Book Donation - The Bell

A valuable collection donated to the Centre for Irish Studies.

Celtic Archaeology

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Celtic Philology

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(Specializace Irská studia)

Director: Prof. Ondřej Pilný, PhD

Irish Studies runs as an autonomous programme (specializace Irská studia) within the MA in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures. The programme consists of basic and elective courses.
In the new Anglophone Literatures and Cultures MA study (since 2013), the programme consists of 4 basic and 4 elective courses for single-subject students. In addition, 6 courses can be taken from other special programmes. Two-subject students have to take 2 basic and 3 elective courses plus 1 course from another special programme. Basic courses are offered each academic year (either in winter or summer semester). The offer of elective courses varies each academic year.
The final Special Programme Exam (specializační zkouška) is mandatory only for students who began studies before 2013. It takes the form of a review of the results in the individual Special Programme courses. The student requests the instructor of each course taken by the student to submit a report to the director of the program; on the basis of the course reports, an overall grade is awarded.

Irish language courses are open to all students of English (BA and MA), and subject to availability also to students of other subjects. The best students of Irish are provided with scholarships for intensive summer courses run by Oideas Gael in Gleann Cholm Cille, Co. Donegal. A maximum of 2 Irish language courses may be taken as elective within the special programme.

Students of Irish Studies are encouraged to participate in Erasmus exchanges with universities in Ireland (Trinity College Dublin, National University of Ireland Galway, University of Limerick) and other European countries (particularly the U.K.).

BA Programme

A limited number of courses are taught within the BA programme in English and American Studies.  


Special programme - basic courses

  • Irish Culture and Politics
  • Anglo-Irish Writing from Swift to Shaw
  • Modern Irish Literature I: Tradition and Innovation
  • Special programme - elective courses

  • Irish Language
  • Samuel Beckett: The Plays
  • Modern Irish Literature II: Gender Troubles: Performative Identities in Modern Irish Writing
  • James Joyce III: Finnegans Wake
  • + Recommended Interdisciplinary Courses from Other Special Programmes

  • Literary Translation (Drama and Prose)
  • Modern American Drama: O'Neill to Albee
  • Contemporary British Drama 1980 - 2016
  • BA courses

  • Irish Literature: An Introduction
  • Irish Language
  • Anglo-Irish Writing from Swift to Shaw
  • Modern Irish Literature II: Gender Troubles: Performative Identities in Modern Irish Writing
  • Irish Culture and Politics
  • Modern Irish Literature I: Tradition and Innovation
  • Full list of courses on offer for summer semester 2018 will be published by February 4.


    The Centre of Irish Studies wishes to acknowledge the financial assistance of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland. Irish language teaching is funded from a grant awarded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ireland. Our special thanks are due to the Embassy of Ireland to the Czech Republic for their unrelenting encouragement and support.