12 February 2008

Turning Sunderland Green

The University of Sunderland continually grows and Irish Studies, culture, music and as the dynamics of Sunderland grows to incoporate this growth of 'Irishness,' then is it a surprise that Sunderland is almost reaching out across the Irish sea, is it any wonder then that Ireland is doing the same.

One of Ireland's leading ambassadors travelled to Sunderland to celebrate the city's links with the emerald isle - and his first stop was the University of Sunderland's Media Centre. David Cooney is Ireland's Ambassador to the United Nations. During his visit to Wearside he toured the University's state-of-the-art Media Centre, the National Glass Centre and the Stadium of Light. Sunderland has close links with Ireland, both through Roy Keane's team at the Stadium of Light, and the University's annual Irish Conference and Festival, hosted by NEICN. The Festival, now in its sixth year, is the largest independent Irish conference in the UK and has grown so much in stature that it is now sponsored by the Irish Government.

Ambassador Cooney said: 'I was very impressed with the quality of the facilities at the University of Sunderland.' Professor Peter Fidler, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sunderland, said: 'We were delighted to welcome Ambassador Cooney to the university.'

Dr Alison O’Malley-Younger, director of the North East Irish Culture Network, added: 'We feel it particularly appropriate that the Ambassador visited the University and SAFC, two organisations which have a close partnership and are linked to the developing Irish culture in the region.'

The Irish Embassy has offered great support to our endeavours in promoting Irish culture in the North East.

2 February 2008

NEICN Event: Readings and Risings

It is my pleasure to announce the next NEICN seminar will be held on 17th March 2008, St Patrick's Night. This NEICN events takes a new form, in comparison to previous St. Patrick's day events in that we are hosting a seminar entilted Readings and Rising. This event will take place in Priestman Bulding, Green Terrace, Sunderland at 6:00pm, in room C21

The fabulous guest speakers are Willey Maley, Paddy Lyons and Claire Nalley, as well as Alison O'Malley- Younger-

Professor Willy Maley- University of Glasgow – The Rising of the Moon and the Reading of the Riot Act.

Dr Alison O’Malley-Younger – University of Sunderland –Unhappy the Land that Has No Heroes: Heroic Masculinity in the Patriotic Melodramas of Boucicault and Whitbread.

Paddy Lyons – University of Glasgow – Ireland versus Scotland – pleasure, lies, money.

Dr Claire Nally – University of Hull – Yeats's Dreaming of the Bones: a critique of nationalist memory.
From 8:00pm there is a wine reception and St Patrick’s Day celebration at the Bonded Warehouse, Low Street, Sunderland. This event includes a live music from Aos Dana, Emma Callaghan and other local musicians.

Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy themselves.