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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‘Every song was a pearl on a string – I was sad when it was over’
"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."
"My personal discovery after the first day of the Jornadas [Jornadas de Estudios Irlandeses] was that of Pat Boran's person, whom I could appreciate when reading his poems but whom I also found to be a very nice man. Other Irish personalities, dead or alive, came to the fore, like Samuel Beckett, Emily Lawless, Louise O'Neill. Some of them well known, some others pleasant discoveries. I do appreciate the fact that the new names were all female and that, indeed, they are worth a lot of attention." _Arianna Di Gregorio
"I was thrilled at the opportunity of talking to the artists we had been discussing in the MA course on Irish Studies, and both of them were extremely nice to us students. Not only did they politely agree to answer our questions about their work, but they also accepted having personal interviews with students that are currently carrying out different types of research on their work (final essays, MA theses and PhD dissertations)." _José Ramón Llarena Rodríguez
"The Irish poet Pat Poran commented on his literary production and read some of his poems for us. [...] He also told us about some curious anecdotes of his childhood and adolescence that I fould useful to understand his literary production." _Roberto C. Olavarría Choin
"It has been such an extraordinary way of getting to know in a fund and amusing way the Irish culture. I have to highlight that Marina Carr has accompanied us in this event, and she gave us the chance of talking to her and meet her more profoundly. It was a really exciting and funny event." _Marina López Jiménez
"The possibility of meeting and hearing the authors we have studied in the Master's programme was one chance that we are not given multiple times throughout our lives. Hearing Marina Carr be honest and transparent about her ideas and inspirations managed to bridge the gap between reader and author. As one often tends to idolize this type of figures due to the beauty of their work, one also tends to forget humanities lies in all of us." _Maria Luiza Dobre
"Writers like Carr simply writhe as a passion and do not put much interpretation into their own work. This is what makes them outstanding writers and ones that should always be read and discussed. It was also great to see her talk to some of my classmates and having them tell me just how awesome she is. her kind-hearted personality was felt by the entire audience and this is what makes me want to read more of her work." _Jenifer Martin
“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.”
"We had a really great mini-tour of Scandinavia and all our hosts, Charles, Britta and Irene were so supportive, interesting and generous. We managed to jot down a few notes as we travelled around. This was the first visit to Norway and Sweden for Songs of Joyce. The show was very well received in all three locations and was enjoyed by those new to Joyce aswell as students and academics who felt it brought a fresh insight into the works."
"We performed in the town’s public library in Falun which meant we attracted a great number of members of the public and local politians as well as academic staff and students from the University of Dalarna. "