Almost 60 students are attending the 31st International Summer School in Irish Studies which commenced on July 5th at UCC and continues until the end of the month. The majority of students come from the USA with representation also from Canada, Mexico, the UK, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Turkey, the Czech Republic, and Poland.
This year’s School, The Western World’s Furthest Shore: Landscape, Memory and Irish Identity, takes its title from the writings of St Columbanus and from one of the earliest expressions of Irish identity in literature. In lectures, seminars, and a series of field trips to points of interest in Munster, the students explore identity formation at key junctures in Ireland’s past, and in the works of major Irish writers. Students are also offered introductory classes to the Irish language.