“Public invited to engage with the work of Irish researchers at Boston College on Dublin’s St. Stephen’s Green”

Culture Night takes place nationwide on Friday, 22nd September, from 5pm to 10pm. Culture night began in Dublin in 2005 and has now spread across the country of Ireland. Each year, for one day in September, Ireland sees a range of cultural venues open their doors to the public; museums, galleries, historic buildings, artist’s studios. Anyone from street performers, buskers, artists to cultural organisations participate. They provide free tours, exhibitions, readings, performances and films.

This year, the Irish Research Council is offering a jam-packed schedule of activities in the historic surrounds of Boston College on Dublin’s St. Stephen’s Green.

“The invisible world of textiles, an examination of how bodily sounds are portrayed on screen, and an exploration of martial arts music will form just part of the exciting line-up of the Irish Research Council’s 2017 Culture Night programme.”

Building on last year’s event the Irish Research Council plan will host a range of performances, demonstrations and interactive talks led by researchers funded by the Irish Research Council.

The schedule highlights include:

  • An exploration of the stories of enchantment and entrapment from the Irish fairy tradition led by Mary Mc Laughlin (Walton Room, 5pm).
  • An investigation of how bodily sounds are portrayed on screen, including cinematic heartbeat effects in horror movies and sonic representatives of bodily actions by Caitríona Walsh. (Lonsdale Room, 5.15pm).
  • An introduction to the nature and beauty of coloured stone in Dublin’s Victorian architecture by Christine Casey and Patrick Wyse Jackson (Walton Room, 5:45pm).
  • An interactive demonstration looking at the martial art of kung fu, and how it allows the Chinese diaspora to promote their heritage outside of China by Colin McGuire (Lonsdale Room, 6pm).
  • A discussion on the creative process of collaborations between sean nós singers and contemporary composers by Stephanie Ford (Walton Room, 6.30pm).
  • A performance and visual arts piece revealing the invisible world of textiles by researcher Susan Campbell (Lonsdale Room, 6.45pm).

Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, Chair of the Irish Research Council, said: “We’re delighted to launch our programme of events for this year’s Culture Night. Culture Night is an ideal opportunity for the public to engage with the work our talented researchers are doing across the arts and humanities sectors.

“We were thrilled with the reception to our programme last year, and we hope to further build on that success this year. We have a fun and exciting line-up of interactive activities including music performances, discussions and demonstrations – there will be something for everyone to enjoy, while also highlighting the achievements of our researchers.

“We’re excited to be back in the historical surroundings of Boston College, and we would encourage anyone with an interest in history or architecture to come along to explore the building which forms an important part of our built heritage.”

The Irish Research Council’s full programme for Culture Night is available at All activities will be offered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

About the Irish Research Council

The Irish Research Council was launched in 2012. It is an agency of the Department of Education and Skills and operates under the aegis of the Higher Education Authority. The core function of the Council is to support excellent frontiers research across all disciplines and all career stages.

It places a particular focus on early-stage career researchers and promotes diverse career opportunities for researchers by partnering with employers. The Council also has a particular role in supporting research with a societal focus and has established partnerships across government and civic society. Further information:, @IrishResearch, #LoveIrishResearch.