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Since 1999, nearly 170 students have participated in the Irish Studies Program — spending a fortnight on The Emerald Isle before returning for their prom and graduation. An enriching academic experience, time spent with old and new friends, the adventure of a lifetime. What better capstone could there be to the MKA  experience…

The Irish Studies Programs has distinguished itself from other foreign studies programs in a number of ways, including the depth and breadth of the institutions where we have worked over the years and the relationships we have developed during that time.


  • Piaras McEinri – Director of Centre for Migration Studies (UCC)
  • Brian Lambkin – Director of Centre for Migration Stuides (Omagh)
  • Padraig Fitzgerald – Director of Centre for Migration Stuides (Omagh)
  • Martin McCrossin – Director, Derry City Tours
  • Ivan Cooper – Former MP (Member of Parliament) and Civil Rights activist
  • Caitriona Fotrell – Director, Ireland Funds
  • Ruari Quinn – TD*, South Dublin
  • Ian Huggard – National City Brokers


  • Strokestown House, Museum and Gardens
  • Ulster American Folk Park
  • Ulster History Park
  • Center for Migration Studies
  • Ulster History Park
  • Cobh Heritage Centre
  • Jeannie Johnston Project
  • Blasket Heritage Centre

* A Teachta Dála is a member of Dáil Éireann, the lower chamber of the Oireachtas (Parliament) of Ireland.

The use of technology through the program has been a major part of the program.  Since it’s inception, students have been responsible for developing, creating and producing writing, digital images and video content for the site. Technology is the tool for telling the story of the Irish emigration experience, it’s history and modern story.

Using a variety of Apple technologies, including MacBooks, iBooks to iMovie and Photoshop, annual Program websites were built while traveling throughout the country.  Starting in 2009,  social media tools, such as WordPress, Flickr, YouTube and Twitter, will be utilized to connect the program to a world outside of MKA.

For more information on the content of the Irish Studies Program contact Geoff Branigan.

For technical questions, please contact William Stites.

To find out more information about The Montclair Kimberley Academy and all of its educational opportunities, visit our website at http://www.mka.org.

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