Irish Texts Society Breandán Ó Buachalla Lecture: Collecting the Fragments

Irish Texts Society  Breandán Ó Buachalla Lecture

Collecting the Fragments: Breandán Ó Buachalla in Cape Clear (1960-2007)

26 March 2019, 6.30 pm

Professor Breandán Ó Buachalla first visited Cape Clear Island in his native county Cork in 1960 at the suggestion of Professor Heinrich Wagner, then professor of Celtic at Queen’s University Belfast where Ó Buachalla had recently been appointed as a junior lecturer.  Over the next forty plus years rarely a year went by when Ó Buachalla did not spend time on the island getting to know the islanders and the Irish language dialect of the older generations.  At the time of his death in 2010, Breandán Ó Buachalla was working on a publication Cnuasach Chléire, a word list with phonemic transcriptions and explanations that showed common traits of the Irish dialect of Cape Clear, which revealed the rich vocabulary of life-styles now forgotten.  James McCloskey of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Cathal Goan have edited this work and it was has been published by the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.  In this talk, Cathal Goan talks about Ó Buachalla’s work and what it reveals of island life and the language of its people.

Cathal Goan, a former student of Breandán Ó Buachalla at UCD, was a producer in radio and television in RTÉ before becoming the founding director of Teilifiís na Gaeilge TG4 in 1994.  He was subsequently, Managing Director of RTÉ Television before his appointment as Director General RTÉ in 2003 a position which he held until early 2011.

The Irish Texts Society/Cumann na Scríbheann nGaedhilge was established in 1898 to advance public education by promoting the study of Irish literature. The focus of the Society from the beginning has been on the publication of texts in the Irish language, accompanied by introductions, English translations, glossaries and notes

NLI Reference: CLON55
NLI Reference: CLON55
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