Annual events

The Noel O’Connell Lecture in association with the Irish Literary Society held in London each year in the spring.

The 2020 Noel O’Connell Lecture will be given by Prof. Méidhbhín Ní Úrdail, University College Dublin, at the Hammersmith Irish Centre on 12th May, 2020, 7.30 p.m.. Title: ‘An Irish emigré living in 19th century London’.


The Breandán Ó Buachalla Lecture held in the National Library of Ireland every year in March.

Irish Texts Society Breandán Ó Buachalla Lecture at the National Library of Ireland
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.

A seminar takes place each year in early November, jointly organised by the Irish Texts Society and the combined Departments of Irish, UCC. The proceedings of ITS / UCC seminars are published in the Irish Texts Society's Subsidiary Series.


2020 22nd Irish Texts Society Seminar
The Twenty-Second ITS Seminar will be held at UCC on Saturday, November 7, 2020. The subject of this year's event will be Gabháltais Shéarluis Mhóir, edited by Douglas Hyde, Irish Texts Society Main Series vol. 19 (1919).