The British Association for Irish Studies is a charitable organisation that was established in 1985. Its aim is to encourage and support Irish cultural activities, and the study of Ireland and Irish culture, in Britain.
As our constitution states, the role of the BAIS is ‘to promote knowledge and understanding of a) Ireland and the relations between the peoples of the two islands; b) the experience of the Irish in Britain and their contribution to British society’.
The Association has sought to achieve its goals at both university and school level and it has also worked with Irish community groups. Through its quarterly newsletter, journal, postgraduate bursary scheme, essay prize, annual conference, regular teaching days, and Irish language programme, it has helped to create a better awareness of Ireland in Britain and has thus played an important role in the ongoing work of reconciliation and understanding between the two countries.
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