John Millington Synge: The Heart of the Irish Literary Renaissance


This online course is focused on three important plays by Edmund John Millington Synge. More than any other playwright of the early years of Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, Synge’s dramatic work has stood the test of time. Like a brilliant meteor flashing across an Irish night sky, in seven short years before his untimely death in 1909, Synge produced a body of work that is unparalleled in world dramatic literature. In this class, students will have an opportunity to learn about Synge the man, and also read and discuss three of his greatest works: Riders to the Sea, In the Shadow of the Glen, and The Playboy of the Western World. No playwright has so accurately and poetically captured the Irish and Ireland in the early 20th century. Few playwrights have received so much scorn and so many accolades as J. M. Synge. Join us to find out why!

3 sessions. Thursday 6:30 pm – 8 pm April 30, May 7, 14.

Class Fee: $54

  • Online payment is strongly preferred. It automatically notifies the instructor and the director of the Irish College of your registration.
  • By check, make it out to ‘Celtic Junction Arts Center’ and mail to Irish College, Celtic Junction Arts Center, 836 Prior Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104.  If you pay by check, please send an email to the instructor, Steven J. Giffith at and copy education@celticjunction.orgWithout an email, we won’t know to expect you or how to communicate with you. 

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