Posted by: gillroe | March 10, 2010

Irish Prime Minister launches new drive to bring Diaspora offspring to study in Ireland

Ireland’s Prime Minister, An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen will launch a unique new education initiative in Washington DC, on March 16th, to bring the sons and daughters of Irish emigrants all over the world to study in Ireland.

 The Ireland Homecoming Study Programme (IHSP) aims to encourage the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Irish nationals, and non-resident passport holders living outside the European Union to return to Ireland for their higher education studies. 

Eight Institutes of Technology will take part in a pilot programme this year, supported by Enterprise Ireland, to attract descendants of the Irish Diaspora to study in Ireland at significantly discounted rates to those for non-EU students.

Students from overseas will be able to undertake undergraduate degree courses or shorter study courses. All degrees and qualifications in Ireland are globally recognised and fully transferable. Students will emerge will the professional skills needed to embark on a productive career path.

The IHSP will allow the Irish Diaspora’s descendents study in the European Union and take advantage of Ireland’s excellent third level education reputation while tapping into their Irish heritage.

 IHSP creator and co-ordinator, Brian McNamara of Waterford IT (WIT) said: “The ‘Global Irish’ can now obtain very affordable qualifications in Ireland through the IHSP. As a nation, we have long recognised the important role that the Irish Diaspora or Global Irish play in promoting Irish culture and trade. This initiative will offer a practical benefit to the off-spring of Irish people abroad by allowing their children obtain an exceptional Irish education at highly competitive rates”.

Information on and applications for participation in the IHSP from the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of Irish nationals can be accessed at

 Full contact detail:

Brían McNamara,  Programme Leader
Ireland Homecoming Study Programme
Contact: +353 87 287 7923 or


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