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Irish Literature

Irish Literature

About the Program

The Irish Literature minor offers students the opportunity to concentrate on the literature of Ireland while gaining an understanding of its historical, cultural, and literary contexts. The program offers a variety of courses that give students an understanding of some of the trends and leading figures of Irish literature. Courses on Ireland’s Literary Revival, Contemporary Literature and Politics and on major figures like William Butler Yeats explore key moments in Irish literary history, as well as the ways in which Irish literature impacted national identity and wider literary trends.

Typical Program

Typically, Irish minors are encouraged to take their Irish coursework in their second and third years, with supplemental course work in their third and fourth years. Core coursework in Senior seminars pertaining to Ireland, and consideration of study abroad, are both strongly encouraged.  Irish minors often consider writing a senior thesis on the literature, history, or politics of Ireland, but this is not required for completion of the minor.

Travel Opportunities

Study abroad and summer language programs are options for the fulfillment of this minor. In recent years, Le Moyne students have studied abroad in summer Irish-language programs in the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking areas in Ireland) and in cultural short programs. The College also engages in an exchange program with Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland. Students interested in pursuing study abroad should speak to the Program Director and/or the Director of Global Education. 

Courses & Requirements for Irish Literature

See the Le Moyne College catalog for information about the Irish Literature minor offered by the

Department of English.

Selected Course Offerings

  • ENG 210. Beckett
  • ENG 326 (GWS 326). 19th C English and Irish Women Writers
  • ENG 340 (GWS 314/PGS 314). Post-Colonial Literature and Theory
  • ENG 367. Yeats
  • ENG 409. Celtic Literature
  • HST 309. Tudor-Stuart Britain and Ireland
  • ANT 398 (PGS 398). Special Topics: the Anthropology of Ireland

Le Moyne Hosts The Moxie Strings

On Wednesday, September 9th, Le Moyne's music program played host to The Moxie Strings, made up of the electrifying combination of fiddler, Diana Ladio, and cellist, Alison Lynn.  Ahead of their return engagement at the Syracuse Irish Festival, the band hosted a workshop in the Marren Studio of the W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts. Workshop participants were drawn from the Le Moyne College Chamber Orchestra and included students from Le Moyne as well as area high schools.  Students learned an original tune written by the Moxies, and were invited to perform alongside the band during one of their Irish Festival sets that weekend.  Le Moyne's Irish program also supported sending the Moxie Strings out to some neighboring elementary and high schools.

The Moxie Strings' return to Le Moyne marks the fourth year that the Irish Festival has unofficially kicked off at Le Moyne with an Irish session.  Previously invited Irish groups have included Goitse and the Syracuse Irish session. Le Moyne has been a major sponsor of the Irish festival for several years, supporting performances on the Le Moyne Traditional Music stage and hosting events in the Festival's  "Cultural Village".  For more information, visit the Syracuse Irish Festival’s website.

Meet the Faculty
Dr. Kate Costello-Sullivan

Dr. Kate Costello-Sullivan

Professor of English View Bio
David Lloyd

Dr. David Lloyd

Professor of English View Bio
Miles Taylor

Dr. Miles Taylor

Associate Professor English View Bio

Gaelic Society

The Gaelic Society’s purpose is the promotion of the customs and culture of the Irish people. The Gaelic Society attempts, through various activities, to heighten students’ understanding of Ireland — past and present. In cooperation with local Irish groups, the society members often volunteer at the annual Syracuse Irish Festival and participate in other community events. Membership is open to all Le Moyne students.

Visit by Irish filmmaker Jim Sheridan

 Le Moyne College’s Film Program and Irish Studies Program, in collaboration with the Syracuse International Film Festival, hosted a talk by acclaimed Irish writer/director/producer Jim Sheridan. Sheridan, whose award winning work (Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for writing and directing; international awards too numerous to list) includes My Left Foot (for which Daniel Day Lewis won the first of his Academy Awards as best actor), The Field (for which Richard Harris was nominated for both a Golden Globe and Academy Award), In the Name of the Father (which received seven Academy Award nominations), The Boxer (which was nominated for two Golden Globes, including one for best director), and many others. Sheridan’s adaptation of Sebatian Barry’s The Secret Scripture—starring Vanessa Redgrave, Rooney Mara, Theo James, and Eric Bana—is in post-production and set for a 2016 release. He has just finished writing a play about the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Yeats at 150 Celebration Events

Thursday September 10th:
The Moxie Strings Le Moyne College Pub, Campus Center 4pm

Saturday September 12th:
Irish Festival, Traditional Stage, Downtown Syracuse
2:20- 2:50pm Yeats presentation, poetry
David Lloyd, Dr. Pat Keane, Emily Latanyshhyn, and Sandra Clarke of the James Joyce Club
4-4:30pm W.B. Yeats Presentation, dramatic reading
Le Moyne College Theater students will present Purgatory and Cathleen ni Houlihan
both readings will be directed by Carrie Bates
Featured actors: Carrie Bates, Brittany Fayle, Jade Miori, Fred Pienkoski, Tom Vazquez, and Alex Leblond

Monday September 21st:
Yeats Poetry Reading
Le Moyne College Pub, 2nd Floor, Campus Center 4pm

Monday November 2nd: 
Yeats 2015 Lecture, John Paul Riquelme, Boston University
Reilly Room, Reilly Hall, 4pm

Save the Date: March 17, 2016
Easter 1916 Lecture, Timothy McMahon, Marquette University

All events are free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Le Moyne College Irish Studies Program and the Department of English.
For more information, call 315-445-4310

Meet an Alum

Catherine Ostrander ‘14

The Irish Literature Minor was what initially drew me to Le Moyne College. The wide range of material covered by the courses provides an exciting opportunity to engage with Irish culture across the spectrum of its history. Additionally, coordination with the minor’s affiliated club, Gaelic Society, furnishes a rich supplement to the courses, including lectures and guest appearances by modern Irish writers. Not only did the minor fit in perfectly with both my English and my History majors, it prepared me to continue my studies of Irish history and writing in graduate school. Moreover, participation in the minor was the perfect way to indulge my Irish pride while earning credits in the process!

Get in Touch

Contact the Program Director:

Dr. Kate Costello-Sullivan


(315) 445-4310


Contact the Program:

Grewen Hall 308
Le Moyne College
1419 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, NY 13214


(315) 445-4310


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