Irish Studies Centre

Founded in 1986, the Irish Studies Centre was the first of its kind in Britain. It is based in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities and its main purpose is the promotion of Irish Studies through teaching, research, documentation/dissemination and community liaison. Our primary research focus is on migration and diaspora and, in particular, the Irish in Britain. Located in the heart of a large Irish community in north London, we aim to increase the understanding and appreciation of the Irish contribution to all aspects of economic, cultural, political and social life in this country. Key activities include the curation and development of the Archive of the Irish in Britain, liaising with Irish community organisations in Britain, international links with Irish academics, researchers and politicians and the running of a number of annual events, including: the Irish Writers in London Summer School, the Irish in Britain Seminar Series and the Annual Autumn Lecture. 

London Metropolitan University

London Metropolitan University has served the education needs of people in and beyond London since 1848. At London Met we believe everyone has the right to an affordable quality education. In keeping with our mission to widen access to world-class research and teaching for all, we established the Irish Studies Centre in October 1986, the first of its kind in Britain. Its location in Holloway in the heart of a vibrant north London Irish community means it attracts a large number of Irish students to its wide range of degrees.