UCD John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies 
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Eighty million people around the world identify themselves in some way with Ireland and with Irishness. The mission of the UCD John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies is to

  • Engage, connect and develop this diverse global community as an active social network of global citizens
  • Engage with the past, the present and the future of Ireland and the Irish
  • Connect the Irish in Ireland and the global Diaspora as an active community
  • Capture and map the global Irish community
  • Explore new directions in the study of Ireland and the Irish
  • Apply specific learning outcomes from thematic areas into wider contexts such as conflict resolution, interculturalism, integration and development


The Institute academic research programme is funded under PRTLI Cycle 4 . This programme “Transforming the Study of Ireland and its diaspora” is part of the Humanities Serving Irish Society initiative headed by the Royal Irish Academy. The Digital Humanities Observatory is a core project of that initiative.



The institute is managed by the Institute Director, Dr. Brian Jackson, with the input of a management board of senior academics drawn from diverse disciplinary backgrounds.  Research strands are led by associate Principal Investigators.  The institute has eight funded post doctoral fellows, twelve PhD students and a number of visiting staff and other associated members.


The Institute is named in honour of the politician and Nobel Laureate John Hume


The above painting “Emigrants at Cobh” (c. 1937) by Joseph Wilson is reproduced by kind permission of the Wilson Family, Cobh, Co. Cork

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