Spring Term 2019

Theme – Amongst Women


Monday 7th &
Tuesday 8th
Mark Roper

Eavan Boland (born 24 September 1944) is an Irish poet, author, and professor. She is currently a professor at Stanford University, where she has taught since 1996. Her work deals with the Irish national identity, and the role of women in Irish history. A number of poems from Boland’s poetry career are studied by Irish students who take the Leaving Certificate.

Monday 14th &
Tuesday 15th
Eavan Boland
Monday 21st &
Tuesday 22nd
Eavan Boland
Monday 28th &
Tuesday 29th
John McGahern

Amongst Women is a novel by the Irish writer John McGahern (1934–2006). his best known novel, it is also considered his masterpiece., the novel tells the story of Michael Moran, a bitter, ageing Irish Republican Army (IRA) veteran, and his tyranny over his wife and children, who both love and fear him. It was shortlisted for the 1990 Booker Prizeand won The Irish Times/Aer LingusLiterary Award in 1991.


Monday 4th &
Tuesday 5th
Mark Roper

Amongst Women

Monday 11th &
Tuesday 12th
Amongst Women Mark concludes spring lectures.
Monday 18th Dervla Murphy

In conversation “The way forward – Palestine & Israel”

Monday 25th Niamh McNally

Curator of the National Gallery – Speaks to “Margaret Clare – An Independent spirit” If time permits she may touch on the work of Harry Clarke, Margaret’s Husband.


Monday 4th Emma O Toole

From the National Gallery looks at aspects on the life of Countess Markievicz

Tuesday 12th Siobhain Armstrong

Founder of the Historical Harp Society of Ireland, speaks on Medieval, Renaissance and barque harps.

Tuesday 19th Niamh O Sullivan

Robert Emmet, with special emphasis on his speech from the dock.

Monday 25th Sharon Carty

Mezzo Soprano with the National Irish Opera Company.


Tuesday 2nd Siobhain Armstrong
Monday 8th Diarmuid O’Brien

Subject: The Israeli/Palestine situation

Tuesday 16th John McKenna – Writer & Playwright

‘The Play’s the thing…’ From pen to stage, the writing of a play and production of a play.



Tuesday 30th Michael Doorley

Irelands association with the U.S.