The Irish Texts Society/Cumann na Scríbheann nGaedhilge was an early offshoot of the ILS, established in 1898 to advance public education by promoting the study of Irish literature. The focus of the Society from the beginning has been on the publication of texts in the Irish language, accompanied by introductions, English translations, glossaries and notes. Since its foundation, the Irish Texts Society has published sixty-five annotated texts in Irish in its Main Series, along with a further twenty-four volumes of related scholarship in its Subsidiary Series. The Society also hosts regular events for members and for the general public. For more information about the Society, see Irish Texts Society: The First Hundred Years, edited by Pádraig Ó Riain
The Noel O’Connell Lecture in association with the ILS is held in London each year in the Spring at the ILS – in 2018 we will be welcoming the playwright, publisher and Irish language translator Micheál Ó Conghaile to talk on his translations of the work of the London-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh and on the Irish language literary scene today. More details on our event page.
The Society has embarked upon a programme to publish these talks under its Occasional Lecture Series.
A seminar takes place each year in early November, jointly organised by the Irish Texts Society and the combined Departments of Irish, UCC. The proceedings of ITS / UCC seminars are published in the Irish Texts Society’s Subsidiary Series.
The Society publishes texts relating to medieval Ireland in three series:
- The Main Series consists of editions and translations of Old, Middle and Early Modern Irish texts.
- The Subsidiary Series presents the proceedings of seminars held annually in University College Cork dedicated to analysis of texts published in the Main Series.
- The Society also publishes a number of other works such as Dinneen’s Irish-English Dictionary, new introductions to volumes in the Main Series, the Occasional Lecture Series, and the Historical Dictionary of Gaelic Placenames.
- Electronic publication: Fled Bricrenn.