Events & Awards

2020

Three podcasts created by the Centre’s staff and associates in collaboration with EFACIS: an interview with musician and composer Matthew Jacobson (by James Little, August 2020), an interview with poet Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh (by Daniela Theinová, November 2020), and a reading by and Q&A with novelist Kevin Barry and editor Olivia Smith (by Ondřej Pilný, released in January 2021).

“St. Patrick’s in June”, a postponed St. Patrick’s Day event which took place at Kampus Hybernská in Prague on 24 June 2020, featuring readings of Irish fiction and poetry in Czech translations by the Centre’s staff accompanied by music performed by the band Conamara Chaos.

2019

A reading by novelist Lisa McInerney on the occasion of the publication of The Blood Miracles in Czech translation, featuring a discussion with the translator, Tereza Marková (19 November 2019)

A concert by Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre, organized as part of the EFACIS Irish Itinerary project (22 October 2019)

A Bloomsday reading by the Centre’s staff and students, accompanied by a commented performance of songs related to the work of James Joyce by Prof. Gerry Smyth and Esther Smyth (hosted by the Ambassador of Ireland, 12 June 2019)

A St. Patrick’s Day festival which took place at Kampus Hybernská in Prague featuring a crash course of Irish and Scottish Gaelic, a reading of Czech translations of Irish fiction and poetry, and a concert of Irish music performed by the Prague-based band Conamara Chaos (17 March 2019)

2018

A reading by celebrated Irish-language poet Biddy Jenkinson, with translations by Daniela Theinová and Martin Světlík and music by Conamara Chaos (20 November 2018)

Launch of the Czech translation of The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney (March 2018)

Einat Adar received the Martin Hilský Award for her dissertation Absurd Consequences: Beckett and Berkeley

2017

An evening of Irish literature and music featuring poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, writer Alan Titley and their Czech translators, and musicians Kateřina García and Síle Denvir (15 September 2017).

A Bloomsday reading featuring a staged reading from Joyce’s Ulysses, hosted by the Ambassador of Ireland (16 June 2017)

An evening commemorating the poet Seamus Heaney at DOX Gallery, featuring Catherine Heaney, Bill Shipsey, Justin Quinn, Daniel Soukup, and Mariana Machová (27 April 2017)

2016

A book launch and a reading by Kevin Barry from his award-winning novel City of Bohane (22 November 2016)

A book launch of the short story collection Muž, který vybouchl (2 March 2016)

A book launch of the novel Mount Merrion by Justin Quinn in Czech translation (5 April 2016)

A bilingual gala night of Czech and Irish literature that took place as part of the IMRAM Festival in Dublin on 10 October 2016

Hana Němečková received the Mathesius Award for her thesis Aided Derbforgaill: Recurrent Motifs in the Ulster Cycle and their Relation to the Status of Women

Martin Světlík received the Mathesius Award for his thesis The Weekend of Dermot & Grace: Eugene R. Watters’ Long Modernist Poem

Jan Zikmund received the Mathesius Award for his thesis Thinking Globally: Seamus Heaney and Dennis O’Driscoll

2015

Commemoration of W.B. Yeats at 150, hosted by the Ambassador of Ireland (November 2015)

Concert by Niamh Parsons and Graham Dunne, organized within the EFACIS Irish Itinerary project (October 2015)

2014

Concert by Mary McPartlan, Padraic Keane and Aiden Brennan, organized within the EFACIS Irish Itinerary project (November 2014)

Seamus Heaney Commemoration hosted by the Ambassador of Ireland (April 2014)

Galina Kiryushina received the Mathesius Award for her thesis Saying Seen Again: Audio-Visual Aspects of Samuel Beckett’s Company, Ill Seen Ill Said and Worstward Ho

2013

As part of the EFACIS Irish Itinerary project, the Centre hosted a poetry reading by Medbh McGuckian and a performance of “Songs of Joyce” by Sinead Murphy and Darina Gallagher (April 2013)

An evening of Irish literature, music, and dance as part of the Irish Studies Workshop in Vysoké nad Jizerou (March 2013)

2012

Alex Lorenzů received the Mathesius Award for his thesis Literary, Cultural and Historical Influences in the Works and Beliefs of Oscar Wilde

Tereza Pavlíčková received the Mathesius Award for her thesis Topographies of Culture and Identity: The Role of Landscapes and Cityscapes in Selected Film Representations of Ireland

2011

Galina Kiryushina received the Mathesius Award for her thesis Something Gone Wrong with the Silence: The Motif of Voice in Samuel Beckett’s Embers, Eh Joe and That Time

2009

An Evening of Irish Poetry and Music with Louis de Paor, Ronan Browne, Lillis Ó Laoire and Ken Ó Donnchú and friends (November 2009)

2008

David Vichnar received the Mathesius Award for his thesis Joyce against Theory

Ondřej Pilný was presented the Ambassador’s Award 2008 by H.E. Donal Hamill, “in recognition of his outstanding personal contribution towards strengthening cultural awareness, friendship and understanding between Ireland and the Czech Republic”.

The Irish-language TV station TG4 produced a “Thar Sáile” documentary on the Irish language in Prague which featured the Centre’s staff and students. The programme was broadcast in March 2008, receiving favourable reviews (see, for instance, The Irish Times, 5 March 2008).

The first round of European certificates Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge A1 issued by examiners from National University of Ireland, Maynooth, were handed over to our students in May 2008. The Centre for Irish Studies was the first third-level institution outside Ireland to offer European examinations in the Irish language.

2007

Maciej Ruczaj received the Mathesius Award for his thesis Postmodern Inferno: Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman between Modern and Medieval Netherworlds

2006

Exhibition on the life and the work of Samuel Beckett co-organised with the Embassy of Ireland to the Czech Republic (Karolinum, April 2006). Guest of honour: Václav Havel.

2005

Hana Pavelková received the Mathesius Award for her thesis Dramatizing the Medium: Samuel Beckett’s Work for Radio, Theatre, Film and Television

Ester Žantovská received the Mathesius Award for her thesis Samuel Beckett’s and Harold Pinter’s Dramas of Memory

2002

Visit of poet Seamus Heaney

1999

Visit of Dr Mary McAleese, the President of Ireland

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