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Year of Irish 2018

Our School's De Bhaldraithe Centre for Irish Language Scholarship has been awarded funding by Bliain na Gaeilge and the UCD Seed Fund to organise and host a conference on literary translation from and to Irish since the time of the Revival.

Minority language communities live on the border between languages and translation often acts as a door between these languages. This conference will allow researchers and professional practicioners in the field of translation to come together and analyse the role of translation to and from Irish since the Revival, the process of translation and the literary connections between Ireland and mainland Europe. Of special interest will be the recent literary translations of the famous novel Cré na Cille  by Máirtín Ó Cadhain. The novel is available in 8 European languages to date and three of the translators will be with us on the day to shed new light on this complex text by discussing the challenges involved in translating the novel.

The conference will take place on campus on Saturday, 20th October 2018:

Programme for Translation Conference in UCD 20.10.2018

Léacht de hÍde

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins addressed the School for the inaugural Léacht de hÍde. You can listen to the President's lecture here:

The School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore UCD celebrated Bliain na Gaeilge (The Year of Irish) 2018 by publishing a video every day with a snippet of information about the Irish language.

Click on the icon in the top left of the video below to open the full playlist of videos:

  • Head of School Professor Regina Uí Chollatáin chaired the Fulbright Commission's Bliain na Gaeilge in the USA discussion panel in the Mansion House, a bilingual Irish-English event organised to highlight the popularity of the Irish language in the United States. (April)

  • Dr Aoife Whelan provided an overview of the central role of women in the politicisation of the Gaelic League during Ireland's revolutionary period in her lecture 'Irishmen and Irishwomen’: Ról na mban i bpolaitiú Chonradh na Gaeilge. (March)
  • Dr Aoife Whelan spoke at the event 'Ó Chonradh go Dáil: Ról na hAthbheochana i mbunú an Stáit' [From the Gaelic League to the Dáil: the role of the Revival in the foundation of the State] in the Mansion House. (January)