2021 22nd Irish Texts Society Seminar
Public health guidelines permitting, the Twenty-Second ITS Seminar, jointly organised by the Irish Texts Society and the combined Departments of Irish, UCC, will be held at UCC on Saturday, 6th November, 2021. The subject of this year's event will be Gabháltais Shéarluis Mhóir: the Conquest of Charlemagne, edited by Douglas Hyde, Irish Texts Society Main Series vol. 19 (1919).
The Noel O’Connell Lecture
The Noel O’Connell Lecture in association with the Irish Literary Society is held in London each year in the spring.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 Noel O’Connell Lecture which was due to be given by Prof. Méidhbhín Ní Úrdail, University College Dublin (on ‘An Irish emigré living in 19th century London’), had to be postponed. It is hoped to reschedule this talk at a future date.
The Breandán Ó Buachalla Lecture
This lecture is postponed and will be rescheduled for later in the year.
An tOllamh Máire Ní Annracháin (Prof. Emerita, UCD)
The work of the ITS has borne fruit in many ways. At the time of the Irish revival the written literary canon was almost entirely confined to manuscripts. Its gradual publication by the ITS and others has allowed modern poets to delve deeply into what Pearse called Irish literature's own past, which would be, he advocated, an indispensable resource for the creation of a modern literature.
And so it came to pass. It is difficult to imagine a fruitful reading of swathes of post-Revival literature in Irish without an understanding of its traditional roots in the earlier written and oral literature. Far from exhibiting the anxiety of influence, modern poets have approached the earlier literature in a spirit of deep respect and fearless innovation.
This lecture will consider aspects of the creative re-imagining in modern poetry of traditional ideas and images. It will pay tribute to the subtle and insightful body of work produced by recent generations, who are worthy inheritors of a literature they have, in their turn, transformed.
The Society has embarked upon a programme to publish these talks under its Occasional Lecture Series.