IRISH ITINERARY

French - Belgian - Dutch Circuit

Central Europe Circuit

German - Dutch Circuit

Southern Circuit

Italian Circuit

Northern Circuit

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.

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Irish Itinerary 2014: Italian Circuit

The University of Florence and the University of Sassari form the Italian circuit.

Irish Itinerary 2014: Central Europe Circuit

The Central Europe Circuit consists of Charles University of Prague in the Czech Republic, the University of Vienna in Austria and the Universities of Budapest, Debrecen and Pécs in Hungary. 

Irish Itinerary 2014: German - Dutch Circuit

The German-Dutch Circuit includes the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands and the Universities of Saarbrücken, Mannheim and Wuppertal in Germany.

Irish Itinerary 2014: French - Belgian - Dutch Circuit

The French-Belgian-Dutch Circuit consists of the University of Leuven, the Radboud University Nijmegen and the University of Toulouse. 

Irish Itinerary 2014: Southern Circuit

The Southern Circuit consists of universities in Spain and Portugal. In Portugal the universities of Lisbon, Braga, Porto and Coimbra are participating, while in Spain the universities of A Coruña and Oviedo.

Irish Itinerary 2014: Northern Circuit

The Northern Circuit consists of the University of Agder and the University of Gothenburg. 

Irish Itinerary - Galleries

Irish Itinerary 2014: Glenn Patterson visits Debrecen
Glenn Patterson visits Debrecen
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Irish Itinerary 2014: Music in Prague
Music in Prague
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Irish Itinerary 2014: Gerry Smyth on the Italian Circuit
Gerry Smyth on the Italian Circuit
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Irish Itinerary 2014: Dubliners in Portugal
Dubliners in Portugal
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Irish Itinerary 2014: Lenny Abrahamson in Germany and the Netherlands
Lenny Abrahamson in Germany and the Netherlands
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Irish Itinerary 2014: Screening of 'Parked' in Wuppertal
Screening of 'Parked' in Wuppertal
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Irish Itinerary 2014: Irish film in Debrecen
Irish film in Debrecen
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Irish Itinerary 2014: Glenn Patterson on the Irish Itinerary
Glenn Patterson on the Irish Itinerary
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Irish Itinerary 2014: Claire Kilroy on the Irish Itinerary
Claire Kilroy on the Irish Itinerary
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Testimonials

“Lillis O Laoire came to sing at the University of Rennes 2 on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015.

The event was co-organized by Efacis and the Centre of Breton and Celtic Research of Rennes 2.

The venue was carefully chosen and very appropriate, in a room especially designed for singing, at the Music Department of Rennes 2.

The acoustics were therefore very good, Lillis appreciated this and he sang for nearly an hour and a half with short comments in English about each of the songs. The attendance was a nice mix of around sixty people, students and lecturers alike, mostly from the departments of Celtic (including some students of Irish), English (Irish studies stream) and Music. They were both very attentive during the performance and enthusiastic after it : Lillis's voice literally worked wonders. The performance was recorded and filmed, with Lillis's agreement, by a colleague from the Centre de Formation des Musiciens Intervenants of Rennes 2. The rest of the evening went on very smoothly, with five of us from Rennes 2 (including our Irish language tutor, who happened to be an ex student of his) having dinner with Lillis in a restaurant in town, after which he even gratified us with one last going-away song. A great evening indeed, magic !” 

Stefan Moal, University of RennesIrish Itinerary 2015

"I really liked it! I already had a soft spot for James Joyce's poetry and folk music separately, and I thought the combination very appealing. I am looking forward to hearing the entire CD." (on Gerry Smyth's performance)

Annelies (student)Irish Itinerary 2013

‘Every song was a pearl on a string – I was sad when it was over’

From Professor Irene NordinIrish Itinerary 2013

During our BA studies, this is the first semester that we got a deeper insight into Irish Culture and Literature and a reading event like this was just the perfect way to raise the students’ interest not only in Mr Patterson’s novels, but also in Irish literature in general. Mr Patterson’s great sense of humour and the way he talked about his novels, the city of Belfast and the process of writing made us rush to the library right after the event and borrow his books immediately. It was also amazing that he himself read out some parts of the novel, Fat Lad, which is required reading for our Introduction to Irish Studies lecture course. We do not often have the chance to meet the authors of the reading materials for our courses, and it was not just entertaining and enjoyable but also quite useful; an event like this brings the students closer to the topics discussed in class. My favourite parts of the event were when Mr Patterson described how he chose the titles of his novels and when he talked about his experiences about Hungary and Hungarian people. I enjoyed listening to him, it was so good to hear him talk about Belfast; it was clear that he loves the city where he lives and works. 

3rd-year BA student, DebrecenIrish Itinerary 2014

Mary McPartlan sang in Prague at the Marjánka dance hall on 20 November, accompanied by Aidan Brennan and Pádraic Keane to a dedicated and enthusiastic audience, aged 5 months to 60 years – even an impromptu jig was danced by some audience members during the final number. The concert was followed by a music session in a Scottish bar owned by the concert producer where our Irish guests were astonished to see that, as soon as they played the first few bars of the first tune, about 20 people whipped out their instruments and joined in. It turned out that some of the participants travelled over 200 km to be able to play with Mary, Aidan and Pádraic. The wave of energy was simply amazing, and needless to say, the session turned out to be long. In addition, Mary lectured to Charles University students on Irish women singers on 21 November.

Ondrej Pilný, director of the Centre for Irish Studies in PragueIrish Itinerary 2014

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  • The Irish department of Foreign Affairs
  • EFACIS
  • Culture Ireland
  • Irish Film Institute
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