A Thirst For Redemption: Cathal Buí Mac Giolla Ghunna and the Gaelic Poetry of Ulster With Charles D
Start Date: 24 February 2018
End Date: 24 February 2018
Venue: Seamus Heaney HomePlace
Telephone: 028 7938 7444
Cathal Buí Mac Giolla Ghunna (c.1680-c.1756) was a Gaelic lyricist, songmaker and poet with firm connections to the Bréifne/Fermanagh area but who ranged all over Ulster. His songs and poems, most notably his An Bonnán Buí / The Yellow Bittern, show a keen, self-critical reflection and a willingness to engage with mortality and human frailty. An Bonnán Buí has been translated to English by Seamus Heaney, among others. This lecture will examine the work of Cathal Buí and establish his place in the vibrant legacy of Gaelic poetry and song of south Ulster in the period.
Dr Charles Dillon is a native of Benburb, Co. Tyrone. He has published articles on the Gaelic language and tradition of Ulster, and is currently the Editor of the Royal Irish Academy’s Historical Dictionary of the Irish Language, having previously lectured in Celtic Studies in Queen’s University Belfast.