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MP provides personal perspective of Welsh-Irish connections

10 September 2009

One of the key players in the Good Friday Agreement is set to give a very personal perspective on links between Wales and Ireland in an event hosted by Cardiff University's Wales-Ireland Research Network.

Paul Murphy MP will be visiting the University on Thursday 17 September to give an insider’s view of the devolution decade as well as giving a unique insight into the character and culture of our communities as they face a decade of devolution.

As one of Wales’ most influential politicians and a former Secretary of State for both Wales and Northern Ireland, the public lecture will see him draw on his unique experiences in Ireland and Wales and his own Irish ancestry.

Dr Clair Connolly, Co-ordinator of the Network, which is part of the School of English, Communication and Philosophy said: "We are very much looking forward to welcoming Mr Murphy. He will be providing an historical and contemporary perspective and sharing his own very personal reflections on what he believes makes Wales and Ireland so different and what makes us so very similar."

The University’s Wales-Ireland Research Network is the first of its kind to explore the creative, cultural, and political relationships between Wales and Ireland and is funded by The Arts and Humanities Research Council. 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.

Paul Murphy’s lecture - ‘Wales and Ireland: A Personal Perspective’ - is sponsored by the Irish Embassy and starts at 6pm on Thursday 17 September. Tickets for this event are free and booking is essential. To reserve your place, please email publicbookings@cardiff.ac.uk or telephone 029 2087 6934.

1. Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and alongstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

2. Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy

The School of English, Communication and Philosophy has a world-wide reputation as a centre for research and teaching. The School encompasses several research centres and networks spanning four key areas: English Literature, Critical and Cultural Theory, Philosophy, and Language and Communication. Its record in all areas demonstrates its role in changing the disciplinary map and enriching our understanding of culture.

In terms of degrees, the School specialises in a portfolio of distinctive and complementary approaches to language, texts, cultures, ideas and identities, and offers a range of innovative undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes which are designed to provide students with exciting new ways of thinking about their subjects.

The School was ranked 7th in the UK by Research Power in the most recent independent assessment of the quality of research in British universities (RAE 2008). National Student Satisfaction surveys confirm that students find it a friendly and stimulating place to study. Core areas of work are nurtured alongside specialist fields and issues of larger interest for the wider community and general public.

Lowri Jones

Public Relations

Cardiff University

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E: joneslc3@cardiff.ac.uk