Tuesday 5 April 2016, 8 pm
Amhráin na Midhe (1933) edited by the Monaghan scholar, Énrí Ó Muirgheasa, contains 50 Irish-language poems by eight Meath poets from Carnaross, Drumconrath Kilmainhamwood, Moynalty, Nobber, Oristown and Slane. These poems were edited from the Irish-language manuscript of the Moynalty scribe Peadar Ó Geallacáin held in the University of Edinburgh Library. They provide an important insight into life in Meath in pre-Famine Meath. This lecture will discuss examples of the poetry contained in Amhráin na Midhe and in other sources, focusing on themes such as the Bible wars in early nineteenth-century Meath, politics, nationalism, exile and social issues.
Lesa Ní Mhunghaile
Dr. Lesa Ní Mhunghaile is a lecturer in Irish in the National University of Ireland, Galway. She grew up in the Meath Gaeltacht of Baile Ghib. Her main research interests are eighteenth-century antiquarianism Irish-language manuscript culture and the Gaelic literary tradition of Oriel. She is author of a large number of articles on these subjects. Her books include Charlotte Brooke’s Reliques of Irish Poetry (1789) (Dublin, 2009); Ré Órga na nGael: Joseph Cooper Walker (1761-1810) (Indreabhán, 2013), which was the recipient of an American Conference for Irish Studies book award in 2014; and Amhráin na Midhe le hÉnrí Ó Muirgheasa. Athchóiriú agus Aistriúcháin le Lesa Ní Mhunghaile (2015).