Conference on Irish Catholicism to be held at Notre Dame

by Michael O. Garvey

An interdisciplinary conference of scholars entitled “Irish Catholics: Belief, Practice and Representation” will be held April 10-12 (Thursday-Saturday) in the University of Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall.p. Sponsored by the Keough Institute for Irish Studies, the conference will open at 7 p.m. Thursday in the McKenna Hall auditorium with an address on “The Catholic Church in Contemporary Ireland” by Patsy McGarry, religious affairs correspondent of the Irish Times.p. The conference will bring together historians and literary and cultural critics from Ireland and the United States, including James S. Donnelly Jr. of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Louise Fuller of the National University of Ireland at Maynooth, David W. Miller of Carnegie Mellon University, Claire Connolly of Cardiff University, Marjorie Howes of Boston College, and Diarmuid O Giollain of University College in Cork.p. Notre Dame faculty members speaking at the conference include Jay Dolan, professor emeritus of history; Luke Gibbons, professor of English and Keough Institute fellow; Timothy Matovina, director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism; and Kevin Whelan, Smurfit Director of the Keough-Notre Dame Centre in Ireland.p.

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