Pádraig Ó Conaire was born in Galway city in 1882 and died in Dublin in 1928. From 1900 to 1915 he lived in London, where he was employed as a civil servant at the Board of Education. During this period he was a teacher of Irish in classes organised by the Gaelic League and London County Council and took part in plays staged by the League. One of the most distinguished and prolific of the writers of the early Irish-language Revival, he published over 400 short stories, over 200 essays, one novel and a small number of plays. His novel Deoraíocht (1910) was largely set in London and it has been described by James M. Cahalan (The Irish Novel: A Critical History) as “the most innovative, forward looking Irish novel in either language…before the arrival of Joyce as a novelist…”
Presented in association with the Irish Texts Society:
Dr Pádraigín Riggs
Dr Pádraigín Riggs was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Modern Irish, UCC, until her recent retirement. She has published studies of the Irish-language writers Donncha Ó Céileachair and Pádraic Ó Conaire, and she is currently engaged in writing a biography of Eleanor Hull, who was a President of the Irish Literary Society and one of the founders of the Irish Texts Society, and its first Honorary Secretary. As well as her prolific academic writing on modern Irish-language literature she is also an established literary critic in that area. She is a member of the Council of the Irish Texts Society and is secretary of the committee that organises the annual Irish Texts Society/UCC Irish Departments Seminar and has edited three volumes of that Seminar’s Proceedings in the ITS Subsidiary Series. She has a deep interest in the history of the Irish in London.