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Protestants, Print & the Irish Language in the 17th Century

Wednesday 3 March 2021, 1pm-2pm Armagh Robinson Library

This online lecture, to be delivered via Zoom, will look at Protestant engagement with the Irish language in the seventeenth century. In particular, it will consider the roles of Uilliam O Domhnaill (William Daniel) and William Bedell in translating the Bible into Irish.

The speaker, Marc Caball, is an Associate Professor in the School of History at University College Dublin. He has published widely on the cultural history of early modern Ireland, including ‘'Solid divine and worthy scholar’: William Bedell, Venice and Gaelic culture’ in James Kelly and Ciarán Mac Murchaidh (eds.), Irish and English: essays on the Irish linguistic and cultural frontier, 1600-1900 (Four Courts Press, 2012). He was the principal investigator on the IRCHSS and Department of the Taoiseach-funded major research project ‘Protestants, print and Gaelic culture in Ireland, 1567-1722’. 

Funded by the Department for Communities, the talk is part of a week of free online lunchtime lectures organised to link with Irish Language Week (Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia). The series is also designed to highlight Irish language items in the collection of Armagh Robinson Library, Northern Ireland's oldest public library, which is celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2021.

Cost: Free

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