Breandán Ó Buachalla Memorial Lecture

The ITS/NLI Breandán Ó Buachalla Memorial Lecture is held in the National Library of Ireland every March.

Breandán Ó Buachalla (1936-2010) was a long-time member of the ITS Council and an authority on Gaelic poetry.



2019 Breandán Ó Buachalla Memorial Lecture

Collecting the Fragments
Breandán Ó Buachalla in Cape Clear (1959-2009)

Irish Texts Society Breandán Ó Buachalla Lecture at the National Library of Ireland
26 March 2019 at 6.30 pm

Professor Breandán Ó Buachalla first visited Cape Clear Island in his native county Cork in 1960 at the suggestion of Professor Heinrich Wagner, then professor of Celtic at Queen’s University Belfast where Ó Buachalla had recently been appointed as a junior lecturer. Over the next forty plus years rarely a year went by when Ó Buachalla did not spend time on the island getting to know the islanders and the Irish language dialect the older generations spoke. At the time of his death in 2010, Breandán Ó Buachalla was working on a publication Cnuasach Chléire, a word list with phonemic transcriptions and explanations that showed common traits of the Irish dialect of Cape Clear, aspects of its morphology and syntax and revealed the rich vocabulary of life-styles now forgotten. James McCloskey of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Cathal Goan have edited this work and it has been published by the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. In this talk, Cathal Goan talks about Ó Buachalla’s work and what it reveals of island life and the language of its people.

Cathal Goan, a former student of Breandán Ó Buachalla at UCD, was a producer in radio and television in RTÉ before becoming the founding director of Teilifís na Gaeilge TG4 in 1994. He was subsequently Managing Director of RTÉ Television before his appointment as Director General RTÉ in 2003, a position which he held until early 2011.



2018: Dr Bernadette Cunningham (Library, Royal Irish Academy) ‘Pilgrims and poets in fifteenth-century Gaelic Ireland’
2014: Dr Nollaig Ó Muraíle (Roinn na Gaeilge, NUI Galway) ‘The Irish genealogies – Irish history's poor relation?’
2013: Bernard O’Donoghue (Oxford) ‘Lyrics in two languages: the short Irish poem in the twentieth century’
2012: Professor Pádraig Ó Riain (UCC) ‘Forty years a-growing: the Dictionary of Irish Saints’

2011: Dr John Carey (UCC)‘The Wanderings of the Battle of Moytirra’


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