Free Online Course: “Exploring Irish Identity”

Communities throughout Ireland are showcasing and sharing the very best of Irish culture and tradition. Hibernia College, in association with The Gathering, is taking this online by launching the first Irish massive open online course (MOOC) on the theme of Irish identity.

The “Exploring Irish Identity” MOOC is available free of charge, no matter where you are in the world. All you need is Internet access and a desire to find out more about Ireland’s culture and heritage. Designed and created by Hibernia College, Ireland’s leading online educator, with contributions from prominent Irish academics and cultural icons, this course seeks to discover the threads of identity that weave through Irish history, culture and society. 

Through an exploration of Irish history, literature and poetry, theatre and film, language, art, sport and landscape, this open online course aims to start a conversation that will continue in cities, towns and villages across the globe. Each week of the 8-week course will embrace one of the themes above. You can discover how each aspect is permeated through Irish identity, as well as how they are interpreted and perceived. “Exploring Irish Identity” will present a broad overview of how history, geography and culture have interacted to create divergent, and sometimes contradictory, ideas of what it means to be Irish.

The MOOC is free of charge and starts on 27 May 2013. Register for more information at

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