The Ireland–Wales Research Network aims to explore the creative, cultural, and political relationships between Wales and Ireland.
The Network, a partnership between Cardiff University, Aberystwyth University and University College Cork , aims to develop a deeper awareness of the overlapping, complex and connected histories of Wales and Ireland.
Iwan Bala 'Atlantea', 2007. Mixed media on Khadi paper. With the permission of the artist, Iwan Bala.
Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council the Network was launched the Consul General of Ireland in Wales on November 22nd, 2007, at a reception sponsored by the Government of Ireland. (For press coverage of the launch, see Cardiff University's main News, BBC News and the Western Mail).
The Network is managed by Professor Claire Connolly (School of English, University College Cork), Professor Katie Gramich (Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy) and Dr Paul O'Leary (Department of History and Welsh History, University of Wales, Aberystwyth).
For an introduction to the comparative research being undertaken, see the special issue of Irish Studies Review, Volume 17 Issue 1 (Feb 2009). Claire Connolly and Katie Gramich’s Introduction to the special issue is available.
Roads to the Nation: a symposium on the history, culture and theory of roads
The School of English will host a distinguished gathering of scholars on 2nd and 3rd May 2013, in a symposium designed to develop our understanding of the role of infrastructure in British-Ireland relations from the eighteenth century to the present, with a particular focus on Wales.
Lecture on Welsh Poetry
Lecture on Welsh poetry by Gwyneth Lewis at the School of English, University College Cork on 14th February, 2013. Gwyneth Lewis will also be reading at the Cork Spring Poetry Festival that week.
Cardiff University Wales–Ireland Seminar Series
Hosted and sponsored by Cardiff University School of English, Communication and Philosophy, with sponsorship from Culture Ireland, the Embassy of Ireland in Great Britain and Literature Wales, these Seminars ran from 2007 and 2011.
AHRC-funded Ireland–Wales Symposia
There have been five Symposia to date organised by the Network and sponsored by the AHRC: Comparisons and Contexts, Romantic Nations, Culture and Creativity, Nations and Knowledges,and a Postgraduate symposium.
Public lectures and readings
Though you'd be pressed to say exactly where
It first sets in, driving west through Wales
Things start to feel like Ireland. It can't be
The chapels with their clear grey windows,
Or the buzzards menacing the scooped valleys.
In April, have the blurred blackthorn hedges
Something to do with it? Or possibly
The motorway, which seems to lose its nerve
Mile by mile. The houses, up to a point,
With the masoned gables, each upper window
A raised eyebrow. More, though, than all of this,
It's the architecture of the spirit;
The old thin ache you thought that you'd forgotten-
More smoke, admittedly than flame;
Less tears than rain. And the whole business
Neither here nor there, and therefore home.
From Neither Here nor There (London: Chatto and Windus, 1999)
With the kind permission of Bernard O'Donoghue.