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Paul Lynch, Irish Booker Prize-winning author pictured at the American Conference for Irish Studies conference at MIC. Paul Corey Photography

Paul Lynch, Irish Brooker Prize-winning author was keynote speaker on the final day of the five-day American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS) at Mary Immaculate College (MIC)

Pictured at the American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS) at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick were: Paul Lynch, Irish Booker Prize-winning author and Prof. Eugene O'Brien, Director of the Institute for Irish Studies and Head of the Department of English Language & Literature, MIC and ACIS 2024 Organising Committee Co-Chair. Paul Lynch, who was born in Limerick, is the award-winning author of five novels - Prophet Song, Beyond the Sea, Grace, The Black Snow and Red Sky in Morning. His most recent novel, Prophet Song was published to wide acclaim in 2023 and won the Booker Prize. It was also shortlisted for the An Post Irish Novel of the Year. He previously won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, and France’s Prix Libr’à Nous for Best Foreign Novel, among other prizes. Over 350 delegates from Ireland and around the globe are attending this annual meeting at MIC, which only takes place outside the US every four years. The theme of the event is 'Embracing Change, Navigating Uncertainty: Ireland and New Beginnings' and it is hoped ACIS will examine how academic disciplines in Irish Studies are looking to embrace the changes and how they are traversing paths towards new beginnings. Plenary speakers also included eminent academics Prof. Enda Delaney; Prof. Chanté Mouton Kinyon; Dr Radvan Markus; Dr Hannagh McGinley and Dr Caroline Magennis. ACIS—founded in 1960—is the oldest and largest academic organisation dedicated to the study of Ireland and the Irish worldwide. Photo: Paul Corey Photography
Pictured at the American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS) at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick were Paul Lynch, Irish Booker Prize-winning author and Prof. Eugene O’Brien, MIC. Photo: Paul Corey Photography

Paul Lynch, Irish Brooker Prize-winning author was keynote speaker on the final day of the five-day American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS) at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) on Friday.

Paul Lynch, who was born in Limerick, is the award-winning author of five novels – Prophet Song, Beyond the Sea, Grace, The Black Snow and Red Sky in Morning. His most recent novel, Prophet Song was published to wide acclaim in 2023 and won the Booker Prize. It was also shortlisted for the An Post Irish Novel of the Year. He previously won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, and France’s Prix Libr’à Nous for Best Foreign Novel, among other prizes.

Over 350 delegates from Ireland and around the globe are attending this annual meeting at MIC, which only takes place outside the US every four years. The theme of the event is ‘Embracing Change, Navigating Uncertainty: Ireland and New Beginnings’ and it is hoped ACIS will examine how academic disciplines in Irish Studies are looking to embrace the changes and how they are traversing paths towards new beginnings.


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Plenary speakers also included eminent academics Prof. Enda Delaney; Prof. Chanté Mouton Kinyon; Dr Radvan Markus; Dr Hannagh McGinley and Dr Caroline Magennis. ACIS—founded in 1960—is the oldest and largest academic organisation dedicated to the study of Ireland and the Irish worldwide.

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Pictured at the American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS) at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick were: Prof. Eugene O’Brien, Director of the Institute for Irish Studies and Head of the Department of English Language & Literature, MIC and ACIS 2024 Organising Committee Co-Chair; Paul Lynch, Irish Booker Prize-winning author, and Dr Richard Butler, Director of Research, MIC and ACIS 2024 Organising Committee Co-Chair. Photo: Paul Corey Photography

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