Wales-Ireland Network

The Ireland–Wales Research Network aims to explore the creative, cultural, and political relationships between Wales and Ireland.

The Network, a partnership between Cardiff University, Aberystwyth University and University College Cork, aims to develop a deeper awareness of the overlapping, complex and connected histories of Wales and Ireland. 

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council the Network was launched the Consul General of Ireland in Wales on November 22nd, 2007, at a reception sponsored by the Government of Ireland.

The Network is managed by Professor Katie Gramich (Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy) and Dr Paul O'Leary (Department of History and Welsh History, University of Wales, Aberystwyth).

For an introduction to the comparative research being undertaken, see the special issue of Irish Studies ReviewVolume 17 Issue 1 (Feb 2009).


Professor Katie Gramich


+44 (0)29 2087 5622

Lectures and readings

The network has hosted a number of public lectures and readings, with speakers including:

  • Paul Muldoon
  • Gwyneth Lewis
  • Mike Young
  • John Horgan & Geraint Talfan Davies (in conversation)
  • Paul Murphy MP

AHRC funded Ireland-Wales symposia 

There have been five symposia to date, organised by the network and sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).