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Very good review of Irish-German Studies 12 (Recent Irish and British Migration to Berlin: A Case of Lifestyle Migration?, by Melanie Neumann) in Dublin Review of Books, January 2022:


The latest “Hiberno Goethe” podcast, a cooperation of the Goethe Institut with the radio station nearfm, features Gisela Holfter. You can listen here: Podcast Hiberno Goethe - Goethe-Institut Irland)  – and there have been many other interesting contributors, among them Deike Potzel, Hugo Hamilton and René Böll.


Visit by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Irish President Michael D. Higgins: 

A highpoint in the history of the Centre for Irish-German Studies was the State visit of German president Frank-Walter Stein- meier. It was wonderful and a great honour to meet him and the Irish President Michael D. Higgins at the University of Limerick on 29 October. After being greeted by UL president Prof Kerstin Mey the Irish and German presidents got an insight

into the many facets and the richness of the Irish-German book collection, especially the recent addition of the Gottschalk collection in the Special Collections of our Glucksman Library and other treasures there by Ken Bergin, Head of Special Collections, and Prof Gisela Holfter. This was followed by a discussion on the future of Europe and Europe’s contribution to social justice in the world with students, chaired by Prof Joachim Fischer. After that, the presidents gained insights into hurling at the UL Sports complex.


Co-founder and long term joined director, Dr Joachim Fischer, has just been awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in European Cultural Studies. This is fantastic reward for all the work Joachim has carried out over nearly three decades in supporting, defending and strengthening European Studies at UL, through his committed directorship of the BA in European Studies and his work within the Centre for Irish-German Studies (as co-director with Dr Gisela Holfter), the Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies and, of course, the Centre for European Studies (CEUROS). Gisela Holfter will take over as director of the Centre.  07 August 2019


Derek Scally, Higgins visit marks 90 years of Irish-German diplomacy, Irish Times, 1. July 2019: Dr Gisela Holfter joint director of the University of Limerick’s Centre for German-Irish Studies, described the ties – unique in the EU for being unblemished by conflict – as an “untroubled friendship”. “But that shouldn’t blind us: there are misunderstandings, good relations are not a given and there is always room for improvement,” said Holfter, whose UL centre co-sponsored the anniversary event. With her research into bilateral links, Holfter has arguably done the most to bring Germany and Ireland together since Nobel laureate Heinrich Böll.


Zeitlos – Germanistin Gisela Holfter über Bölls Einfluss auf das Irlandbild der Deutschen, Kölner Stadtanzeiger, Magazin, 17/18 June 2017, pp. 10-11.


Derek Scally, How Ireland failed refugees from Nazi Germany, Irish Times, 4 February 2017 (Review of An Irish Sanctuary – German-speaking refugees in Ireland 1933-1945)


RTEHistory Show, 5 February 2017 (with Joachim Fischer) 


RTEHistory Show, 22 January 2017 (with Gisela Holfter) 


THE SMART SOCIETY – Review of Irish-German Studies 6: Contemporary German-Irish Relations in a European Perspective, Joachim Fischer and Rolf Stehle (eds), Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier by Siobhán Parkinson, Dublin Review of Books


Wo die Poesie auf der Strasse liegt, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 5 December 2014


Das Zentrum für irisch-deutsche Studien, das Centre for Irish-German Studies, konnte in diesem Jahr sein höchst erfolgreiches 15jähriges Bestehen begehen. Irland journal, XXIV (2013), p. 138.


RTE 1 Arts Tonight (one hour programme about the publication on Heinrich Böll and Ireland) 30 April 2012


Heinrich Böll’s affection for Achill does not prevent him from focusing on poverty, emigration & religion. Heinrich Böll and Ireland by Gisela Holfter, reviewed by John F Deane, Irish Times 21 January 2012


‘Wissenschaftler diskutieren über Friedrich Engels "Geschichte Irlands"’, Deutschlandfunk, 18 August 2011. (Interview by Peter Leusch with Gisela Holfter, Jürgen Herres and Eberhard Illner, about the 13th conference in Irish-German Studies)


Die edlen Wilden der Kommunisten – Eine Berliner Tagung über das Irland-Bild von Friedrich Engels und Karl Marx, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 17 August 2011 (report about the 13th conference in Irish-German Studies)


Mary, Lydia und die Fabrikarbeit – Neu entziffert: Friedrich Engels Manuskript zur Geschichte Irlands, Gert Lange Süddeutsche Zeitung, 16 August 2011 (report about the 13th conference in Irish-German Studies)


Irish-German relations ‘excellent’, Jason Michael Irish Times 6 May 2011 (report about the 12th conference in Irish-German Studies)


Mosaic – a Celebration of Irish Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences (Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences 2010), pp. 124-127


Thar Sáile TG4 on 3 November 2009 (Interview with Jooachim Fischer)


Heinrich manoeuvres in Limerick, Irish Times 25 August 2007


9th Irish-German Studies Conference Lyric FM Interview with Prof Eda Sagarra, 25 August 2007


Diary that defines us for Germans still secret but not for much longer, Irish Times, 8 September 2007


NDLR podcast The 9th Limerick Conference in Irish-German Studies 27 July 2007 (discussion with Gisela Holfter)


50 Jahre “Irisches Tagebuch” von Heinrich Böll – eine Tagung in Limerick (including interview with Dr Gisela Holfter) MOSAIK – Das Kulturmagazin WDR, 3 September 2007


“Achill Island – das neue Berlin? – Bericht von einer Konferenz in Limerick” Irland Journal XVIII, 03/2007, pp 74-77