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We are delighted and proud to share these news items with our friends.  Congratulations to the following students:

Graduate Student Gabrielle Machnik-Kékesi was awarded $17,500 from SSHRC to do a Masters degree on Modern Irish History.

Graduate Student Camille Harrigan was awarded $17,500 from SSHRC to do a Masters study on St. Patrick's Basilica.

Jessica Poulin
has been awarded a $10,000 Entrance Fellowship from the Individualized Program at Concordia University to work on performing memory in Viking Dublin .

Undergraduate student Helene Jane Groarke, currently on exchange at University College Cork, has been awarded a $5625 Concordia Undergraduate Research Grant from the Office of the Vice-President, Graduate Studies and Research.

The following three students have been awarded scholarships from the Ireland Canada University Foundation, with additional support from Canadian Irish Studies, to study the Irish language at the National University of Ireland Galway for a month this summer: Patrick Mairs, Vicky Ouimet and Kristin Rose.



Congratulations to Professor Rhona Richman Kenneally, co-founder and Fellow of the School of Canadian Irish Studies, for winning the Distinguished Teaching Award of Concordia's Faculty of Fine Arts.
This prize honours excellence in classroom pedagogy, curriculum development, as well as the implementation of innovative practices in teaching and advising. It was granted on the basis of nomination by Rhona's colleagues in her Department of Design and Computation Arts, plus letters of support from some fifty students.
Rhona will be teaching a course for the School of Canadian Irish Studies, on the architecture and culture of the Irish home, during the fall of 2015. 






What: 22nd Season of the Cine Gael Montreal Irish Film Series, Next film -The Sea (2013)

When: Friday, April 25, 7:15 p.m.

Where: DeSeve Cinema, Concordia University, 1400 de Maisonneuve West, ground floor.

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What:  We Were There film screening and presentation of the Prisons Memory Archive project

When: Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 6 – 8pm

Where:  MacEntee Reading Room, School of Canadian Irish Studies, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, Room H 1001.01 (10th floor)

We Were There is a one-hour documentary that features the unique experiences of women in the predominantly male world of the Maze/Long Kesh Prison during the troubles in Northern Ireland. The film includes stories of a prison officer’s wife, prisoners’ relatives, Open University tutors, Probation Service staff and a visual artist. The interviews were recorded by the Prisons Memory Archive an oral history project coming out of Queens University Belfast ( We Were There explores how the prison impacted women’s lives, how they coped with the absence of their loved ones, and highlights the important contribution to the peace process by educational and welfare staff.

The film will be followed with a discussion by the director, Laura Aguiar from Queen’s University Belfast. Her practice-based research focuses on giving visibility to women’s experiences of war and prisons through collaborative filmmaking. Laura has also worked as a freelance journalist in Brazil and Sweden.

Event Sponsored by:

Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS)

School of Canadian Irish Studies (SCIS)

Going Public Project,

Communication Studies



When: Wednesday, May 7, 12 - 2

Where: Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS), 10th floor of the Library Building, Room LB-1042 (first room to the right of the elevator), 1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd W.

The Prisons Memory Archive (PMA) is an oral history project coming out of Queens University Belfast, consisting of 175 interviews with prison staff, prisoners, visitors, teachers, chaplains and probation officers from the Armagh Gaol and the Maze and Long Kesh Prison. The PMA is an ongoing research project and its aim is to offer possibilities of engaging with the story of the ‘other’ in a society that is emerging from decades of political violence.  In this workshop, Laura Aguiar will discuss the attempt to bring those interviews to the public through an interactive database. The database raises many questions, such as why use interactivity, how the subjective nature of tagging and categorising affects the outcome, how interactivity can help listen to the ‘other.

Event Sponsored by:

Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS)

School of Canadian Irish Studies (SCIS)

Going Public Project,

Communication Studies



Missed this event on March 25?  Watch this space for a video of Panti Bliss at Concordia!



2014 has been some year for Panti Bliss. Following an appearance on Irish TV in which she named homophobic figures in the media, Panti found herself at the centre not only of a legal row, but also Ireland’s gay marriage debate. Her powerful speech on oppression has now been viewed by over half a million people worldwide, and she has spent the last few weeks in New York, working to highlight the exclusion of LGBTQ groups from the St. Patrick’s Day parade. Join us to listen to Miss Panti Bliss on gender discombobulation and accidental activism.





Congratulations to these outstanding Canadian Irish Studies students!

Undergraduate Scholarship Winners





Anna Campbell

Patrick Murray


Carine Brunet

Fr. Shaun Gerard McCarthy Govenlock


Carla Plowright

Irish Protestant Benevolent Society


James Leduc

Matthew Hamilton Gault


Darius Alexei Pardiak

Geraldine O'Loghlin Stanford


Jordana Starkman

J. Armand Bombardier


Shaney M. Herrmann



Patrick Reed



Helene Jane Groarke

Stephen Dowd


Gavin Bennett

Moira Ann Snow


Jessica Poulin

Arthur Meighen


Catherine McGuire

Gerard Keyes


Antoine Malette

Sean Treacy


Isabel Plowright

Patrick Vallely


Helene Pilbeam

Timothy Edward McIninch



Innisfail Bursary



Total Undergraduate



Graduate Scholarship Winners





Michael Rast

St. Patrick’s Society


Raymond Jess

Irene Mulroney


Gabrielle Machnik-Kekesi

Father Thomas Daniel McEntee


Camille Harrigan

United Irish Societies/City of Montreal



Linda Fitzgibbon

CISF Grant


Amanda Leigh Cox

CISF Grant


Julie Guyot

CISF Grant



Total Graduate


Total Student Support: $34,850




The School of Canadian Irish Studies, formerly the Centre for Canadian Irish Studies, was created with the joint financial support of Concordia University and the Canadian Irish Studies Foundation.  The academic programs of the School focus on Ireland’s complex history and rich culture, as well as the contribution of Irish immigrants in all regions of Canada to the social, cultural, economic, religions, educational and political life of the country.  Usually, fifteen or more courses are offered annually in subjects such as History, Literature, Film, Music, Economics, Language, Theatre, Popular Culture, Theology, Irish Studies, Political Science and Geography.  But this multidisciplinary area of study goes beyond its obvious concerns with Irish matters to explore wider academic issues related to cultural nationalism, linguistic preservation, rebellion and civil war, partition and political re-alignment, national affiliation and sectarian identities, changing gender roles, famine, emigration and immigrant integration and settlement.  Irish Studies, therefore, offers case studies for a range of issues that are pertinent for students from a wide spectrum of academic disciplines. 

The School offers:

  • A Major (NEW), a Minor and a Certificate in Canadian Irish Studies, offered within the Faculty of Arts and Science;
  • Graduate Studies
  • An annual public lecture series by scholars and distinguished figures in Irish cultural life;
  • Scholarships for outstanding students in Canadian Irish Studies, including new entrants, returning undergraduates and graduate students;
  • Special outreach projects of interest both to academics and the Irish community in Canada;
  • Cooperation with other schools in Ireland, Canada, the United States and elsewhere in the international promotion of Irish Studies.


Would you like Canadian Irish Studies to be part of your degree?

There are many possible options to suit your interests and needs!

As a Major or Minor if you are in a 90-credit program

As a Major or Minor if you are in a 120-credit program


For a special announcement on graduate scholarships click here



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