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20 April 2023 (5pm, LC1-016) – Panel Discussion
Literary Discussions of the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability
with Prof. Joachim Fischer, Anne Nospickel and Clarisa Novello, chaired by Dr Laura Linares: An exchange about the challenges as well as possibilities of engaging with topics related to climate change and sustainability in contemporary literature.


24 March, 2023 (12pm, KBG14) - Guest Lecture by Katherine Meenan
Some background on the Institute of International and European Affairs and the IIEA Germany Group Katherine Meenan will talk about Irish-German relations in the context of her experiences of the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA), Ireland's international think tank.


23 March 2023 (2pm) - Insights into Irish-German relations – Talks with key stakeholders and video competition
Speakers include H.E. Dr Nicholas O'Brien (Ambassador of Ireland to Germany), H.E. Cord Meier-Klodt (Ambassador of Germany to Ireland), Ulrike Gasser (Director, Goethe-Institut Ireland) and Ralf Lissek (Chief Executive Officer, German-Irish Chamber of Industry & Commerce) in conversation with Derek Scally (The Irish Times), followed by four videos on Irish-German relations by final year students, competing for the prize of Irish-German Chamber of Industry & Commerce. This is an online event.


21 March 2023 (5pm, Millstream Common Room) – Guest Lecture and discussion with John Gormley, chaired by Prof Kerstin Mey, UL President John is the former Irish Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and former Leader, Green Party. In his talk he discussed his personal journey into environmental issues and specifically what role his time in Germany played and links between the German and Irish Green parties. To watch the recording of the event, please click here.


21 February 2023 (9am) - AI in language education – Google translate and ChatGPT
Machine translation for language learning Machine translation tools such as Google Translate and DeepL are widely used by language learners. How does the availability of a tool that instantly translates written and spoken language impact on the learning and assessment practices in our language classrooms? In this workshop, Anotnie Alm will present the results of a recent survey on the use and perceived usefulness of machine translation tools for language learning. The workshop activities will provide participants with practical skills for machine translation use and facilitate a discussion on the appropriate use of machine translation in language education. Associate Professor Antonie Alm is Head of Languages and Cultures at Otago University in Dunedin in New Zealand and teaches German language at all levels, intercultural communication, and computer-assisted language learning.


15 February 2023 (1pm) – Guest Lecture
Sustainability Reporting at German Universities by Philipp Nußbaum, chaired by Andrea Deverell (UL): Philipp Nußbaum is a research and project manager at the Institute for Higher Education Development in Hannover. The association provides services for the ministries of the German federal states, universities and non-university research and educational institutions. Nußbaum’s focus has been on measuring sustainable development.


7 February 2023 (6pm, A&L Goodbody Moot Appeal Court Room) – Guest Lecture
The Story Behind the UN Sustainable Development Goals by David Donoghue, chaired by Prof Shane Kilcommins (Provost and Deputy President):
David Donoghue was the Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations in New York 2013-17. At the request of the President of the General Assembly, he served as co-facilitator (with Kenya) for the UN negotiations which led to the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015 and he has been actively involved with issues relating to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Previously David was Irish ambassador to Germany and many other countries. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Irish-German Studies since 2019 and has been taking part in several endeavors of the Centre to date. The event took place in blended format. To watch a full recording of the event, please click here.


1 December 2022
A Day of Austrian, German and Irish literature and music
The Centre for Irish-German Studies proudly presents a day of Austrian, German and Irish Music, Literature and Culture.
It was a day full of cultural events, including a concert of the Irish Chamber Orchestra with the music of W.A. Mozart and K. A. Hartmann, conducted by the new principal conductor of the ICO Thomas Zehetmair.In cooperation with the Austrian Embassy and the Irish Chamber Orchester. To watch the session on Austrian-Irish links in history and today, please click here


Féile Dánnerstag
Thanks to funding by Foras na Gaeilge we will be able to continue the 2021-2022 Dánnerstag project in a slightly different format as Féile Dánnerstag/ Dánnerstag Festival in the autumn of 2022. This time, we will be translating the other way around, from Irish to German, with a four-part Irish-German Poetry Festival: Gabriel Rosenstock (on 22 September, with Hans-Christian Oeser), Alan Titley, Julie Goo and Micheál Ó hAodha will take part in September, October, November and December 2022. Project leaders are Sorcha de Brún and Gisela Holfter, UL.


30 November 2022
Celebrating 50 years of Heinrich Böll's Nobel Prize in Literature
In cooperation with the German Embassy, Dublin and the Museum of Literature Ireland


11 November 2022
Féile Dánnerstag with poet Julie Goo and electronic music producer DJ Millis.
1pm in the Irish World Academy for Music and Dance,
UL Funded by Foras na Gaeilge and in cooperation with the Centre for the Study of Popular Music and Popular Culture (CSPMPC ).
Supported by Aonad na Gaeilge.


3-4 November 2022
International Conference

New Ways of Engagement and the International Context: Northern Ireland and Ireland 
Location: Ulster University, Belfast
Jointly organised by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (Ulster University), the Centre for Irish-German Studies (UL) and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS Dublin/London).
To view the programme, please click here.


10 October 2022, 3pm (on campus & online), Room: CSG025
Guest lecture

Die irischen Pfälzer - eighteenth century immigrants and identity
Claire McCormick (UL).


3 October 2022, 1pm-1:30pm (on campus & online)
Guest lecture

Ireland–Switzerland - The diplomatic relations between two island nations
Jonas Hirschi (Diplomatische Dokumente der Schweiz (Dodis), Berne)


22-23 September 2022
25th Anniversary Conference of the Centre for Irish-German Studies

The Centre for Irish-German Studies is proudly celebrating 25 successful years of research, teaching, international conferences and many other events with its 19th conference, entitled 1997-2022: Reflecting – Connecting – Transforming - In Honour of Prof Joachim Fischer, taking place 22-23 September 2022 in UL and online.
Please see the full programme here.
The keynote address by Irish Minister of State for European Affairs Thomas Byrne, T.D. and the Welcome Address by German Minister of State Katja Keul can be found here.


9-11 September 2022
International Conference

"Mein Sehen geht in die Ferne" - Reflecting on Exile and GDR Studies
In memoriam of Ian Wallace
Location: New College, Oxford
Jointly organised by Prof. Karen Leeder (New College Oxford), Prof. Pól Ó Dochartaigh (University of Galway) and Prof. Gisela Holfter (CIGS; UL)
Please click here to see the full programme.

Discussion of the exhibition inspired by Erich Kästner’s The 35th of May, or Conrad’s Ride to the South Seas in cooperation with CIGS

Saturday, 9 April 2022 - 10.30am, glór, Ennis

Clare-based artists were inspired by much-loved German author Erich Kästner (1899-1974, best known for his children’s books), specifically his wonderful story The 35th of May, or Conrad’s Ride to the South Seas. An online reading group with glór curator Moran Been-noon was a meeting place to talk about real and fantastical ideas, get inspired and inspire others. The results and the author will be discussed by G. Holfter and participating artists. The link for the (free) The opening of the exhibition, curated by Dr. Moran Been-noon, is this Wednesday, March 16th at 6pm in glór, Ennis, and it will run until May 7th: On the 35th of May, one has to be prepared for anything, featuring new work by Ana Colomer, Rachel Macmanus, Will O’Kane, Katya Polezhaeva, Noreen Ramsay and Evelyn Sorohan. See also:

Ennis, and it will run until May 7thOn the 35th of May, one has to be prepared for anything, featuring new work by Ana Colomer, Rachel Macmanus, Will O’Kane, Katya Polezhaeva, Noreen Ramsay and Evelyn Sorohan. See also

Limericker Literaturgespräche

3 March 2022, 10am: Torsten Schulz - Boxhagener Platz. Torsten Schulz will read from Boxhagener Platz and present the film. The event is organised together with the DAAD, the Goethe Institut, NUI Galway and Mary Immaculate College Limerick.
Room: A1054


7 March 2022, 12pm: Renate Ahrens Schickalsfreundin. Renate Ahrens, who has been a welcome guest in UL on several occasions, will read from her new novel Schicksalsfreundin (2021).


28 March 2022, 12pm: Gabrielle Alioth - Die Überlebenden (2021): Swiss-Irish writer Gabrielle Alioth has been a collaborator on several occasions, she has also featured in the Irish-German poetry project Dánnerstag in March ( Her reading is organised in cooperation with the Swiss Embassy - for more information please contact Dr. Marieke Krajenbrink (


Guest lecture

Thursday, 24 March lecture, 1pm (online): Postdigital Cosmopolitanism: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives by PD Dr. Fergal Lenehan, University of Jena, and Dr. Roman Lietz, University of Mainz/Germersheim
The speakers will provide theoretical and empirical insights from an ongoing research project “ReDICo: Researching Digital Interculturality Co-operatively”, which is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research and where is one of the international partners.


2021/22 Video competition for 3rd level students on Irish-German relations

21 March 2022, 11-13: CIGS Competition for Final Year Studies, supported by the German-Irish Chamber of Commerce

This exciting competition of the Centre for Irish-German Studies at the University of Limerick will feature on Irish-German connections and relations created by final year students from Irish universities. Irish ambassador to Germany, H.E. Dr Nicholas O'Brien and German ambassador to Ireland, H.E. Cord Meier-Klodt, will open the together with director Prof Gisela Holfter. Then Irish Times Berlin correspondent Derek Scally will introduce the groups and this year’s shortlist of five videos from students from NUI Galway, UCC and UL will be shown before a public vote will decide who will get the first, second and third prize, generously sponsored by the German-Irish Chamber of Commerce. Chamber Director Ralf Lissek and Dr Hermann Rasche will also address the audience before the winners are announced by the two ambassadors. Join us, enjoy the creativity of the student groups and decide who will win!


Conference November 2021

4-5 November 2021 Unions, Break-ups and Special Relationships – Aspects of the Irish-German-UK Relationships
Venue: University of Limerick, click here to view the programme


Invited Lecture

14. October 2021: Gisela Holfter, 'Between Britain and Europe: (Almost) 100 years of Irish-German diplomatic relations' University of Cambridge; Centre for Geopolitics in partnership with the Irish History Seminar at the Faculty of History. Respondent: Eugenio Biagini, Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at Cambridge. 


22. September 2021: Gisela Holfter, 'Safe Haven: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and the WWII Immigrants Who Shaped It', Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies & part of the Dublin Festival of History, see here 



02. September 2021: Launch of the Dánnerstag project at the Goethe Institute, Dublin.


Limericker Literaturgespräche

11 October 2021, 10am Iris Taylor, reading from "Memoirs of a Reluctant German" and discussion with students.


27. September 2021: Jo Sorochinsky reading (online) from "Dancing with my Father" and discussion with students.


12 März 2021: Kathrin Schmidt (Berlin)

Guest lecture

25. February 2021: Dr Claire O'Reilly (UCC) - “Researching Intercultural Communication 50 years on: A Reflection of Theory and Practice”

Thursday, 25 February, at 3pm.


18th February 2021: Irish-German diplomatic relations – towards the 100th anniversary – with contributions by H.E. Deike Potzel (German Ambassador to Ireland) and H.E. Dr Nicholas O’Brien (Irish Ambassador to Germany) and many others. Click here for our programme.

To view the recording of Part I - Opening and the first session about Irish-German relations from a political and diplomatic angle, please click here.

To view the recording of Part II - “My vision for 100 years of Irish-German diplomatic relations – in 100 seconds” – short videos from experts in Irish-German relations and key stakeholders, please click here.


14 December 2020 at 11am online discussion on Irish-German economic and political relations with H.E. Deike Potzel (German Ambassador to Ireland) and Ralf Lissek (Director of the German-Irish Chamber of Commerce). To view recording, click here.


Guest lecture

27. February 2020 Liam Ryan, CEO of SAP Ireland (Galway) - "The need of foreign languages in the economy"


Guest lecture

27. February 2020 Prof. Dr. Michael Braun (Berlin) - "Portraits by the Artist as Memory fictions: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's film "Never Look Away" (2018)"


Guest lecture

Date: 24. February 2020 Prof. Tom Lodge (UL) - "East German support for the struggle against apartheid, 1955-1989"


Room: C1079 Time: 5pm

90th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations – 1929-2019 (Part 2: International Colloquium: On the Role of Bilateral Diplomatic Relations)

Click here for full program.


Guest lecture

29 October 2019 Dr. Deidre Byrnes (NUI) - "Seán O'Casey and his Reception in the GDR"


Roundtable and Exhibition

10 October 2019 Operation Shamrock

Opening of the Operation Shamrock exhibition by H.E. Deike Potzel and discussion with two participants of Operation Shamrock, Klaus Armstrong-Braun and Friedhelm Krüll as well as the curator of the exhibition, Monica Brandis. For more info, click here


Guest lecture

9 October 2019 Dr. Sam McIntosh

We are happy to announce that Dr. Sam McIntosh will give a lecture about "The outsourcing and off-shoring of border control: state responsibility and a legal obligation to investigate deaths beyond borders" in cooperation with the Centre for British Studies and the Humboldt Universität Berlin.


Guest reading

20 September 2019 Hugo Hamilton


12-14 July 2019 29th Freudenstadt Symposium on European Regionalism: “Shrapnel or Dreamland”: how to go on after EU elections & with Brexit

Organised by Prof. Christopher Harvie and Stefan M. Buettner, in association with the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen and the Centre for Irish-German Studies.

Please click here for the official invite and contact the organisers for more information : /

Curious about the symposium? Click here for some impressions of last years event!


90th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations – 1929-2019

Colloquium on 90 years Irish-German diplomatic relations organised by Dr Gisela Holfter, Centre for Irish-German Studies, UL, in coordination with the Irish Embassy. Speakers include the Tánaiste and Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D., H.E. the Irish ambassador to Germany Michael Collins, Dr Michael Kennedy (RIA), Dr Róisín Healy (NUIG), Dr Mervyn O’Driscoll (UCC), Dr Joachim Fischer (UL) Prof Bettina Migge (UCD) as well as Dr Gisela Holfter. The colloquium will also include the launch of "Ireland in the European Eye" (Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 2019; 519pp, edited by Gisela Holfter and Bettine Migge).

Click here for Tánaiste Simon Coveney's address to the Colloquium.


18 June 2019: Book launch of "Ireland in the European Eye" by H.E. Michael Collins

Bild mit Prof Bettina Migge, Dr Gisela Holfter and H.E. Michael Collins, Irish ambassador to Germany
Prof Bettina Migge, Dr Gisela Holfter & H.E. Michael Collins


21 February 2019 (6.30pm): Berlin book launch of paperback of An Irish Sanctuary – German-speaking Refugees in Ireland 1933-1945 by Gisela Holfter and Horst Dickel (Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter 2018), Irish Embassy Berlin, Jägerstraße 51, 10117 Berlin


12 December 2018 - Launch of paperback version of An Irish Sanctuary – German-speaking Refugees in Ireland 1933-1945 (by Gisela Holfter and Horst Dickel; Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter 2018) at the Goethe-Institut Dublin on 12 December 2018 at 4pm with an introduction by H.E. Deike Potzel, the German Ambassador to Ireland, and Hugo Hamilton, Irish-German writer, followed by a talk by Gisela Holfter and a wine reception and light refreshments. Click here for the speech of the German ambassador


Gretchen Dutschke in Limerick and Dublin, 26-28 May 2018

Earlier this year Gretchen Dutschke, widow of the student leader Rudi Dutschke who died in 1979 due to injuries sustained in an assassination attempt in May 1968, published her own personal memoir of the student rebellion of 1968. The book, 1968: Worauf wir stolz sein dürfen, has been very favourably received in Germany. The author will be visiting Ireland in late May to give the keynote address at the 12th Ralahine Workshop in Utopian Studies “Realising Utopia: 1968, Then and Now” at Ormston House, Patrick Street, in Limerick, on Saturday, 26 May 2018 at 9.30 am, an event to mark the semi-centenary of the momentous events of that year from an international perspective. For the full programme of this event and registration, see: Participation is open to all and free. Gretchen’s visit is organised in co-operation with the Centre for Irish-German Studies and supported by the Goethe Institut Irland.

Gretchen Dutschke will also present her book, which has not yet been translated into English, at a Book Launch in the Residence of the German Ambassador to Ireland on Monday, 28 May, at 6 pm. She will be introduced by Dr Joachim Fischer, Centre for Irish-German Studies.

Both events will be in English.

See also:


Limericker Literaturgespräche

02. March 2020 Renate Ahrens (Hamburg) - Renate Ahrens will be reading from her latest novel "Der andere Himmel" (2019)


8 October 2019 Gabrielle Alioth & Fred Kurer

Swiss-Irish writer Gabrielle Alioth will return again on 8th October and read together with Fred Kurer from her book The Poet's Coat / Der Mantel der Dichterin (Frauenfeld: Waldgut 2019). In contrast to the novels written in German by Gabrielle Alioth, the original language of her poems is English. For this bilingual edition, the texts have been translated into German by Swiss Anglist, author and poet Fred Kurer and we are happy to welcome both to UL.

7. März 2019 Dimitrij Kapitelman

The German-Ukrainian-Jewish novelist and Zeit journalist Dmitrij Kapitelman will visit UL on the 7th of March to read from his book "Das Lächeln meines unsichtbaren Vaters", for which he received the Klaus-Michael Kühne-Price of the Harbour Front Literaturfestival in 2016. Kapitelman’s stay in Ireland is organised by the Centre and supported by the DAAD writer-in-residence programme (which will bring Dmitrij Kapitelman also to UCC and NUI Galway).

19 April 2018 Gabrielle Alioth

Swiss-Irish writer Gabrielle Alioth has been a great friend of the Centre over years and has been giving a number of wonderful readings. She will return again on 28th February and read and discuss her novel Die entwendete Handschrift (Basel: Lenos 2016) and other Irish-German (Swiss) writing.

6 April 2018  Dimitrij Kapitelman

The German-Ukranian-Jewish novelist and Zeit journalist Dmitrij Kapitelman will have a Skype-Session with UL-Students to read from his book Das Lächeln meines unsichtbaren Vaters (The smile of my invisible father), for which he received the Klaus-Michael-Kuehne-Preis of the Harbour Front Literaturfestival in 2016. The book is about his and his father’s search for identity, which leads both of them to Israel.

21 March 2018 Anna Weidenholzer

The Austrian journalist and writer Anna Weidenholzer comes to UL to present her book Weshalb die Herren Seesterne tragen, which was selected for the longlist of the German Book Price in 2016. The book is about Karl, a retired teacher who sets out to question people about their life satisfaction. Soon his journey seems like an escape and the questioner inevitably becomes an object of questioning himself. The visit is organised by our Austrian Lektor Natascha Guggi and is supported by the Austrian Embassy

14 February 2018 Jan Wagner and Matthew Sweeney

Acclaimed Irish poet Matthew Sweeney and prize winning German poet Jan Wagner (Preis der Leipziger Buchmesse 2015 and Georg-Büchner-Preis 2017) will visit UL to read from Sweeney’s newest collection of poems which was translated into German by Wagner and published as Hund und Mond (Dog and Moon). The book was chosen as ‘Buch des Monats’ (Book of the month) by the Darmstädter Jury and has been praised for its surreal approach to everyday life.

Commemoration for Eoin Bourke

As many of you already know, our dear friend and colleague, Emeritus Professor Eoin Bourke of NUI Galway, who was Adjunct Professor at our Centre, passed away in late December. To honour his memory and celebrate his life and many achievements we are holding a commemoration event on Thursday, February 15th (3pm-6pm) in the Millstream Common Room. Colleagues, friends and family members will pay tribute and recall one of the towering figures in Irish-German Studies and a key academic in German Studies in Ireland and Great Britain. Anyone who would like to attend please contact and


28 September 2016


„What Could Germany Do for Ireland?“: German Dimensions of 1916


Jérôme aan de Wiel (UCC) "We have no idealistic interest in Ireland and no revolution, no rifles"; Imperial Germany's half-hearted attempts to support Irish republicans, 1904-1919

Joachim Fischer (UL), Ireland under German rule: Two Irish dystopias of 1916/17

Angus Mitchell (Limerick), On the wrong side of history: Roger Casement and Germany

Fergal Lenehan (Jena), Countering gay stereotypes on prime time television: The West German mini-series Sir Roger Casement (1968)

The event is supported by the School of Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics, the Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies and the President of the University of Limerick, Prof. Don Barry.

Everybody welcome.


27 September 2016

Reading (in German) by Swiss writer Gabrielle Alioth

All welcome, free entrance

For more info contact

31 October - 1 November 2016

16th International Conference in Irish-German Studies:

Connections in Motion: Dance in Irish and German Literature, Film and Culture

This interdisciplinary and international conference will explore Irish-German connections through dance and other forms of movement in places, institutions and media from the 1920s to today. It is organized by the Irish Centre of Transnational Studies (Mary Immaculate College) and Centre of Irish-German Studies (University of Limerick) in collaboration with the Irish World Academy for Music and Dance, and the School of Architecture, University of Limerick.

More details: /irishgerman/sites/default/files/irish-german-Connections_in_Motion_web_brochure_R2.pdf

10 September 2016

Rathkeale, Palatine Museum

The Irish Palatines in Context

Three Lectures organized by the Centre for Irish-German Studies in co-operation with the Irish Palatine Society. They form part of the Irish Palatine Heritage Tour 2016.

More details on the Tour:

July 7-8, 2016 - University of Limerick, Ireland

Agents through Time: How Do People “Make History”?
Social Psychological & Historical Research into Collective Memories, Social Identities & Intergroup Relations

COST ACTION IS1205 CONFERENCE. COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020

International conference organized within the framework of Cost Action IS1205 “Social Psychological dynamics of historical representations in the enlarged European Union”
( and hosted by the Department of Psychology, University of Limerick, in collaboration with the Department of  History and the Centre for Irish-German Studies,  University of Limerick.

Friday 8 April 2016 - Guest lecture by Dr Michael Eckert (Deutsches Museum, Munich)

Arnold Sommerfeld and the birth of atomic theory

Organized by the Centre for Irish-Germany Studies and the Department of Physics and Energy, supported by INSPIRE

Dr Michael Eckert is the author of the first English biography on theoretical physicist Arnold Sommerfeld (1868-1951). Sommerfeld is famous as a quantum theorist for the elaboration of the semi-classical atomic theory (Bohr-Sommerfeld model, Sommerfeld's fine-structure constant), he also left his mark in the history of mathematics, fluid mechanics, a number of physical subdisciplines and, in particular, as founder of a most productive "school" (Peter Debye, Wolfgang Pauli, Werner Heisenberg, Linus Pauling and Hans Bethe were his pupils, to name only the Nobel laureates among them). In his lecture Dr Eckert will also refer to the little known links Sommerfeld had with Ireland.

For more on Arnold Sommerfeld - Science, Life and Turbulent Times 1868-1951, see

15 - 19 February 2016 Dr Gabriele Knoll (Bonn) seminars and lectures on Rheinromantik, Caspar David Friedrich and travel literature

Wednesday, 25 November 2015, UL - Trilingual Book Launch and Reading - German / English / Irish

Nadja Küchenmeister, Unter dem Wacholder / Under the Juniper Tree / Faoin Aiteal: Ausgewählte Gedichte / Selected Poems / Rogha Dánta

Translated into English by Hans-Christian Oeser; Gabriel Rosenstock a d’aistrigh go Gaeilge

Baile Átha Cliath: Coiscéim, 2015

Followed by the annual Mulled Wine Reception of the Centre for Irish-German Studies will take place in the East Room, Plassey House, University of Limerick.Organised by the Centre for Irish-German Studies in conjunction with the Goethe-Institut Dublin. The support of the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics, the School of Culture and Communication and University of Limerick Arts Office is gratefully acknowledged.

Nadja Küchenmeister was born on April, 18th 1981 in East Berlin, where she lives and works today. She studied German and Sociology at the Technical University of Berlin and at the German Institute of Literature in Leipzig, where she also taught. She has published poetry and prose in anthologies and journals and has written plays and features for radio.

"In her first book of poetry Nadja Küchenmeister presents herself as a unique lyrical voice that sounds gentle and composed even though she seems to emerge straight from the purgatory between love and death. Since Ingeborg Bachmann no one has addressed a thou, herself or the reader more intensely, more questioningly." (Dorothea von Törne, Die Welt)

"Her lyrical language, the skilful composition of motifs and sounds, with such high expectations of verse and stanza, is like an incantation of perished, or at least imperilled, forms of poetic expresssion and, with them, of a spiritual habitat." (Hans-Herbert Räkel, Süddeutsche Zeitung)

"Again and again it is a heartening experience when in today’s poetry we hear a new tone, a breath and sound all of its own. This is the case with Nadja Küchenmeister. Her poems make us sit up and take notice. They are gentle and yet daring, precise and yet dreamy, and they play in superior fashion with traditional forms. Hers is an authentic voice to watch out for." (Manfred Papst, Neue Zürcher Zeitung am Sonntag)

"With a distinctive sense of form, Nadja Küchenmeister in her new book of poetry Unter dem Wacholder sketches atmospheric pictures of both lost and fulfilled moments, conquering the space of tradition with ease and gentle determination." (Jury, Bremer Literaturpreis)

Publications: Drehpunkt (radio play), SWR2, 2009; Nachbild. Sonderdruck. 9 Gedichte. Flaach: SchwarzHandPresse, 2009; Alle Lichter. Gedichte. Frankfurt am Main: Schöffling, 2010; Unter dem Wacholder. Gedichte. Frankfurt am Main: Schöffling, 2014; (with Norbert Hummelt) Sprich mir nach (radio play), SWR2, 2014.

Awards and honours: 2007 Berliner Senatsstipendium; 2009 Förderstipendium der Kulturstiftung Sachsen; 2010 Book of the Month, Darmstadt Jury; 2010 Hermann-Lenz-Stipendium; 2010 Kunstpreis Literatur der Brandenburg Lotto GmbH; 2010 Mondseer Lyrikpreis; 2012 Arbeitsstipendium der Stiftung Preußische Seehandlung; 2012Ulla-Hahn-Autorenpreis der Stadt Monheim am Rhein; 2012 Literaturpreis der Stahlstiftung Eisenhüttenstadt; 2014 Rainer-Malkowski-Stipendium; 2015 Horst-Bingel-Preis für Literatur; 2015 Förderpreis Bremer Literaturpreis

Gabriel Rosenstock is an Irish language poet and translator, has published more than 170 titles. Many of his own books have been translated into other languages. A member of Asodána, he lives in Co. Dublin.

Hans-Christian Oeser, born in Wiesbaden, works as a literary translator and editor and has translated numerous Irish authors into German. Together with Gabriel Rosenstock he has published a baker’s dozen of contemporary German language poets.

5 October 2015 - Centre for Irish-German Studies “Work-In-Progress Presentations”

Melanie Neumann (Humboldt University, Berlin)

Recent Irish and British Migration to Berlin - A Case of Lifestyle Migration?


18 September 2015 - German Traces in Limerick

An event organized by the Centre for Irish-German Studies as part of the nation-wide Culture Night.

University of Limerick, Kemmy Business School

23 September 2014

Haus Tugendhat

A documentary film about a house, its inhabitants and its place in history.  

Organized by the Centre for Irish–German Studies & SAUL School of Architecture at the University of Limerick in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut Irland

University of Limerick

28-30 May 2015

Der Blick zurück – Literarische Grenzüberschreitungen in die Vergangenheit (Looking Back – Literary Constructions of the Past), Movens Colloquium in Limerick May 2015

Conference at the University of Limerick in cooperation with the Centre for Irish-German Studies. Supported by AHSS.  

Incl. Reading & Discussion with Renate Ahrens (Dublin/Hamburg) on her current project „Fragen an die Nacht“ on three generations of a Jewish family in Dublin (29 May). Followed by a reception supported by the German Embassy.



20-22 May 2015 “Women and Ageing: New Cultural and Critical Perspectives”

A conference organised by Dr Cathy McGlynn, Dr Maggie O’Neill (School of Culture and Communication) and Dr Michaela Schrage-Früh. Supported by the Centre for Irish-German Studies.

University of Limerick.

March 2015 - Judith Hermann as DAAD writer-in-residence in UL.

Organized by Dr Michaela Schrage-Früh, Centre for Irish-German Studies and School of ML&AL.

University of Limerick

20 February 2015

Launch of Cultural/Literary Translators. Selected Irish-German Biographies II (Irish-German Studies 9) at the conference Word-Bridges: Translation in Ireland 1700-1900.  

NUI Galway.

11 December 2014

Mulled Wine Reception and Book Presentations

Annual Mulled Wine Reception of the Centre for Irish-German Studies

In cooperation with the Irish Palatine Association, Rathkeale. Followed by short presentations of books published by members of the Centre for Irish-German Studies in 2014 and early 2015.

Plassey House, UL.

19 November 2014

Colloquium of the Centre for Irish-German Studies at the Royal Irish Academy: “Reception of Refugees in Ireland – Legacy and Lessons”

Supported by the Irish Research Council.

Royal Irish Academy, Dublin.

29 May 2014 Reading by German author Hans Pleschinski; 7pm in Plassey House, University of Limerick

This reading is part of the 2014 international conference of the Association for Intercultural German Studies (Gesellschaft für Interkulturelle Germanistik) Begegnung in Transiträumen / Transitorische Begegnungen. The conference will take place from 29 May to 1 June 2014 at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and is co-organised by Dr Sabine Egger, Dept. of German Studies, MIC. It is hosted by the Centre for Transnational Studies at MIC.

For the programme see:

3 April 2014 Lecture by Prof. em. Christopher Harvie (Tübingen) "Die deutsche Universität aus schottischer Sicht"; 1pm in LCO017

10 February 2014 Lecture by Prof. em. Eoin Bourke “German Travellers in Ireland in the 19th century”; 10.30am in B1005

7/8 November 2013  14th Limerick Conference in Irish-German Studies
A context of ‘Kristallnacht’: Ireland and the German-speaking refugees 1933-45 – A colloquium on German-speaking exiles, Irish helpers and the national and international contexts 75 years ago

Limericker Literaturgespräche Spring 2013

Judith Hermann Limerick Literaturgespräche III
22 April 2013, 10am Wood Room, Plassey House
Annette Pehnt (in cooperation with NUI Galway and the DAAD writer-in-residence scheme),
Friday 1 March (11-1pm in room ERO008) (see video here)

Hansjörg Schertenleib (in cooperation with the Swiss Embassy and Pro Helvetia)
Wednesday, 20 March (3-4pm in Wood Room, Plassey House)

Irish-German Business Lecture Spring 2013

Michael Genster, MD Kostal Irland

Thursday 14 April 2013 (9am in SG21A)

Lecture series of the Centre Autumn 2012 in UL

20.9.2012  Jürgen Gottschalk (deutsch-irische Gesellschaft Würzburg)

Würzburg - die irische Stadt auf dem Kontinent

5.10.2012 Harald Seibel (Deutsche Botschaft Dublin)

Die Arbeit der deutschen Botschaft in Irland.

11.10.2012 H.E. Beat Loeliger (Swiss Ambassador)

Swiss-Irish relations (in German)

18.10.2012 Prof Eda Sagarra (Trinity College Dublin)

Aspects of historic and literary Austrian-Irish relations

1.11.2012 Gabrielle Alioth (Terminfeckin / Zurich - supported by Pro Helvetia and the Swiss Embassy) & Dr Michaela Schrage-Früh (UL)

Historical and current literary influences on images

15.11.2012 Jan Frohburg (UL Architecture) & Dr Gareth Cox (Head of Music, MIC)

Cultural connections between Ireland and the German-speaking countries in arts, music and architecture (first part in German )

29.11.2012 Professor Eoin Bourke (Galway/Berlin)

Aspects of Irish-German relations past and present, focussing on German travel descriptions of Ireland in the 19th century

Mulled Wine Reception and Book Presentation with Minister Jimmy Deenihan 29 November 2012

Mulled Wine Reception

Colloquium on Aging in Irish and German Culture 7 November 2012

Colloquium on Aging in Irish and German Culture

Reception at the German Embassy 5 October 2012

Reception at the German Embassy 5th October 2012

For full Conference or Colloquia programmes see our "Conferences" section!

13th Conference in Irish-German Studies 11-12 August 2011

Friedrich Engels' ‘Geschichte Irlands’ im Kontext der deutsch-irischen Beziehungen

im 19. Jahrhundert

Venue: Berlin Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW), Berlin

Organisers: Centre for Irish-German Studies, University of Limerick and BBAW in collaboration with the Irish Embassy, Berlin

12th Conference in Irish-German Studies 6-7 May 2011

Goethe-Institut Irland, Dublin

“Contemporary German-Irish cultural relations in a European Perspective:

Exploring issues in cultural policy and practice”

A conference to mark 50 years Goethe-Institut Irland

Organisers: Centre for Irish-German Studies, University of Limerick and Goethe-Institut Irland

28-29 March 2011
A special role for literature? Literatur in der DDR (und Irland)
International Colloquium with a special focus on teaching GDR literature
With German Book-Prize Winner Kathrin Schmidt

Monday, 28 March 2011
From 3.00pm on  Registration outside Wood Room, Plassey House

4pm - Welcome
Keynote lecture Eda Sagarra (Dublin) - 'The Federal Republic of Germany: a retrospective' followed by discussion and official announcement of Adjunct Professorship at the Centre for Irish-German Studies

5pm – A special role for literature? Literatur in der DDR (und Irland) - Diskussion mit Carlo Gebler (Enniskillen), Hugo Hamilton (Dublin), Frank Hörnigk (Berlin), Kathrin Schmidt (Berlin) und Ian Wallace (Bath)

6pm Millstream Common Room
Poster Presentation - First years students of German in UL
Light supper and book launch – Connections~Verbindungen: Irish-German Perspectives through Etching (Gerhardt Gallagher, Gisela Holfter, Mícheál Ó hAodha) – by H.E. Busso von Alvensleben, German Ambassador to Ireland

7pm Lesung Kathrin Schmidt Du stirbst nicht (2009) & wine reception

Tuesday 29 March 2011

3.00pm Wood Room, Plassey House

Frank Hörnigk (Berlin) – Heiner Müllers Geschichtsbegriff
Therese Hörnigk (Berlin) – Nachdenken über Christa Wolf 2011

Marieke Krajenbrink (UL) – DDR Lyrik in Unterricht und Forschung – Beispiel die Niederlande
Jeffrey Weiss (MIC) – Magdalenas Stimmen – zum autobiografischen Schreiben bei Jürgen Fuchs
Sabine Egger (MIC) – Johannes Bobrowskis Lyrik
Ian Wallace (Bath) – Volker Brauns Lyrik

5pm Kathrin Schmidt liest Gedichte

5.30pm Library Boardroom
Katja Scholz (UL) – Online Material zur DDR für den Unterricht (download ppt)
Annelie Eberhardt (GDI, Galway) – Literatur im DaF-Unterricht
Deirdre Byrnes (NUI Galway) – Rereading Monika Maron
Andreas Damm (UL) – Projects on the GDR in the classroom

anschließend bei Interesse Java‘s Café und gemütlicher Teil des Abends

25 February
Eighth Ralahine Utopian Studies Workshop University of Limerick
“Visions of Europe – Irish perspectives”
Jointly organised by Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies, the Centre for European Studies and the Centre for Irish-German Studies

11 March
Business German in Ireland Working Group German Embassy
"Vorsprung durch Deutsch"

10.30-10.45am Arrival
10.45am Welcome H.E. Busso von Alvensleben, German Ambassador to Ireland and Gisela Holfter (UL)

11.00am – Chairs Miriam Broderick (DIT) / Kristin Brogan (ITT & Co-Chair, Association of Third-level Teachers of German in Ireland)
A Need for German in Ireland? Current Challenges and Opportunities
Derek Scally (Irish Times)
Georgia Herlt (Goethe-Institut Irland)
Annelie Eberhardt (GDI - German Teachers in Ireland Association)
Pól Ó Dochartaigh (MRIA, Univ. of Ulster, Vice-President, Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland)

12.00pm – Chairs Gillian Martin (TCD) / Claire O’Reilly (UCC)
German in the Business Context in Ireland
Gerry O'Sullivan (Head of European Programmes, Higher Education Authority)
Patrick Bamming (Irish-German Chamber of Commerce)
Sarah O’Keeffe (IDA)
Angela Byrne (Enterprise Ireland)

1.00pm Light lunch (provided by the German Embassy)

2.00pm – Chairs Doris Devilly (NUIG) / Siobhan Mortell (UCC)
The Employers’ and Graduates’ Perspectives
Susan Moran (Global Head - Customer Interaction Centre, SAP)
Maria Tuffy (Arthur Cox, BCorp.Law International) and other former students of German

3.00pm – Chairs Danielle Martin (Shannon College) / Andreas Damm (UL)
The Situation of Current Students and New Developments in Business German
Rosanna Molloy (WIT)
and chairs of the earlier sessions – summary of main points made earlier and action plan

11th Conference of the Centre – 300 years Palatines in Ireland – September 2009
To mark the tercentenary of the arrival of Palatine settlers in Co. Limerick the Centre hosted a conference on the Palatines in Ireland on 4/5 September 2009. The event included a visit to the Palatine Museum in Rathkeale. Among the speakers was Dr Patrick O’Connor, author of People Make Places: The Story of the Irish Palatines (1989).

Lecture by Ingrid Wiltmann, (Wiesbaden), 2 April 2009
Editor of Jüdisches Leben in Deutschland (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp 1999) and Lebensgeschichten aus Israel (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp 1998)

6th Masterclass for postgraduate students of the Centre for Irish-German Studies with Professor Christoph Houswitschka (Bamberg)

Reading by Jürgen Lodemann
NUI Galway DAAD-writer-in-residence Jürgen Lodemann read from his new novel Paradies, irisch, (Tübingen: Klöpfer und Meyer 2008). The event took place between 10 - 19 February 2009.

Concert with Clara Schumann songs
This event was a unique opportunity to listen to Clara Schumann songs performed by Elisabeth Goell. She was accompanied on a piano that was made for and owned by Clara Schumann and has been in Co. Donegal for more than one hundred years. The concert which took place on 7 February 2009 in the City Gallery in Perry Square, Limerick was organised by the Centre for Irish-German Studies in cooperation with the Irish World Academy for Music and Dance and the Arts Office in Limerick.
Irish-German Musical Event - 4.2.2009, University of Limerick

2nd October
Art exhibition: ‘Connections – Verbindungen’ An Irish-German Perspective through Etching.

By Margarethe Gerhardt and Gerhardt Gallagher. At the Glucksman Library, University of Limerick, 2nd – 24th October 2008. Opening of exhibition 2nd October 2008 in the Gluckman Library groundfloor at 4pm by David Lilburn, all welcome.

3rd October
German Re-unification Day

Joint venture with Doras in the Granary Library, Limerick. Participants came to listen to talks by Dr Gisela Holfter and Dr Joachim Fischer on connections between Germany and Ireland and enjoyed a reading by celebrated Irish-German author Hugo Hamilton. Friday, 3rd October, 12.30-2pm.

Christmas Reception
4th December

Christmas Reception, 4-5pm, East Room, Plassey House

10th Limerick Conference in Irish-German Studies, 30. May – 1. June 2008

Centre for Irish-German Studies Lecture Series Spring 2008

11 April 2008 Austrian Literature
Austrian writer Doron Rabinovici and Prof. Dr. Konstanze Fliedl (supported by the Austrian Embassy and in cooperation with LCS and the MA in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies) Doron Rabinovici, born in 1961, emigrated from his birthplace Tel Aviv to Vienna with his family and still lives in the Austrian capital today, where he got his university formation as a historian. Doron Rabinovici has been writing essays, short stories and novels since his students days. He has been awarded numerous literature prizes, most recently the Clemens-Brentano prize of Heidelberg and the Jean-Améry-prize, both in 2002.
Konstanze Fliedl, Studium der Germanistik, Kunstgeschichte und Theologie; Habilitation über Arthur Schnitzler, Universitätsprofessorin für neuere deutsche Literatur am Germanistischen Institut der Universität Salzburg. Arbeiten zur Literatur der Jahrhundertwende und zu österreichischen Schriftstellerinnen, zuletzt: »Österreichische Erzählerinnen. Prosa seit 1945« (1995); »Arthur Schnitzler. Poetik der Erinnerung« (1997); »Das andere Österreich. Eine Vorstellung« (1998); »Elfriede Gerstl« (Mithg., 2002); »Arthur Schnitzler im 20. Jahrhundert« (Hg., 2003).

8 April 2008 Dr Susan Cohen
'German academic women refugees and the British Federation of University Women, 1933- 1943'
Susan Cohen is an Honorary Fellow at the Parkes Institute for Jewish/non-Jewish Relations at the University of Southampton. She has contributed numerous biographical articles to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and had papers published in numerous journals, including Patterns of Prejudice, History Today and the Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies. She is currently researching the role of women within British refugee organisations operating during the Nazi period ' German academic women refugees and the British Federation of University Women, 1933- 1943'

4 April 2008 His Excellency, the Austrian Ambassador Dr Walter Hagg
“Österreichisch-Irische Beziehungen und die aktuelle Situation in der EU”

Dr Walter Hagg became the new Austrian Ambassador in July 2007. Dr Hagg studied law at Vienna University. Following postings in the Austrian embassies in Rome and Paris he became Director and Head of Southern Europe Department: Italy, Holy See, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Malta. He was Austrian Ambassador to Luxembourg 2003-2007. He speaks English, French, Italian and some Russian and he received numerous high decorations inter alia from Austria, Italy (Grand Cross), France, Greece, Portugal.

7 March 2008 Prof Liliane Weissberg
"Hannah Arendt, Charlie Chaplin, and the Hidden Jewish Tradition"

Liliane Weissberg is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a member of the Centre in Folklore and Ethnography, the Jewish Studies Program, the Art History Graduate Group, and the Advisory Committee in Women's Studies.
Weissberg's interests focus on late eighteenth-century to early twentieth-century German literature and philosophy, and interdisciplinary studies. Much of her work has concentrated on German, European, and American Romanticism, but she has also written on the notion of representation in realism, on photography, and on literary and feminist theory. Her most recent books are a critical edition of Hannah Arendt's Rahel Varnhagen: The Life of a Jewess (1997), which has received much attention, and the anthologies, Cultural Memory and the Construction of Identity (with Dan Ben-Amos, 1999) and Romancing the Shadow: Poe and Race (with J. Gerald Kennedy, 2001).

9th Limerick conference in Irish-German Studies

"Heinrich Boell and Ireland – 50 years Irisches Tagebuch" 30. August - 1.September 2007

In 2007 we commemorate Heinrich Böll's 90th birthday. It is also the 50th anniversary of the first publication of his Irisches Tagebuch. Böll, who viewed Ireland as a kind of second home and who regularly spent time here after 1954, published in 1957 eighteen impressions (some of which had been in an earlier version previously appeared in the FAZ or other magazines) that form the Irisches Tagebuch, an unqualified success among critics and the reading public alike. Still today, German tourists read the book in preparation to their travels in Ireland and it is nearly impossible to overstate its influence. In academic writing it is described a "cult book" that created a wave of enthusiasm for Ireland. It has sold about 2 million copies and has influenced German impressions of Ireland like no other work. The conference concentrated not only on Böll but on Irish-German relations of the last 50 years and it also reflected on 10 years work of the Centre for Irish-German Studies at the University of Limerick (the 1st conference and the founding of centre took place in September 1997). Among the contributors to the conference were be Rene Böll, Heinrich's son, the Irish-German writer Hugo Hamilton, the German Ambassador H.E. Christian Pauls, the Irish Ambassador in Berlin H.E. David Donoghue, Senator Dr Martin Mansergh and John Gormley, TD, Imogen Stuart and many others.

Organisation: Dr Gisela Holfter

Guest Lecture by Goethe Institute Dublin Director Rolf Stehle April 5, 2007

The Centre for German-Irish Studies was delighted to host a Guest lecture by the Director of the Goethe Institute in Dublin, Mr Rolf Stehle. "The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. It promotes knowledge of the German language abroad and fosters international cultural cooperation. It further conveys a comprehensive picture of Germany by providing information on Germany's cultural, social and political life." (cf.Goethe Institut Dublin)

Rolf Stehle spoke about Irish-German cultural relations from:

1 to 12 in BM007 | 2 to 3pm in C1059 | Organisation: Katja Kaboth


For events prior to 2007 please see relevant Newsletters.