Irish Day 2021 - 18.05.2021


-> You Tube recording (the opening, talks and films) <-

We are delighted to invite you to our Institute’s Irish Day 2021 celebration. Though this year we have moved what has now become an annual event to the virtual space, the day itself promises to be unforgettable for the sheer variety of its happenings and the wonderful contributions of world famous and revered guests. As only an Irish festival can be, it will be a day for literature, great talking, cinema and song. What is more, the festival will feature inspiring talks on a vast array of topics ranging from ecology and translation, Irish language, through Broadway musicals and graphic literature to Irish music, portal fantasy, Edna O’Brien and Titanic art. Hoping to lift spirits as we approach summer, this will be very much a take-part event, so we look forward to seeing you on May 18.


(sessions hosted by Prof. Barry Keane and Dr Katarzyna Kociołek)

9.45 – 10.00 Opening by Her Excellency Emer O’Connell, Ambassador of Ireland, and Prof. Agnieszka Piskorska, Head of the Institute of English Studies UW


10.00-10.45  Dr Mark Ó Fionnáin, Irish language workshop, followed by Q&A 
(limited number of participants, registration is closed)

Main session (in parallel)
Robert Berry (talk followed by Q&A)

11.00-11.45 Prof. Michael Cronin (talk followed by Q&A)

12.00-12.45 Jonathan Brielle (talk followed by Q&A)

13.00-14.00 Lunch break

14.00 – 15.00 Student sessions

Sara Bonk "An Irish Portal Fantasy with an Ancient Celtic Hero"

Katarzyna Jaworska “The Representation of Ageing and Femininity in Edna O'Brien's The Country Girls

Mateusz Pęcikiewicz “Modern Titanic Art in Belfast”

15.00-15.45 Tom Galvin (talk followed by Q&A)

16.00 - Films “The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats” followed by a discussion

  • Affairs of the Heart – Yeats and the women in his life,
  • Players and the Painted Stage– Yeats and the theatre,
  • The Other World – Yeats and the esoteric,
  • The Mask – Yeats, the public man

“… The films contain rare archive footage and interviews with major artists and many of the great Yeats scholars. They provide an illuminating look at four crucial aspects of Yeats’s life and work, as well as giving the viewer an insight into Irish social, cultural and political life from the late 1800s to the 1930s.” (The Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland in cooperation with the National Library of Ireland)

Guest Speakers

Robert Berry, University of Pennsylvania
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Jonathan Brielle
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Prof. Michael Cronin, Trinity College Dublin
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Dr. Mark Ó Fionnáinon, Katolicki Universytet Lubelski
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Tom Galvin
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