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‘Time and Place: A Taste of John McGahern’s Leitrim’.
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Two-day conference exploring the writings of John McGahern organised by post-graduate students at the NCFIS.

Dates: 10-11 May, 2017.
Venue: Ballinamore Library
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Please note that the papers and dramatised readings are free to attend and open to the public, but that there is a charge of €5 for the minibus tour on Friday 11th, which must be pre-booked through Ballinamore library on Thursday 10th. The tour (10am, Friday 11th May) will visit some well-known McGahern sites in Leitrim with appropriate readings from his work, to include a visit of Aughawillan, Glenview Folk Museum and Cootehall and returning to Ballinamore via Carrick-on-Shannon by 3.30pm. Please email emily.smith7793@gmail.com for further details or to register interest.

The event has been made possible with the support of Leitrim County Council and the National Centre for Franco-Irish Studies.

Note:
Attendees can also pay by cheque made payable to ‘AFIS’ or by cash on the day, but all must register their interest by Friday the 4th of May at the latest, by emailing Seamus.OKane@postgrad.ittdublin.ie

Programme
Thursday 10th May, Ballinamore Library, Co. Leitrim

10:00–10:15
Conference Opening

10:15–11:00 
Séamus O’Kane (NCFIS) “County Leitrim: The Sky Above Us”: Subjective Landscapes in McGahern’s Prose
Emily Smith (NCFIS) “It's not a mansion this house, but it's our own”: Memory, Childhood and Domestic Space in John McGahern's Memoir

11:00–11:45
Aoife Carrigy (NCFIS) A place apart, in its own time: The Irish pub as portrayed in McGahern’s short stories
Paul Butler (NCFIS) Visualising McGahern

11:45–12:00
Tea/coffee break

12:00–13:00
Keynote Speaker I, Dr Máire Doyle: The Living Landscapes of McGahern's Leitrim

13:00–14:00
Lunch in Smyth’s Siopa Ol Pub and Restaurant, Ballinamore

14:00–14:45
Yen-Chi Wu (UCC): From Broken Rhythm to Slow Time: Temporalities in John McGahern’s Novels
Martin Keaveney (NUIG): “Waiting” for the “Arrival” of the “Text”: Poetics in John McGahern’s The Dark

14:45–15:30
John Singleton (NUIG): Sex and the City: The Urban Space of a Rural Elegist - John McGahern's The Pornographer
Ryan Dennis (NUIG): For the Name of Cattle and Land: Farming in McGahern

15:30–16:00
Tea/coffee break

16:00–17:00
Keynote Speaker II, Dr Derek Hand (DCU): ‘It happened this way and no other way’: John McGahern's Art and the Development of Irish Fiction

17:00–17:30
Gunpowder Irish Gin reception courtesy of The Shed Distillery and The Food Hub, Drumshanbo

17:30–19:00
Dramatised reading of McGahern’s 'The Slip-Up’, followed by Q&A

19:00–20:30
Dinner at Smyth’s Siopa Ol Pub and Restaurant, Ballinamore

Friday 11th May, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim.
Tour commences at 10am outside Ballinamore library.
Locations to include Aughawillan, Glenview Folk Museum, and Cootehall before ending in Carrick-on-Shannon at 3:30pm.

 

 

25th Anniversary Commemorative Lecture

On Tuesday 27 February, HE Michael D. Higgins attended two events that were organised to mark the 25th anniversary of IT Tallaght. The first was the commemorative lecture by Victor Merriman, Professor of Critical Performance Studies at Edge Hill University, entitled Arts and Humanities Research in Higher Education: Pressures, Perspectives and the Public Good.

This was followed by the launch, by Dr Derek Hand, Head of the School of English in Dublin City University, of The Reimagining Ireland Reader: Examining Our Past, Shaping Our Future (Peter Lang, Oxford). In spite of the Arctic weather conditions, the events were attended by several AFIS members.

Dr Eamon Maher, President Michael D Higgins, Victor Merriman
Dr Eamon Maher, President Michael D Higgins, Victor Merriman
 
President Michael D Higgins is welcomed by Thomas Stone, President of IT Tallaght
President Michael D Higgins is welcomed by Thomas Stone, President of IT Tallaght
 
Dr Eamon Maher & President Micheal D Higgins
Dr Eamon Maher & President Micheal D Higgins
 
Victor Merriman, Thomas Stone, President Michael D Higgins, Dr Eamon Maher
Victor Merriman, Thomas Stone, President Michael D Higgins, Dr Eamon Maher
 
President Michael D Higgins is welcomed by Thomas Stone, President of IT Tallaght
President Michael D Higgins is welcomed by Thomas Stone, President of IT Tallaght
 
President Michael D Higgins is welcomed by Dr Eamon Maher, NCFIS.
President Michael D Higgins is welcomed by Dr Eamon Maher, NCFIS.
 
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