Estudios Irlandeses is a peer-reviewed, open access electronic journal published twice a year, in March (regular issue) and in October (special issue). Each regular issue covers the previous 12 month period (April-March). Estudios Irlandeses is independently funded; it does not receive financial aid from any official institution or government organization.

It is aimed at an academic audience and the interested general reader, and only publishes contributions that are the result of personal research, and have not been previously published. All contributions are subject to a blind double peer review process.

Estudios Irlandeses seeks to become an international forum for original research in the field of Irish Studies in an easily accessible electronic format. All contributions may be read online. Moreover, a version in Portable Document Format, with numbered, two-column printings, can be obtained by clicking on the PDF icon. For readers wishing to collect the print-outs , printable front covers of each issue are also provided.

For its inaugural number – Issue 0 – published in March 2005, the journal sought contributions from fifteen renowned scholars working in various areas of Irish Studies in different countries.

As from Issue Nº 1, Estudios Irlandeses publishes essays, in either English or Spanish, which engage in a critical and original way with aspects of Irish literature, history, arts and the media.

Apart from essays the journal also features regular sections devoted to:

  • A round-up of all Irish-themed books produced in Spain during the previous year.
  • Selected reviews of Irish-themed books produced internationally during the previous year.
  • A comprehensive year in review of Irish cinema
  • A comprehensive year in review of Irish film and media studies publications

The Journal welcomes:

  • Interviews
  • Up to date information about Irish-related forthcoming academic events.

If you would like an event to be listed please tell us.

Crediting Marvels

The annals say: when the monks of Clonmacnoise
Were all at prayers inside the oratory
A ship appeared above them in the air.

The anchor dragged along behind so deep
It hooked itself into the altar rails
And then, as the big hull rocked to a standstill,

A crewman shinned and grappled down the rope
And struggled to release it. But in vain.
‘This man can’t bear our life here and will drown,’

The abbot said, ‘unless we help him’. So
They did, the freed ship sailed, and the man climbed back
Out of the marvellous as he had known it.

Seamus Heaney, Lightenings viii (Seeing Things, 1991)

Seamus Heaney’s beautiful poem perfectly highlights the fact that the ordinary and the marvellous are categories defined and opposed only by human perception. This is what the monks of Clonmacnoise must have thought when they saw a ship in the air while praying, just before devoting themselves to the not in the least less extraordinary task of preserving texts on paper for posterity. Presumably they were not aware of the miracle of their labour — to cross the barrier from oral to written word — which was to astonish the world in the forthcoming centuries and help spread human knowledge. But the man on the ship was aware of that as he “… climbed back / out of the marvellous as he had known it”.

What would their reaction be if they had the chance to see a text that is not written on paper and nonetheless can be read all over the world? Wouldn’t the monks think that this on line journal is as marvellous as the ship in the air? For the first issue of Estudios Irlandeses has crossed another barrier — from paper to screen — in order to reinforce and enlarge the aims stated by AEDEI when it was founded in 2001. Let us remember briefly our enthusiastic commitment to creating a meeting point, an academic community in which curiosity would be livened up, discussion encouraged and interdisciplinary approaches welcome. The journal we have the pleasure to launch here means a further step that we feel as our “coming of age”, and a new and important chapter in the annals of our association and, above all, of our readership.

But what the monks of Clonmacnoise knew better than anybody else is that miracles do exist but in no way are they anonymous. Quite the opposite, because very often they are the result of boundless devotion as is the case of this issue: it would not exist without the full time dedication of our colleague Rosa González. I would like to thank her generosity and her courage to accept a challenge that at the very beginning seemed to be as unbelievable as “a ship in the air”. And I also thank wholeheartedly all those who helped this ship to reach port by answering our invitation for contributions kindly and selflessly. A wide range of voices from different backgrounds were summoned in an attempt to achieve both diversity and representativeness.

May this journal be fruitful for the future of Irish Studies and may it provide younger generations with solid support and reliable sources. And may this issue prove that crediting marvels is as necessary in the Internet times as it was at Clonmacnoise.

Inés Praga Terente
Chairperson of AEDEI (2001-2007)
March 2005