Official Opening and Irish Studies Symposium



DUCIS, Dalarna University Centre for Irish Studies, was officially opened by His Excellency, Mr Patrick McCabe, the Irish Ambassador to Sweden, on May 23, 2003, at Dalarna University, Falun, Sweden.


               From left to right: Dr Irene Gilsenan Nordin, Dr Andrew Casson, Inger Eriksson, Patrick McCabe

Dr Irene Gilsenan Nordin, Director of DUCIS, welcomed guests from abroad and from Sweden. Dr Andrew Casson, Vice Rector at Dalarna University, marked the occasion with some well-chosen lines by Joyce, and Inger Eriksson, Vice County Governor to Dalarna, expressed her hope that DUCIS will increase cultural contacts between Dalarna and Ireland. His Excellency, Mr Patrick McCabe, opened the centre and gave a talk on Irish identity.


The opening was followed by an Irish Studies Symposium. Special guest and plenary speaker, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, gave a much appreciated lecture entitled “’A Late but Spectacular Flowering’: Irish Women’s Poetry in the Last 20 Years.”  

For a selection of our favourite Ní Dhomhnaill poems, click here



Interesting lectures were also given by the invited guest speakers. Dr Micheál Ó Flaithearta (left), Department of Celtic Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden, gave a lecture entitled “The Irish language: present state and current attitudes.” Dr Evelyn Anne McCartney (bottom right), Research Fellow, University of Ulster, Coleraine, talked about “The Irish Land War,” and Professor Lars-Håkan Svensson (top right), Linköping University, Sweden, presented a lecture entitled “Heaney and Muldoon in Conversation.”



                      From left to right: Dr Barbro Norbelie, Dr Heidi Hansson, Elin Holmsten, Dr Britta Olinder

DUCIS invited Swedish scholars working in the field of Irish Studies to introduce the guest speakers. Dr Barbro Norbelie, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, Uppsala University, introduced Dr Michéal Ó Flaithearta; Dr Heidi Hansson, Research Fellow, Umeå University, introduced Dr Evelyn Anne McCartney. Elin Holmsten, Doctoral Student at Dalarna, introduced Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, and Dr Britta Olinder, Associate Professor in English Literature, Gothenburg University, introduced Professor Lars-Håkan Svensson.



                     Reception at the Media House before the poetry reading by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill.



In the evening, many gathered to listen to one of Ireland’s most celebrated poets, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, who read her poetry both in Irish and in English translation.

Loretta Qwarnström, lecturer in English at Dalarna University, in conversation with Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill









The poetry reading was followed by dinner, and entertainment by Plastic Paddy, a local Irish band.

Dr Irene Gilsenan Nordin, Dr Lars Berge, and Dr Micheál Ó Flaithearta in conversation

To see the full programme for the official opening and the Irish Studies Symposium, click here

For more images from the opening and Irish Studies Symposium, click here.








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