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Testimonials

  • Marina Carr

    playwright

    I had a wonderful time last spring in Spain as part of the Irish Itinerary with EFCAIS. I was hosted by the University of La Rioja in Logroño and the University of Granada. Dr Melania Terrazas Gallego gave me and my husband a lovely welcome in Logroño. The students were excellent and very...

  • Mary O'Donnell in Saarbrücken

    The German-Irish Society Saarland in cooperation with the Chair of British Literary and Cultural Studies at Saarland university and Saarbrücken City Library was delighted to welcome Mary O’Donnell on her Irish Itinerary tour in Germany. Mary gave a fantastic reading to an audience eagerly...

  • Medbh McGuckian

    poet

    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...

  • Anne Haverty in Santiago de Compostela & Braga

    Invited to Santiago de Compostela in Spain and Braga, Portugal, I went in September. The events were at the Universities, both of them crowded with an attentive assembly, some of them students and faculty who were reading my work, and others who were interested in Ireland and Irish writers and...

  • Audience - Marina Carr in Wuppertal, 2018

    Students’ Reactions to Marina Carr’s Reading on the Irish Itinerary 2018 at the SWANE Café in Wuppertal

    “I had never attended a reading before. Therefore, I didn’t know what to expect. Now I can say that the reading of Marina Carr was a fascinating and memorable...

  • MA-Students Granada- Collete Bryce's trip February 2019

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  • Ondrej Pilný

    Director of the Centre for Irish Studies in Prague

    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...

  • Jessica Traynor

    "Traveling to the EFACIS conference in Ljubljana in August of 2019 was a rare pleasure and privilege. Meeting with so many well-informed and interesting people with a passion for Irish history, politics and culture was inspiring and I feel I have developed some true and lasting connections....

  • Audience- Jan Carson Debrecen

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  • Vona Groarke

    poet

    I was delighted to take part in the 2017 Irish Itinerary, on the German / Dutch circuit. It is an honour to represent Irish writing on continental Europe, and to meet dedicated scholars and readers who take a passionate interest in contemporary Irish literature. The tour was nicely organised for...

  • Anna Szirák

    BA student, University of Debrecen

    “Tonight, my friends, there will be no translations,” said the poet Mac Lochlainn to all of us, thus giving the undertone to the evening. There would be no translations, and in a way, there were not any: Northern-Irish Mac Lochlainn recited his poetry in such a manner that could never be...

  • Anne Enright

    novelist

     

    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...

  • Mary Morrisy

    poet

    Winter sun in Nijmegen, snow and ice in Brussels and Leuven, blizzards in Kortrijk but the weather paled into the background. What I'll remember is the brightness and curiosity of the students I met, who made me think about my work in a new way; Hedwig Schwall's irrepressible energy; the...

  • William Wall in Trieste

    In the summer of 2019, the renowned Cork-based novelist, poet and short story writer William Wall was invited to participate in the annual Joyce School in Trieste. Here is what he had to say about the event:

    "As to the Joyce School itself, it was possibly the best festival/school I have...