The Irish Itinerary is an Irish cultural tour of Europe. This initiative of the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS) started in 2013 with the first Irish Itinerary.Read more Discover Circuits
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"Pat Boran's and Marina Carr's readings made me not only have more interest in poetry and theatre, but also in Irish culture."
"Marina Carr's had a gift for dialogue"
"Pat's views on poetry and his introduction to some of his poems were very thought provoking"
"Irish writer Mary Morrissy provided interesting new perspectives on her short story Miss Ireland. In order to give the audience an idea of the elements that formed the basis of Miss Ireland, the author presented a valuable historical description of Ireland in the sixties and revealed some personal memories. Morrissy’s seminar provided an excellent opportunity to receive an interesting insight into the creation of a story and it taught me how to interpret a story in a critical way."
"My visit to the Universities of Granada and La Rioja (Logroño) were both hugely enjoyable and genuinely inspiring. The level of interest and preparedness I encountered, both from staff and students, not only in respect of my own work but in respect of the wider subject of writing from Ireland, gave me an invaluable opportunity to see that work from a new perspective. It also allowed me to reconsider its meaning to an informed but perhaps more objective readership than it might normally receive in Ireland. I feel the connections made on this trip will sustain a variety of future dialogues and I am happy now to consider myself an 'unofficial ambassador' for the excellent work done in both Universities, and by EFACIS in general."
"I really like Lenny Abrahamson’s films. Adam and Paul and Garage had a great impact on me but What Richard Did is my favourite so far because I think it addresses some problems with which most of my peers can identify. I admire Abrahamson’s attitude towards the troubles of teenagers and young adults. While watching his films, I always feel that he is really committed as a director to call attention to certain problems. Some of these are quite universal messages but as a student interested in Irish studies, I appreciated the short introduction before the screening because it shed light on the film’s connection to current Irish affairs. Last but not least, it was a great opportunity to watch one of Abrahamson’s films in a cinema because this way I could enjoy the beautiful cinematography. I am grateful to those people who helped in the organisation of this event so that we could enjoy What Richard Did in the environment which did justice to this great film."
“Claire Kilroy's reading on Bloomsday in Wuppertal was a great success. The Irish Itinerary really is a fantastic programme!
At least 70 students, colleagues and Wuppertal citizens very much enjoyed the whole event. Claire Kilroy was an immensely charming guest, her reading from The Devil I Know was wholly enjoyable and she was very enthusiastic and gave us a lot of food for thought during the Q&A session after the reading. In addition, she spent hours signing her books and chatting with indivdual visitors after the event proper.
I am also very grateful for the suggestion of the main organizers of the Irish Itinerary to find a location in the city center and to avoid the university premises. Doubting that many students would find their way into town after a long day on our (commuter) campus, I was skeptical, at first, whether this would prove to be a good idea. But it did! The proprietor and staff of the SWANE cafe were lovely hosts (who did not take any entrance fees and did not want me to pay for any of Claire Kilroy's drinks) and the location itself was just perfect. Although the audience consisted mostly of students, other interested people, who would probably not have joined us on campus, also found their way to the event. My colleagues and I were absolutely delighted and would certainly love to organise similar events in the future.”