2022 23rd Irish Texts Society Seminar
The Twenty-Third ITS Seminar, jointly organised by the Irish Texts Society and the combined Departments of Irish, UCC, will be held in West Wing 6, UCC, on Saturday, 5th November, 2022. The subject of this year's event will be Oidheadh Chloinne hUisneach 'The Violent Death of the Children of Uisneach', edited by C. Mac Giolla Léith, Irish Texts Society Main Series, vol. 56 (1992). Speakers: N. Buttimer, K. Mathis, C. Ó Gallchóir, C. Ó Gealbháin, A. Pagé.
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
Online: 31 November 2021, 7 p.m.
Free, please register here
An tOllamh Máire Ní Annracháin (Prof. Emerita, UCD), 'Modern Irish poetry: gleaming diamonds'
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.