Otago Irish Studies

Upcoming Events


St Patrick's Day Public Lecture

Final details are being confirmed for this highly anticipated event. Visit again soon for the latest information.

Past events

Visiting scholars, Kevin Rockett and Emer Rockett

Public Lectures

Emer Rockett, Trinity College, Dublin, presented a public lecture titled, "The Panorama and Ireland." This powerpoint presentation focused on picture-going in Ireland prior to the invention of cinema. Wed, 10 August, 2016.

Prof Kevin Rockett, Trinity College, Dublin presented a public lecture titled, "Film and Irish Revolution." This talk explored cinema relating to the 1916 uprising and War of Independence, and considered British and Republican views of the period and films made in subsequent decades. Wed, 17 August, 2016.


Prof Kevin Rockett hosted seminars for students of Irish Studies, History, Film and Media, on "Cinema in Ireland" (Tues, 9 August, 2016) and "The Los Angelesation of Ireland: Censorship, Culture and Film from the 1910s to the 1970s" (Tues, 16 August, 2016).

Rockett lecturesSeminars for the Rocketts

1916 Documentary Premiere Screening

New Zealand premiere screening of the Keough-Naughton Institute of Irish Studies (University of Notre Dame) documentary 1916 The Irish Rebellion was held at the Auckland War Museum on Tuesday, 21 June, 2016.

The event featured the only New Zealand screening of the documentary and a panel discussion with leading Irish studies academics Professor Judith Fox, Professor Chris Fox, Briona Nic Dhiarmada (from the Keough-Naughton Institute) and University of Otago Eamon Cleary Professor of Irish Studies Peter Kuch.

The documentary, which is narrated by Liam Neeson, tells the story of the 1916 Easter Rising and combines rarely seen archive footage with contemporary visuals and analysis from a number of the world’s leading experts in Irish history.


1916 Easter Rising Centenary conference

1916 conference

The Centre of Irish and Scottish Studies and Toitū Otago Settlers Museum hosted a two-day conference open to the public that brought together local and international experts to begin telling the story of New Zealand's response to the 1916.

"'Yet no clear fact to be discerned': the New Zealand response to the 1916 Easter Rising" was held in Dunedin on 22-23 March 2016. The conference was one of several hundred international events remembering 1916 as a pivotal time in Irish history.  Please visit the conference website for more information.

Yeats, Heaney & Pastoral

A public lecture was presented by Bernard O'Donoghue on Thursday 1 October 2015.

Bernard O'Donoghue was born in Co Cork in 1945 and he still spends part of the year there. Since 1965 he has lived in Oxford where he taught Medieval English and Modern Irish poetry at Magdalen and Wadham Colleges. He is now an Emeritus Fellow of Wadham. He has published books on medieval love poetry and on modern Irish poetry, especially Seamus Heaney. He has also published six books of his own poetry including Selected Poems (Faber 2008) and Farmers Cross (Faber 2011).

Yeats, Heaney & Pastoral


Irish love story at the Fortune Theatre, 7-28 February 2015:

The first show for 2015 at Dunedin's Fortune Theatre, described as a very funny, poetic Irish love story called "Outside Mullingar", might appeal to you. There is more information about the show at this link: http://www.fortunetheatre.co.nz/show/outside-mullingar. It opens on 7 February and runs until 28 February 2015. The Fortune has discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more ($34 instead of $42), and also for the first five early bird shows. Student tickets are $20.

Outside Mullingar



Inaugural St Patrick's Day Lecture:

'Fighting for readers: Swift’s Dublin publishers in the 1750s'

Presented by Emeritus Professor Andrew Carpenter of University College, Dublin.

Jonathan Swift was the most significant Anglo-Irish writer of the eighteenth century and his works sold widely. This lecture looks at Swift’s life and works and then at the scuffle that developed in Dublin when an upstart bookseller challenged an established bookseller for the right to print and sell the hot property that Swift’s works had become.

Held on Monday 17 March, University of Otago.

Click here to see the poster. This was a free event.


Public Lecture:

“Sailing to an Island”: The poetry of Irish and Scottish islands

Presented by Dr Lucy Collins of University College, Dublin.

For generations islands have been an inspiration to Irish and Scottish poets. This lecture will explore how island poems have helped to shape our understanding of nation and community, as well as of spiritual and creative experience.

This free event was held on Thursday 20 March, University of Otago. Click here to see the poster.

Dunedin Celtic Arts Festival 13-20 October 2013

Dunedin Celtic Arts Festival


'Joycean Worlds' 3-6 October 2013

Joycean Worlds

Irish Studies at the University of Otago presented a 3 day seminar that aspired to bring together dedicated and enthusiastic Joyceans from New Zealand and Australia to share their ‘worlds’ with one another, and with distinguished speakers Professor Vicki Mahaffey (University of Illinois) and Dr Tony Thwaites (University of  Queensland). Click here for the programme for the event.

The seminar included the following public lectures, engaging for all lovers of Literature:

"Practicing Joyce", by Professor VIcki Mahaffey (University of Illinois); and

"Wakeing Worlding", by Dr Tony Thwaites (University of Queensland).






Remembering Seamus

Seamus Heaney


The Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies hosted a ‘wake’ for Seamus Heaney on Monday 9 September 2013.






Professor Luke Gibbons, 'Limits of the Visible: Representing the Great Irish Famine'

For more information about Prof Gibbons and his presentation held on 5 September 2013 please visit the Irish Studies homepage.

Luke Gibbons


Inaugural Professorial Lecture

Thinking about Irish Studies

Professor Peter Kuch, Eamon Cleary Chair and Director, Irish Studies programme, Division of Humanities.
College of Education Auditorium, Union Street East, Wednesday 20 August 2008, 5.30pm.

Click here for a podcast of Professor Kuch's inaugural professorial lecture.








Visit of the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese

In October 2007, the University of Otago conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Laws on the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese. Click here to read about the visit in a report in the University of Otago Magazine (pg 38).

President and Eamon Cleary







From left to right— Vice-Chancellor Professor David Skegg, Mr Eamon Cleary, President Mary McAleese, Chancellor Lindsay Brown, Professor Peter Kuch (Eamon Cleary Chair of Irish Studies).

President and Prof Skegg







From left to right— Vice-Chancellor Professor David Skegg, President Mary McAleese, Chancellor Lindsay Brown.












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