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Cymraeg

Irish and Welsh connections

22 November 2007

Irish people represent the largest single group of immigrants to play a part in the story of Wales.

Cardiff University is launching the first Ireland-Wales Research Network to explore the creative, cultural, and political relationships between Wales and Ireland. The Network, in partnership with Aberystwyth University, aims to develop a deeper awareness of the overlapping histories of Wales and Ireland and thereby contribute to a fuller understanding of the complex and connected histories of Britain and Ireland.

Dr Claire Connolly, School of English, Communication and Philosophy said: "At a time of constitutional change this research network will contribute to the wider rethinking of the British and Irish past in the light of our devolved present."

Funded by The Arts and Humanities Research Council the Network will be launched at a reception at the Consulate General of Ireland in Wales (22 November).

Colm McGrady, Consul General of Ireland in Wales, said: "This is a very timely and important initiative. Wales and Ireland share much in terms of our cultural heritage The Network will undoubtedly contribute to a wider and deeper understanding of the rich tapestry of these links. I am very pleased to have been supportive of this initiative and to host the launch of the Ireland -Wales Research Network."

The Network will also host a variety of public events, starting 14 December with a reading by Pulitzer-prize winning Northern Irish poet, Paul Muldoon at Cardiff University Concert Hall, School of Music, Corbett Road,CF10 3EB. The reading is free and open to all. For tickets, please email publicbookings@cardiff.ac.uk