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Modern Irish Writing A Trinity Term January Programme



About the Programme

Modern Irish Writing is a January Term study abroad programme, offered to international undergraduate students during the month of January and taught by the School of English, Trinity College Dublin.

What will I study?

Trinity College Dublin has been the home of Irish literature in English for four centuries. The School of English 'Modern Irish Writing' course is an exciting new program aimed at introducing students to the best of Irish literary tradition and culture from 1900 to the present day. You will read the poetry of William Butler Yeats and Patrick Kavanagh, discuss the theatre of J.M Synge, Samuel Beckett, and Conor McPherson, consider the short stories of James Joyce, and Claire Keegan and explore the imagination of Irish novelists such as Kate O'Brien.

In addition to offering students a broad overview of Irish writing in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the module will have special components on the poetry of Seamus Heaney, James Joyce's Dublin and the Irish short story. Students will be able to visit various Dublin city settings such as the James Joyce Centre, Kilmainham Gaol, the National Museum, the National Library, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and see a play at Dublin's iconic Abbey theatre, established by W.B. Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory in 1904. Each student will receive a course reader and will have reader access to Trinity's extensive library.

Supporting academic visits include entrance to the Old Library and the Book of Kells, a guest lecture with an Irish author or poet, a session on manuscripts and archives in the historic Trinity College Library and a session on staging Irish drama to include a tour of the Smock Alley Theatre.


Modern Irish Writing will be taught over three weeks in January each year.


Students will be taught by academic staff, advanced researchers and teaching assistants in the School of English. Our specialist workshops will be taught by our research librarian and a guest expert on staging Irish drama.

Modern Irish Writing is credit-bearing. Students who complete the class will receive an official Trinity College Dublin transcript.

How to Apply

Eligible applicants should have completed at least their first year of university and must have a GPA of 3.0 or above.

Please note that as this programme is in partnership with the AIFS Abroad, applicants for the programmes must come through them. At the moment, applications are accpeted from institutions based in North America.

To apply for the programme please complete this form.


For more information about the January Term programme in Modern Irish Writing, please contact Abigail Ó Bardain, at her e-mail address To find out if you are able to apply through AIFS Abroad, please contact