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4th Galway City International Heritage Conference

Sep 11, 2014

Programme for 4th Galway City International Heritage Conference

Preliminary Notice to Exciting Heritage Event Galway City International Heritage Conference 24th -26th September, 2014.

This year the theme of our 4th Annual Heritage Conference is "A Millennium and Half of Irish Literary Heritage".

The events will include a sparkling-line up of Conference speakers who will talk on a wide variety of aspects of Irish literature from Ogham stones to medieval manuscripts, medieval libraries, the origins of printing, literature in Irish and English, Gaelic manuscripts, the Celtic Revival and Gaelic Revival, modern Irish writing and writers, and the place of Ireland in the World of Literature.

Some of the World's most important writers, poets and academics, artists and selected calligraphers will share their knowledge over two days and there will be a tour of Dublin Literary sites on the third day hosted by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Co. Council.


  • World renowned Joycean scholar Fritz Senn, Director of the James Joyce Institute, Zurich will speak on the topic of Nora Barnacle James Joyce's Galwegian muse.
  • Lady Brenda Maddox writer and biographer of D.H. Lawrence and Nora Barnacle (among others) will speak on Nora and her influence.
  • John Gillis of Trinity College will speak about his restoration of the recently discovered Celtic illuminated manuscript how it and other ancient manuscripts have been conserved.
  • The literary treasures of the National Library of Ireland will be featured and discussed by Dr. Gearóid Ó Luing.
  • Galwegian Poet and Biographer of the Wilde Family, Gerard Hanberry will speak on its recent research into that illustrious and influential literary family.
  • William Butler Yeats in the 1930's will be the subject of a fascinating talk by Professor Brian Arkins of the Classics Department, N.U.I., Galway.
  • The Gaelic Families and their medieval and late-medieval manuscripts will be Dr. Bernadette Cunningham's subject matter.
  • Celtic Insular Manuscripts will be the topic of Dais Cassino's talk which will be a treat for all lovers of Celtic Art.
  • Professor Damian McManus will have the ancient and mysterious ogham script as his topic.
  • The development of libraries and collectors in late and post medieval times will be Dr. Jason McElligott's subject.
  • Pat McMahon former Galway County Librarian will speak on the importance of Libraries in Society.
  • Dr. Frank Shovelling will discuss The Lass of Aughrim in Joyce's work and his talk will have a musical accompaniment.
  • Ruaraí O'Aodha will talk about early printing and its development in Ireland.
  • Irish literature in other languages and the promotion of Irish literary heritage abroad will be Sinéad Mac Aodha's subject.



Apart from two full days of talks there will be workshops on both days.

One of Ireland's foremost calligraphers and historian, Timothy O'Neill will give a lunchtime workshop on calligraphy and book-making each day on the 24 th and 25th September, 2014. Lorg Print Makers will provide a screen printing workshop, also at the same time on those days.

Film Screening and a Chaired Discussion

A screening of Pat Murphy's film "Nora" will take place.

Tour to Dublin

On Friday 26th September, 2014, we have an extra event which is held in conjunction with Dr Tim Carey, Heritage Officer, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Co. Council, and will feature to some important literary heritage sites in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown including Joyce's Martello Tower.

Music, song and dance pre-film screening receptions and other events are also planned. There will be poetry readings in Merlin Woods, a talk by Ann Hodge in Galway City Museum and many other events.

A commemorative limited edition poster has been printed for the event by Lorg Printmakers. This features poems by Galway Poets Rita Ann Higgins, Patricia Burke Brogan, Seán O Coisteabhla and Gerry Hansberry. Only 100 copies will be available at €25 each.

Further details will be available soon and the conference programme will be launched courtesy of Charlie Byrne's bookshop, Galway.


As in previous years, the calibre of our contributors will be extremely high and so is demand, booking is therefore absolutely essential.

Bookings: Town Hall Theatre, Courthouse Square, Galway. (091) 569777.

Many of the talks will be recorded for radio or television.

A full programme is available

General Details:

Phone No. 091 - 536516.

Dr. Jim Higgins, Heritage Officer.