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Sixth Annual Irish Studies Conference 14-16 November 2008

The University of Sunderland in Association with NEICN

The conference was a big success with around 80 delegates from the UK, Europe and America, plus the Lady Mayor, and some extra guests at the banquet. NEICN give special thanks to Professor Flavia Swann who did so much, and the Glasgow University staff: Will, Paddy and Matt Mcguire and also to Colin, Vikki, Gemma, Bernie and Mel who co-ordinated the conference so well and to all attendees. Thanks also to the Inchigeelagh Irish Dance Academy who provided a number of fine displays. ITV News visited the conference and gave us an excellent article on the local news. We will post the video of the news item as soon as we can acquire a copy and video highlights of keynote speeches will follow over the coming weeks. In the mean time, do check out our picture galleries and get in touch with any feedback.

A few comments ...

Dear Alison, Colin and all the team

You know what I am going to say: I had a lovely time as usual. I know how much work goes on behind the scenes and how exhausted and mad it makes you feel, but it was well worth it. I met lots of old Sunderland conferences buddies and made several new buddies too. I came home with bulging notes of things I have to read, and new and interesting connections so it was a success on all levels.

Subject: hooray

Another great conference, Alison. My congratulations to you, John, Colin, and Flavia. I met some very interesting new people this year. Loads of fun. Now to read some of those good books I heard about!

Thank you to you all for the privilege of being part of your wonderful conference. We especially appreciated Colin's anchorship and organisation. I came to more sessions that ever before and really enjoyed meeting so many interesting people.
I would like to come and have a chat about my progress. I have done a lot and would like to go through this with you.

Thanks for having me to speak at the conference - you did such a tremendous job and all your hard work really paid off; it was a great weekend. It was lovely to see you and to catch up. See you again soon, I hope. I'll definitely hope to be back in Sunderland again ...


It was a really good conference, probably the best so far. I learned a lot. Your paper was terrific, and I think when you've incorporated my suggestions it'll be a great published essay! And yes, the roundtable was a sparky affair. All good stuff. Well done. Look forward to my next visit.

Members of NEICN on the roof of Sunderland Glass Centre


Video Clips

Programme of Events

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Delegates at the Irish Studies Conference 2008

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