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The guide supports the study of Ireland for students preparing for a visit to Ireland during the spring break.
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Welcome to Ireland!

Literature and Drama

Irish Language

Irish Travellers

Irish Music and Dance

  • The Globalization of Irish Traditional Song Performance
    This e-book is from Ebsco's Discovery service and reports on the impact of Irish traditional song in the world.
  • Ireland (International Encyclopedia of Dance)
    Article contains information on Traditional Dance and Theatrical Dance. In the same encyclopedia, search for specific dances like "jig," "step dance"...
  • The Dubliners: The Story so Far
    A brief overview of the accomplishments of the singing group, The Dubliners, whose recording in the 1960s and 70s brought Irish folk music to the world.
  • Hozier
    From Biography in Context, the page contains links to a variety of resources about the performer Hozier.
  • U2
    From Biography in Context, the page accesses resources from a variety of resources on the Irish group U2.
  • Sing Street
    For information on the film, see the entry at the Internet Movie Database (IMDb).
  • The Young Dublineres
    Article about the musical group The Young Dubliners from Biography in Context.

Irish Diaspora

  • Diaspora: The Irish in North America
    Provides historical background information on the Irish immigration to America.
  • Diaspora: The Irish in Australia
    Provides historical information on Irish immigration to Australia.
  • Diaspora: The Irish in Britain
    Provides historical information on Irish immigration to Great Britain.
  • Great Famine
    Good historical overview of the Irish famine that resulted in the loss of life of over 1 million people and the emigration of perhaps another million plus to other parts of the world.
  • Potato Famine
    From the St. James Encyclopedia of Labor History Worldwide, the article examines the causes and effects of the potato famine in Ireland.

Role of British-WWI

For information on Great Britain and World War I, see the Oxford History of the British Empire, Vol. IV, particularly Chap. 6, pp. 138 ff.

See also Blackwell's A Companion to World War I, edited by John Horne for information on the war in Africa and India.

  • Great War
    Article discusses the formation of Irish regiments and the drafting of Irish nationals to fight in World War I.

The Troubles

  • Troubles
    Although this article is about a novel, the section on the historical background of the period is very complete in explaining the circumstances that led to the violence around the IRA and the British loyalists in the North.

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