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Monday, March 25, 2013

Flynn Center for Irish Studies Spring Program

 From UST William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies.
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Spring 2013 Cultural Outreach Series


We encourage you to attend our Spring 2013 Cultural Outreach Series. These events are first-come, first-served.  Please advise us in advance of any mobility issues.  All lectures are free and there is a minimal charge for some concerts.




Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Queen Comes to Ireland:

The Story of Queen Victoria's Four Visits

Dr. Joseph McFadden

University President Emeritus

and History Professor Emeritus

When: 7:30 pm

Where: University of St. Thomas,

Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon,

Houston, TX 77006

Free and open to the public


Queen Victoria visited Ireland four times during her 63-year reign as the Queen of England and the British Empire.   The visits took place in: 1849, 1853, 1861, and 1900. The purpose and results differed for each trip to Ireland.   None of the visits was a "state visit."  All were characterized as "private" visitations.  A characterization for each visit would be as follows:  1849: reassuring; 1853: enabling; 1861: peaceful; 1900:  a missed opportunity.  We will discuss each of these visits and their impact on Irish history.


Dr. McFadden received his Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University in American History with a minor in Modern European History and Russian History.  He has traveled extensively in Ireland and taught at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland.  He has been with UST since 1988, teaching as a history professor since 1997, and serving as president between 1988 and 1997 and again as interim president in Spring 2004.  Dr. McFadden founded the Center for Irish Studies in 2002 and the Center opened in January 2003.


For more information, contact the Center Director, Lori Meghan Gallagher, JD, at 713-525-3592 or


Parking and Maps: Parking is available for $2 in the Moran Center at West Alabama St. at Graustark St. Campus Maps are available online under About USTat Or,, then Quick Links on top right hand corner of the Web site, look under On Campus and click the link for Maps


Concert and Lecture Sponsors: The Center for Irish Studies Cultural Outreach Forum sponsors our Cultural Outreach Series, along with other sponsors. Become a member of the Cultural Outreach Forum or a Friend of the Center for Irish Studies!



Friday, November 22, 2013 (note changed date)

Annual Irish Gala benefiting

the William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies

and Tenth Anniversary Celebration

The Houstonian Hotel,

111 North Post Oak Lane,

Houston, TX 77024

6:30 pm reception;

dinner following reception




Members of the international community who have been instrumental in building and maintaining peace in Northern Ireland:


Clodagh and Rev. Harold Good, former president of the Methodist Church in Ireland




Janet and Randy Gilmore/Laura and Rev. Charles Millikan


Join us for an enjoyable evening with delicious food, lively entertainment and great company!  We are delighted to honor Clodagh and Rev. Harold Good of Belfast, Northern Ireland.  Rev. Good has served as the President of the Methodist Church in Ireland (for the entire island) and has received many awards recognizing his contributions to peace around the world. The Goods also have played a significant role as mentors to our students on the Flynn Center for Irish Studies' study abroad program in Northern Ireland.  Help us raise scholarships to enable our students to enroll in Irish Studies courses at UST as well as to study abroad in Ireland and Northern Ireland.  Through the funds raised by the Gala, we also raise scholarships to bring Irish and Northern Irish students to study at UST.


For more details, please contact Lori Gallagher

at 713-525-3592 or


About Our Center


The University of St. Thomas William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies features academic, cultural outreach and study abroad programs.  We offer our students a minor in Irish Studies at the undergraduate level and a concentration in Irish Studies in the Master of Liberal Arts Program at the graduate level.  Most of our courses are open for the public to audit at a discounted rate.


Our Center's mission:


*To preserve Irish heritage and culture


*To promote peace and reconciliation around the world using the Northern Ireland model


*To serve as a premier Center for Irish and Irish American Studies in Texas and the Southwest


William J. Flynn Center Again Named

Among "Top Ten Irish Studies Programs"


We are delighted to once again be named one of the "Top Ten Irish Studies Programs" in the country.  This honor recognizes the continued strength of our academic, cultural outreach and study abroad programs relative to those of much larger institutions on the east coast.  Our Flynn Center for Irish Studies is the only program of its kind in the Southwest.


The Center enjoys strong ties with the Irish Government through the Consul General of Ireland in Chicago, the Irish Government Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and other departments.


We are scheduled to lead another group of students on study abroad to Ireland and Northern Ireland in summer 2013.


"The Gathering" in Ireland in 2013


Now is your chance to visit or return to Ireland and Northern Ireland!  "The Gathering" is the event of 2013.  Whether you are Irish born or Irish in spirit, celebrate the year of Irish connections.  The Gathering of 2013 is comprised of year-round festivals and events around the island.  Go and be a part of it!


Visit our New Website!


UST recently published a new Website for the Center, which is one of the University's six Centers for Excellence.  We have extensive research links on a wide range of topics and information about our academic program. Find yourself among the photographs from past cultural events and gatherings.  Save the dates for our spring 2013 cultural events.  Send links to these events to your family and friends!  Join us!


Come See Us in Our Lovely Home! 


Physical address:


William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies                              

University of St. Thomas

4206 Yoakum Blvd.

Houston, TX 77006


Mailing Address:


Lori Meghan Gallagher, JD, Director

William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies                              

University of St. Thomas

3800 Montrose Blvd.

Houston, TX 77006


Lori Meghan Gallagher, JD
William J. Flynn 
Center for Irish Studies
University of St. Thomas
3800 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
713-525-3592 (main)
713-525-3866 (fax)


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