Nils Beese began LetsGoIreland.com with Emer Walker in 2017 to assist others in discovering the authentic culture of Ireland.
Nils found himself drawn to Ireland during his university years. Originally from Germany, his intrigue for Irish culture was initially sparked by Irish literature, especially by James Joyce.
This passion soon spread into a love for Irish culture in general. What started as academic curiosity transformed into a passion. Nils has lived several years in both Cork and Dublin. In Dublin, Nils worked as a lecturer at University College Dublin. He also worked in the Irish tourism sector as a tour guide for the James Joyce Centre.
Nils was drawn to heartwarming Irish blessings, timeless literature, and modern narratives in films like ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ or ‘In Bruges’.
Nils’ adventures across Ireland, intertwined with his German meticulousness have broadened his horizon (You can take a German out of Germany, but not Germany out of a German 😉 ).
These experiences have also equipped him with a treasure trove of knowledge and local lore. He is eager to share his perspectives with his readers.
Nils’ favorite period of Irish literature and history is the Celtic Revival. If you want to read more about Nils’ perspectives on it, then you might want to check out his book on Dublin slum writings from the 1880s to the 1920s.
Fun Fact: Nils is one of the few people that have ever built an igloo in Dublin. The national Irish television channel RTE even featured it.
Education and Qualifications
Nils’ academic endeavors have fueled his exploration into Irish culture and literature. His qualifications include:
- PhD in Irish Literature from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU), Germany
- M.Phil. in Irish Literature from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
- M.A. in Comparative Literature from University of Rochester, NY, USA
- ERASMUS year at University College Cork, Ireland
- B.A. in English and History from University of Cologne, Germany
What Nils loves about Ireland
- An evening at a local pub with a smell of malt and mash in the air, a good pint of stout in his hand and a good chat with friends.
- The simplistic, yet profound beauty of Irish witticism that adds a touch of warmth and quirkiness to daily interactions.
- The unpretentious charm and welcoming nature of the Irish folk.
Drop Nils a line: nils [@] www.letsgoireland.com