Course Description

Irish Literature – Time & Times

Martin Keaveney Creative Writing

In this specially designed course we consider several important works of Irish literature through the lens of Time. How does the time application  of the story affect the content? What is the difference between story-time and real-time? How do characters interact with their past, presents and futures? By exploring this aspects of each work we come to a fascinating and rich understanding of the layered operation of fine literature. This  course is designed for literary enthusiasts,  those with a particular  interest in Irish literature and culture and those interest in pursuing more formal study.
Week 1
Time & Times
Week 2
George Moore – In the Clay

Week 3

W.B. Yeats – ‘The Wild Swans at Coole’ & other poems.

Week 4

Maeve Brennan/The Springs of Affection

Week 5

Molly Keane/ Good Behaviour

 Week 6

Patrick Kavanagh/ Collected Poems

Week 7

Colm Toibin/ The Blackwater Lightship

Week 8

Belinda McKeon/ Tender


Moore, George.  The Untilled Field (1903) William Heinemann Ltd; Uniform Edition (1 Jan. 1932).

Yeats, W.B. The Major Works. Oxford University Press, 1997 (Reissue 2008).

Keane, Molly. Good Behaviour (First Published 1983) Papaerview, 2005.

Brennan, Maeve. The Springs of Affection (First Published Posthumuosly 1997) Papaerview, 2005. (Stories)

Kavanagh, Patrick. Collected Poems. Penguin Books, 2005.

Toibin, Colm. The Blackwater Lightship. (First published Picador, 1999). Paperview, 2005.

McKeon, Belinda. Tender. Picador, 2015.
Course Dates:
  • Monday 15th April 2024  8pm-10pm Irish time
  • Monday 22nd April 2024 8pm-10pm Irish time
  • Monday 29th April 2024 8pm-10pm Irish time
  • Monday 13th May 2024 8pm-10pm Irish time
  • Monday 20th May 2024 8pm-10pm Irish time
  • Monday 27th May 2024 8pm-10pm Irish time
  • Monday 10th June  2024 8pm-10pm Irish time
  • Monday 17th June 2024 8pm-10pm Irish time

Registration: €289.99 Book here

15/04/24 – 17/06/24


Course Code MKILTT
College Name Martin Keaveney Creative Writing
Course Category Humanities & Social Sciences, Irish Literature
Course Type Online Learning
Course Qualification Certificate of Attendance
Course Location Galway, Ireland
Course Start Date 15th April 2024
Course End Date 17th June 2024
Course Fee 289.99
Course Duration 8 weeks
Course Times 8-10pm (Irish time)
Title of Awarding Certificate of Completion
Entry Requirements None.
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