CAO CODE: GY114 What does it mean to be Irish? How do we construct a sense of Irishness for ourselves and for others and how has that changed over time, from the thatched cottages of de Valera’s Ireland to the self-confident multiculturalism of Riverdance and the tiger economy? Who are the new Irish and how do they challenge our sense of identity and nationhood? To what extent are writers, film-makers, and musicians involved in creating and critiquing stereotypes of Ireland and Irishness? The new BA with Irish Studies will explore the dynamic changes in Irish identities that have taken place from the cultural revivals of the late 19th and early 20th centuries through to the era of the Celtic Tiger.