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: 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: Northern Circuit

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

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: Italian Circuit

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

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 - 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

“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.” 

Katharina Rennhak, University of WuppertalIrish Itinerary 2015

“On 8th April we flew into Prague. Petra, a postgraduate student, met us and took us by tram and metro to the town centre hotel. Justin and Ondrej took us for a lovely meal.

The reading in the Shakespeare bookshop was well attended … there was a very thorough introduction and a reception hosted by the Embassy. Next morning we took the train to Vienna where Werner met us. We attended the Joyce songs and had dinner with Sinead and Darina which was excellent. The reading was more formal in a lecture hall lots of questions, good introduction by Werner, the Ambassador was represented. Next afternoon I did a poetry workshop with 12 students of various backgrounds … they were very eager and Julia organized it well. On Saturday we enjoyed the Austrian festival in the park.

Train to Budapest on Sunday where Borsca met us …. We were very well looked after. Donald and Chilla were great hosts in Debrecen and our reading with interview was well attended. We saw a little of the park with the writers’ statues.

Borsca drove to Pécs on Wednesday; the audience were lovely people mostly women.

Final reading in a large lecture hall at Pázmány Péter University near Budapest. Beautiful campus. Many very erudite questions. I was intrigued by how interested students were in the political aspects of my work.”

Medbh McGuckianIrish Itinerary 2013

"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

“Claire's reading went extremely well. We enjoyed it immensely and Claire  was a wonderful guest and brilliant reader. We had advertised the event at university and we forwarded the info to the university's press office. We had also availed of the German-Irish  Society Saarland's mailing list to spread the word. The Q&A-Session alone lasted for about 80 mins: the audience seemed to  enjoy it greatly and especially our students asked many questions. We were all very much taken by Claire Kilroy who was such an interesting and thought-provoking speaker, and who spoke very openly and in a very  personal way about The Devil I Know, the creative process and about  the socio-historical context of the novel.” 

Eva Michely, University of SaarbrückenIrish Itinerary 2015

Glenn Patterson’s reading was a delightful event. He talked with a great sense of humour and grabbed everyone's attention with his words. I was surprised and excited at the same time to see how he is different than the image I had built in my mind about him. I was inspired by how he carries pen and pencil in his pocket so he could write anytime, and the way he appreciates nature and his city, Belfast. Through his words, I could envision what it is like to stand on top of Cave Hill and look down on his beloved city, and through his description and short reading from his book Number 5, I felt that everyone has a story of their own, none is more or less significant than the other, and even the smallest things, the most simple practices of life can be turned into beautiful writing.

3rd-year BA student, DebrecenIrish Itinerary 2014

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