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 Irish Studies Teach in Dingle Ireland
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her Spring Semester 2013 trip to Dingle

‌The Center for Irish Cultural Studies promotes the study, understanding, and appreciation of Irish and Celtic culture, history, and language through a variety of academic programs, public lectures, music concerts and other performing arts programs, and study abroad at the SHU campus in Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland.

The minor in Irish Studies at Sacred Heart University is designed to offer students an opportunity for an in-depth study in one of the most multi-disciplinary studies available in undergraduate programs, including Irish and Celtic culture, history, language, literature, music, politics, religion and society. A distinctive feature of the program is study at SHU’s campus in Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland, and an emphasis on patterns of socio-cultural and political change in contemporary Ireland and the place of Ireland in the modern world.

In addition to offering a minor in Irish Studies, Sacred Heart University also offers undergraduate study abroad experiences, both full semester and two-week sessions.


SHU in Dingle


Sacred Heart University operates its program in Ireland through a partnership with the Díseart Centre of Irish Spirituality and Culture, located in Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland (one of Ireland’s officially-designated "Gaeltacht," or Irish-speaking, districts). Through this partnership SHU in Dingle offers short-term and semester programs of study. Course offerings include anthropology, archaeology, history, Gaelic language, literature, media studies, music, geology, and religious studies.‌‌


 Latest News

Sacred Heart University Faculty in Dingle, Ireland, Will Host Conference on Marine Resources in April 2018

March 19, 2018

Sacred Heart University and Trinity College, Dublin, are working together to host a conference, “Deep Time—Historical Exploration of Marine Resources,” regarding medieval to modern fisheries and coastal landscapes in Ireland. It will take place in Dingle, Ireland, home of Sacred Heart’s study-abroad campus, SHU in Dingle, in April.

Sacred Heart Student Builds Relationship with Irish Hospital

March 2, 2018

Lee Overhiser, a graduate student in Sacred Heart University’s Master’s in Science of Nursing Management & Executive Leadership Program (NMEL), recently completed her capstone project that helped strengthen ties between SHU and the community of Dingle, Ireland, where the University has a satellite campus.

Radio Kerry: Continued development of Sacred Heart University worth over a million to Dingle annually

January 4, 2018

The continued development of American third level institute Sacred Heart University in Dingle could be worth up a million euro to the local economy annually. That’s according to SHU’s Dingle Campus Director Seán Pól Ó Conchúir, speaking after it was announced the sale of the old Dingle CBS buildings, to the Connecticut university, has been completed.