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: 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: 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 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: Italian Circuit

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

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

“It was lovely to meet Mary Morrissy, and the workshop provided me with food for thought in my own writing. Keep up the good work.”

Paula FitzmauriceIrish Itinerary 2013

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

"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."

Jeroen (student)Irish Itinerary 2013
On 11 December 2014 the Centre for Irish Studies of the Institute of English and American Studies at Debrecen University hosted a reading by Northern Irish novelist Glenn Patterson as part of the second Irish Itinerary sponsored by EFACIS. The event was embedded in a 3rd-year BA lecture course, Introduction to Irish Studies (where his seminal novel Fat Lad is required reading), but it was widely advertised around the university and the city, thus it drew interested people beyond students enrolled for the course. Over 50 people filled the room and our guest made it absolutely worthwhile for everyone to attend.

Glenn Patterson’s reading demonstrated to the audience not only that he is a brilliant writer, but also that he is a great performer interacting with and thus involving his audience. His informative and highly enjoyable talk progressed through humorous digressions. At times it was also creatively improvised, as he engaged with the background images, the covers of his novels and Belfast landmarks, key motifs in his two most recent novels. The way he spoke about Belfast, its history and its present, was inspiring; the way he allowed the audience glimpses into the writing process as well as his writerly habits and rituals was intriguing; and the way he spoke about his personal and creative interest in Hungary was fascinating for his Hungarian audience. His reading of passages from his novels – Number 5 and The Rest Just Follows – as well as a journalistic piece about food and writing, prompted by our talks the previous day, was perfectly paced and brilliantly dramatised. It was also thrilling for me personally to listen to his reading of the opening of Fat Lad and then have the chance to read out my translation of the passage in his presence.

The event was a huge success. The local hosts are very grateful to EFACIS and the organisers of the Irish Itinerary for all their work and for securing funds to sponsor this event.

Marianna Gula, Head of CIS, Debrecen UniversityIrish Itinerary 2014

“I thought I would enjoy Scandanavia and I did; enjoyed, too, the spirit of the perenigration. It is sad to think that Irene and Britta are retiring from Irish studies, though there seems to be no stopping those chicks, I feel they will go and go.

So, lots of hard work and good people, and snow - some sense of connection, too - these, to quote Julie Andrews, are a few of my favorite things.”

Anne EnrightIrish Itinerary 2013

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