviewProject Muse is our subscription service for this journal, and may be accessed via the Library:

The most recent issue includes the following:

Bob Quinn. Conamara Revolution.

Stephanie Rains. “Do you ring? Or are you rung for?” Mass media, class, and social aspiration in Edwardian Ireland.

Siobhán Campbell. Filíocht Nua: New Poetry.

Mark S. Quigley. Modernization’s lost pasts: Sean O’Faolain, the Bell, and Irish modernization before Lemass.

Tomás Ó h-Íde. Robert Flaherty’s Oidhche Sheanchais: The first film in Irish.

Wes Hamrick. The public sphere and eighteenth-century Ireland.

Ian O’Donnell, David M. Doyle. A family affair? English hangmen and a Dublin jail, 1923-54.

Christelle Serée-Chaussinand. Actaeon revisited: Seamus Heaney and Sinéad Morrissey respond to Titian.

Ellen Scheible. Imperialism, aesthetics, and Gothic confrontation in The Picture of Dorian Gray.


Éire-Ireland:  Volume 49, Issues 3 & 4, Fall/Winter 2014.

eir.49.3-4_front_smThis journal also comes via a subscription to Project Muse, and so the articles may be found via the Library.

Contents of the current issue include the following:

Andy Bielenberg. “Something of the nature of a massacre”: The Bandon Valley Killings revisited.  Andy Bielenberg, John Borgonovo, James S. Donnelly Jr.

Elizabeth Cullingford.  American dreams: Emigration or exile in contemporary Irish fiction?

Ellen McWilliams. “No place is home– It is as it should be”: Exile in the writing of Maeve Brennan.

Darragh Gannon.  The rise of the Rainbow Chasers: Advanced Irish political nationalism in Britain, 1916-22.

Mel Farrell. From Cumann na nGaedheal to Fine Gael: The foundation of the United Ireland party in September 1933.

Nicholas M. Wolf. Introduction: Mathew Carey and Dublin. Nicholas M. Wolf and Benjamin Bankhurst.

Padhraig Higgins. Mathew Carey, Catholic identity, and the Penal Laws.

James Kelly. Mathew Carey’s Irish apprenticeship: Editing the Volunteers Journal, 1783-84.

Nicholas M. Wolf. Advocacy, the Enlightenment, and the Catholic print trade in Mathew Carey’s dublin.

Ronald Schuchard. “Into the heartland of the ordinary”: Seamus Heaney, Thomas Hardy, and the dividied traditions of modern and contemporary poetry.

Terence Brown. Seamus Heaney’s tender Yeats.

Stephen Regan. “Things remembered”: Objects of memory in the poetry of Seamus Heaney.


Estudios Irlandeses, Issue 9 (2014)

Estudios 9Estudios Irlandeses, the peer-reviewd, open source electronic journal of the Spanish Association for Irish Studies, is published online in March, so this issue is not quite so recent.

Among the articles, essays, interviews and translations in Issue 9 are the following:

Mercedes del Campo del Pozo. “Mother Ireland, get off our backs”: Gender, Republicanism and state politics in prison short stories by Northern Irish women writers.

Claire A. Culleton. Competing concepts of culture: Irish art at the 1924 Paris Olympic Games.

Juan F. Elices. Uchronian scenarios in the context of Irish literature: The case of C. B. Gilford’s The Crooked Shamrock.

Bill Gray. “A thrilling beauty”? Violence, transcendence and the Shankill Butchers in Eoin McNamee’s Resurrection Man.

José M. Yebra. The interstitial status of Irish gayness in Colm Tóibín’s The Blackwater Lightship and The Master.




Breac – A Digital Journal of Irish Studies

Posted on August 5, 2014 in Digital, Journals and Magazines

Breac heading


The Breac Team brought out the second issue of their online journal last month.  This issue, edited by Lindsay J. Haney and Shaun Richards, is devoted to Irish drama.  The editors “hope that these essays will stimulate debate and lively conversations around the role of the theater in staging issues such as economic crisis, urban renewal, gender relations, sexual abus, and other matters that are vital to contemporary considerations in Irish Studies” (Preface, Breac, July 10, 2014)

The very first item presents a typical Breac problem for librarians.  What is “Am I Rambling”?  Is it a film?  Is it street theatre?  Is it a guided tour? I can tell that it is an experimental event, organized and presented by Veronica Dyas and Sorcha Kenny, in which a group of people walk around Dublin and encounter street art.  At least that’s what I think it is.  Beyond that, I am waiting to see commentary on the Breac site to help me interpret the video.

Brian Ó Conchubhair describes Fíbín, an Irish language theatre group, once again using the medium of the online journal to provide a video.  Other articles are more traditional scholarly articles, but they take advantage of the digital platform by providing hyperlinked references that take the reader straight to the article under discussion, if available online.

Here are the contents of the current issue:

Lindsay J. Haney and Shaun Richards

Am I Rambling?
Veronica Dyas and Sorcha Kenny

Politicizing Performance: ANU Productions and Site-Specific Theater
Brian Singleton

Theatre-as-Memory and as Witness: Active Spectatorship in The Walworth Farce, The Blue Boy, and Laundry
Emilie Pine

“Oh Jesus, I can’t take this”: Playing Witness to the Dramatization of Ballymun’s Urban Regeneration Project, Dublin, 2004-2008
Niamh Malone

Samuel Beckett, the Gate Theatre Dublin, and the Contemporary Irish Independent Theater Sector: Fragments of Performance History
Anna McMullan and Trish McTighe

Supernaturalism: Femininity and Form in Conor McPherson’s Paranormal Plays
Susan Cannon Harris

Marina Carr’s Swans and Goddesses: Contemporary Feminist Myth in Irish Drama
Jenna Lourenco

Taming Irishness: Martin McDonagh’s A Skull in Connemara on the Galician Stage
Elisa Serra Porteiro

Fíbín: Back to the Future?
Fíbín, introduced by Brian Ó Conchubhair

Music and the Library Collection

Posted on April 11, 2014 in Digital, Journals and Magazines

Working with the O’Neill Collection, I have more questions than answers.  How was music printed and sold in Ireland?  So I was very happy, browsing through the Journal of Music, to learn of a new website called The Dublin Music Trade.

DMTThis is based on a card index developed by the late Brian Boydell, of music publishers, printers, sellers and instrument makers in Dublin from 1750 to 1850.  The database has been developed by his son Barra Boydell, and later by Dr. Catherine Ferris.  It appears from the website that while Brian Boydell’s original card index covered one century, this database is expanded to include earlier years, back as far as 1515.

In addition to the search facility, it is possible to browse through lists, so for example we can see all 17 listings for Capel Street, or listings under category, e.g. Musical Instrument maker: Flute, which also has 17 names.

This database, hosted by the Research Foundation for Music in Ireland, will be of great assistance to anyone working with the Francis O’Neill Collection in our library.


Why would anyone bother to visit the Periodicals Room?

Posted on July 29, 2013 in Journals and Magazines

Some journals are not online, some will only be available in an archive later, and some are simply far more attractive in their paper form.  Besides, visiting the Periodicals RoomHistory Ireland July August 2013 and browsing through your subject area, you discover many articles that you would never have deliberately searched online.

I went looking for History Ireland, in search of a particular photograph (Frances Browne, which is in a 2010 issue), and ended up noticing quite a number of interesting articles, all in the Irish history area of DA 910 to DA 995.

The current issue of History Ireland is devoted to the Lockout of 1913 (of course).  Within the pages “Emmet O’Connor casts a cold eye on the turbulent career of the Lockout’s hero”, John Gray writes about Larkin and the Belfast dock strike of 1907, and there are many other articles about the 1913 and other lockouts.  We are brought up to date with articles on the effect of the Dublin Lockout on the Irish labour movement and the story of the monument to Jim Larkin that stands in O’Connell Street.

Our latest issue of the Dublin Historical Record includes an article very interesting to anyone familiar with the houses and roads all around the  Killester DART Station.  ‘Houses for Heroes: Life in the Killester Colony 1919-1945’ by Jan O’Sullivan uses interviews with families of servicemen who lived in the largest housing scheme for ex-servicemen in Ireland.

The most recent issue of The Irish Review (Autumn 2012) includes a substantial review section in addition to the following articles:

Bankers, Bureaucrats, Booms and Busts / L. M. Cullen.Irish Review Autumn 2012

‘What Else?’ On Dublin Contemporary / Declan Long.

The Bloody Sunday Inquiry and the Saville Report: Declaring Innocence, Attributing Blame and the Limitations of Public Inquiries / Charlotte Barcat.

Lines of Dissent: Patrick Kavanagh’s ‘Shancoduff’ / Thomas O’Grady.

It’s a long way to Tipperary: Globalization and tradition in Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland / Stanley Van Der Ziel.


The Periodicals Room is now on the second floor of the Hesburgh Library.  If you have questions about Irish Studies periodicals, I will be happy to help.


Women’s Issue: Études Irlandaises

Posted on July 16, 2013 in Journals and Magazines

The Fall/Winter 2012 issue of Études Irlandaises is in the Periodicals Room (2nd floor: DA 925 .E86)

Enjeux féministes et féminins dans la société irlandaise contemporaine

Feminist and Women’s Issues in Contemprary Irish Society

Études Irlandaises Feminist Issue

Études Irlandaises Feminist Issue


Women of Ireland, from economic prosperity to austere times: who cares?  Marie-Jeanne Da Col Richert.

Gender and electoral representation in Ireland / Claire McGing and Timothy J. White.

The condition of female laundry workers in Ireland 1922-1996: a case of labour camps on trial / Eva Urban.

Ireland’s criminal conversation / Diane Urquhart.

Women’s art in Ireland and Poland 1970-2010: Experiencing and experimenting on the female body / Valérie Morisson.

“Nobody knows what is in them until they are broken”: Medbh McGuckian’s feminist poetry / Shane Alcobia-Murphy.

Representation of madness in Irish society in the drama of Brian Friel / Michelle Kennedy.

Éilís Ní Dhuibhne: féminisme et stratégie d’indirection / Chantal Dessaint-Payard.

Contemporary Caitlín: Gender and society in Celtic Tiger popular fiction / Sorcha Gunne.