Category Archives: Irish Studies

Illustration of a Political Campaign: Loyal National Repeal Association of Ireland scrapbook

The Loyal National Repeal Association was founded in 1841 by Irish politician Daniel O’Connell (1775-1847), the leader of the movement for the repeal of the Act of Union between Great Britain and Ireland. O’Connell fostered mass participation in the association … Continue reading

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Streaming Audio: Joe Lamont Irish Music Recordings, reel 9, side 1

Audio in reel 9, side 1 includes Paddy O’Sullivan (Baltygarron) on fiddle and the Paddy Killoran Club of New York City. Continue reading

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Streaming Audio: Joe Lamont Irish Music Recordings, Reel 6, Side 2

Audio in reel 6, side 2 includes James Morrison, Dan Sullivan’s Shamrock Band, Tom Cawley, Paddy Killoran, John McKenna, Michael Gaffney, Pat Gaffney, Brian O’Donnell, Mike Flynn, Andy Conroy, and others. Continue reading

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Streaming Audio: Joe Lamont Irish Music Recordings, Reel 6, Side 1

Audio in reel 6, side 1 includes fiddle legends Michael Coleman, Lad O’Beirne, Tom Cawley, Denis Murphy, and Hugh Gillespie. Continue reading

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Process of a Poem: Seamus Heaney’s Funeral Rites

A poem greets its reader as a finished project. It resides there on the page, surrounded by blankness, with its line breaks and title. It is as if the poem walked out of the poet’s mind and onto the page … Continue reading

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Digitized Irish Music Now Includes Unpublished Fiddle Playing by Michael Coleman

During a review of recently-digitized audio in John J. Burns Library’s Joe Lamont Irish Music Recordings, we asked our friend and former BC colleague Séamus Connolly to listen to a fiddle segment on tape reel #6 that Joe Lamont’s tracklist … Continue reading

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1916 Easter Rising

This is the last in a series of seven blog posts highlighting and summarizing important events in Irish history, and Burns Library resources which aid in further study of the topic.  Burns Library holds many Irish history resources and is … Continue reading

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Offbeat, Irreverent, and DIY: The Poetry of Mass Transit

For many of us, the political protest, music, and fashion of the 1960s and 1970s are the most recognizable aspects of the countercultural revolution. But the literature of that era can provide a window into that movement’s values, its struggles, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Great Famine, An Gorta Mór

This is the sixth in a series of seven blog posts highlighting and summarizing important events in Irish history and Burns Library resources which aid in further study of the topic.   Burns Library holds many Irish history resources and is … Continue reading

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Uncovering Irish Attitudes to Shakespeare

This week we feature a guest post by our current Burns Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies, Patrick Lonergan, Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway On 23 April 1916, the British academic Israel Gollancz … Continue reading

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