2020 Books on Irish Life, Music and Art: A Selection

Posted on January 30, 2021 in Uncategorized by Aedin

I particularly like to highlight books that do not fall into the categories of literature or history as they may not be as easy to find by browsing the collections. All of these books arrived in the library during 2020.

Mary J. Murphy. Achill Painters: An Island History: with the stories of Belgian Expressionist Marie Howet & art doyenne Eva O’Flaherty. Knockma Publishing, 2020. ND 496 .M87 2020

S. Hodges. The Works of J. M. W. Turner at the National Gallery of Ireland. National Gallery of Ireland, 2017. ND 497 .T8 A4 2017b

Ann Lane. By the Way 2: a selection of public art in Ireland. Wordwell, 2019. NB 485 .L362 2019

R. A. Stalley. Early Irish Sculpture and the Art of the High Crosses. Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2020

Cynthia Thickpenny, ed. Peopling Insular Art: Practice, Performance, Perception. Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Insular Art, Glasgow, 2017. Oxbow Books.

Seán Scully: Human. Exhibition Curated by Javier Molins. Milan: Skira, 2019. ND 237 .S43735 A4 2019

Sean Williams. Focus: Irish Traditional Music. Second edition. Routledge, 2020. Ebook.

Colin F. Harte. The Bodhrán. Experimentation, Innovation, and the Traditional Irish Frame Drum. University of Tennessee Press, 2020. Music Library (O’Neill Hall) ML 1038 .B63 H37

Christine Kinealy and Gerard Moran (eds.), Irish Famines Before and After the Great Hunger. Cork University Press. DA 950.7 .I75 2020

Leanne Howe and Padraig Kirwan (eds.). Famine Pots: The Choctaw Irish Gift Exchange, 1849-present. Cork University Press. E99 .C8 F36 2020 – also online

Paul Harron and Kenneth Milne, eds. Irish Anglicanism 1969-2019: Essays to Mark the 150th Anniversary of the Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland. Dublin: Four Courts Press. BX 5550 .I75 2019 (also as an ebook)

Gerald Dawe. The Sound of the Shuttle: Essays on Cultural Belonging and Protestantism in Northern Ireland. Irish Academic Press, 2020. BX 4839 .D39 2020

Karl Kitching. Childhood, Religion and School Injustice. Cork University Press, 2020. LA 669.61 .K58 2020 (also an ebook)

Bryan Fanning and Lucy Michael, eds. Immigrants as Outsiders in the Two Irelands. Manchester University Press, 2019. JV 7712 .I46 2019

Eoin O’Sullivan. Reimagining Homelessness for Policy and Practice. Policy Press, 2020. HV 4548 .A4 O88 2020

Emphasis on Women

Posted on December 7, 2020 in Uncategorized by Aedin

It’s many months since I’ve reported on new books in the library, and, hoping to display some of our new books in the coming weeks, I thought it would be interesting to begin with a selection of new books on women, women’s affairs, and women’s history.

Ruth Carr and Natasha Cuddington, eds. Her Other Language: Northern Irish Women Address Domestic Violence and Abuse. Arlen House. PR 8836 .W6 2020

Elaine Farrell. Women, Crime and Punishment in Ireland: Life in the Nineteenth-Century Convict Prison. Cambridge University Press. -ebook

Barbara Walsh. Irish Servicewomen in the Great War: From the Western Front to the Roaring Twenties. Pen & Sword.  D 639 .W7 W35 2020

Celia de Fréine, Mná Dána. Arlen House. PB 1399 .D37 M63 2009 (and a second copy in Special Collections for use in the Library.)
This is a collection of three plays by Celia de Fréine, the common thread being the title, ‘Mná Dána’, or ‘bold women’.

Susan Liddy. Women in the Irish Film Industry: Stories and Storytellers. Cork University Press. PN 1995.9 .W6 L54 2020 (Also online at Project Muse.)

Margaret MacCurtain. Metaphors for Change. Arlen. DA 913 .M2475 2019

Not specifically about women, but as the late Margaret MacCurtain was one of the most important voices in Irish women’s history, her essays on Irish society are relevant here.

 Folklore Collecting: informants (Munster)
Photograph of Peig Sayers from the National Folklore Collection, UCD. ARCHIVAL REFERENCE
The Photographic Collection, M001.18.00196 https://www.duchas.ie/en/cbeg/14468

Peig Sayers. Níl Deireadh Ráite; Not the Final Word. Eagarthóirí/editors Bo Alquist and Pádraig Ó hÉalaí. Book with two CDs. New Island. (Not yet cataloged.)

Ann-Maria Walsh. The Daughters of the First Earl of Cork: Writing Family, Faith Politics and Place. Four Courts Press. DA 940.5 .C7 W35 2020

Anne Enright. Actress: A Novel. Norton. PR 6055 .N73 A63 2020


Magazine Stand

Posted on April 22, 2020 in Journals and Magazines by Aedin

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.

New Irish Literature and Literary Studies

Posted on April 16, 2020 in Uncategorized by Aedin




Do you miss going to the shelves to browse?  Here is a selection of recent e-books in the Hesburgh Libraries’ Irish literature collection. 

I would be very interested in hearing about your experience with various e-book readers and platforms.

A Notre Dame user name and password is needed to read these books.


A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing.
Eimear McBride. 2015

Days Without End.
Sebastian Barry. 2017.

Kevin Barry. 2015

The Gathering. 
Anne Enright. 2007



The Lost Land. 
Eavan Boland. 1998

Poems read by Eavan Boland on video:
Exile, Exile!
Lava Cameo
The Journey
The Pomegranate

From There to Here: Selected Poems and Translations.
Ciaran Carson. 2018

The Mother House. 
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin.  2020

Besides the ebooks listed above, the Literature Online collection includes thousands of poems. It allows the reader to view poems individually rather than turning pages, and the lines of poetry are all numbered, which is a distraction. So it is useful for reference but a poor substitute for the printed page. Included in the collection are poems by Louis MacNiece, Patrick Kavanagh, Medbh McGuckian, Seamus Heaney, Dorothy Molloy, Paul Muldoon, Derek Mahon, Eavan Boland.



Revolutionary Damnation: Badiou and Irish Fiction from Joyce to Enright.

Sheldon Brivic. 2017

After Ireland: Writing the Nation from Beckett to the Present.

Declan Kiberd. 2017


Shakespeare and Contemporary Irish Literature.

Nicholas Taylor-Collins and Stanley ven der Zeil, eds. 2018


All on Show: The Circus in Irish Literature and Culture.
Eleanor Lybeck. 2019


Irish Literature in Transition, 1940-1980.
Eve Patten. 2020


The New Samuel Beckett Studies.

Jean-Michel Rabaté. 2019


Samuel Beckett: Poet + Critic.

Lawrence E. Harvey. 2019


Modern Irish Drama: W. B. Yeats to Marina Carr.

Sanford Sternlicht. 2010


Literary Visions of Multicultural Ireland: The Immigrant in Contemporary Irish Literature.

Pilar Villar-Argaz, ed. 2013.


The Cambridge Companion to Irish Poets.

Gerald Dawe, ed. 2018


Languages of the Night: Minor Languages and the Literary Imagination in Twentieth-Century Ireland and Europe.

Barry McCrea. 2015


Paul Muldoon and the Language of Poetry

Ruben Moi. 2020


Five Irish Women: The Second Republic, 1960-2016.

Emer Nolan. 2019


Laying Out the Bones: Death and Dying in the Modern Irish Novel from James Joyce to Anne Enright.

Bridget English. 2017

E-Bookshelf of Irish Studies

Posted on March 25, 2020 in Uncategorized by Aedin

Some recent e-books in the Hesburgh Libraries.



Stacking the Coffins: Influenza, War and Revolution in Ireland, 1918-19

Ida Milne.
Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018.








A Landscape of Words: Ireland, Britain and the Poetics of Space, 700-1250

Amy C. Mulligan
Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2019





Revivalism and Modern Irish Literature

Fionntán de Brún
Cork: Cork University Press, 2019






Science, Technology, and Irish Modernism

Kathryn Conrad, Cóilín Parsons and Julie McCormack Weng, editors.
Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2019






Philosophical Perspectives on Contemporary Ireland. 

Clara Fischer and Áine Mahon, eds.  
New York, NY : Routledge, 2020

The Americanisation of Ireland: Migration and Settlement, 1841-1925

David Fitzpatrick.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020


The In-Between Spaces of Asylum and Migration: A Participatory Visual Approach

Zöe O’Reilly.
Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020



Use your Notre Dame user name and password to open these e-books. E-books are purchased in various ways, sometimes allowing one reader at a time, sometimes with unlimited access. They can all be found in the Hesburgh Library catalog.

If you are reading this and you belong to a different university, you might still have access to these e-books through your own library.

Reading Retreat 2020 — Irish Literature Online for Notre Dame Community

Posted on March 21, 2020 in Uncategorized by Aedin

Looking for Irish literature online? Staff and faculty, as well as students, may access ebooks at the Hesburgh Libraries.

It is relatively easy to find online works of literary criticism in the library catalog, but not so easy to find ebooks of fiction and poetry. So I’ve listed some books below.

Note also that if you are a resident of St. Joseph County, you may have access to novels and audio-books in the digital collection of St. Joseph County Public Library.  If you never got around to registering for public library membership, check their website to see how you can register online:

sign up for library card

Haven’t you wanted to read one of the English translations of Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s great Irish novel, Cré na Cille since they were both published?

The library has online copies of Graveyard Clay, the translation by Liam Mac Con Iomaire and Tim Robinson.

Máirtín Ó Cadhain. Graveyard Clay: Cré na Cille. A Narrative in Ten Interludes. Translated by Liam Mac Con Iomaire and Tim Robinson. New Haven: Yale U.P., 2016.



A Selection of Irish Writing online via ND Catalog

Links are to the catalog entry – find the ‘Online Access’ links there.

Ciaran Carson. From There to Here: Selected Poems and Translations. Gallery Press, 2018.

Francis Ledwidge. Selected Poems. Edited by Dermot Bolger; with an introduction by Seamus Heaney. New Island, 2017.

Sara Baume. A Line Made by Walking. Houghton Mifflin, 2017.

Emilie Pine. Notes to Self: Essays. Dial Press, 2019.

Melatu Uchie Okorie. ‘This Hostel Life’. In Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory: Recessionary Imaginings II: Post-Celtic Tiger Ireland and Contemporary Women’s Writing, 03 April 2017, Vol.28(2), pp.185-193

Patrick McCabe. The Big Yaroo. New Island, 2019.



Irish Fiction in the Public Library’s Digital Collections

See the St. Joseph County Public Library website for information

Anna Burns. Milkman. (They also have the audiobook for streaming).

Anna Burns. Little Constructions.

Edna O’Brien. The Little Red Chairs.

Edna O’Brien. Girl.

Sebastian Barry. Days Without End.

Sally Rooney. Normal People.

Sally Rooney. Conversations With Friends.

Liz Nugent. Lying in Wait.

John Banville. Mrs.Osmond.

In checking our online Irish literature, I noted that the poetry collections online in the Proquest/Literature Online collection are good for reference but not enjoyable for reading, so I did not list them. Similarly, many plays by Irish writers are included in the Drama Online database, but I had repeated problems accessing the database and so I’d rather leave them until another time. 

Disclaimer: I have no ‘inside knowledge’ of the St. Joseph County Public Libraries. I checked their website and catalog for the information above.





New Arrivals in December 2019

Posted on December 12, 2019 in Uncategorized by Aedin

To whet the appetite, here is a selection of recent arrivals from Ireland. They will soon be cataloged and available on the shelves.

Hollywood Cemetery

Liam O’Flaherty. Hollywood Cemetery.
Dublin: Nuascéalta, 2019.



Una-Minh Kavanagh. Anseo: An Unconventional Irish Memoir. New Island Books, 2019

‘Binneas an tSiansa’: Aistí in onóir do Ríonach uí Ógáin. Life, Lore and Song. Essays in Irish Tradition in Honour of Ríonach uí Ógáin

Still Life

Ciaran Carson. Still Life. Gallery Press, 2019.

Irish women and nationalism

Louise Ryan and Margaret Ward. Irish Women and nationalsim: Soldiers, New Women and Wicked Hags. New edition. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2019.

What happened to Fr. Seán Fagan

Angela Hanley. What Happened to Fr. Seán Fagan? Dublin: Columba, 2019

J. P. Donleavy. A Letter marked Personal. Dublin: Lilliput Press, 2019.



Remember to check the New Books section to see recent arrivals to our shelves.





























Deireadh Fómhair — New Books — October 2019

Posted on October 28, 2019 in Uncategorized by Aedin

Over 170 new books arrived this month. The list below includes poetry, history and Irish language books.


Many poetry books come in paperback covers that are attractive, but not very durable. If you see a book listed here that is not yet available according to the catalog, it might have been sent to the bindery. You may still place a hold and the book will be held for you (Notre Dame community only).






The following books from Salmon Poetry arrived this month:

Anne Casey. Out of Emptied Cups.

Rachael Hegarty. May Day 1974

Ethna McKiernan. Swimming with Shadows.

Nessa O’Mahony. The Hollow Woman on the Island.

Other poetry books (a selection):

Medbh McGuckian. Marine Cloud Brightening. Gallery Press.

Vona Groarke. Double Negative. Gallery Press.

Frank McGuinness. The Wedding Breakfast. Gallery Press. 

Shirley McClure. Origami Doll. Arlen House. (See Irish Times article by Jane Clarke.)

Glen Wilson. An Experience on the Tongue. Doire Press.

Michael Gorman. Fifty Poems. Artisan House.



From Medieval Ireland to the Nineteenth Century

Aidan Clarke, e. 1641 Depositions, volume V. 

John Gibney. Ireland and the Monarchy. Pen & Sword.

Suzanne Leeson. The Kirwan Murder Case, 1852. Four Courts.

Victoria L. McAlister. The Irish Tower House: Society, Economy and Environment, c. 1300-1650.  Manchester UP.

Breandán Ó Cathaoir, ed. The Diary of Elizabeth Dillon. Currach.

Fergus O’Ferrall. John Ferrall: Master of Sligo Workhouse. Four Courts.

Peadar Slattery. Social Life in Pre-Reformation Dublin 1450-1540. Four Courts.

William Sweetman. Brothers Divided: Edward and Philip Hay, Divided Loyalties. Pike.

Paul Walsh. Renaissance Ireland. RIA.


Twentieth Century

Seán Enright. The Irish Civil War. Merrion.

Conor McNamara. Liam Mellows, Soldier of the Irish Republic. Irish Academic.

Maryann Valiulis. The Making of Inequality. Women, Power and Gender Idealogy. Four Courts.


Margaret Ward. Fearless Woman: Hanna Sheehy Skeffington. UCD Press.











Late Twentieth Century to Contemporary Ireland

Giuseppe Franco Ferrari and John O’Dowd. 75 Years of the Constitution of Ireland: An Irish Italian Dialogue. Clarus Press.

Brendan Marsh. The Logic of Violence: An Ethnography of Dublin’s Illegal Drug Trade. Routledge.

Gavan Reilly. Enda the Road: Nine Days that Toppled a Taoiseach. Mercier.



Leabhair Ghaeilge agus Leabhair faoin nGaeilge.

(Books about Irish)



Marcas Mac Ruairí. An Buntáiste Breise. Glór na nGael.

Isobel Ní Riain. Labhairt na Gaeilge: Dúshlán agus Réitigh.  Coiscéim.

Isobel Ní Riain. Léiriú Socheolaíochtúil ar Litríocht an Bhlascaoid. Coiscéim.

Tom O’Donoghue. Irish Speakers and Schooling in the Gaeltacht, 1900 to the Present. Palgrave Macmillan.

Tadhg Ó hIfearnáin, ed. An tSochtheangeolaíocht: Taighde agus Gníomh. Cois Life.

Noel Ó Murchadha. An Ghaeilge sa Nua-Aoiseach Dhéanach. Cló Iar-Chonnacht.

Mary Phelan. Irish Speakers and Interpreters and the Courts. Four Courts.



Máirtín Coilféir. Titley: Saol agus Saothar. Leabhair Comhar.

Proinsias Mac a’ Bhaird. Tairngreacht. Leabhair Comhar.

Seosamh Mac Muirí. Scríobhnóirí Cois Teorann 4. Coiscéim.

Tomás Mac Síomóin, ed. File ar Fhile. Sraith: Dánta Antonella Anedda; Dánta Erich Fried; Dánta Andrée Chedid; Dánta Arthur Rimboud. Cois Life.

Caitlín Bheití Ní Chuireáin. Muintir an Ghleanna. Éabhlóid.

Isobel Ni Riain. An Buchcafé. Coiscéim.

Máirín Bheartla Sheáin Ó Cualáin. Bean an tSidheáin. Coiscéim.

Breandán Ó Doibhlin. Sliocht ar Thír na Scáth. Coiscéim.

Seosamh Ó Murchú. Athchuairt. Coiscéim.

Pádraig Ó Riain. Beatha Ailbhe. Irish Texts Society.

Mícheál Ó Siochrú. Scáil an Scéil. Coiscéim.



Pádraig Mac Cearáin. Sayonara. Béaloideas Seapánach arna Bhailiú ag Patrick Lafcadio Hearn. Coiscéim.

Isobel Ní Riain. Logainmneacha agus and Chuimhne. Coiscéim.

Seán Ó Muimhneacháin. An tAgallamh Muimhneach. Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne.


Leabhair le hAghaidh Lucht Foghlamtha

(Children’s books and translations, accessible for learners)

Hervé Bourhis. Darach Ó Scolaí, trans. An Broc-chú. Leabhar Breac.

Road Dahl. Charlie agus Monarcha na Seacláide. Leabhar Breac.

Malachy Doyle agus Andrew Whitson. Muireann agus an Míol Mór. An tSnáthaid Mhór.



Leabhair Eile i nGaeilge

Colm Ó Sé. Dochtúirí an Dóchais: Stair Acadamh na Lianna 1969-2018. Coiscéim.







New Books in Summer 2019

Posted on August 14, 2019 in Uncategorized by Aedin

We anticipate an increased interest in Irish art on account of the Snite Museum’s fall exhibition: “Looking at the Stars”: Irish Art at the University of Notre Dame.


Shaping Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art / Donal Maguire, ed. National Gallery of Ireland, 2019.














Sea Star: Sean Scully at the National Gallery.

A catalogue published in coordination with an exhibition at the National Gallery, London.  Written by Daniel F. Herrmann and Colin Wiggins. With poetry by Vahni Capildeo and Kelly Grovier and a photo essay by Eimear McBride. London: National Gallery, 2019.

Hesburgh Library: ND 497 .S414 A4 2019


Harry Clarke and Artistic Visions of the New Irish State. 

By Angela Griffin, Marguerite H. Helmers and Roisin Askale Kennedy. Irish Academic Press, 2019.

New Book Area NK 5398 .C64 H37 2019


As usual, there is a steady stream of literature and of books on literature.

Sebastian Barry, On Blueberry Hill.  Faber.  PR 6052 .A729 O49 2017

Thomas McCarthy, Prophecy. Carcanet. PR 6063 .A16315 A6 2019 (New Book Area)

Caroline O’Donoghue, Promising young women. Virago. PR 6115 .D659 P76 2019

Margaret Perry, Porcelain. Samuel French. PR 6116 .E765 P67 2018

Kat Woods. Killymuck. Samuel French. PR 6123 .O546 K55 2019

Rebecca Ziegler, J. G. Farrell’s empire novels: The decline and fall of the human condition.  Four Courts. PR 6056 .A75 Z54 2019

James Pethica, ed., Lady Gregory’s early Irish writings 1883-1893 . Colin Smythe. PR 4728 .G5 A6 2018

Nils Beese, Writing Slums: Dublin, dirt and literature. Peter Lang. PR 8722 .S58 B44 2018

Patrick Lonergan, Irish drama and theatre since 1950. Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. PR 8783 .L66 2019


History is a very broad category in Irish Studies.

Hannah Lynch

If a book is listed as an e-book, the electronic book may be accessed from its catalog entry.


Faith Binckes and Kathryn Long. Hannah Lynch (1859-1904): Irish Writer, Cosmopolitan, New Woman. Cork UP. PR 4897 .L585 B56 2019

Ruth A. Canning. The Old English in Early Modern Ireland: The Palesmen and the Nine Years’ War, 1594-1603. Boydell Press, DA 937.3 .C36 2019

Timothy Walch. Irish Iowa. History Press. F 615 .I6 W35 2019 New Book Area

James Loughlin. Faschism and Constitutional Conflict: The British Extreme Right and Ulster in the Twentieth Century. Liverpool UP. E-book.

Ian d’Alton and Ida Milne, editors. Protestant and Irish: The Minority’s Search for Place in Independent Ireland. Cork UP. DA 959 .P765 2019



Margaret Kelleher. The Maamtrasna Murders: Language, Life and Death in Nineteenth-Century Ireland. UCD Press. HV 6535 .I742 K45 2018


Gerald Hayes. The Blasket Islandman: The Life and Legacy of Tomás Ó Criomhthain. Collins Press. DA 990 .B65 H28 2018


Mark Loughrey. A Century of Service: A History of the Irish Nurses’ and Midwives’ Organisation 1919-2019. Irish Academic Press. RG 964 .I73 L68 2019


John Gibney, Tommy Graham and Georgina Laragy, editors. 1916-18: Changed Utterly. History Pub. DA 562 .A15 2017














Always remember that there is a great variety of periodicals on the Hesburgh Library’s second floor (first floor if you’re from Ireland).  Ask for a tour if you would like to know more.


New Books in the Hesburgh Library

Posted on October 2, 2018 in Uncategorized by Aedin

The following is a sample of the books that arrived on the Hesburgh Library’s shelves in the past couple of months.  Newly-cataloged books are selectively displayed in the New Book area on the second floor for a few months. This is always noted in the catalog location.


James G. Buickerood, editor. From Enlightenment to Rebellion: Essays in Honor of Chris Fox. Bucknell UP., 2018. PR 8718 .F76 2018

Niamh Ann Kelly. Imaging the Great Irish Famine: Representing Dispossession in Visual Culture. London: Taurus, 2018. DA 950 .7 .K454 2018

Paul R. Duffy, et al., editors. From Carrickfergus to Carcassonne: The Epic Deeds of Hugh de Lacy During the Albigensian Crusade = De Carrickfergus à Carcassonne: La geste époque d’Hugues de Lacy au temps de la Croisade des Albigeois. Turnhout: Brepols, 2017. DA 933.26 .D45 F76 2017

Milena Komarova and Maruska Svalek, editors. Ethnographies of Movement, Sociality and Space: Place-Making in the New Northern Ireland. NY: Bergahn, 2018. HN 378 .N6 E75 2018

Mary C. Murphy. Europe and Northern Ireland’s Future: Negotiating Brexit’s Unique Case. Agenda, 2018. JZ 1577 .A54 M87 2018

Christine Kinealy, editor. Frederick Douglass and Ireland: In His Own Words. NY: Routledge, 2018. E449 .D75 A25 2018

Gerard Rogers. Being Gay in Ireland: Resisting Stigma in the Evolving Present. Lanham, MD.: Lexington Books, 2018. HQ 76.3 I73 R63 2018

Tadhg Ó hIfearnáin and John Walsh, editors. An Meon Folaithe: Idé-Eolaíochtaí agus Iompar Lucht Labhartha na Gaeilge in Éirinn agus in Albain. Cois Life, 2018. P 40.45 .I64 M46 2018 (currently in the New Book Area, second floor).

Eamon Maher, editor. The Reimagining Ireland Reader, Examining our Past, Shaping our Future. Peter Lang, 2018. DA 910 .R456 2018 (also online via the catalog).

John F. Deane. Dear Pilgrims. Manchester: Carcanet, 2018. PR 6054 .E219 A6 2018

Majella Cullinan. Whisper of a Crow’s Wing. Salmon Poetry, 2018. PR 6103 .U47 A6 2018

David Pierce. The Joyce Country: Literary Scholarship and Irish Culture. Brighton: Everett Root, 2018. PR 6019 .O9 Z78185 2018

Seán Ó Ríordáin. Gabriel Fitzmaurice and Brenda Fitzmaurice, translators. Milking the Sun = Ag Crú na Gréine. Salmon Poetry, 2018. PB 1399 .O72 A6 2018

Oscar Wilde (Nicholas Frankel, editor). The Annotated Prison Writings of Oscar Wilde. Harvard UP., 2018. PR 5812 .F72 2018

Oliver Goldsmith. Michael J. Griffin and David O’Shaughnessy, editors. The Letters of Oliver Goldsmith. Cambridge UP, 2018. PR 3493 .A4 2018