All Things Considered @ UCC


I was delighted to be invited to speak at the conference ‘All Things Considered… Material Culture and Memory’ at University College Cork at the weekend. It was an interdisciplinary conference hosted by the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures which looked at interactions between memory and the material world. I spoke about Parnell’s Walking Stick and its previous custodians, among them Brinsley MacNamara, W.R. Rogers, and Conor Cruise O’Brien. I took the opportunity to read some poems inspired by objects by two of the most recents holders of the Stick, Séamus Heaney and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. My thanks to the organisers, Dr Chiara Giuliani and Dr Kate Hodgson, for the kind invitation.


Seán Ó Ríordáin Commemoration


I was honoured to participate in an event at UCC last week to commemorate 100 years since the birth of Seán Ó Ríordáin.

Colm Breathnach, Áine Uí Fhoghlú and I discussed our experiences writing in a minority language, the importance of Ó Ríordáin in 20th Century Poetry (and beyond!), and whether Ó Ríordáin, writing in the Irish language, could be considered a ‘major’ poet. Wilson McLeod provided an interesting Scottish perspective to the conversation.

Here is an article in the The Irish Times about the rest of the events planned at UCC, agus eolas as Gaeilge faoi na himeachtaí ar Tuairisc.

There will a conference and other events in Baile Mhúirne, birthplace of Seán Ó Ríordáin, in early December. More  information on those events at this link.