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.


12th annual AFIS conference, 19-20 May, 2017
Patrimoine/Cultural Heritage in France and/or Ireland.

Venue: Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

Programme, accommodation, registration now all on the conference site

New book from Manchester University Press edited by Eamon Maher and Eugene O'Brien - Tracing the Cultural Legacy of Irish Catholicism: From Galway to Cloyne and beyond


First Newsletter - December 2016 

AFIS Menbership 2017

We would ask members to pay their annual membership at their earliest convenience please.


George Moore seminar

"When France and Ireland Meet: George Moore and Others" - Friday 02 December, 2016.

Venue:  Mc Cann Hall, Chatham Row, off Grafton Street, Dublin. 

This seminar was a great success, with a rich variety of speakers and topics.

9.30:   Panel 1:

Professor Adrian Frazier (NUI Galway): ‘George Moore’s programme: Modern France as model for a New Ireland’

Maggie Breslin: ‘Writing Home from Paris’

Dr Mark Corcoran (NUI Galway): ‘Moore French than the French Themselves.’

11.15   BREAK   

11.40   Panel 2

Conor Montague: ‘A Tale of Two Georges’

Dr Mary Pierse (UCC): ‘George Moore and a French Artistic Legacy’

12.45   LUNCH  BREAK

14.30  Panel 3

Professor  George Hughes: ‘George Moore as Zola’s “ricochet.” Reading A Mummer’s Wife through Thérèse Raquin.’

Séamus O’Kane (NCFIS): ‘Vision in George Moore and John McGahern’

Dr Eamon Maher (NCFIS): ‘An author in his book must be like God in the Universe: Always present, but nowhere visible’. Gustave Flaubert’s Influence on George Moore and John McGahern.’


Launch of France and Ireland: Notes and Narratives

 Left to Right: Dr. Una Hunt, Dr. Eamon Maher, Dr. Mary Pierse and Professor Harry White


Eamon Maher, Director NCFIS at ITT DublinDr. Eamon Maher,
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