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.

Nollaig Ó Muraíle


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).