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Launch of ÉIGSE: Ancillary Volume 3

08.06.2023

Douglas Hyde: Irish Ideology and International Impact

ÉIGSE: Ancillary Volume 3: Douglas Hyde: Irish Ideology and International Impact, edited by Professor Liam Mac Mathúna and Dr Máire Nic an Bhaird, was officially launched in NUI, 49 Merrion Square, on Thursday 8 June 2023 by Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Deputy President and Registrar, University of Galway.

Drawing on the latest research on diaries, personal correspondence, memoir reflections, newspaper reports and State archives, this collection of seven essays by leading scholars on Douglas Hyde and the Irish language revival traces developments in the formulation and explication of Irish revival ideology. It also interrogates pivotal aspects of the revival movement’s impact and influence as well as its interaction with the Irish diaspora and Celtic scholars in North America and Continental Europe.

Welcoming the attendees to the launch, the Registrar, Dr Patrick O’Leary, expressed his sincere thanks, on behalf of NUI, to the editors Professor Liam Mac Mathúna and Dr Máire Nic an Bhaird and the contributors for the volume and commended all for the excellence of its scholarship and the range of its content.

The Registrar outlined Hyde’s connections with NUI and how important that association still is today. Douglas Hyde was the first President of Ireland, serving from 1938 to 1945, the first president of Conradh na Gaeilge (the Gaelic League) and the first Professor of Modern Irish in UCD from 1909. In that year, he was also appointed as a member of the first Senate of NUI and was an active member of the Senate until 1919.


“The volume being launched here this evening continues NUI commitment
to Irish studies and to honouring the legacy of Douglas Hyde. It provides a
remarkable panorama of Hyde’s life as an activist, a scholar, a diplomat, a father,
a husband and a politician.”


Dr Patrick O'Leary
NUI Registrar

 

Launching the volume, Professor Ó Dochartaigh said: ‘This is a superb collection of essays that both adds to and refines our knowledge of the international dimensions of the work of Douglas Hyde and others in promoting the revival of Irish. Congratulations to the editors for putting this collection together.’

Professor Mac Mathúna then thanked the scholars who contributed to the volume: Feena Tóibín, Regina Uí Chollatáin, Aoife Whelan, Fiona Lyons, Máire Nic an Bhaird and Brian Murphy.

He thanked the Éigse Advisory Board members of which some were in attendance, He also thanked the staff of NUI, Richard Kelly of CRM Print + Design, and Four Courts Press for looking after sales and distribution of all Éigse publications.

Prof. Mac Mathúna also remarked: ‘The essays in this volume provide new evidence of how effective Hyde was, not only as the leading advocate of the language revival movement, but as a friend and colleague, who contributed tirelessly to national and international scholarly networks over many decades.

Soláthraíonn na haistí san imleabhar seo fianaise nua i dtaobh éifeacht de h-Íde mar phríomhcheannaire ghluaiseacht na Gaeilge, agus mar fhear a ghlac páirt lárnach i ngréasáin léannta náisiúnta agus idirnáisiúnta ar feadh breis agus leathchéad bliain.’

Sales and distribution: Four Courts Press

 

Photos from the launch:

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Brian Murphy, Prof Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Prof Liam Mac Mathúna and
Dr Patrick O'Leary holding copies of Éigse: Imleabhar Breise 3
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Brian Murphy, Dr Emer Purcell, Prof Liam Mac Mathúna holding copies
of Éigse: Imleabhar Breise 3
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The cover of Éigse: Imleabhar Breise 3:
Douglas Hyde: Irish Ideology and International Impact
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Dr Feena Tóibín, Prof Liam Mac Mathúna,
Dr Brian Murphy and Dr Aoife Whelan
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Dr Brian Murphy and Prof Liam Mac Mathúna holding Éigse: Imleabhar Breise 3
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Prof Liam Mac Mathúna, speaking at the launch of
Éigse: Imleabhar Breise 3 at NUI on 8th June
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Dr Ruth Casey speaking with Prof Pól Ó Dochartaigh at the
launch of Éigse: Imleabhar Breise 3 at NUI on 8th June
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Richard Kelly of CRM Design & Print with Prof Liam Mac Mathúna at the launch
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Professor Pádraig A. Breatnach speaking to Dr Brian Murphy
and Dr Aoibheann Nic Dhonnchadha
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Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh launching Éigse: Imleabhar Breise 3
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Dr Patrick O'Leary, Registrar, National University of Ireland

 

Further information:

In 1922 the Senate of the National University of Ireland accepted a recommendation from the Professors of Irish that the Dr Adam Boyd Simpson bequest should be used to fund ‘a journal of Irish research’. Hyde (Dúbhglas de h-Íde, An Craoibhín) was appointed editor. The result

was Lia Fáil, an Irish language journal. Four volumes were published between 1925 and 1932. Éigse: A Journal of Irish Studies (Lia Fáil’s successor) has been published by the University since 1939, and an ancillary series was introduced in 2007.

A facsimile reproduction of the four volumes of Lia Fáil, edited by Liam Mac Mathúna, was published by NUI in 2013. The proceedings of a seminar Douglas Hyde: the Professor of Irish who became President were published in 2016. And in 2019, NUI in collaboration with the School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore, UCD instituted the Douglas Hyde Lecture, at which President Michael D. Higgins gave the inaugural address.

Éigse is devoted to the cultivation of a wide range of research in the field of Irish language and literature. Many hitherto unpublished texts in prose and verse ranging from Old Irish down to the modern language and including items from oral narration have appeared in its pages.

Éigse also regularly includes important contributions on grammar, lexicography, palaeography, metrics, and the history of the Irish language, as well as on a wide variety of Irish literary topics. There is special emphasis on all aspects of the study of the language and literature of Modern Irish. Textual studies are complemented by broader, contextual studies. Contributions, which may be in Irish or English, are particularly welcome from younger scholars and those working in newer and emerging research areas such as the interaction of manuscript and print, the revival period, and sociolinguistics.

 

ÉIGSE: Imleabhar Breise 3 | Ancillary Volume 3

CLÁR AN ÁBHAIR / CONTENTS

  1. ON DE-ANGLICISING THE IRISH NATION / AR MI-SACSANUGHADH AN CHINIDH ÉIREANNAIGH
    Feena Tóibín

  2. A NEW GAELIC LEAGUE IDEA? THE GLOBAL CONTEXT
    Regina Uí Chollatáin

  3. DOUGLAS HYDE’S INTELLECTUAL LINKS WITH JOHN QUINN, LADY GREGORY AND W. B. YEATS
    Liam Mac Mathúna

  4. IRISH INDEPENDENT COVERAGE OF DOUGLAS HYDE’S VISION FOR A DE-ANGLICISED IRELAND
    Aoife Whelan

  5. DOUGLAS HYDE’S INTERNATIONAL IMPACT AND INFLUENCE: EVIDENCE FROM HIS POSTCARD CORRESPONDENCE AND MEMOIR
    Fiona Lyons

  6. ‘THE APPLE DOESN’T FALL FAR FROM THE TREE’: THE CREATIVE INFLUENCE OF DOUGLAS HYDE AND LUCY COMETINA KURTZ ON THEIR CHILDREN
    Máire Nic an Bhaird

  7. PRESIDENT HYDE, PROFESSOR POKORNY AND IRISH REACTIONS TO THE HOLOCAUST
    Brian Murphy

ÉIGSE: Ancillary Volumes

  1. Léann Lámhscríbhinní Lobháin / The Louvain Manuscript Heritage edited by Pádraig A. Breatnach, Caoimhín Breatnach, and Meidhbhín Ní Úrdail (NUI, 2007)

  2. Saothrú na Gaeilge Scríofa i Suímh Uirbeacha na hÉireann, 1700–1850 edited by Liam Mac Mathúna and Regina Uí Chollatáin (NUI, 2016)

  3. Douglas Hyde: Irish Ideology and International Impact edited by Liam Mac Mathúna and Máire Nic an Bhaird (NUI, 2023).

All publications are available to purchase from Four Courts Press who manage sales and distribution of NUI Publications.

For Further Information:

On the publication: Emer Purcell, epurcell@nui.ie , 01 439 24 24

For photographs of the event: Cora Lenihan, clenihan@nui.ie, 01 439 2424

 


 

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