The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies announces the Breandán Ó Buachalla Memorial Lecture: "Man and Bull in Táin Bó Cúailnge" at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 in the Hesburgh Library, Special Collections and Rare Books Room. Tomás Ó Cathasaigh, Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Irish Studies in the Department of Celtic Languages and Literature at Harvard University, will present the second annual lecture in honor of the late Breandán Ó Buachalla.
Breandán Ó Buachalla, inaugural Thomas J. and Kathleen M. O’Donnell Chair of Irish at the University of Notre Dame, was instrumental to the success of both the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and the Department of Irish Language and Literature. When Breandán Ó Buachalla took the Thomas J. and Kathleen M. O’Donnell Chair, he became the first new endowed chair of Irish in North America in over 100 years.
Ó Cathasaigh will use an article written by Ó Buachalla in the Irish literary magazine Comhar as a point of departure for his talk "Man and Bull in Táin Bó Cúailnge."
Ó Cathasaigh's work focuses on early Irish narrative literature and his most recent book "Coire Sois, The Cauldron of Knowledge" A Companion to Early Irish Saga (2013) was published by the University of Notre Dame Press and recently launched at Notre Dame. Given his work on the use of language in literature and his course work in Old and Middle Irish language and literature, Ó Cathasaigh is an ideal representative of the Irish language and O'Buachalla himself.