University of Limerick, ICC/GB Irish Cultural Week begins Sept 6

The University of Limerick (UL) and The Irish Cultural Centre (ICC), Canton, Boston are delighted to continue their partnership by giving the Boston community the opportunity to learn about traditional Irish music and dance during a special visit from the University of Limerick. 

UL`s leading academics in the areas of Irish music, dance and song will visit Boston from the 6th – 12th September 2022. As part of this wonderful week the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, UL are hosting three open traditional Irish Music Sessions with the Irish Cultural Centre. We would love to invite Irish musicians to join UL students and academics in our open traditional music session on any of the below date 

  • Friday 9th September at 9pm 
  • Saturday 10th September at 7pm 
  • Sunday 11th September at 12pm 

In partnership with the Irish Cultural Centre, UL are hosting several free classes in Irish music, dance and song on Friday 9th September.  Classes will start at 6:30pm and you will be able to sign up on the Irish Cultural Centre website or using the links below 

  • Music with Niall Keegan & Aisling Parslow– Register Here 
  • Singing with Sandra Joyce – Register Here
  • Dancing with UL Students Nora Costello & Margaret Nalley – Register Here

This is a wonderful opportunity for the Boston community to engage with traditional Irish music and dance.  These workshops are an exciting and interactive way to find out about studying abroad in Ireland with the University of Limerick. 

There is a further opportunity to learn about studying at the University of Limerick by attending the UL Global Information Night, which will be held on Wednesday 7th September at 7pm at the Irish Cultural Centre.   All are welcome to attend. You can register for the event here or drop in on the night!

Finally, to close out our wonderful week in Boston with the Irish Cultural Centre, UL are sponsoring the Tenth Annual Irish Cultural 5K Road Race and Fitness Walk on September 11th at 11:30am. There will be fun for all the family, including a live traditional music session led by our professors, students, and alumni - all musicians are welcome to join in!  You can sign up to join the 5K Road Race and Fitness Walk here 

I really hope that you can join us at one of the many events in partnership with the Irish Cultural Centre & for what will be an amazing week of Irish Culture. For any further information or to request an interview with our professors, students or alumni please contact 

Warm regards,


Niamh Kavanagh 

International Recruitment North & South America Region Manager


Information on The University of Limerick, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and The Irish Cultural Centre

The University of Limerick

The University of Limerick is an independent, internationally focused university. It is a young, energetic, and enterprising university with a proud record of innovation in education and excellence in research and scholarship. Located on the west coast of Ireland along the picturesque River Shannon and enjoys an unspoiled natural environment blended with state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities.  On our award-winning campus students can study in a safe and supportive environment. The University of Limerick has been voted number one in the world for student experience.

UL offers more than 70 undergraduate programmes and a strong postgraduate offering with more than 100 taught postgraduate programmes to Doctoral and Post-doctoral level. UL Global at the University of Limerick (UL), assists all international students coming to UL under our Postgraduate, Undergraduate, Study Abroad, Erasmus+, Exchange and Summer School programmes.

UL pioneered the concept of Cooperative Education in Ireland, placing more than 2,000 students in paid and semi-paid work placements annually with over 1,600 different companies- 30% of these as international placements.  These valuable work experiences make UL graduates more employable. 

Irish World Academy of Music and Dance

The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance is the centre of academic and performance excellence housed at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Founded in 1994 by Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, the Academy is found on the beautiful banks of the River Shannon. The state of the art facilities, which include two theatres, recording studios, individual practice rooms and dance studios, provides an inspiring creative space for all those who study there. The Academy has a strong international presence with students from over 40 countries. With a faculty of excellent performers, academics and industry professionals the experience of studying at the Irish World Academy is second to none.

The Academy offers a suite of taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in music and dance related subject areas and its research is at the forefront of these fields of enquiry worldwide.

The Irish Cultural Centre Canton Boston

The Irish Cultural Centre of Greater Boston is based in Canton, Massachusetts.  It was founded in 1989 to celebrate Irish culture and heritage in the Greater Boston Area.  Partially funded by the Irish Government, the centre is one of the largest in the United States and was built mainly by Irish and Irish American volunteers.  The 46-acre campus consists of four athletic fields, a large patio area with a three-season marquee tent, and a main building that features offices, a performance area, function space, a resource library, and a pub restaurant.  The Irish Cultural Centre is open year-round to the public and welcomes both members and non-members to appreciate the customs of Ireland through authentic food & drink, traditional Irish music, song & dance, sporting events, educational classes and more.  For additional information or to become a member, visit

The Irish Cultural Centre serves as a focal point for the expression of Irish culture through a variety of activities, events and programs which promote and showcase Irish culture for members and the public. We do this in collaboration with several other Irish-related organizations, individual artists and performers, educational and cultural institutions, including the Consul General of Ireland in Boston.


Dr Sandra Joyce is Interim Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Limerick.  Her PhD explored the transformations of the compositions of Irish harper/composer Turlough Carolan in 18th- and 19th-century collections of music and song.  Her second co-edited volume in the Harp Studies series, with Dr Helen Lawlor, is due to be released by Four Courts Press, Dublin, later this year.  A singer and bodhrán player, she has performed extensively, most recently as part of the Milwaukee IrishFest 2022.

Dr Niall Keegan is an internationally renowned Irish traditional flute player and academic. He was born in the south east of England and began playing Irish traditional flute at an early age amongst the community of first and second-generation musicians in and around London. Niall is Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick. He is also Course Director of the BA Irish Traditional Music and MA Irish Traditional Music Performance.

Margaret Nalley UL Irish Dance Student is from Palatine, Illinois & currently in year 2 of the BA Performing Arts in Irish Dance. Margaret grew up dancing at the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance and competed for 16 years gaining national and international success. Additionally, Margaret grew up performing across the United States and in Europe with Trinity’s Ensemble group. Margaret is now luck to be a professional dancer with Trinity Irish Dance Company based in Chicago. A fun fact about Margaret is that she is a barista!


Nora Costello UL Irish Dance Student (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) has been involved in the competitive world of Irish dance for over 16 years. Nora is in year 2 of the Performing Arts in Irish Dance course at the Irish World Academy. It has been her dream to attend the University of Limerick, and work with world-class tutors and teachers to develop her performance skills. Throughout her years of dancing, Nora competed as a soloist at the Mid-America Oireachtas 10 times, placed top 15 at the North American Irish Dance Championship, and competed at international competitions such as the World Championships and the All Ireland Championships. 

During her time at UL, Nora has found other interests such as Aerial Dance and is looking forward to the next three years of opportunities, growth, and creative dance skills


Aisling Parslow UL Music Student is from County Galway, was born into a musical family, and was influenced by the music of her aunts, uncles, and older cousins, from a very early age. Aisling is currently studying Irish Music and Dance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick. Having been playing music since she was 7 years old, Aisling is an accomplished fiddle player and can play the banjo and piano. She has successfully competed at County, provincial, and All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil competitions as a member of Lackagh Comhaltas. Aisling has also been competing in Irish Dance since the age of 5 and is a lifelong member of of the world renowned Hession School of Irish Dancing.  She has won countless competitions in Irish Dance and has performed on stage as both a dancer and musician at the World Irish dancing championships.