The Amergin Institute of Research in Irish Studies was founded at the University of A Coruña with the intention of promoting academic research on issues concerning Ireland and the teaching of Irish Studies, and providing a source of information on Irish issues in Galicia.
Irish studies in Galicia
Irish Studies have always been a field of great interest in Galicia. Since the 19th century Ireland has had an enormous influence on Galician writers and politicians, and the strength of this influence can still be seen today. Moreover, Ireland’s success in moving from a poor underdeveloped region to the forefront of European economies has attracted once again the attention of the Celtic countries. For them, Ireland has become a role model. So what lessons can be learnt from these success stories?
The Amergin Institute offers a Masters degree in Irish Studies (50 credits), a Postgraduate Certificate in Irish Studies (25 credits) and Specialist courses on several related topics (5 credits each). Research projects areas include topics such as The Irish Literary Revival and its equivalent in Galicia, The Irish economic phenomenon: The Celtic Tiger, The Irish Tourist structure and the situation in Galicia, Technological development in Ireland and the creation of companies, and many others.
The Amergin Institute is also currently running an on-line postgraduate course on Irish Studies (20 credits) and plans to be offering an on-line PhD on Irish Sudies starting in November 2005.
The Institute takes its name from Amergin, the legendary druid who, according to the Lebor Gabala Erenn arrived on Irish soil from the north-west of the Iberian peninsula. In choosing this name, the Institute aims to respond to the need to create bridges between Ireland and Galicia.
Besides the historical connection, the links between Irish literature and the University of A Coruña were firmly bonded with the nomination of Seamus Heaney, Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995, as an Honorary Doctor in June 2000.
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