• Moore Institute, NUI Galway
  • Rare Book and Manuscript Library
  • Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies - Columbia University
  • Ulster University
  • Consulate General of Ireland
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.
  • First come, first seated
  • Free and open to the public


As two diasporic communities whose paths have often crossed, the Irish and the Jews have complex shared histories. This exhibition and discussion aims to connect these interwoven narratives of migration, displacement, and cultural contact. Pól Ó Dochartaigh (National University of Ireland, Galway) will present on his exhibition at the Royal Irish Academy titled "Representations of Jews in Ireland" and Irish novelist, Ruth Gilligan, will read from her new novel Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan (Atlantic) about the Irish-Jewish community. These talks will be held at the Butler Library and will be accompanied by an exhibition of posters from the Royal Irish Academy and archival materials from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University.


4-5pm (Butler Rare Book and Manuscript Library): The Irish and the Jews Exhibition

5pm (Butler Library 523): Pól Ó Dochartaigh, "Representations of Jews in Irish Literature" and Ruth Gilligan, reading from Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan.

Exhibition curated by Emily Bloom, Jenny Lee, Michelle Chesner, Jessica Roda, Karla Nielsen, Jeremy Dauber, Thai Jones, Karen L. Green, and Kellie Welch.

  • Participant, Exhibition Curator Emily Bloom Lecturer, Department of English and Comparative Literature Columbia University
  • Pól Ó Dochartaigh Professor, Registrar and Deputy President National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Ruth Gilligan Lecturer in Creative Writing University of Birmingham
  • James Shapiro Larry Miller Professor of English Columbia University