The Center for Irish Partnership at UMass Lowell fosters collaborations and partnerships with educational institutions in Ireland and Northern Ireland across an interdisciplinary spectrum. These international partnerships embrace faculty exchange and joint research ventures and to work with Irish partners to create a dynamic model for Cross-Atlantic collaboration.
In partnership with Queens University Belfast, the Center oversaw three archaeological digs, two in Lowell at the St. Patrick's site and one in Ireland at the homestead of Hugh Cummiskey. Photos from the 2012 Dig are pictured on the left.
The Center and its Directors, Dr. Frank Talty, Dr. Stephen McCarthy, Professor Ann Marie Hurley and Victoria Denoon, in partnership with the Irish Cultural Committee, also played an integral role in bringing former Irish President Mary McAleese to Lowell to speak to the community, as well as bestowed upon her an honorary doctoral degree from the University.
Recently, UML presented a three-day conference to the Greater Lowell community and beyond. The Irish in Massachusetts: Historical Significance, Lasting Legacy , presented in partnership by UMass Lowell and Queen’s University Belfast, was an interdisciplinary look at the understudied nature of the Irish Diaspora in New England, with specific focus on the Irish and their contributions to Massachusetts.
We continue to be honored to partner with the University and the Center!