Irish Culture at Aquinas

Irish Culture at Aquinas

Aquinas College loves Irish culture! We’ve embraced Irish aculture - offering a study away experience in Tullycross Ireland since the early 70s. We’re the only college in Michigan to offer an Irish Studies minor, and in 2018, we added the only Michigan collegiate Irish Dance Club to offer scholarships to dance athletes.

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Outstanding Irish Studies Minor

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Thatched roof cottages in Tully Cross

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Years Aquinas has studied away in Ireland

900+

AQ students and faculty have experienced Ireland

group of 5 men at table signing something

Visitors from Tully Cross, Ireland, visit Aquinas in Fall of 2018

Pictured: Bottom Right to Bottom Left

  • Dr. Kevin Heanue, Chairman of Connemara West
  • Tim Ramsay, Director of International Programs & Services
  • Dr. Kevin Quinn, President of Aquinas College
  • Ed Kettle,  Friends of Connemara
  • Hon. Brian O'Brien, Consul General of Ireland Midwestern US. 

Irish Dance Team

Irish Dance Team competes at the Michigan Feis at Muskegon Catholic High School

Irish Dance team standing together
students standing by Irish poster

Research

Recent students in Dr. Michelle DeRose's Literature of the Black and Green Atlantic course, Maggie Rose, Lauren Heyboer, and Alyssa Noch (pictured with Dr. Michelle DeRose) recently presented their research at Aquinas 2/20/2019.

AQ Delegation

Dr. Jennifer Dawson, Ireland Faculty Director 2020, Dr. Michelle DeRose, Ireland Faculty Director 2021 and Coordinator of the Irish Studies Minor, Dr. Heather Kesselring-Quakenbush, Associate Provost, and Tim Ramsay, Director of International Programs visit the U.S. embassy in Dublin, Ireland.

Dr. Michelle DeRose, Ireland Faculty Director 2021 and Coordinator of the Irish Studies Minor, Dr. Heather Kesselring-Quakenbush, Associate Provost, and Tim Ramsay, Director of International Program

Community Partners

Events for 2019/2020 Academic Year

More events will be added in the coming weeks. Please come back to learn more

  • Every Wednesday in the Fall, from 3:30pm-4:30pm in the dance studio (lower St. Joe's Hall) Open Irish Dance for all
  • Michigan Irish Music Festival, Muskegon September 12-15, 2019. For more information, please visit our partner's page here 
  • Lunch & Learn: "Aquinas College's Bridget Gibley ('20) and Elizabeth Schoof ('20) present A Home Away from Home: Tully Cross, Ireland & Info session on Ireland study away" November 13, 12:15-1:30pm in the Moose Cafe
  • International Education Week: November 18-22, 2019
  • Lunch & Learn: "Ireland and the EU, Brexit and Contemporary Politics from Aquinas College Faculty" Dr. Molly Patterson and Dr. Roger Durham, Political Science and Irish Studies Faculty from 12pm-1pm in Loutit
  • Global Field Day, November 20, 11am-2pm, Alsknis & Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center. Come and play various games around the world including Irish Dance  
  • Saturday, March 7, 2020: Ireland Study Away Reunion at Quinn & Tuites from 3pm-7pm. Please visit our Alumni Engagement site here for more information 
  • Saturday, March 14, 2020: Grand Rapids St. Patrick's Parade. 
  • March 14-20, 2020: Aquinas College Celebration of St. Patrick
  • March 14, 2020-  36th annual Irish Jig- more information