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Public Lecture: O'Casey and the Drama of History.'
His Excellency, Mr Daniel Mulhall, Irish Ambassador, London.
Tuesday 28th January 2014, 6pm
Venue: Waldegrave Drawing Room
Born in Waterford, Ireland in April 1955, Daniel Mulhall joined the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland in 1978 and has held positions in the Department’s Economic, Political, Development Cooperation and Press Sections. He has had diplomatic postings in New Delhi, Vienna, Brussels (EU), Edinburgh (Consul General of Ireland in Scotland). Between 2001 and 2005, he was Ireland’s Ambassador to Malaysia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. In August 2005, he was appointed Director-General of the European Union Division at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin. Prior to his appointment in London he was Ireland’s Ambassador in Berlin between 2009 and 2013. Among his interests are Irish history and literature, on which he has published many articles and a book, A New Day Dawning: a Portrait of Ireland in 1900 (Cork, 1999).
Researching Irish Modernities
Saturday 16 November 2013
Venue: Shannon Room (adjoining Refectory, 1st floor)
13.30 - 14.30
Keynote II: Prof. Ronan Fanning (Emeritus, University Dublin)
14.30 - 15.45
Politics and History Panel
15.45 - 16.10
16.10 – 17.15
Literature and Culture Panel
17.15 – 17.30
An Evening With Renowned Booker-Nominated Author Julia O’Faolain
On 29th May 2013, we were delighted to welcome Julia O’Faolain, one of Ireland’s best known and most talented female writers, author of the Booker-nominated No Country for Young Men (1980), along with six other novels and four collections of short stories.
The evening featured an interview with O’Faolain chaired by Anne Goudsmit, discussing her life, work and the business of a writing memoir. The evening also included a selection of short readings of her fiction by actresses Jane Maud and Hannah Croft, a ‘Q and A’ session and a book-signing of Trespassers, her memoir published in March by Faber & Faber.
This event was free and open to the public.
MA Irish Studies Summer Seminars
Seminar 1: Tuesday 30th April, 6pm
Dr Keith Hopper - Literature and Film
Title: Flann O’Brien on film: ‘John Duffy’s Brother’
Seminar 2: Tuesday 21st May, 6pm
Dr Ivan Gibbons -Irish History
Title: Ireland’s Unlikely Leader: Cosgrave
and the Foundation of the Irish Free State
Seminar 3: Tuesday 4th June, 6pm
Prof Mary Hickman and Carole Murphy
Title: Aspects of Irish Diaspora
Prof Lance Pettitt was in conversation on stage with artist and filmmaker Denis Buckley on Monday 20th May at the Rich Mix Arts Centre, Shoreditch, following a twin screening of Phillip Donnellan’s The Irishmen: An Impression of Exile (1965, 48mins b/w) and Denis Buckley’s own Nostos: The End of Exile (2013, 8mins col). The audience engaged in a 30 minute discussion following the conversation between the filmmaker and the critic, which explored the connections between the two films and how the older film still resonated with the experiences of both an older generation and the more recent wave of migrants to London.
CIS Spring Public Lecture Series 2013: 'The Future State of the Irish in Britain' - Prof Mary Hickman.
Tuesday 14th May at 7pm
Atlee Suite, Portcullis House, Westminster
In 'The Future State of the Irish in Britain' Prof Hickman gave an assessment of the current and future state of the Irish in Britain in the context of increasing Irish emigration, austerity, everyday multiculturalism and the growing profile of the Irish diaspora.
The free public screening featured films by director Thaddeus O’Sullivan: Flanogan (1974), A Pint of Plain (1975), Jack B Yeats (1981) and Streets of Gold (1993) - a selection of O’Sullivan’s experimental films that emerged from his studies at the Royal College of Art and led to his becoming one of Ireland’s leading cinematographers.
St Mary’s invited members of the Irish community to join its classes in January 2013. Courtesy of Irish government funding, we offered:
• Irish Literature and Drama
• Religion in Ireland
• and two free Irish Language classes
Ireland/London, Writing and the Arts
Saturday 23rd February, 2013 - Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith, London.
• Prof Declan Kiberd
'Writing London, Reading Ireland'
• Dr Ellen McWilliams
'Reading the Irish Diaspora: London to New York'
Ireland Astray Symposium - The symposium included the presentation of The O’Faolain Essay Prize for postgraduate students, awarded to the best essay or excerpted dissertation chapter as judged by two of the conference organisers.
The Inaugural O’Faolain Lecture, entitled Sean O Faolain: Reflections on the Making of a Man of Letters, by
Prof Munira Mutran (University of Sao Paulo) was held in the Waldegrave Drawing Room (11th November 2011)
Mary Kenny - The renowned Irish journalist and author talked to St Mary’s students about her pioneering days as a leading feminist in the rapidly changing Ireland of the 1970s (31st March 2011)
Margaret Ritchie MP - The SDLP leader presented her vision for Northern Ireland to St Mary’s students” (10th November 2010)
Bobby McDonagh - The Irish Ambassador conducted a seminar on Anglo-Irish relations for St Mary’s students (24th February 2010)