Archive for July, 2013


NUI Galway has appointed Professor Patrick Lonergan as its first ever Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies. Professor Lonergan’s appointment strengthens NUI Galway’s reputation as a national hub for the study of theatre. His focus will be on developing new courses, building new research resources, and partnering with theatre companies.

Speaking upon his appointment Professor Lonergan stated that “It is a great honour to have been named NUI Galway’s first Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies. I look forward to working with colleagues in the University and the wider community, as we develop new courses, forge new partnerships with theatre-makers, and make sure that NUI Galway is recognised as a world leading centre for the study of Irish theatre.”

NUI Galway offers a very successful BA in Drama, Theatre and Performance, as well as a Performing Arts degree, and a new part-time MA in Drama and Theatre Studies is currently enrolling for September 2013.

As part of its educational offering, the University this year again partnered with the Galway Arts Festival. One element of the partnership was to offer six NUI Galway students the opportunity to be part of the SELECTED programme. This unique internship with an all-areas backstage pass to the festival gave the students an intensive two-week immersion in festival organisation. The selected students attended shows, liaised with performers and directors, and also had the privileged access to visiting international Festival Directors.

NUI Galway also maintains a partnership with Druid Theatre – which saw the University act as one of the co-producers of the multi-award winning DruidMurphy show last year. That partnership is growing all the time, with members of Druid running workshops for students, in acting, directing, set design and theatre marketing, among other things.

NUI Galway will also be transforming our knowledge of Irish theatre through projects like the digitisation of the archive of the Abbey Theatre. When added to the University’s already extensive theatre archives, this resource will provide access to hundreds of scripts and videos of Irish plays – much of it never seen before.

Speaking about these developments, Professor Lonergan commented: “We have achieved an enormous amount in the area of Drama and Theatre Studies at NUI Galway already. Our aim now is to build on those achievements, so that students and researchers from Ireland and abroad will recognise that NUI Galway is the best place in the world to study Irish drama.”

Patrick Lonergan was born in Dublin in 1974, and graduated from University College Dublin with an MA in 1998. He completed a PhD at NUI Galway in 2004, and has been a member of staff in the Discipline of English since that time.

He has written widely about Irish theatre for publications such as The Irish Times and Irish Theatre Magazine. His first book, Theatre and Globalization: Irish Drama in the Celtic Tiger won the 2008 Theatre Book Prize, a prestigious international award whose previous winners include the Guardian critic Michael Billington, the theatre director Peter Brook, and Columbia University Professor James Shapiro. More recently he has published The Theatre and Films of Martin McDonagh with Bloomsbury in London.

He is also very active in the Irish theatre community. He runs the annual JM Synge Summer School in County Wicklow, is a former Theatre Assessor for the Irish Arts Council, and is a Board Member of Irish Theatre Magazine and Baboró International Arts Festival for Children.

He has won several research awards, and is currently completing a project on Theatre Performance and Globalization, which is being funded by the Irish Research Council. He serves on the boards of several major international journals (including Contemporary Theatre Review and Irish University Review), is a Vice President of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, and is active in many other international organizations.


The Idea of America(Semester 1)
Professor Maurice J Bric
America is many things to many people and fixing the “idea” (referring to the mental representation
and conception of America and, more particularly, the United States) in a historical moment of time
can seem problematic. The module aims to introduce students to the formation and development of
ways people have conceived of America. The module consists of a weekly two-hour seminar
structured around both the positive and negative aspects of a particular historical idea of America,
including the United States and Canada. This is not a narrative module and neither is it confined to
purely American ideas – the global perspective is also explored. This module offers a historical
understanding of the key ideas of America, the debates surrounding them and the way they have
developed and changed over time.
The Making of United States Foreign Policy from FDR to GWB (Semester 2)
Dr Sandra Scanlon
is module uses a range of source materials to explore the making of United States foreign policy
from the Roosevelt to the Bush administrations. Students will consider the various inuences on
presidential foreign policymaking, including ideology, public opinion and relationships with allies.
Domestic constraints on presidential policymaking inuenced the grand strategies pursued by
administrations from Franklin Roosevelt’s attempts to overcome Congressional isolationism during
the 1930s to George W. Bush’s eorts to sell the Iraq War to a reluctant public in 2002-3. Case studies
are used to explore the relationship between domestic political considerations and foreign policy, for
example American responses to the Holocaust are examined to determine the extent of their
inuence on President Truman’s decision to recognise Israel in 1948. While the role of lobby groups
and ideological political action committees expanded over this period, the emergence of television
news and the Internet changed the ways in which the public learned of international events; each
altered the context in which the president could create and ‘sell’ his foreign policies.
In addition to these two core courses, students take one option (either in Semester I or in Semester 2)
from the wide variety of courses available in the School. These options include a course from the Mary
Ball Washington Professor of American History. The holder of this chair changes from year to year.
He/she will also be available to students for advice on dissertations.
continued overleafIn addition to the above academic modules, students will also take research training.
is training focuses on those skills required by research students to develop their work and
introduce students to dierent types of methodologies and archives. Of great importance is the
seminar itself which allows students to present their ideas, to structure an argument, and to have
these challenged. In this way, we encourage a variety of skills which can be used in ways other than
e culmination of the programme is a 15,000 word dissertation which is based on original research
and due at the end of July. Each student will be supervised by a member of the School who will meet
with him/her to assess progress and to discuss the project. ere is also an opportunity to present
aspects of their work to their peers.
Who does this MA?
e underlying objective of this MA is not only to provide upper-level students with a sense of how
the United States has evolved but more particularly to allow them to explore in greater detail areas
in which they have a special interest. As such, both the overarching core courses and the more
detailed optional modules allow the student to realise both a particular and a general knowledge of
the United States within the conceptual framework of “how America is perceived”.
In more general terms, this MA will give students a keener and more informed knowledge of politics
and society in the United States and how they impact on the world at large. We receive students
from diverse backgrounds and our students return to many backgrounds. Some of course decide to
pursue further study and we gave such students every encouragement to do so.

Dr Louis de Paor

Posted: July 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

Dr Louis de Paor, Director Centre for Irish Studies, NUIG

Having graduated with First Class Honours in Irish and Léann Dúchais (Irish and Cognate Studies) at UCC, Louis de Paor completed his doctoral research on narrative technique in the short fiction of Máirtín Ó Cadhain under the supervision of Seán Ó Tuama and was awarded a PhD by the National University of Ireland in 1986 for his thesis, Teicníocht agus aigneolaíocht san insint liteartha; anailís ar mhúnlaí teicníochta agus ar mhúnlaí tuisceana i dteanga na hinste i ngearrscéalta Mháirtín Uí Chadhain. He spent time as a lecturer in Irish at UCC and Thomond College, Limerick, before moving to Australia in 1987, where he worked in local and ethnic radio in Melbourne and taught evening classes in Irish language and literature at Melbourne University and the Melbourne Council for Adult Education. He was Visiting Professor of Celtic Studies at Sydney University in 1993 and Visiting Fellow in 1992. He returned to Ireland in 1996 and worked as proof editor of the Irish language newspaper Foinse before being appointed Director of the Centre for Irish Studies at NUI Galway in 2000.

His published works include a monograph on the work of Máirtín Ó Cadhain, Faoin mblaoisc bheag sin: an aigneolaíocht i scéalta Mháirtín Uí Chadhain (1991) , an anthology of twentieth-century poetry in Irish, Coiscéim na haoise seo (1991) , co-edited with Seán Ó Tuama, a bilingual edition of the selected poems of Máire Mhac an tSaoi, An paróiste míorúilteach/The miraculous parish (2011) and a critical edition of the selected poems of Liam S Gógan, Míorúilt an chleite chaoin (2012).

He was Jefferson Smurfit Distinguished Fellow at the University of St Louis-Missouri in 2002 and received the Charles Fanning medal from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 2009.

The Theatre and Films of Martin McDonagh (Critical Companions) [Paperback]

Martin McDonagh is one of the world’s most popular dramatists. This is a highly readable and illuminating analysis of his career to date that will appeal to the legions of fans of his stage plays and the films Six Shooter and In Bruges. As a resource for students and practitioners it is unrivalled, providing an authoritative and enquiring approach to his work that moves beyond the tired discussions of national identity to offer a comprehensive critical exploration. Patrick Lonergan provides a detailed analysis of each of his plays and films, their original staging, critical reception, and the connections within and between the Leenane Trilogy, the Aran Islands plays and more recent work. It includes an interview with Garry Hynes, artistic director of Druid Theatre Company, and offers four critical essays on key features of McDonagh’s work by leading international scholars: Joan FitzPatrick Dean, Eamonn Jordan, Jose Lanters and Karen O’Brien. A series of further resources including a chronology, glossary, notes on McDonagh’s use of language and a list of further reading makes this the perfect companion to one of the most exciting dramatists writing today.

Theatre and Globalization: Irish Drama in the Celtic Tiger Era [Paperback]

Globalization is transforming theatre everywhere. As writers seek to exploit new opportunities to produce their work internationally, audiences are seeing the world – and the stage – differently. And, as national borders became more fluid, the barriers between economics and culture are also becoming weaker. In this groundbreaking study, now available in paperback, Patrick Lonergan explores these developments, placing them in the context of the transformation of Ireland – the ‘most globalized country in the world’ – since the early 1990s. Drawing on archival material that has never before been published, this study sheds new light on the culture of Celtic Tiger Ireland , focusing on such writers as Brian Friel, Sean O’Casey, Marie Jones, Martin McDonagh, Marina Carr and Conor McPherson. In doing so, it shows how globalization poses difficult questions for authors and audiences – and reveals how we can begin to come to terms with these new developments

Interactions: Dublin Theatre Festival 1957-2007: 3 (Irish Theatrical Diaspora) [Paperback]

This publication is a must for any student of Irish theatre or any theatre practitioner or admirer interested in the cultural history of modern Irish theatre. –Books Ireland, March 2009

Echoes Down the Corridor: Irish Theatre – Past, Present, and Future (IASIL Studies in Irish Writing) [Paperback]

his collection of fourteen new essays explores Irish theatre from exciting new perspectives. How has Irish theatre been received internationally and, as the country becomes more multicultural, how will international theatre influence the development of drama in Ireland? As Ireland changes, how should we think about the works of familiar figures writers like Synge, O’Casey, Friel, Murphy, Carr, and McGuinness? Is the distinction between popular and literary drama tenable in a Celtic Tiger Ireland where the arts and economics are becoming increasingly intertwined? And is it time to remember less established Irish writers? Drawing together a range of international experts, this book aims to answer these and many other important questions

Irish Drama: Local and Global Perspectives

Since the late 1970s there has been a marked internationalization of Irish drama, with individual plays, playwrights, and theatrical companies establishing newly global reputations. This book reflects upon these developments, drawing together leading scholars and playwrights to consider the consequences that arise when Irish theatre travels abroad. Contributors: Chris Morash, Martine Pelletier, José Lanters, Richard Cave, James Moran,Werner Huber, Rhona Trench, Christopher Murray, Ursula Rani Sarma, Jesse Weaver, Enda Walsh, Elizabeth Kuti.

Synge and his Influences: Centenary Essays from the Synge Summer School [Paperback]Book of Essays

he year 2009 was the centenary of the death of John Millington Synge, one of the world s great dramatists. To mark the occasion, this book gathers essays by leading scholars of Irish drama, aiming to explore the writers and movements that shaped Synge, and to consider his enduring legacies. The essays discuss Synge s work in its Irish, European and world contexts showing his engagement not just with the Irish literary revival but with European politics and culture too. It also explores Synge s influence on later writers: Irish dramatists such as Brian Friel, Tom Murphy and Marina Carr, as well as international writers like Mustapha Matura and Erisa Kironde. It also considers Synge s place in Ireland today, revealing how The Playboy of the Western World has helped to shape Ireland s responses to globalisation and multiculturalism, in celebrated productions by the Abbey Theatre, Druid theatre, and Pan Pan theatre company. Contributors include Ann Saddlemyer, Ben Levitas, Mary Burke, Paige Reynolds, Eilís Ní Dhuibhne, Mark Phelan, Shaun Richards, Ond ej Pilný, Richard Pine, Alexandra Poulain, Emilie Pine, Melissa Sihra, Sara Keating, Bisi Adigun, Adrian Frazier and Anthony Roche.

Patrick Lonergan,  is Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at NUI Galway He blogs at : “Scenes from the Bigger Picture”

Scenes from the Bigger Picture

We’ll be running a Summer School on Performance and Globalization at NUI Galway later this week. We’re going to be looking not just at theatre (David Greig, Conor McPherson) but also at such performances as the Eurovision Song Contest, Mad Men, and more.

The event is intended for postgraduate students of theatre, but if anyone would like to attend, just drop me a line on

Performance, Nation and Globalization Summer School

Funded by the Irish Research Council

National University of Ireland, Galway

17-18 July 2013

This two-day Summer School explores the interrelationships between performance and nation in an era of increasing globalization. We will consider major international dramatists such as J.M Synge and David Greig, but the discussion will also take in other forms of performance, including the Eurovision Song Contests, recent American TV drama including Mad Men and Breaking Bad, and new devised work from Ireland by…

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Scenes from the Bigger Picture

Like many others this morning, I’m sad to learn of the death of James Gandolfini, and shocked that he was only 51. As his recent performance in Zero Dark Thirty showed, he seemed on the verge of shaking off his associations with Tony Soprano – and of doing something that could match or even surpass his achievement in playing that role. And I understand that he became a father again last year. It’s terrible to see someone so young passing away.

I am sure that there will now be many articles reminding us that The Sopranos re-defined television – that, without that show, there would have been no Six Feet Under, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, or The Wire.

The Sopranos itself could probably not have happened without Twin Peaks, of course – but David Lynch’s show had always seemed anomalous, with its innovations misunderstood as…

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letters from a patchwork wizard

It’s the end of May and I’m almost a month into researching my masters dissertation. I’m writing on Greg Doran’s 1999 production of Macbeth at the Swan Theatre, and looking at it through two very distinct prisms: one is concerned with how the participants (actors, directors, etc) write, think, and remember it, and the other deals with different groups of audiences — critics, academics who either review it for publication or try to position it into the performance history canon, and lay audience members. This project germinated out of the fact that so many from the first set have written and/or talked about it so much — Harriet Walter wrote a short book about it in the Actors on Shakespeare series; Antony Sher has written extensively about it in Players of Shakespeare and in his very good autobiography, Beside Myself; and Greg Doran has given several interviews in print…

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nthony Daly

Anthony DalyHailing from Clarecastle in County Clare, Anthony Daly has arguably been one of the most prominent GAA personalities over the past two decades. In the 1990’s as Captain of the Clare Senior Hurlers, he inspired and led his team to two All-Ireland Hurling and three Munster Titles. For the best part of the nineties, Clare dominated the hurling landscape with Daly’s inspirational leadership style a rallying call for management and team-mates alike. Daly picked up three All-Star awards in three different positions during this period and was known for his ruthless, uncompromising style of play. With his beloved club Clarecastle, Daly won five County and one Munster club title.

Having retired as one of the most successful Captains in Hurling, Daly turned to management of the Clare Senior Hurlers in late 2003, a position he held for three years. In 2005, Clare came within minutes of toppling Cork and reaching the All Ireland Final against Kilkenny. Having managed an ageing Clare side to another Semi-Final in 2006, Daly retired following the defeat to Kilkenny.

After a brief hiatus, Daly returned to club management in 2007 with Kerry club Kilmoyley, leading them to back to back county championships in 2008 and 2009. Daly also began his broadcasting career with RTE and The Sunday Game. Regarded as one of the most charismatic characters in the game, Daly’s opinionated, direct and humorous style was a huge hit with GAA fans but this stage of his career was cut-short when he returned to inter-county management with the Dublin Hurlers in November 2008.

After significant progress in 2009, Daly was dealt a hammer blow in 2010 when Antrim knocked Dublin out at the All Ireland Quarter Final stage. Daly re-grouped and an inspired Dublin squad captured the 2011 National League Title an over-whelming victory against Kilkenny.

Daly is now a regular Leadership and Motivational speaker with corporate clients including Diageo and Vodafone.

A Guide to Irish Fiction, 1650-1900
Rolf Loeber & Magda Loeber, with Anne M. Burnham

A Guide to Irish Fiction, 1650-1900

Most Irish fiction published between 1650 and 1900 has fallen into virtual oblivion. Research by the Loebers for their Guide to Irish Fiction has led to the identification of hundreds of unknown or forgotten Irish authors and their works, and provides thousands of summaries of novels and anthologies. Carefully documented, A Guide to Irish Fiction presents details of the publication of Irish fiction in Ireland, England, and North America, as well as several other European countries. Written for literary scholars and students and for anyone interested in Ireland and its literature, this book constitutes an essential tool for historians, librarians, collectors of Irish books, and antiquarian booksellers.
Rolf Loeber and Magda Loeber, University of Pittsburg, have extensively published on Irish history and literature and are known for their pioneering research. Anne M. Burnham is an independent researcher at Pittsburgh.

This book is expensive retailing at €81 on Four Courts Press website

parnell Summer school :

Marking the fiftieth anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s visit to Ireland and his assassination, the 2013 Parnell Summer School will explore the place of Kennedy and Parnell in history and will pay tribute to these two remarkable men in the beautiful setting of the Avondale demesne, Parnell’s ancestral home. Other aspects of the Irish-American connection will also be considered, and the speakers include leading authorities from Ireland and America

10:00: Lecture
Rolf Loeber & Magda Loeber, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Irish-American fiction: Memories of hardship and arcadia
Chair: James H. Murphy, Professor of English, DePaul University, Chicago

ahead of Adrian Frazier at 11.30