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Derived from the Irish proverb “Is ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine," which means “We all flourish in community,” Notre Dame Dublin's motto reflects the core focus on community.

Since the establishment of the Dublin study abroad program in 1998, more than 3,000 students have had an immersive educational experience complete with field trips, museum visits, guest lectures, sporting events, musical and theatrical performances, and more. These cultural programs enrich the study abroad experience and lead to a holistic and authentic appreciation for Ireland.

Notre Dame Dublin was officially designated in 2014 and has continued to grow Notre Dame’s already impressive network in Dublin. In addition to the Dublin study abroad program, Notre Dame Dublin offers internship opportunities, summer programs, seminar series for faculty and graduate students, conferences, and a number of prestigious research collaborations.

Since 2004, Notre Dame’s home in Dublin has been in O’Connell House, a historic building on Merrion Square which was once the residence of noted Irish Catholic political leader Daniel O’Connell. Its eye-catching blue door is open to all Notre Dame visitors. The space can host teaching and scholarly endeavors, and is a welcoming space to share a meal, study in the library, or join together in prayer in Saint Patrick’s Chapel.

Given Ireland's rich literary history, it should come as no surprise that Notre Dame Dublin regularly hosts contemporary Irish poets, dramatists, and novelists, many of whom are eager to engage with students. Beyond the arts, Dublin also plays host to hundreds of large multinational companies including Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Pfizer. Add in world-class universities and libraries, and Dublin ranks as an ideal place to learn, research, and work.

For those interested in visiting Notre Dame Dublin, please contact us.

Notre Dame Dublin is part of the University of Notre Dame’s global network. Notre Dame Global oversees locations centered in Beijing, Dublin, Hong Kong, Jerusalem, Kylemore, London, Mexico, Mumbai, Nairobi, Rome, Santiago, and São Paulo. These global locations create unique opportunities for Notre Dame to engage the world and the world to engage Notre Dame through scholarly collaboration, undergraduate and graduate study, as well as cooperative programs with governments, foundations, corporations, alumni, parents, and friends of the University.

  • 1993 Keough Irish Studies program starts at Notre Dame under the leadership of Seamus Deane
  • 1996 John Hume, 1998 Nobel Peace Laureate, receives the Notre Dame Award for international humanitarian service
  • 1996 Notre Dame plays Navy in Croke Park; 10,000 Fighting Irish fans attend
  • 1998 Notre Dame's Ireland program starts at Newman House on St. Stephen's Green
  • 1999 Inaugural Irish Seminar held in Dublin; ND establishes Ireland Council under chairs Don Keough and Martin Naughton
  • 2001 Keough internship program in Dublin begins
  • 2003 Hesburgh Library acquires the landmark Loeber Collection of Irish Fiction
  • 2004 Keough Centre, later named Dublin Global Gateway, moves to historic O'Connell House on Merrion Square
  • 2011 Inaugural Dublin Summer Programme
  • 2012 Taoiseach Enda Kenny presents Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., with Irish citizenship in recognition of his service to Ireland
  • 2014 Keough-Naughton Dublin Centre is designated as Dublin Global Gateway
  • 2016 Newman Centre for Faith and Reason opens at Newman Church in Dublin
  • 2017 Inaugural Dublin Notre Dame Pre-College Program
  • 2023 Notre Dame celebrates 25 years in Ireland
  • 2023 Notre Dame plays Navy in Dublin's Aviva Stadium; over 30,000 Fighting Irish fans in attendance
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