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Past Events of the Autumn Semester 2019/2020


Please also check out activities of our partners: European Expo 2020 – Europe in Limerick
Maybe also of interest: 2020 Business German in Ireland Working Group Colloquium (BuGI), Dublin, 6 March 2020 &
Conference: “Lives and Legacies: Lesser-known Figures in Irish-German Relations”, UCC, 12-13 March 2020.

PAST Events of the Autumn Semester 2019/2020 (for more detailed descriptions of the events see our October newsletter)

20 September 2019 Reading by Hugo Hamilton
Hugo HamiltonTime & venue: 11am, KB118, UL

Hugo Hamilton is the best-known Irish-German writer. His memoir Speckled People (2003) (about his childhood growing up in a family with a German mother and an Irish nationalist father) has been a huge success and was translated into many languages. His new novel Dublin Palms (2019), already highly critically acclaimed, is in some ways a continuation of his memoir. His reading from Dublin Palms and the subsequent discussion with students of both memoirs was a booked out event and



8 October 2019 Reading by Gabrielle Alioth & Fred Kurer (part of Limericker Literaturgespräche)
Gabrielle AliothTime and venue: 11am ERB007, ULFredKurer
Swiss-Irish writer Gabrielle Alioth returned to UL on 8 October and together with Fred Kurer (St. Gallen) to read from her book The Poet's Coat / Der Mantel der Dichterin (Frauenfeld: Waldgut 2019). In contrast to Alioth’s novels written in German, the original language of her poems in this collection is English. For the bilingual edition the texts have been translated into German by Swiss Anglist, author and poet Fred Kurer.



9 October 2019 Dr Sam McIntosh - Guest lecture
Dr Sam McIntoshTime and venue: 4pm C1079 (Kate O’Brien Room)
Dr Sam McIntosh (HU, Berlin) gave a lecture on “The outsourcing and off-shoring of border control: state responsibility and a legal obligation to investigate deaths beyond borders” in the context of a newly developed cooperation project between the Centre for British Studies at the Humboldt-Universität Berlin, and CIGS entitled “Encounters and Exchange”. The event was chaired by Prof. Tom Lodge, Dept of Politics and Public Administration.


10 October 2019 Operation Shamrock - Roundtable Discussion and Exhibition
H.E. Deike PotzelTime and venue: 4-6pm Appellate Court, Glucksman Library
German Ambassador H.E. Deike Potzel opened the Operation Shamrock exhibition and the event continued with a panel discussion with two participants of Operation Shamrock, Klaus Armstrong-Braun and Friedhelm Krüll as well as with the curator of the exhibition, Monica Brandis. The lively discussion to which also members of Friedhelm’s Irish family contributed was chaired by Dr Jérôme aan de Wiel (UCC).

29 October 2019 Seán O’Casey and his Reception in the GDR - Lecture by Dr Deirdre Byrnes, NUI Galway
Deirdre ByrnesTime and venue: 10am ERB007, UL
Deirdre Byrnes, Senior Lecturer in German in NUI Galway, is co-editor of the recently published Perceptions and Perspectives – Exploring Connections between Ireland and the GDR (WVT: Trier, 2019).




International Colloquium14 November 2019 – International Colloquium “90th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations – 1929-2019” Part 2 (Part 1 took place at the Irish Embassy in Berlin in June 2019 and was organised by the Centre for Irish-German Studies in collaboration with the Irish Embassy)
Time and venue: 2.30 - 6.30pm Appellate Court, Glucksman Library
A review of the history of Irish-German diplomatic relations and a discussion on current and future developments in bilateral diplomacy with current and former German and Irish diplomats, together with the Austrian and Swiss ambassador. For the full programme and more information please see: