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The Library is a very active centre for all things Irish.  Its annual season of lectures and readings has featured many distinguished speakers including Seamus Heaney who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995. The choice of subjects is vast in order to appeal to a wide audience.  Please click here for a list of all speakers/play directors since 1984.

A two-day arts round-table directed by Dr Síghle Bhreathnach-Lynch (former Curator of Irish Art, National Gallery of Ireland) took place in 2008. Dr Mary Shine Thompson (Saint Patrick's College, Drumcondra) directed a forum - What's best next? The future of children's literature in Ireland - in September 2010.  A symposium on Irish music and folklore - Bánchnoic Éireann Ó! — Folklore, Song and Music of Ireland - was directed by Professor Rionach ui Ogain (University College Dublin) in September 2012.  Looking further ahead...a convention about the works of George Moore is planned in 2014.

Thanks to the continued generosity of Sir Michael Smurfit KBE, state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment enables Irish films and documentaries to be viewed at symposia and lectures throughout the year.

Lecture season 2014-2015

PROFESSOR ROGER STALLEY - Professor Emeritus of the History of Art (Trinity College Dublin)
Thursday 9 January 2014 at 19:30
The Book of Kells - Art and History

STEPHEN WALKER  - Journalist - BBC Northern Ireland
Tuesday 18 February 2014 at 19:30
Hide and Seek - Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty: The Irish Priest in the Vatican who defied the Nazi Command

PROFESSOR PAUL MONOD - A. Barton Hepburn Professor of History, Middlebury College, Vermont, U.S.A.
Wednesday 12 March 2014 at 19:30
When the "Celtic Tiger" lived in France: What Irish Exiles brought to the French Economy, 1689-1789

FEAST OF SAINT PATRICK
Tuesday 18 March 2014
Concert at the Chapelle de la Visitation (Invitation only)
Irish Music and song performed by students from the Académie Rainier III - Musique et Théâtre

DR LOUISE FOXCROFT - Historian
Wednesday 14 May 2014 at 19:30
Grave Historical Doubts - W.B. Yeats & Alfred Hollis - From Roquebrune to Drumcliffe

DR MARY S. PIERSE - University College Cork
Monday 6 October 2014 at 19:30
Feminisms in Ireland: What happened between 1810 and 1930?

PROFESSOR KEITH JEFFERY - Professor of British History, Queen's University Belfast
Thursday 13 November 2014 at 19:30
Irish Soldiers in France in November 2014 - Lord Roberts, Sir John French, General Henry Wilson and others

PATRICK GUINNESS - Historian
Friday 16 January 2015 (Invitation only)
What is Irish? Identity, Sex and Genetics over the last 2,000 years.  

AIGHLEANN O'SHAUGHNESSY - Former senior conservation architect, Office of Public Works, Dublin
Wednesday 18 February 2015
The Rock of Cashel and the Passage of Time: From Royal to Ecclesiastical to Visitor Attraction

FEAST OF SAINT PATRICK
Tuesday 17 March 2015 at 20:00
Concert at the Chapelle de la Visitation (Invitation only)
JoyceSong : Irish Songs from the works of James Joyce performed by John Feely (Guitar) and Fran O'Rourke (Tenor)

JAMES RYAN - Ireland Fund of Monaco, Writer-in-Residence
Tuesday 21 April 2015
"Why did the Irish experience of emigration, so prevalent in the post war period feature so rarely in the literature of the time?" and some readings from 'Home from England'

PROFESSOR JOHN HORNE - Professor of Modern European History, Trinity College Dublin
Monday 4 May 2015
Ireland and the Greater War, 1912-1923

 

 

 

Entry 10 € per person payable at the door, cash only.
Reservations essential due to limited number of seats.
Dates and speakers may be subject to change.

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