Annual lecture held in honour of Professor Bo Almqvist.
Bo Almqvist was born in Värmland, Sweden, and studied at the University of Uppsala, where was he awarded a PhD in folklore, and in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he took the degree of Baccalaureatus Philologie Islandicae. He lived for many years in Iceland, where he taught Swedish language and literature. From 1960 until 1972, he taught folklore at the University of Uppsala, acting as head of department there from 1967 to 1969. He became Séamus Ó Duilearga’s successor in the Chair of Irish Folklore in University College Dublin in 1972. He paid his first visit to the Gaeltacht area on the Dingle Peninsula in Co. Kerry in 1957, and subsequently made very extensive collections of Irish folklore there, especially in Dún Chaoin, from Micheál Ó Gaoithín, Bab Feiritéar, and many others. His work on Irish folklore, and on Irish-Scandinavian cultural connections, established him as an outstanding scholar of international repute.
(From Viking Ale. Studies on folklore contacts between the Northern and the Western Worlds,
by Bo Almqvist, edited by É. Ní Dhuibhne-Almqvist and S. Ó Catháin, Aberystwyth 1991)
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