The National Centre for Franco-Irish Studies (henceforth NCFIS) was established in 2003. Based in IT Tallaght, it was officially designated an Institute Research Centre in June 2006.
On September 10 2013, Brian Murphy successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled: Changing Identities in a Homogenised World: The Role of “Place and Story” in Modern Perceptions of French Wine Culture. The external examiners, Professor Grace Neville (UCC) and Dr Máirtin Mac Con Iomaire (DIT/Cathal Brugha Street), were most impressed with Brian’s grasp of his subject and the way in which he managed to cover such a wide range of material and methodologies.
The aims and objectives of the NCFIS are broadly the following:
- The NCFIS will seek to create an environment in which research into the cultural, literary, commercial, philosophical and historical links between Ireland and France can be examined in a scientific and rigorous manner.
- It will provide a space where emerging scholars can congregate to develop research areas that are germane to the Centre’s mission.
- It will seek to provide a model of excellence in the area of Franco-Irish relations to the benefit of all interested parties.
- While continuing to value traditional scholarship in terms of publications, it will also explore viable commercial opportunities as they present themselves.
- It will develop research networks between third level institutions in France and Ireland.
- It will lobby government bodies in France and Ireland to secure financial support to continue its current level of activity and to branch into new areas.
Dr. Eamon Maher,
Tel: 353 1 4042871