Georgia Southern Establishes Learning Center in Ireland

Georgia Southern University and its Center for Irish Research and Teaching (CIRT) have established a new learning center in Wexford, Ireland, and move the CIRT from the Statesboro Campus to the Armstrong Campus in Savannah.

The Wexford-Savannah Axis Partnership, a partnership between Georgia Southern and Wexford that allows University students to visit Ireland and continue their research, led to the University’s new Irish facility. Georgia Southern is the first public university in the United States to establish a learning center in Ireland. 

Through the partnership, the Wexford government provided a historic building constructed in 1812 for the CIRT. The space features classrooms and student apartments built in a former historic jail. This will provide students with greater access to historical documents and to descendants of Irish immigrants who have played a significant role in the Savannah area. Students will utilize the space in Wexford beginning this summer.

Several Irish officials traveled to Savannah to be part of the announcement, including Keith Doyle, chair of Wexford County Council, and the Honorable Shane Stephens, consul general of Ireland for the Southeastern United States.

“All of the great new innovations that have happened in the Wexford-Savannah relationship have come out of initiatives from Georgia Southern University. We are utterly delighted that Georgia Southern is taking the lead and pushing the relationship forward once again,” Stephens said.