Professor Jane Ohlmeyer is Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Modern History at Trinity College, Dublin. She is an expert on the New British and Atlantic Histories and has published widely on a number of themes in early modern Irish and British history. Her books include Civil War and Restoration in the Three Stuart Kingdoms (Cambridge, 1993); Ireland from Independence to Occupation, 1641-1660 (editor, Cambridge, 1995); and Political Thought in Seventeenth-Century Ireland (editor, Cambridge, 2000). Her new book is Making Ireland English: How the Aristocracy Shaped Seventeenth-Century Ireland, published in April 2012 with Yale University Press.
Also, please note that O’Donnell Distinguished Visiting Professor of Irish Studies Clair Wills will give a lecture entitled “The Apotheosis of Clay: Beyond Irish Naturalism” at 3:00PM this Friday, April 20th, in 424 Flanner followed by the launch of Faculty Fellow Sara Maurer‘s new book The Dispossessed State: Britain, Ireland, and Narratives of Ownership in the Nineteenth Century in the Institute.
A great friend of Irish studies at Notre Dame passed away on Sunday. Jay Walton was a treasured member of our community. We at the Institute will always be grateful for the time he spent working with our faculty and students.
Valerie Sayers, Chair of the English Department at Notre Dame wrote beautifully about Jay:
Jay’s contributions to this department are legendary, but the chief one was, and remains, his friendship, offered always with the delights of witty literary conversation that, if we were lucky, was spiced up with a good measure of politics. Officially an Eighteenth Century man, Jay ranged effortlessly across centuries: many of us spent profitable hours hearing him out on Felix Holt and Finnegans Wake, The Golden Bowl and The Golden Notebook. He was an astute reader and editor of poetry, too, who put together a wonderful collection of Notre Dame poets, The Space Between, and made unsung contributions to the Notre Dame Review. In addition to his erudite scholarly writing, which includes The King’s Business, a collection of Anglo-Irish political correspondence, and Vision and Vacancy: The Fictions of J.S. Le Fanu, Jay wrote a novel, Margaret’s Book, which remains a marvel of concision and invention, a beautiful balancing act that holds idea and emotion in fearful and delightful tension. Our best students, undergraduate and graduate, revered him as much for his acerbic bons mots as for his personal generosity. Toward the end of his career at Notre Dame, Jay made lasting contributions to the Creative Writing Program, which amused and bemused him in equal measure, and to the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, which–I think it is safe to say–just delighted him. The rest of his career did not end, however: after he retired from teaching, Jay was still writing and reading fiction and criticism. His writing and his spirit live on, but for the moment, many of us are bereft and a little bewildered. Life without Jay? Unthinkable.
The family tentatively plans a wake today from 3 to 7 pm at Welsheimer Funeral Home; with ceremonies led by members of the English Department at 6 p.m.
Notre Dame story here.
South Bend Tribune story here.
Please join us today at 4:00PM in 129 DeBartolo Hall for “Recalling Rome, Recalling Jerusalem: The Sacred Topographies of Major Ecclesiastical Sites in Early Medieval Ireland“, a lecture by Tomás Ó Carragáin, Lecturer in Archaeology at University College Cork.
Tomás Ó Carragáin is a graduate of University College Cork and the University of York and became a lecturer in the Archaeology Department, UCC, in 2002. His publications include Inishmurray: Monks and Pilgrims in an Atlantic Landscape (Collins Press 2008) and Churches in Early Medieval Ireland. Architecture, Ritual and Memory (Yale University Press 2010), the first in-depth study of Irish architecture from the arrival of Christianity to the early stages of the Romanesque. He is currently working on the Making Christian Landscapes project which is funded by the Heritage Council and considers the impact of Christianity on early medieval landscapes in Ireland and neighbouring countries. A fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA), he won the 2009 Society for Medieval Archaeology Martyn Jope Award, the 2011 Michael Adams Prize in Irish Medieval Studies and the 2011 UCC College of Arts Research Achievement Award.
Please join us this Friday for the “The Worlding of Irish Literature,” the inaugural lecture by Donald and Marilyn Keough Chair of Irish Literature, Declan Kiberd at 3:00PM in Hesburgh Library Auditorium.
All are welcome.
You are invited to an Irish Studies lecture tomorrow. Cathal Goan will deliver a lecture entitled “The Reason for the Song” at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, November 8th in 424 Flanner Hall.
Cathal Goan was born in Belfast and received his University education in University College Dublin where he qualified in Celtic Studies in 1975. He spent two years post graduate in the Department of Irish Folklore UCD before beginning work as a research officer with The Placenames’ Commission of the Irish Ordnance Survey. He subsequently joined RTÉ, Ireland’s national public service broadcaster, as an archivist before becoming first a radio and then a television producer in Current Affairs. In 1990 he became Editor of all RTÉ’s television output in the Irish language and in 1994 he was chosen as the first Chief Executive of the new Irish language television service which was about to be established in Galway. Teilifís na Gaeilge – TG4 – began broadcasting in October 1996 and has gained widespread recognition for the inventiveness and variety of its commissioned programming. In 2000 he returned to Dublin as Director of Television Programming at RTÉ. In 2003 he was appointed Director General (CEO) of RTÉ, a position that he held until January 2011. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Ulster in 2006 in recognition of his services to the Irish language and to broadcasting in Ireland. He was appointed Adjunct Professor in the School of Irish Language, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore and Linguistics in UCD in 2011. He has a life long interest in Irish music with particular reference to the Irish language song tradition.
Thomas Bartlett, Chair in Irish History at the University of Aberdeen will deliver the lecture “How to Write a History of Ireland, AD 431 to 2010, in 45 minutes at 3:00 PM in 424 Flanner Hall on Monday, October 31st.
On Thursday at 3:00PM in 424 Flanner Hall, noted Irish poet Peter Fallon will give a poetry reading.
Also, please remember the Hibernian Lecture today 4:30 – 5:30 pm at the Hesburgh Center Auditorium, “‘All Changed, Changed Utterly': Easter 1916 and America” byRobert Schmuhl, The Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Chair in American Studies and Journalism at the University of Notre Dame.
Today at 4:00PM in 424 Flanner Hall, former Leader of the Green Party, Lord Mayor of Dublin and Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government, John Gormley will discuss the question “Can the European Union Survive the Economic Crisis”.