Race and Immigration in the New Ireland

Edited by Julieann Veronica Ulin, Heather Edwards, and Sean O’Brien

Although a number of books have addressed recent changes in Ireland that are related to immigration, both during and after the Celtic Tiger economic boom and bust, they are often limited by a focus on a single aspect of immigration or on either the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.

Race and Immigration in the New Ireland, in contrast, offers a variety of expert perspectives and a comprehensive approach to the social, political, linguistic, cultural, religious, and economic transformations in Ireland that are related to immigration. It includes a wide range of critical voices and approaches to reflect the broad impact of immigration on multiple aspects of Irish society and culture. The contributors address immigration and Irish sports, education systems, language debates, migrant women’s issues, human rights policies, and culture both in the Republic and in the North of Ireland. Further, authors offer a framework for considering this new Ireland in relation to earlier colonial contexts, reading intersections between new racism and old sectarianism.

Julieann Veronica Ulin is assistant professor of English, Florida Atlantic University.

Heather Edwards is visiting assistant professor of English, Ohio University.

Sean O’Brien is an assistant professor of English at SUNY Canton.

Contributors: Pablo Rojas Coppari, Mike Cronin, Steve Garner, Luke Gibbons, Ronit Lentin, Robbie McVeigh, Verona Ní Dhrisceoil, Pádraig Ó Riagáin, Mary Robinson, and Julieann Veronica Ulin.

“This collection is essential reading for anyone interested in the complex global interplay of race, migration, citizenship, and nationality that so irresistibly shapes the contemporary moment. Bringing together a remarkable range of essays on topics as varied as race theory, sports culture, language politics, the role of gender in immigration policy, and the ongoing social and political legacies of Northern Ireland’s partition, the volume offers thoughtful reexaminations of an Ireland we may have thought we knew along with insightful analyses of how Ireland’s palimpsestic relationship to migration sheds new light on pressing questions about race, globalization, and mobility that extend far beyond Irish shores. This is a book that is sorely needed.” — Mark Quigley, University of Oregon

“Race and Immigration in the New Ireland presents a wide range of insights on the ethical challenges and possibilities of the post–Celtic Tiger Ireland. Together, the essays here offer an open and constructive debate within the social frame of Irish Studies. This book emphasizes the critical importance of the moral imagination in shaping the evolution of state policy in the ongoing contexts of migration, diaspora, and global markets that have marked recent Irish history.” — Fionnghuala Sweeney, University of Liverpool

“There is a gap in this field. Many people teach contemporary Ireland, and there is huge global interest in it given the spectacular economic meltdown. Race and Immigration in the New Ireland would be ideal reading material for teachers wishing to recommend a solid text on contemporary Ireland. There is nothing comparable in the existing literature.” — Kevin Whelan, Director of the Keough-Naughton Notre Dame Centre, Dublin, Ireland


“Race and Immigration in the New Ireland analyzes modern Ireland’s struggles with the issues of immigration, looking at both halves of the Irish nation and their unique approaches to these critical issues that grow ever more intriguing and important. From women’s issues, religious concerns, the place of language, and the presence of racism, [this book] is a strongly recommended addition to social and international issues collections.” — Library Bookwatch