Guest Lectures


Dr Aidan O’Malley (University of Rijeka)
Lecture: “Field Day and Its Critical Legacy”

Dr Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh (University College Cork)
Lecture: “Eco-consciousness in Biddy Jenkinson’s Short Fiction”


Prof. Lillis Ó Laoire (NUI Galway)
Lecture: “‘Excellent in … Both Music and Words’ – Ceol an Chaointe: The Music of the Irish Keen”

Dr Caroline Magennis (University of Salford)
Lecture: “Acts of Casual Intimacy: Critical Bodies and Bodies of Criticism in Recent Northern Irish Fiction”

Prof. Dirk Van Hulle (University of Oxford) and Dr Mark Nixon (University of Reading)
Lecture: “Samuel Beckett’s Visual Imagination” (in cooperation with the DOX Contemporary Arts Centre)

Dr Seán Hewitt (Trinity College Dublin)
Lecture: “Mysticism, the Occult, and Synge’s The Aran Islands


Darach Ó Scolaí (Leabhar Breac)
Lecture: “‘Ón Nua Litríocht Siar agus Aniar Arís’: From Contemporary to Ancient Literature and Back Again”


Prof. Máirín nic Eoin (DCU)
Lecture: “Minor, National or Global? Perspectives on Modern Irish-language Literature”

Dr Ken Ó Donnchú (UCC)
Lecture: “‘Deite mi chliba’: Literary Remnants of the Irish Franciscans in Prague?”

Dr Michael D’Arcy (St. Francis Xavier University)
Lecture: “Krapp’s Last Tape and the End of Art”

Dr Barry Sheils (Durham University)
Lecture: “W.B. Yeats and the Scale of Poetry”


Biddy Jenkinson (Wicklow)
Lecture: “The Muse and the Hippopotamus: Questions of Inspiration, Responsibility and Audience in Poetry” and a poetry reading.

Prof. Mícheál MacCraith (NUI Galway)
Lecture: “Negotiating Pietas Austriaca: Irish Exiles in Habsburg Europe”

Dr Sonja Lawrenson (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Lecture: “Popular Fiction in Romantic Ireland”


Prof. Alexandra Poulain (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3)
Lecture: “W.B. Yeats’s Plays for Dancers”

Dr Marilynn Richtarik (Georgia State University)
Lecture: “Brian Friel and Field Day”


Dr Cathy Leeney (University College Dublin)
Lecture: “Familial, Gendered and National Spaces in Edna O’Brien’s A Pagan Place and Tom Murphy’s A Whistle in the Dark

Eoin Byrne (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Lecture: “‘Listen to My Voice’: Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s Cré na Cille and Postcolonial Modernisms”

Prof. Barry McCrea (University of Notre Dame)
A Symposium on his book Languages of the Night with respondents from Charles University (Dr Alice Flemrová, Dr Daniela Theinová, Dr Radvan Markus, Petra Poncarová), moderated by Dr Justin Quinn.

Richard Pine (Corfu)
Lecture: “Identity After History”

Prof. Brían Ó Conchubhair (University of Notre Dame)
Lecture: “New Modernist Studies and the Irish Language”


Prof. Christopher Morash (Trinity College Dublin)
Lecture: “Yeats, Modernism, and a ‘Theatre without Spectators'”

Dr Gerald Power (Metropolitan University, Prague)
Lecture: “The Tudor Conquest of Ireland”

Dr Catherine Flynn (University of California, Berkeley)
Lecture: “‘Everybody here is under arrest’: Translation & Politics in Cruiskeen Lawn” (part of the III Intl. Flann O’Brien Conference)

Dr Joseph Brooker (Birkbeck, University of London)
Lecture: “Do Bicycles Dream of Molecular Sheep? (part of the III Intl. Flann O’Brien Conference)

Prof. Brían Ó Conchubhair (University of Notre Dame)
Lecture: “Flann O’Brien: Beyond & Behind An Beál Bocht” (part of the III Intl. Flann O’Brien Conference)

Kevin Barry (Sligo)
Reading and a public Q&A (part of the III Intl. Flann O’Brien Conference)


Dr Keith Hopper (University of Oxford/St Mary’s University, London)
Lecture: “Imagining Otherwise: Neil Jordan’s ‘Troubles’ Trilogy”

Dr Verena Commins (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Lecture: “Music, Meaning and Monuments: Commemorating Irish Traditional Music”

Mary McPartlan (Galway)
Concert of Irish music with Aidan Brennan and Pádraic Keane. Lecture on Traditional Irish Singers


Dr Méabh Ní Fhuartháin (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Lecture: “Gaelic League: Dancing the Nation, 1893 to 1940”

Prof. Matthew Campbell (University of York)
Lecture: “The Irish Longing for Rhyme”

Medbh McGuckian
Poetry reading at the Shakespeare and Sons bookshop


Aifric Mac Aodha
Poetry reading at Cafe FRA
Panel discussion on poetry translation with Daniela Theinová and Justin Quinn.

Dr Christina Hunt Mahony (Trinity College Dublin)
Lecture: “Twentieth-century Irish Literary Autobiography: The Legacy of Yeats and Joyce”

Dr John McCourt (Università Roma Tre)
Lecture: “Trollope’s Adulterous Irish Texts”

Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Lecture: “Seán Ó Ríordáin and Irish-language Poetry”, and a poetry reading with music by Conamara Chaos.


Prof. Mícheál MacCraith (NUI Galway/S. Isidoro, Roma)
Lecture: “Tadhg Ó Cianáin: An Early Modern Gaelic Travel Narrative”

Dr Leo Keohane (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Lecture: “Small Town Corner Boys: Men of Metaxologia, 1920-1970”

Dr Ben Levitas (Goldsmiths College, University of London)
Lecture: “Bishops’ Bonfires and ‘Nipple Nuttiness’: Censorship and Sensuality in 1950s Irish  Theatre”

Dr Alan Gillis (University of Edinburgh)
Lecture: “Edwin Morgan and Contemporary British and Irish Poetry”
Poetry reading at Cafe FRA


Leo Keohane (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Lecture: “Red Never Green: Anarchists in 1916”

Dr Eugene McNulty (St Patrick’s College Drumcondra)
Lecture: “Satire and the North: The Ulster Literary Theatre’s Counter-Canon”


Dr Patrick Lonergan (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Lecture: “The Value of Irish Theatre”

Dr Peter McDonald (Oxford University)
Lecture: “Yeats and/or Eliot: The Choice”

Dr Lillis Ó Laoire (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Lecture: “Fighting Words and Music: Masculinity in Three Songs Sung by Joe Heaney”

Dr Louis de Paor (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Lecture: “The Pedantic Poems of Liam S. Gógan”

Dr Matthew Campbell (University of Sheffield)
Lecture: “Hopkins, Yeats, and the Unravelling of British Poetry”


Prof. Margaret Kelleher (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)
Lecture: “From Anthology to the Database: Compiling and Defining Irish Studies”

Dr John Walsh (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Lecture: “The Irish Language: Community and Status”

Seán Ó Cearnaigh (Board Director, Gaelscoil na lochanna)
Presentation on Irish-language education in Ireland

Prof. Michael Cronin (Dublin City University)
Lecture: “The Politics of Accent”

Prof. Nicholas Grene (Trinity College Dublin))
Lecture: “Beckett and Irish Drama: An Offstage Presence”


Dr Roisín Ní Ghairbhí (St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra)
Lecture: “Contemporary Irish-Language Poetry”

David Doyle (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Lecture: “Section 1 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1935: A Reappraisal (Sexual Transgression in the Irish Free State)”)
Seminar: “Methods and Sources of Archival Research in Ireland”

Prof. Brian Singleton (Trinity College Dublin; President of the International Federation for Theatre Research)
Lecture: “Masculinities and the Irish Theatre”

Prof. Joep Leerssen (University of Amsterdam)
Lecture: “Women’s Complaints in Irish Literature (Dónall Óg and the Keen for Art O’Leary): Orality, Canonicity, and the Balkan Connection”

Keith Hopper (Oxford University)
Lecture: “Ireland into Film: Adapting Irish Literature”

Dr Claire Connolly (Cardiff University)
Lecture: “Irish Literary Criticism from Romanticism to Postcolonialism”


Prof. Patricia Coughlan (National University of Ireland, Cork)
Lecture: “Chipped and Tilted Marys: Emergent Irish Poetry”

Méabh Ní Fhuartháin (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Lecture: “Riverdance and Metaphor: Cultural Prescience of the Celtic Tiger”

Pádraic Ó Liatháin (Trinity College, Dublin)
Visiting speaker in Irish language courses.

Prof. R.F. Foster (Oxford University)
Lecture: “‘The Gift of Adaptability’: Anxious Influences in Yeats and Joyce”

Dr Carol Taaffe (Trinity College Dublin)
Lecture: “Flann O’Brien’s Work in Progress: At Swim-Two-Birds and the Irish Free State”

Dr Bruce Stewart (University of Ulster at Coleraine)
Lecture: “Count Dracula and the Spirit of the Nation: Irish Readings of the Vampire Classic”


Prof. Elmer Kennedy-Andrews (University of Ulster at Coleraine)
Lecture: “Brian Friel’s Postcolonial Drama”

Dr Jerzy Jarniewicz (Lodz/Warsaw)
Lecture: “Poetry from Northern Ireland: In the Shadow of a Foreign Tongue”

Nessa Cronin (NUI Galway)
Lecture: “Cartography and the Politics of Translation”

Dr Lance Pettitt (Leeds Metropolitan University)
Lecture: “‘We’re not fukkin’ Ey-talians: Gangsters, genre and Irish Cinema”

Prof. Werner Huber (Chemnitz University of Technology/University of Vienna)
Lecture: “‘Men of Aran’: Liam O’Flaherty, Robert Flaherty and Ethnographic Documentaries from the West of Ireland”

Prof. Richard Deutsch (Université de Lyon III)
Lecture: “Success or Failure of the Northern Irish Peace Process?”


Dr Fran Brearton (Queen’s University, Belfast)
Lecture: “Trying to Make Ourselves Heard: Michael Longley and Northern Irish Poetry”

Prof. Luke Gibbons (University of Notre Dame)
Lectures: “History off the Page: Text, Context and Narrative in Joyce”
“Space of Time through Times of Space: Joyce, Ireland and Colonial Modernity”

Prof. Mícheál MacCraith (NUI Galway)
Lecture: “Charles Henry Wilson: The First Translator of Irish Poetry into English”

Prof. Declan Kiberd (University College Dublin)
Lecture: “James Joyce and Irish Modernism”

Dr Louis de Paor (NUI Galway)
Lecture: “An Inside-Outside Complex: Writing a Second Language” followed by a reading of his poetry.
Lecture: “The Unbearable Thingness of Things: Flann O’Brien and Early Irish Literature”


Prof. Edna Longley (Queen’s University, Belfast)
Lecture: “Yeats and Irish Poetry”

Michael Longley
Poetry Reading at Damúza

Prof. Dennis Kennedy (Trinity College Dublin)
Lecture: “The Old Lady Says Yes: The Past Decade at the Abbey Theatre”

Dr Gerry Smyth (John Moores University Liverpool)
Lecture: “Ireland Unplugged: Folk and Traditional Music in the 1960s”
Seminar: “Beautiful Day: 40 Years of Irish Rock”

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