Ireland in Europe


Ireland in Europe

The Leuven Centre for Irish Studies

The Leuven Centre for Irish Studies (LCIS) is a multi- and interdisciplinary research centre of the Humanities and Social Sciences of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the Irish College Leuven.

The Centre has three objectives: first, to stimulate cooperation between researchers from Irish universities and from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; second, to conduct research into three fields of Irish Studies—Literature, History, Theology, Philosophy and Fine Arts; Peace and Transformative Growth; Economics, Business, Law, Innovation and Valorisation; and thirdly, to promote cultural events at the Irish College Leuven.

These objectives are achieved through cultural and academic events that are organised throughout the year, academic conferences and workshops, and the LCIS Lecture Series.

European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies

The European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS) is a network of 52 universities across Europe, founded to promote interest in and support the expansion of Irish Studies. Its focus is the study and debate of all aspects of society, culture and literature of the island of Ireland and the Irish diaspora.

EFACIS’ main activities include: the international peer-reviewed Journal RISE (; international PhD seminars in Irish Studies; conferences and workshops; the Irish Itinerary—a series of Irish culture (film, music, art and literature) events hosted by centres of Irish studies in European countries; the Translation Projects (Yeats, Banville, Aistriu); and creative input from Irish artists on Kaleidoscope.

The Irish College Leuven is the centre for the secretariat for EFACIS and supports the work of the organisation on a daily basis.

Beleire (Belgium Ireland Business Network)

The Irish College Leuven is home to Beleire, a non-profit organisation aiming to facilitate business networking between member companies and individuals in the Belgian and Irish business communities.

Beleire works closely with Irish and Belgian trade agencies such as Flanders Investments & Trade, Voka, IDA and Enterprise Ireland to strengthen commercial relations between the two countries.

To strengthen the ties between Ireland and Belgium, the Ambassador of Ireland to Belgium and the Ambassador of Belgium to Ireland are both patrons of the organisation.

Throughout the year Beleire organises networking opportunities, guest speaker talks, and business-focused events. Membership is open to all with an interest in developing Irish Belgian business activities.