National Centre for Franco Irish Studies

National Centre for Franco Irish Studies

A Campus Designated Research Centre

The NCFIS was established in 2003 and became a Campus Research Centre in 2006.
The aims and objectives of the NCFIS are broadly the following: 

  • to create an environment in which research into the cultural, literary, commercial, philosophical and historical links between Ireland and France can be examined in a scientific and rigorous manner;
  • provide a space where emerging scholars can congregate - to develop research areas that are germane to the Centre’s mission;
  • to provide a model of excellence in the area of Franco-Irish relations to the benefit of all interested parties;
  • While continuing to value traditional scholarship in terms of publications, it also explores viable commercial opportunities as they present themselves;
  • to develop research networks between third level institutions in France and Ireland;
  • to lobby government bodies in France and Ireland to secure financial support to continue its current level of activity and to branch into new areas.

 PI Names:
 Dr Eamon Maher
 Dr Brian Murphy

Postgraduate Research Students (Currently): 
 Susan Boyle, Paul Butler, Aoife Carrigy, John Littleton, Patricia Medcalfe, Séamus O’Kane, Emily Smith, Sylvain Tondeur (co-supervision with the University of Lille3).

Also, 5 external Board Members from universities in France and Ireland.

We receive generous funding on an annual basis from the French Embassy in Ireland and other organisations such as Fáilte Ireland, Dalkia Ireland, Cuisine de France, Tourism Ireland and TU Dublin -President’s Research Awards. In addition, when we travel to France for our conferences, the host universities leverage funding from their regional councils and other sources.

We have organised conferences in several Irish and French venues, including University College Cork, Mary Immaculate College/University of Limerick, TU Dublin, National Concert Hall Dublin, Université de Lille3, Université de Rennes, Université de La Rochelle, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne. 

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  • In addition, we have been centrally involved since its initiation with the Dublin Gastronomy Symposium (

We always publish the proceedings of our annual and biannual conferences, and have13 titles in print to date with very reputable publishing houses, most notably Peter Lang Oxford. Below is a selection of our collections:

  1. Maignant, Catherine (éd.), La France et l’Irlande : Destins croisés 16e-21e siècles (Lille : Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 2013).
  2. Keatinge, Benjamin and Mary Pierse (eds), France and Ireland in the Public Imagination (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2014). Volume 55 in Reimagining Ireland series.
  3. Hunt, Una and Pierse, Mary (eds), France and Ireland: Notes and Narratives (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2015), Volume 66, Reimagining Ireland series
  4. Goarzin, Anne (ed.), New Critical Perspectives on Franco-Irish Relations, (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2015), Volume 68 in Reimagining Ireland series.
  5. Frank Healy and Brigitte Bastiat (eds), Voyages between France and Ireland: Culture, Tourism and Sport (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2017), Volume 9, Studies in Franco-Irish Relations.
  • Another of our unique selling points is the postgraduate online journal JOFIS (Journal of Franco-Irish Studies), which has enjoyed a very positive reaction to the current four issues that are available at
    JOFIS is a member of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), a significant achievement for a journal that is edited in the main by postgraduates.

We have several visits from acting academics to the Centre, the most recent of which was that of Professor Victor Merriman from Edge Hill University, which was attended by Professor Michael Higgins. Others to visit the NCFIS are Dr Yann Bévant, Professor Anne Goarzin, Dr Derek Hand, Dr Justin Carville, Dr Eugene O’Brien, Professor Sylvie Mikowski, Mr Tomás Mulcahy.

The NCFIS is closely aligned to the Dublin Gastronomy Symposium (henceforth DGS), a biannual event that has been going from strength to strength since its inauguration in 2012. The DGS is an excellent example of the developing synergy between research clusters within the institutes that form the TU alliance, in this case Cathal Brugh Street and the NCFIS. To date, the downloads of DGS papers available on the Arrow Repository stands at 41,000 (See 

Another important aspecy of this activity is the obvious potential it has to attract significant funding from a large number of government organisations and industry. To date, Fáilte Ireland, Manor Farm, Mitchell Wines and the French Embassy in Ireland have supported the event.

Dr Brian Murphy and Dr Eamon Maher have been on the organising committee of the DGS since its inauguration. In fact, Dr Maher co-edited a selection of papers from the first symposium entitled ‘Tickling the Palate’: Gastronomy in Irish Literature and Culture (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2014). The promotional video for the DGS provides a good flavour of the ambience of the symposium:

 The NCFIS has developed three Structured Taught PhD modules: Humanities Research Methods (10 credits), Peer Critique and Communication (10 credits) and Academic Conference and Editorial Training (10 credits). It runs several Master classes to which invited Professors share their knowledge with students, as well as Journées d’études, day-long seminars for researchers.