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The Eighth Literature of Irish Exile
Autumn School
Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster-American Folk Park, Omagh
Saturday, 20 October 2007

The focus of the Literature of Irish Exile Autumn School, now in its eighth year, remains on how emigrants from Ireland have given expression in words to feelings of exile. Part of the programme will take place in the stimulating setting of the Outdoor Museum of the Ulster-American Folk Park. The rest will be in the warmth of the library of the Centre for Migration Studies. The aim is to give members of the public a friendly opportunity to meet and mix with experts on some of the less well-known aspects of 'exile' in Irish literature.

Nollaig Ó Muraíle is senior lecturer in Irish at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has just completed a new edition of the contemporary account of the Flight of the Earls in 1607 by Tadhg Ó Cianáin. It will be published by the Irish College in Rome. We are fortunate to have Dr Ó Muraíle coming to speak to us in the week before he travels to Rome for the launch of his new edition. Two of the items that will be discussed are featured in the July/Aug 2007 issue of History Ireland.

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CLICK HERE for more information about Dr Nollaig Ó Muraíle

Patrick Fitzgerald is Lecturer and Development Officer at the Centre for Migration Studies and Brian Lambkin is Director of the Centre for Migration Studies. Their presentations in the afternoon session are designed to complement the morning lecture by Nollaig Ó Muraíle about the contemporary evidence for the Flight of the Earls. They will be looking at how the Flight of the Earls has been remembered by nationalists and unionists and others, and how this has been influenced by the shifting border of Ulster, which was not the same in 1969 as it was in 1607 .

Mary McAnulty and Peter McKee are members of the team that produced Borderlines: Personal stories and experiences from the border counties (2006). Borderlines has been hailed is a poignant, relevant and enlightening book. It cautiously charts, through first-hand accounts, the stories of the lives of those living on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The book is beautifully presented and the photographs that accompany the collection, which visually capture representations of the border such as roads, rivers, security outpost, memorials and gates, complement the narratives. By the end of the book one is left with the evocative feeling the photographs convey, that the border was and remains an in-between place. Click here for more info...

Programme details

Saturday 20 October, 2007

10.45 Registration (MCMS Library at Ulster-American Folk Park, Omagh)
Tea / Coffee on arrival

11.00 Welcome (MCMS Library)

11.05 Nollaig Ó Muraíle, 'Tadhg Ó Cianáin's account of the exile itinerary of the Ulster chiefs, 1607-8'
Chair: Sir Peter Froggatt
12.00 Discussion

12.30 Lunch (Visitor Centre)

1.30 Walk in the Outdoor Museum to the Ship Gallery:
'Comparing the Nameless Ship of the Flight of the Earls and the Brig Union'

2.30 Patrick Fitzgerald, 'The Flight of the Earls and the Border of Ulster in 1607'

3.00 Afternoon Tea (Library)

3.15 Brian Lambkin, 'The Flight of the Earls and the Border of Ulster as remembered in 1969'

3.45 Book Launch: Borderlines: personal stories and experiences from the border counties (2006), Members of the Borderlines Project

4.15 Reception

4.45 Close

Fee: £20.00 stg (£15.00 concession for students, unwaged and senior citizens)
Includes: registration, morning tea/coffee, lunch, afternoon
tea/coffee and drinks reception.

Tel: 028 8225 6315; Fax: 028 8224 2241;


Flight of the Earls route

Tadhg Ó Cianáin manuscript

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