Mr Seán Hutton

Former Secretary of the Council of the Irish Texts Society, Mr Seán Hutton, died in London on March 12, 2024. A man of many talents who contributed greatly across many different arenas, Seán's wise counsel and kindly personality will be greatly missed. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, issued a statement after Seán’s passing. A further statement was issued by the Irish in Britain, and there is an obituary available in The Guardian, April 14, 2024. There is also a lovely portrait of Seán on Portráidí.



The AGM of the Irish Texts Society is postponed and will be rescheduled for later in the year.


The Irish Texts Society Seminar

The Twenty-Second ITS Seminar is postponed to November 2021. The subject will be Gabháltais Shéarluis Mhóir, edited by Douglas Hyde, Irish Texts Society Main Series vol. 19 (1919).
More information on the Seminar page.


Breandán Ó Buachalla Memorial Lecture

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

For latest information about this event, see the Events page.


Irish Sagas Online

A new website was launched at the annual UCC/ITS seminar on Saturday, 9 November, 2013. The aim of Irish Sagas Online ( is to make available reliable versions of the original texts of medieval Irish sagas with parallel translations into Modern Irish and English. This website is the brainchild of Tom O'Donovan of University College Cork and has been launched with the participation and co-operation of the staff of the CELT project and the Celtic Digital Initiative. A central feature of this website is the provision of links to extant electronic resources which will allow interested parties better understand the context and content of Irish sagas.



Here are PDF files of the Newsletters published by the Society:

2020 Summer 2014 Vol. 19 No. 1 2013 Vol. 18 No. 1 2012 Vol. 17 No. 1
2011 Vol. 16 No. 1, No. 2 2010 Vol. 15 No. 1 2009 Vol. 14 No. 1 2008 Vol. 13 No. 1
2007 Vol. 12 No. 1 2006 Vol. 11 No. 1 2005 Vol. 10 No. 1 2004
2003 2002 2001 2000
1999 1998 1997 Vol. 2 No. 1 1996 No. 1



Visit to Áras an Uachtaráin

The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, received the Council of the Irish Texts Society in Áras an Uachtaráin on Friday 15 February 2013. President Higgins made a short formal address in which he commended the important work the Society does on behalf of the Irish people. The President of the ITS, Professor Máire Herbert, thanked President Higgins for his kind words and for his public acknowledgement of the work of the Society.

The President of Ireland, His Excellency Michael D. Higgins, received the Council of the Irish Texts Society

President Michael D. Higgins with the Council of the Irish Texts Society