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Dr. Howard Keeley - Georgia Southern University. Statesboro, GA, US

Dr. Howard Keeley

Assistant Professor | Georgia Southern University


Dr. Howard Keeley is the director of the Center for Irish Research and Teaching at Georgia Southern University






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Areas of Expertise (1)

Modern Irish Literature

Education (1)

Princeton University: Ph.D., Irish and British Literature 2004

Media Appearances (5)

Savannah, Wexford create new bridge for trade

Savannah Now  online


Howard Keeley, director of the Center for Irish Research and Teaching at Georgia Southern University, said Wexford is an “excellent door” into Ireland – and possibly the European Union. “Wexford is about an hour south of Dublin, but without the costs of a large city.”

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Irish Jews: A closer look at a lesser-known aspect of the Irish experience

Connect Savannah  online


“We often have such a narrow understanding of Ireland,” says Dr. Howard Keeley, Director of Georgia Southern University’s Center for Irish Research and Teaching. “Ireland is much more complex and interesting. Being Irish means all sorts of things.” Keeley hopes to get that message out there into our consciousness with a new exhibit that’s on display at Savannah’s Congregation Mickve Israel, the third-oldest Jewish congregation in America with a “punching above its weight” story of its own.

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Georgia Southern student helps uncover Savannah’s Irish-American heritage

Savannah Now  online


“We knew that, having witnessed his fellow Wexford and Irish immigrants die in large numbers in two yellow fever epidemics in Savannah, [Nunn] became a nationally recognized advocate for public sanitation,” said Keeley. “We also knew he was a Mason, but to find out how he got here in the first place, that was excellent.”

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Irish minister to strengthen ties

Savannah Now  online


Kehoe began to recognize the depth of the Savannah-Wexford connection when he visited Savannah for the first time on St. Patrick’s Day last year and learned more about the work of Georgia Southern University professor Howard Keeley and the Wexford-Savannah Axis, an innovative research and heritage-outreach project that chronicles the historic links between the two regions.

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Marker notes cemetery, mill, Irishness

Statesboro Hearld  online


Howard Keeley, the director of the Center for Irish Research and Teaching at Georgia Southern University, speaks about the heritage of local families as the Bulloch County Historical Society dedicates a historical marker for the Rigdon Mill and Cemetery Thursday.

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Articles (1)

Ireland, India, and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Literature (review)

Victorian Periodicals Review

Howard Keeley

2009 Covering the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Julia M. Wright comprehensively and instructively analyzes inscriptions of India and other British oriental colonies in literary texts with Irish authors or characters. Wright regularly identifies sensibility: moral sympathy or "fellow-feeling" towards others' poor, painful conditions. For example, she quotes James Clarence Mangan's 1840s poetic demand that, concerning the likes of "The swart slave of Kaffirland," Irish youths manifest "Soul-felt sympathy with grief." Wright's Introduction holds that, especially after the Act of Union (1800), Ireland is difficult to assimilate into the "this / the Other" binary whereby "this" is metropolitan England and "the Other" the exotic periphery of its empire.

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