The subject of his lecture will be, ’The ITS volume that never was: Robin Flower and The Great Blasket’. This annual lecture is organised in conjunction with the Irish Texts Society & will be hosted by the ILS. Flower’s The Western Island tells the history of the Great Blasket, of the frugality and adversities of life on the island, its folktales (including stories of ghosts and fairies), and also recounts the dramatic day in the Great Blasket’s history when the flying galleons of the Spanish Aramada were destroyed on its coast.
Image: Tomás Ó’Croimthainn and Robin Flower
Presented in association with the Irish Texts Society:
Seán Ó Coileáin
Following undergraduate and postgraduate studies at UCC, Professor Seán Ó Coileán was awarded the Travelling Studentship of the National University of Ireland in 1967, choosing to study at Harvard, where he was greatly influenced by the work of Professor John V. Kelleher in Irish history and literature and of Professor Albert B. Lord in oral theory and composition. Their teaching informs much of his own subsequent writings in the area of Irish literature, from the Guaire cycle (the subject of his Harvard Ph.D.) to Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire. An influence of a different kind, which also grew into personal friendship, was that of Seán Ó Ríordáin; his literary biography of Ó Riordáin was awarded the literary prize of the Irish-American Cultural Institute in 1984. Other scholarly interests include the literature of the Great Blasket, his work on which includes a new edition of An tOileánach (Cló Talbóid, 2001). A long-time member of the Senate of the National University, he takes an active interest in Irish-language matters and is Chairman of Gaelachas Teoranta which overseas the operations of Coláiste an Phiarsaigh and Scoil na nÓg in Glanmire, County Cork. He is a member of the Folklore of Ireland Council.