Representations of Jews in Irish Literature

Running until 27 January, 2017

NUI Galway is delighted to host an exhibition on the Representations of Jews in Irish Literature in the Hardiman Building foyer. The exhibition is the first major output of a three-year research project funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council and made in collaboration between NUI Galway and the Ulster University.

It charts the representations of Jewish identity, culture and life in Ireland from medieval through to modern times. It examines the portrayal of Jews in the literary record alongside the contribution of Irish-Jewish writers to Irish literature and celebrates this unique hyphenated identity. 

Exhibition Details


7 December, 2016 - 27 January, 2017


Hardiman Building foyer


Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh, NUI Galway & Dr Frank Ferguson, Ulster University


Arts & Humanities Research Council, UK

From the Media

BBC Radio Ulster: Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh spoke about the exhibition to BBC Radio Ulster's Sunday Sequence programme (from 25.00 onwards)

Meon Eile: Féach ar fhíseán faoin taispeántas ón tseirbhís nuachta Ghaeilge

Irish Examiner: History of Jews in Irish literature goes beyond Leopold Bloom. Read more

  1. Black and white photograph of a scene from "The Dybbuk" by S. Ansky, produced by the Lyric Theatre Players, Belfast, 1959 translated by Henry G. Alsberg and Winifred Katzin. Image courtesy of NUI Galway’s James Hardiman Library Archives: Lyric Theatre/O'Malley Collection.
  2. Pictured at the exhibition launch (l-r): Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh (NUI Galway) and London-based Irish-Jewish writer Stanley Price, who launched the exhibition 
  3. The core project team on the project “Representations of Jews in Irish Literature”, from left to right: Dr Barry Montgomery (Ulster University), Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh (NUI Galway), Dr Rióna Ní Fhrighil (NUI Galway), Dr Frank Ferguson (Ulster), Dr Marie-Claire Peters (Ulster), together with London-based Irish-Jewish writer Stanley Price, who launched the exhibition .
  4. Pictured at the launch were NUI Galway staff (l-r): Professor Dan Carey, Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh and Dr Rióna Ní Fhrighil, with members of the Library and Archives and Special Collections team - Barry Houlihan, Marie Boran, Ann Mitchell and Kieran Hoare.
  5. Tweeting and eating at the exhibition launch!
  6. Stanley Price addressed the audience at the exhibition launch.
  7. "Representations of Jews in Irish Literature" is on display in the Hardiman Building foyer in NUI Galway, before travelling to WIT.

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