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Saor Ollscoil na hÉireann (Free University of Ireland) was established in 1986 by a small group of educationalists with the creative vision of a life-long learning process.


The University provides third level education to degree standard for mature students in the area of the humanities and social sciences. and makes awards in the Liberal Arts at BA, MA and PhD levels. Places are offered to students through an informal interview process. (Read more)

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The new Academic Year began on the 6th of September, and we were pleased to welcome our students, both new and returning. For anybody interested in joining us, and who did not have the opportunity to register on registration days, late registrations will still be accepted for unfilled courses. Registration can be completed before lectures on evenings during term 1.    




New Academic year 2014/2015 Courses

Among the many interesting courses offered by Saor-Ollscoil na hÉireann for our 2014/2015 academic year is the European History Course. The title for part one of this course is ‘The making and unmaking of the modern Middle East’. Some of the course headings include – Introduction to Middle Eastern History, The Impact of the First World War 1914–1924, The Mandate Era and the Rise of Nationalism 1924–1948, The War of 1948, Arab Nationalism and Arab Cold War 1948–1967, from Khartoum to Camp David, The Return to Geography 1979–1991 (This takes in the Lebanon, Syria under Assad), ‘Arab-Israeli’ to ‘Israeli-Palestinian’ conflict, The Iran-Iraq War, Iraq under Saddam, The Gulf War, The Looming Tower (1991 – 2001), The 9/11 Wars and beyond.




Book Launch

We would like to congratulat Dr Ellen Galvin, a PhD graduate of Saor-Ollscoil na hÈireann who launched her book, 'A Mystic in Search of a Unifying Truth' at the Dublin Writers Museum. Ellen’s book deals with the life of Pierre Tailbard de Chardin. Ellen embarked on a third level course in 1987, finally emerging with a PhD in Philosophy through Liberal Arts. Ellen is a perfect proponent of the ‘Lifelong learning’ philosophy of Saor-Ollscoil. Her book may be bought through Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Mystic-Search-Unifying-Truth-Teilhard-ebook/dp/B00GRGYU5W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1413416502&sr=8-1&keywords=%2FMystic-Search-Unifying-Truth.