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Irish Studies at Concordia Weekly Newsletter March 17, 2017

Wishing all our friends a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Enjoy watching this 5-minute video This is IRELAND produced by Creative Ireland



 Dubbed as the hottest Irish acoustic group on the planet, Lúnasa will be in town to delight audiences as part of a concert fundraiser for the Canadian Irish Studies Foundation.  Raising funds for Irish Studies at Concordia University is crucial to support students through tuition remission and scholarships.

The Lúnasa concert will take place on Thursday, March 30 at  7:30 pm  in the glorious and acoustically perfect Bourgie Hall of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1339 Sherbrooke St. W. Ticket price is $75. You will be issued with a 2017 tax receipt for a portion of the cost.

For more information on purchasing tickets; visit; call 514-848-2424 Ext. 8711 or email


What:  Public Lecture by Dr. Georgina Laragy (Glasnevin Trust Assistant Professor in Public History and Cultural Heritage, Trinity College Dublin ).  Keynote lecture of the Concordia Irish Studies Inaugural Conference
Friday, March 24, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Where: McEntee Reading Room, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, Room 1001.01 (10th floor)

Info: This lecture is free and open to the public.


What: Join us for the Concordia Irish Studies Inaugural Graduate Conference

When: Thursday, March 24 and Friday, March 25, 2017

Where:  McEntee Reading Room, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, Room H 1001.01 (10th floor)
Read the story about the conference on Concordia News here:

Download the program here


Enjoy reading this excellent Irish Soundscapes in Montreal article. The School is very proud of PhD student Jérémy Tétrault-Farber who is advancing the Irish story and legacy in Montreal :


What: Irish Studies PhD student Kelly Norah Drukker and Carolyne Van Der Meer will be reading for the Atwater Poetry Project series.

When: Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 7 pm

Where:  Atwater Library and Computer Centre, 2nd floor auditorium, 1200 Atwater Ave  ( Atwater metro), across from Cabot Square

Info: Come and listen. Free. Everyone is welcome. 

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Kelly Norah Drukker is the author of Small Fires, (McGill-Queen’s University Press), a debut poetry collection that won the 2016 A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry, the 2016 Concordia University First Book Prize, and was a finalist for the Grand Prix du livre de Montréal (2016).

Born in
Montreal , Kelly grew up in the Laurentian region of Quebec , and has worked and taught English in the UK , Ireland , Switzerland , and France . Her poetry and creative non-fiction have appeared in The Malahat Review, Contemporary Verse 2, Montreal Review of Books, The Island Review, The SHOp, enRoute Magazine, Literary Review of Canada, Headlight Anthology, Room Magazine, Poetry New Zealand , carte blanche, and The Montreal Prize Longlist Anthology. In 2006, her suite of poems “Still Lives” won second prize in the CBC Literary Awards, and an abridged version was aired on CBC Radio’s Between the Covers. Her work has received a Norma Epstein Prize for Creative Writing (2013), and has been longlisted for the Montreal International Poetry Prize (2011). A frequent performer at reading series in Montreal , she has also been a featured guest and reader on CBC, CKUT, and CJAD radio.

Kelly holds a Master’s degree in English and Creative Writing from
Concordia University . She has studied with The Humber School for Writers, and has participated in writing residencies at The Banff Centre and Sage Hill. She currently lives in Montreal , where she is pursuing a doctorate in Humanities at Concordia University .

With support from the League of Canadian Poets

Carolyne Van Der Meer is a journalist, public relations professional and university lecturer. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in English Literature and recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing at the
Humber School for Writers in Toronto . She has published journalistic articles, essays, short stories and poems in publications in Canada , India , Ireland , Italy , the U.K. and the U.S. New work is forthcoming in Germany . Her first book, Motherlode: A Mosaic of Dutch Wartime Experience, was published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press in 2014. Her second book, a collection of poetry entitled Journeywoman, will be published in 2017 by Toronto-based Inanna Publications. She is currently at work on a second collection of poetry and a young adult fiction novel.

Reading takes place on the second floor of the Atwater Library and Computer Centre building in the auditorium. Readings generally take place after official library hours and access to the building is through the side door on Tupper Street (unless otherwise noted.) Unfortunately, the building does not have an elevator. There is a single-occupancy, all-gender washroom on the second floor. For details on accessibility to the building (including transit access and physical features of the building such as staircases,) please visit this link courtesy of the QWF. 

Kelly Norah Drukker will be presented with support from the League of Canadian Poets.

The Atwater Poetry Project acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

MONTREAL IRISH NEWS (Click here for more details)

Workshops with Linda Morrison

Siamsa Special Irish Music Workshop

Grand St. Patrick's Ceili hosted by Siamsa

Atwater  Poetry Project: Kelly Norah Drukker & Carolyne Van Der Meer

Gala Concert: “Songs of Our Roots and Family Ties”

Griffintown Tour – an online self-guided tour of Montreal ’s historic Griffintown neighbourhood

Chateauguay & Valley Irish Heritage Association – Green Season Events

Jeanie Johnston Educational Foundation Newsletter

Celtic Saints Tour

1916 Rising Commemoration

New Irish Montreal Excursions Walking Tour

IRISH DIASPORA NEWS (Click here for more details)

Call for Papers – Cork Studies in the Irish Revolution

Yeats International Summer School

Call for Papers - Tudor and Stuart Ireland Interdisciplinary Conference (NUI Galway , Ireland )

Call for Papers – Children and the Great Hunger in Ireland ( Quinnipiac University , Hamden , CT )

Children’s Books Ireland – Shadowing Scheme

St. Patrick’s Day Parade ( Ottawa )

Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly ( Ottawa )

Celtic Legends Tour

11th Annual Carolan Festival ( Vermont )

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