The Irish Literary Society was established in London in 1892. Among its founders were W B Yeats and Douglas Hyde and other leaders of the Irish Literary Revival.
The object of the Society is to promote the appreciation of Irish literature and culture and to provide a forum for intellectual and social activities in connection with these interests.
Due to the coronavirus public health crisis the Society has postponed our last four events of the season – we are planning to move these into the new season starting September 2020. Thank you to all our speakers, guests and members for a memorable season which ended prematurely with the Ciaran Carson celebration on 24 February. We are exploring options for online delivery of content while social distancing is in place. We’ll also be making our application to the Charities Commission to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
We engage with cultural and community organisations for special member-only events. These include visits and talks at galleries, archives and other cultural venues. In the 2019-20 season we will be arranging archive visits, theatre trips and much more.
The ILS works with a number of Irish organisations in the UK. We deliver joint lectures every year: the Noel O’Connell lecture with the Irish Texts Society; the Yeats lecture held with the Irish Embassy. This year we have partnered with Ulster University and NUI Galway and will benefit from the generosity of the Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith for hosting our events away from the Bloomsbury Hotel.