Ireland's Generation X: A Conversation between Barry McCrea and Ian Lynch (Lankum)


Location: Webinar format, partnership with the Museum of Literature Ireland

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The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies is partnering with the Museum of Literature Ireland (MOLI) to deliver an exciting new series of webinars.

In the February event, join Professor Barry McCrea, Keough Family Chair of Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and musician Ian Lynch, a founder and member of the contemporary Irish folk music group Lankum.

Ireland's Generation X? is a series of conversations about Ireland's in-between generation.

“Generation X” describes the group of people born between 1965 and 1985, a generation caught between Baby Boomers and Millennials characterized by anti-establishment slacker culture, cynicism, irony, and— after the global economic crash — negative equity. An American term describing American lives, the moniker perhaps fails to accurately represent the experience of those who came of age during the 1980s and 1990s in Ireland. This series invites artists and writers who grew up in an Ireland shaped by the Troubles, social justice movements, EU membership, the Peace Process, and the Celtic Tiger, to share their work and reflect on the social and cultural influences at home and abroad.

Ian Lynch is a musician, singer, songwriter and founding member of the band Lankum, with whom he has spent the last 18 years touring and recording with. He started the podcast Fire Draw Near a year ago and he has spent lockdown researching and making episodes for that, as well as a 3-part documentary on the history of the song The Wild Rover. He has an MLitt in Irish Folklore and has lectured on traditional music and song in UCD. He swims in the sea whenever he can and plays a lot of Dungeons and Dragons.

Before the pandemic, Notre Dame's DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts had scheduled Lankum to appear on campus in February 2021.

Ireland's Generation X? is presented jointly by the Keough Naughton Institute of Irish Studies and the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI).

The webinar will take place at 7:00 pm in Ireland, and 2:00 pm EST in the United States.