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.




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Dr Eamon Maher
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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.’




John McGahern and the Imagination of Tradition by Stanley van der Ziel review
John McGahernThe great Irish novelist and short-story writer was influenced as much by classic European literature as he was by his home place, argues a masterful new study

On some rare occasions, creative writers have the good fortune to find literary critics capable of unveiling hitherto hidden and essential facets of their work. This masterful study of John McGahern by Stanley van der Ziel is one such example.
The author spent years working on a PhD dissertation on which this book is based and he also edited a collection of McGahern’s non-fiction, Love of the World: Essays, for Faber and Faber, in 2009. While his knowledge of McGahern is thus clearly beyond doubt, what is particularly impressive is how van der Ziel displays almost equal familiarity with canonical figures of world literature such as Shakespeare, Austen, Wordsworth, Proust, Chekhov, Joyce, Yeats, and Beckett. Read the full article here >>



John McGahern and The Deep Well of Want: portraits of the artist’s world
Razors & Religion, image copyright of Paul ButlerPhotographer Paul Butler has captured on film the landscapes and enviroment that inspired the author for an exhibition marking the tenth anniversary of his death

My first introduction to John McGahern was on a sun holiday back in 1990. After rapidly chewing my way through a series of end of the world action hero thrillers, I quickly ran out of reading material and a friend passed me a copy of Amongst Women. Read the full article here >>

Dublin and Debussy, ‘Ulysses’ and Proust: an exploration of connections
The collective achievement of this book is to identify so many neglected but vital cultural interdependencies between France and Ireland France and Ireland. Notes and Narratives (Reimagining Ireland, volume 66)

France and Ireland. Notes and Narratives (Reimagining Ireland, volume 66)

Notes on France and Ireland:  Una Hunt’s essay  draws attention to the immense popularity of Irish airs throughout Europe  in the first half of the 19th century, and the vast, if now submerged, corpus of piano music in which these airs appeared

This book, which originated in a conference organised under the auspices of the Association for Franco-Irish Studies that was held in Dublin in 2014, is a collection of 14 essays that variously and compellingly explore cultural relationships between Ireland and France. The prominence afforded to musical relationships in particular is a sovereign preoccupation that does not eclipse the book’s engagement with other Franco-Irish affinities and mutual influences, notably in fiction and poetry, but the rich seam of music woven throughout the volume is, perhaps, its most startling and arresting feature.

Following a fluent introduction by the editors, Una Hunt and Mary Pierse, which rehearses the content and thematic deliberations of the entire collection, the opening section, “Centre Stage”, contains essays by Una Hunt (on the Irish composer George Alexander Osborne in Belgium and Paris), Joanne Burns (on the influence of Rousseau on Thomas Moore) and David Mooney (on the Verlaine settings of the Belgian composer Poldowski). 

Part Two, “Operatic Engagements”, features essays by Eamon Maher (on Kate O’Brien’s 1958 novel As Music and Splendour), Axel Klein (on Gilbert Bécaud’s 1962 opera L’Opéra d’Aran) and Laura Watson (on musical representations of Irish subject matter in Third Republic France). Part Three, “Fruitful Encounters”, comprises essays by Maguy Pernot-Deschamps (on assuagements of loss in novels by Neil Jordan and Françoise Lefèvre), Mary Pierse (on Proustian enactments of silence in the work of Irish poets Eileán Ní Chuilleanáin, Bernard O’Donoghue and Denis O’Driscoll), Brian Murphy (on the cultural relationship between wine and music), Benjamin Keatinge (on French and Irish modes of representation in Richard Murphy’s 1968 collection The Battle of Aughrim ) and Arun Rao (on Claude Debussy as a composer during the first World War). Part Four, “Dublin à la Française?”, brings the volume to a close with essays by Joe Kehoe (on the French conductor Jean Martinon in Dublin in 1946-7), Cathy McGlynn (on adumbrations of Derrida in Joyce’s Ulysses) and Sarah Balen (on affinities between Hélène Cixous and the poetry of Paula Meehan). The full review can be found here >>



Launch of France and Ireland: Notes and Narratives

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

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.

Sarah Balen - 5th PhD graduate from the NCFIS 

Sarah Balen & Eamon Maher at ITT Dublin Conferring Ceremony 2014
Sarah Balen is conferred with a Doctorate in Philosophy for her thesis: A City Rooted out of Time: A Rhizomatic Analaysis of Woman and the City in the Poetry of Charles Baudelaire, T. S. Eliot, Fernando Pessoa and Peter Sirr. 



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