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St Patrick's Day and National Identity

St Patrick's Day and National Identity Survey
St Patrick's Day and National Identity Survey
As St Patrick’s Day approaches, the Institute of Irish Studies is asking people to take part in research to help understand how participation in collective national events, such as St Patrick’s Day parade, impacts on their sense of national identity. As part of the research we are conducting a survey before, after, and three months after the St Patrick's Day in Dublin and Belfast with individuals who do and do not plan on attending the parade.

This will be our second year collecting survey data, and from past experience we have come to realise how difficult it is to recruit participants. With this in mind, we would be grateful if you could pass on information about our project, or links to our surveys, to anyone you know who may be interested in participating (students, colleagues, etc.). We have attached recruitment flyers for potential participants in the Belfast and the Dublin area which contain links to the appropriate survey.

Our research is part of the Embodying Imagined Communities: The Role of Collective Participation in the Transformation of Irish Identities project. The project looks at St Patrick's Day and 1916 Easter Rising commemoration events in Belfast and Dublin - why people participate in these events and their potential to unite and divide. The research is a joint initiative between Queen's, the University of Limerick and St Andrew's University and is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Irish Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s University, in conjunction with the University of Limerick and the University of St. Andrews, is inviting  people to participate in a study examining the experience of collective events. We are looking for those who will be attending and those who will not be attending this year’s Belfast St Patrick’s Day parade. 
To do so, we would like you to complete a short survey a week before and after the parade, and three months after the parade. The survey takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete and has received ethical approval from the relevant ethics committees. In exchange we will enter your name in a raffle to win a number of prizes.

Taking part in the survey is entirely voluntary. If you do choose to take part, you will not be asked for any identifying information and so your participation will be anonymous – your responses cannot be traced back to you.

If you have any questions feel free to email:

Dr. Danielle Blaylock

+44 (0) 28 9097 3861

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