by Dana Hearne
The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, launched anew at a reception in
the Centre for Canadian Irish Studies in early June, adds new lustre to
Concordias Irish studies program.
The Journal is taking a new path, and incorporating a new Canadian
dimension, said Michael Kenneally, interim director of the Centre.
The striking cover was created by Jennifer de Freitas of Concordias
Department of Design Art. It shows the illuminated tower of the administration
building on the Loyola campus, surrounded by the flags of Canada, Quebec
and Montreal, suggesting the dissemination of knowledge and the extent
of the Irish diaspora in Canada.
The lighthouse in Youghal, County Cork, seen on the page of contents,
would have been the last sight of their homeland for thousands of emigrants
fleeing the Great Famine in the mid-19th century.
The goal of the journal to be a forum for scholars and others
has not changed since it was established in 1973, but its reach has been
A look at the first issue shows that while it continues to be a refereed
academic journal with impressive Canadian and international editorial
boards, it also reaches out to the informed general reader. New findings
in scholarly research will be published, as well as articles of a more
This issue includes a number of contributions by Concordians, including
an interview with actor Stephen Rea (The Crying Game, Guinevere)
by Carole Zucker (Cinema), and a photographic essay by Kathleen OBrien
(Design Art) and Sylvie Gauthier, an Irish Studies student), on the contributions
of the Irish to Montreal.
Among other articles on literature, history, geography, economics and
politics, volume 26 no. 1 of the Journal includes a profile of Irish-Canadian
merchandising giant Timothy Eaton by University of Guelph history professor
Kevin James, and an extensive 43-page book review section.
Professor Ron Rudin, a historian of Quebec and Ireland, thinks the journal
will be an important vehicle for the publication of scholarly work by
Concordia graduate students. He is a member of the Journals editorial
board, as are geography professors Patricia Thornton and Robert Aitken.
For Professor Zucker, who is the author of several books about actors
and directors, having the Journal at Concordia makes it more accessible,
and she likes its broad reach. I like the idea of having my work
more widely read.
An annual subscription to the Journal costs $25, and memberships in the
Canadian Association for Irish Studies, which includes the Journal and
a newsletter, ranges from $25 annually for students and seniors to $75
for a family membership.
The Centre for Canadian Irish Studies co-ordinates academic courses in
12 departments on more than 25 subjects, as well as sponsoring an annual
Students are offered courses in history, literature, Celtic Christianity
and womens studies, among others. Enrolment has always been high,
and Kenneally anticipates that by September 2002, Concordia will be offering
a minor and a certificate in Canadian Irish studies.
For further information about the Journal or the Centre, call Donna Whittaker
at 848-8711 or email email@example.com.
Dana Hearne teaches Irish studies and womens studies at John
Abbott College and Concordia, and is pursuing a graduate diploma in journalism