The Irish Literature Academy is committed to lifelong learning, and focuses its teaching on Irish drama and literature. The aim of the academy is to encourage the joy of learning and to deepen the pleasure and satisfaction to be had from reading the creative works of Irish writers. We offer part-time morning and night classes to adults who want to develop their interest in Irish writing or who are curious to explore the work for the first time.

Academic Director

Dr Noreen Doody is the Academic Director at the Irish Literature Academy.

Dr Doody is a highly experienced teacher. She has taught for many years at Irish and American universities, and has spoken on Irish literature and drama all over the world, from Europe to South America to Asia, as well as in Irish public institutions such as the Gate and the Abbey Theatres. She is the former Head of English at St Patrick’s College, Dublin City University.

Dr Doody’s research specialism is in Irish Literature and Drama from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, with a particular focus on Oscar Wilde and W.B. Yeats. She has published widely on Irish drama and literature. Her most recent publication is The Moon Spun Round: W.B. Yeats for Children (O’Brien Press, 2016). Her book, ‘An Echo of Someone Else’s Music’: The Influence of Oscar Wilde on W.B. Yeats, is forthcoming in 2018.