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Early Irish Lyrics Symposium

29 Oct 2021

Scél lem dúib: Gerard Murphy's Early Irish Lyrics Revisited.

A Symposium to Celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the Publication of the Anthology.

The event will take place Friday-Saturday, 29-30 October.  

[Friday from 12.15pm to 6pm and Saturday from 12pm to 5pm]

The symposium will be streamed live via MS Teams.

Organiser: Emma Nic Cárthaigh  



EIL Symposium - Poster

EIL Symposium - Programme  

EIL Symposium - Poetry Reading 


Speakers will include:

  • Professor John Carey, University College Cork 
  • Professor Emerita Susan Crane, Columbia University, New York 
  • Professor Emerita Máire Herbert, University College Cork 
  • Professor Maeve Callan, Simpson College, Iowa 
  • Professor Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha, National University of Ireland, Galway 
  • Professor Thomas Owen Clancy, University of Glasgow 
  • Associate Professor Emeritus Daniel Melia, University of California, Berkeley 
  • Associate Professor Paul Siewers, Bucknell University, Pennsylvania 
  • Dr Geraldine Parsons, University of Glasgow 
  • Dr Kevin Murray, University College Cork 
  • Professor Emeritus Seán Ó Coileáin, University College Cork 
  • Professor Emeritus Séamus Mac Mathúna, University of Ulster 
  • Dr Brian Frykenberg, Harvard University and Cumann na Gaeilge, Boston 


Themes and topics will include the reception of Murphy's edition of Early Irish Lyrics during the course of the last 65 years, the cleric living with his cat Pangur Bán, St Colum Cille on his 1,500th birthday, St Íte and the infant Christ, the Caillech Bérri's musings on youth and age, the thwarted lovers Líadain and Cuirithir, nature poetry, vision poetry, pit-falls when translating medieval texts, poems from the Finn Cycle and Acallam na Senórach (the colloquy of the Fianna and St Patrick), love poetry, lament, otherworld poems and the voice of Suibne Geilt or Mad Sweeney praising the River Garbh.


The symposium will conclude with readings of a selection from Early Irish Lyrics in the original language side-by-side with readings of Modern Irish or English versions of the poems. This particular session will also include some music and one or two other surprises.


All are welcome to attend.

Roinn na Sean- agus na Meán-Ghaeilge

Department of Early and Medieval Irish

Bloc A, Urlár na Talún, Áras Uí Rathaille / Block A, Ground Floor, O'Rahilly Building, UCC, Cork