News & Events

News & Events

An integral part of the Center for Irish Partnerships is to plan a wide range of activities to shed light on the major issues in Ireland. The Center will work to advance knowledge of the relationship between economic development and research efforts. The Center will host guest speaker series, seminars, joint conferences and cultural events as well as dissemination of relevant research reports, media resources and special lectures.



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Past Events

The Center for Irish Partnerships Presents "Belfast: A Post-Conflict Conundrum" Keynote address  by Peter Shirlow, Queen’s University Belfast Thursday March 7, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in Coburn 205 Peter Shirlow is a Senior Research Fellow of the Institute for Conflict Transformation and Social Justice. He is the Independent Chair of the OFM/DFM Employers' Guidance on Recruiting People with Conflict-Related Convictions Working Group and a board member of the mental health charity Threshold.  

The 3rd U S/Ireland Emerging Technologies Conference 
The conference on Advanced Polymers and Teaching and Learning took place September 24 - 26th at Queen's University Belfast. Chancellor Meehan provided remarks at conference opening and Gala Dinner. Dr. Frank Talty gave a lecture on the U.S. Election at Queen’s and interviews on BBC Radio Ulster and UTV. Faculty from UMass Lowell presenting at the conference included – Dr. Stephen McCarthy, Dr. Steve Tello, Dr. Susan Braunhut, Dr. Carol Barry and Dr. Joey Mead. 

The Irish-American Heritage Archaeological Program Fundraiser
On Wednesday, July 18, 2012 the Center for Irish Partnerships at UMass Lowell held a fundraiser to benefit the Irish-American Heritage Archaeological Program at the home of Co-Director Ann Marie Hurley in Lowell. The event helped to raise almost $10,000.  

Program sponsors included:
  • The Lowell Memorial Auditorium
  • The Old Court 
  • The UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center
  • The Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center
  • The UMass Lowell Office of Community and Cultural Affairs
In addition, this program is supported in part by a grant from the Lowell Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Massachusetts Cultural Council

For more information and up to date news on the Irish-American Heritage Archaeological Program, check out a blog written by St. Patrick’s Parish archivist and historian, Dave McKean, at:

On April 11, 2012, the Center for Irish Partnerships and the Middle East Center co-sponsored a forum on Peace and Education tentatively entitled “Facing Conflict, Voices from the Field”
Panelists included Queen’s University Pro Vice Chancellor Dr. Tony Gallagher and Linda Bishai, Senior Program Officer, Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding at the United States Institute of Peace

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - Dublin City University Professor and Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Gary Murphy presented a lecture: "From Celtic Tiger to EU/IMF Bailout: Ireland and the Euro Crisis."
This event was free and open to the public.

Second U.S. / Ireland Emerging Technologies Conference 2011 – “The University and Economic Recovery: The Role of Technology, Enterprise and Learning Approaches”
The conference on “The University and Economic Recovery: The Role of Technology, Enterprise and Learning Approaches” took place on October 25-26th in the Helix at Dublin City University. The conference focused on highlighting ways whereby Universities in conjunction with industry, funding bodies and through collaborations, can aid economic recovery. The conference invited speakers from Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Engineers Ireland, the HEA, IBEC, and the President of DCU, Prof. Brian MacCraith.

There was also a conjoint meeting between DCU, the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Queen’s University and which was designed to enhance collaboration and research between all three institutions. The conference addressed ways whereby the Universities can address economic recovery by exploiting their expertise in collaborative activities FOCUSING ON TEACHING AND LEARNING, RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY. In the latter case the focus is on nanotechnology, diagnostics, medical devices and the associated technologies. All these areas are high priorities for the three Universities and further joint initiatives and activities will be developed based on these and associated areas.

Author of "When the Luck of the Irish Ran Out, David Lynch speaks at forum held at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton, Mass.
On the evening of Thursday, May 12, 2011 the Irish Cultural Centre held an Irish Economic Forum, inviting the public to listen to and participate in a moderated discussion about the current economic situation in Ireland.

Visit to UMass Lowell by His Excellency Michael Collins, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States
On November 19, 2010, Ireland’s Ambassador to the United States of American, His Excellency Michael Collins visited UMass Lowell with Irish Consul General to Boston, Michael Lonergan, to hear about the various partnership activities UMass Lowell is engaged in with Irish Universities.

Visit to UMass Lowell by delegation from Co. Donegal, Ireland
On November 5, 2010, a delegation from Co. Donegal, including Mayor Cora Harvey, visited UMass Lowell. The delegation discussed areas of possible partnership and collaboration between the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the Northwest of Ireland in relation to higher education.  Donegal County Development Board and the new Cross-Border Partnership Board identified priority areas for development in the Northwest including enterprise and skills, higher education and research, information technology, the green economy, tourism and natural resources, and culture as a resource.

Center for Irish Partnerships receives award at the 2010 Irish Echo Golden Bridges Awards
The Irish Echo is Irish America’s oldest — and biggest-selling newspaper with readers across 50 States. In 2010, the Center for Irish Partnerships was honored at the annual Irish Echo Golden Bridges Awards in 2010. Chancellor Marty Meehan had been the keynote speaker and honoree in 2008.

UMass Lowell/Queen's University Belfast Archeology Dig
From August 16 through August 20, 2010, six University of Massachusetts Lowell students in partnership with two archaeologist from Queen's University in Ireland excavated the grounds of St. Patrick's Church on Suffolk Street in Lowell, MA.  The dig proved to be successful with the group finding artifacts of the early lives of the Irish settlers on the very first day of the dig.  Above you can find the media articles tracking the dig.  Please check back, as a link to the photos and the progress will be highlighted throughout the next couple of weeks.

Inauguration of President Brian MacCraith and Collaboration Agreement Signing with Dublin City University
On July 13, 2010, Chancellor Marty Meehan and the directors of the Center for Irish Partnerships travelled to Dublin to participate in the Inauguration of Brian MacCraith as President of Dublin City University. President’s MacCraith’s first act as President was to sign a formal collaboration agreement with UMass Lowell.

The U.S./Ireland Emerging Technologies Conference
On October 19 and 20, 2009, the University of Massachusetts Lowell hosted the first U.S./Ireland Emerging Technologies Conference. It was held at the University of Massachusetts Inn and Conference Center. This exciting joint conference was host to Professors from Queens University in Belfast, North Ireland; Dublin City University Ireland and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.