Registration – Kylemore Book Club

The fifth installment of the Kylemore Book Club will focus on the history, politics, and culture of the West of Ireland. Kylemore is located in Connemara, County Galway in the province of Connacht, which is often cited as the cultural heart of Ireland. Known for its unblemished landscape imbued by legends, for years it has been a sanctuary for writers, musicians, and artists but is equally known for the inclement weather, harsh landscape and mass emmigration. This series will explore what it is about the West of Ireland that is so unique and enigmatic.

We will explore the meaning behind the often quoted phrase “To Hell or to Connacht” allegedly spoken by William Cromwell during his conquest and settlement of Ireland during the 17th century. This series will examine the history, music, and geopolitical reality of the West of Ireland through the lens of sport, specifically rugby. The Global Centre at Kylemore has partnered with Connacht Rugby to trace the development of the sport in the region over the years and show how Connacht Rugby has overcome politics and borders to become world contenders of the sport. Topics will range from the history of the province, the techniques of the sport, the global impact of the Irish diaspora, and the growth of inclusivity and gender equality for female athletes. Each week, we will feature distinguished guests from historians, to athletes and coaches, to musicians and composers demonstrating unique connections to America.

Together over the next few weeks, we will convene to once again build community and bring you to Kylemore for a short spell and share in the discussions on Wednesdays, August 4, 11, 18, and 25 at 1 p.m. ET (6 p.m. IST).

If you have already registered for a Kylemore Book Club in the past, you do not need to register again. Start the series here.


Notre Dame International (NDI) facilitates international faculty research, expanded study abroad opportunities, international travel safety expertise, immigration services, and global engagement programs that bring the University to the world and the world to Notre Dame. NDI encompasses a global network that includes five Global Gateways in Beijing, Dublin, Jerusalem, London, and Rome; and six Global Centers located in Santiago, São Paulo, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Mumbai, and at Kylemore Abbey in western Ireland. 



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