Lough Derg: the spirit of a holy place

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A small island in a lake called Lough Derg is one of the most famous of Ireland's places of pilgrimage. About 35,000 pilgrims come to it each year intent on doing penance for their sins or seeking divine intervention in their lives. Read More...

Nantes-Brest Canal, Brittany's popular leisure waterway

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The Nantes-Brest Canal is a 364 km long waterway connecting the city of Brest, on the west of Brittany, to the city of Nantes in the south east. Read More...

The shrine of the Cailleach at Glen Lyon

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Each year, in one of the most remote areas of Scotland, a family of stones are brought out of the house in the spring and returned to the house for the winter. The tradition stretches back thousands of years and the site is believed to be the only surviving shrine to the Celtic goddess Cailleach. Read More...

Newport Celtic Festival and Highland Games, Oregon

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A cultural celebration of the seven Celtic nations, the new festival on the Oregon coast features Celtic music, dance, food, drink, crafts, vendors, kids events, family histories and Highland Games. Read More...

World's largest tidal power project

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The world's largest tidal stream energy array will be built in the Sound of Islay on Scotland's west coast. Read More...

Wales' new devolution settlement

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Following the 'Yes' victory in the 3 March 2011 Referendum, Wales will now be able to pass its own laws in twenty policy fields. Read More...

The Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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The Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland has an unparalleled display of polygonal columns of basalt rock resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Read More...

The Amergin Institute of Irish Studies, University of Corunna

The Amergin Institute of Research in Irish Studies, University of CorunnaThe Amergin Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Corunna promotes academic research on issues concerning Ireland and provides a source of information on Irish issues in Galicia.

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

Elviña Campus and the Amergin Institute of Irish studies - Photo © Antonio Raúl de ToroIrish 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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University of Corunna, Galicia.

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