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.



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.


‘Time and Place: A Taste of John McGahern’s Leitrim’.
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Two-day conference exploring the writings of John McGahern organised by post-graduate students at the NCFIS.

Dates: 10-11 May, 2017.
Venue: Ballinamore Library



25th Anniversary Commemorative Lecture

On Tuesday 27 February, HE Michael D. Higgins attended two events that were organised to mark the 25th anniversary of IT Tallaght. The first was the commemorative lecture by Victor Merriman, Professor of Critical Performance Studies at Edge Hill University, entitled Arts and Humanities Research in Higher Education: Pressures, Perspectives and the Public Good.


This was followed by the launch, by Dr Derek Hand, Head of the School of English in Dublin City University, of The Reimagining Ireland Reader: Examining Our Past, Shaping Our Future (Peter Lang, Oxford). In spite of the Arctic weather conditions, the events were attended by several AFIS members.

View images of the event here >>


2018 Membership now due. 

First Newsletter - December 2016 

Second Newsletter December 2017




Eamon Maher, Director NCFIS at IT TallaghtDr. Eamon Maher,
Director NCFIS
Tel: 353 1 4042871

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