International Summer School - Irish Catholic Identity

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Information for students

This inaugural summer school on Irish Catholic Identity will run from Sunday 4 June to Sunday 18 June, 2017 (dates for foreign students). Participants will benefit from an intensive academic programme as well as enjoying trips and tours to places of cultural and religious significance in Ireland.

The Priory Institute and Institute of Technology Tallaght, neighbouring institutions, are pooling resources and expertise to ensure that participants will have an excellent opportunity, in a safe and vibrant location, to experience what is best in Irish hospitality and culture. They can also be awarded academic credit and will benefit from lectures and presentations delivered by many of the foremost commentators on Irish Catholicism. Topics covered will include, but not be confined, to:


  • The characteristics of Catholic Identity on Ireland
  • The manifestation of Catholic identity in Irish literature, public culture, food and drinking rituals
  • Irish Writers and the Impact of Catholicism on their work
  • The challenges facing Irish Catholicism in the third millennium
  • Irish Catholicism in the Dock: Ferns, Ryan, Murphy, Cloyne and other Reports
  • The Irish Church and the Media
  • The 8th Amendment and the consequences for Irish Catholicism
  • Dublin’s links with Catholicism
  • A sociological overview of Irish Catholic identity
  • Young Catholicism: Views from the US and Ireland

Confirmed Speakers 

  • Dr Patrick Claffey SVD (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Professor Dermot Keogh (University College Cork, Ireland)
  • Dr Gladys Ganiel (Queen's University, Belfast)
  • Professor Declan Kiberd (University of Notre Dame, USA)
  • Fr John Littleton (The Priory Institute, Ireland)
  • Dr Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire (Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland)
  • Dr Eamon Maher (Institute of Technology Tallaght, Ireland)
  • Mr Aidan Mathews (Writer and RTÉ producer)
  • Patsy McGarry (The Irish Times)
  • Fr Peter McVerry SJ (Dublin, Ireland)
  • Dr Brian Murphy (Institute of Technology Tallaght, Ireland)
  • Professor Grace Neville (University College Cork, Ireland)
  • Dr Eugene O'Brien (Mary Immaculate College, Ireland)
  • Mgsr Ciaran O’Carroll (Irish College, Rome)
  • Professor John Waldmeir (Loras College, USA)
  • Professor Eamonn Wall (University of Missouri-St Louis, USA)


International SUmmer School at ITT Dubloj 2016What is included in full package (for foreign students)

  • Accommodation (Bed and Breakfast)
  • Tuition Fees (16 classes and 3 round tables)
  • Field Trips to Dublin and elsewhere
  • Airport Transfer – Airport transfer is provided for students arriving on Sunday 4 June to Sunday 18 June, 2017 only.
  • Credits for those wishing to have accreditation of their stay
  • Students may arrive earlier or depart later for an additional fee. The accommodation style is apartment/hotel with shared bathroom facilities. 


What is not included

  • Flights
  • Medical & Travel Insurance (ITT Dublin insists that all students have comprehensive health insurance
  • cover for the duration of their time in Ireland, which includes cover in the event of hospitalisation or
  • repatriation).
  • Lunch & Dinner is not generally provided. However, lunch will be provided on certain trips and excursions.
  • Meals and accommodation are supplied on the overnight trip to the Aran Islands.

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General Weekly Budget
We suggest you budget approx. €8 for lunch per day and €15 for dinner and other additional living



Weekly and module rates

€1,000 - Course Cost fee for full two weeks with full participation in trips and other events 

€500 - 1-week Course Cost fee with full participation in trips and additional events 

€50 - price per lecture/module - 16 lectures in total 

€20 - price per event - for Round Tables  

Payment Information & Dates
The Fee for the International Summer School – ICI is €2,225. A deposit of €500 should reach us by Friday 31 March 2017. Full balance of €1,675 needs to be paid by 15 April 2017.  For those not requiring accommodation and wishing to book in for 2-week or 1-week package, or individual lectures and/or Round Tables, an email to the address below would be advisable.

Details regarding ‘How to Pay’ can be received by emailing



Further Information:
In order to book a place, get an application form and/or further information, please email us at

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