Fr Paul Walsh: A Great Meath Scholar

Tuesday 13 October 2015, 8 pm

Fr Paul Walsh (1885-1941), born near Mullingar and a priest of the diocese of Meath, was one of the most respected Irish scholars of the past century and a half. His prolific output over three decades of a life that was far too short includes numerous and many-faceted works that are still highly-regarded in academic circles. This lecture will give a brief account of his life and background and of his scholarly productions before homing in on the many books and articles of his that deal with the history and cultural heritage (including the place-names) of his native Meath – the ancient kingdom whose medieval boundaries are reflected in those of the modern diocese of Meath.

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Nollaig Ó Muraíle

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Nollaig, from Knock, Co. Mayo, is a graduate of Maynooth University. Recently retired as Senior Lecturer in Irish, NUI Galway, he was formerly a Placenames Officer with the Ordnance Survey and, later, Reader in Irish and Celtic Studies, Queen’s University, Belfast. A member of the Royal Irish Academy, his publications include a 5-volume edition of Dubhaltach Mac Fhir Bhisigh’s Great Book of Irish Genealogies (2003-4), a collection of Paul Walsh’s writings, Irish Leaders and Learning (2002), and a re-edition of Tadhg Ó Cianáin’s contemporary account of the ‘Flight of the Earls’, 1607-8 (2008).

What is the Heritage Series?

In its Heritage Lectures the Lismullin Institute seeks to explore various aspects of our local heritage so that visitors to the Lismullin Conference Centre and our neighbours will have a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history and attractions of their surroundings. The Lismullin Institute is pleased to invite you to some or all of these public, stand-alone lectures in Lismullin Conference Centre. The Lectures will begin at 8pm and light refreshments will be served afterwards.

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