Yes, indeed. Thanks to UCC and its wonderful academics for opening up so many important topics this November.
Followers of this academic blog will know that I am very interested in Ireland’s past, specifically in terms of memory and remembrance. I am very interested in what is omitted, especially when those gaps should contain the narratives of women. I am thankful that in the month of November UCC’s English department had several seminars which involved Irish women, memory and commemoration.
I was privileged enough to have been able to attend readings by both Éilís Ní Dhuibhne and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin in UCC as part of the English department’s Reading Writing series on the 8th of November. Both authors read very emotionally charged work, but Ní Chuilleanáin’s poem “Bessborough” particularly interested me because of her reasoning behind writing it. Many of the experiences that she cited in her reading were not her own; yet I could see that Ní Chuilleanáin has a continued empathy for the marginalised in the Irish…
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