Scholar to examine "Why Irish?" at colloquium Sept. 21

Author: Arts and Letters


Gearid Tuathaigh, professor of history at the National University of Ireland, Galway, will discuss the Great Famine and language change in Ireland at the University of Notre Dame’s annual “Why Irish?” colloquium.

The lecture, titled “Language Change, the State and National Identity in Ireland Since the Great Famine,” is free and open to the public and will take place at 3p.m. Sept. 21 (Friday) in the auditorium of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies.

Tuathaigh is the author of “Ireland Before the Famine,” “Thomas Drummond and the Irish Administration, 1835-1841,” “Community, Culture and Conflict in Ireland,” “ir Amach: 1798 in irnn,” and “The Development of the Gaeltacht as a Bilingual Entity” and co-author of “The Age of de Valera” and “Irish Studies: A General Introduction.” In addition, he is the author of numerous articles in books and journals on many aspects of 19th and 20th century Irish and British history.

A fellow of the Royal Historical Society and former member of the U.S.A.-Ireland Fulbright Commission, Tuathaigh has served as a visiting professor at the University of Toronto, University of Cambridge and New York University and has lectured extensively throughout North America, Australia and Europe.

“Why Irish?” brings international speakers to campus to examine the role of the Irish language in various disciplines. It is sponsored by Notre Dame’s Department of Irish Language and Literature.

Contact: Tara MacLeod, Irish Language and Literature, 574-631-7615,

Originally published by Shannon Chapla at on September 13, 2007.