Breandán Ó Buachalla Memorial Lecture

The ITS/NLI Breandán Ó Buachalla Memorial Lecture is held annually.

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



2023 Breandán Ó Buachalla Memorial Lecture

‘Bardic Poets and the Early Modern World’

Irish Texts Society Breandán Ó Buachalla Lecture
Wednesday, 6 December 2023 at 6.30 p.m. — online

Speaker: Prof. Brendan Kane, University of Connecticut.

Summary: This talk considers the place of the Irish bardic poet in the broader context of early modern Europe, c. 1500–1700. Much has changed over recent years in our understanding of both elements of this comparison: the social and political roles of the Irish court poet and the revolutionary changes associated with Europe's transition from the medieval age to the modern one. Drawing upon elements of that exciting new research, this presentation will explore 'European' aspects of Gaelic literary and court life and consider ways in which an Irish-language perspective sheds light on major historical shifts affecting people and populations across the Continent and beyond.

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2021: An tOllamh Máire Ní Annracháin (Prof. Emerita, UCD) ‘Polishing diamonds: How modern Irish poetry came to gleam’
2019: Cathal Goan (formerly RTÉ and Teilifís na Gaeilge TG4) ‘Collecting the Fragments: Breandán Ó Buachalla in Cape Clear (1959–2009)’
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’