New Frank O’Connor Documentary – Idir dhá Shruth,
A new television documentary has been made on writer Frank O'Connor, in which Dr. Hilary Lennon (School of English, UCC) was the O'Connor consultant, and was also one of the main contributors. In this new examination of O'Connor, poet and writer Liam Ó Muirthile tells the forgotten story of Frank O’Connor.
Though one of the greatest short story writers of all time, Ó Muirthile wanted to restore O’Connor’s place as one of the most important contributors to Irish language literature. He remains the most important translator of classical Gaelic poetry. It amounts to a significant portion of his life work and yet it has been totally forgotten. More than that, O’Connor’s work in English can not be properly appreciated without an understanding of his natural writer’s voice that is rooted in Irish. This is Liam Ó Muirthile's personal journey to learn why this has happened to O’Connor. It forces us to address the bigger question – why Irish and English literature – which were once so utterly intertwined – have gone entirely their own way?
The documentary, titled Idir dhá Shruth, was televised on TG4 on October 11, 2016.