‘Lament’: A Celebration
A Cambridge Group for Irish Studies Event:
St John’s and Magdalene Colleges, Cambridge University
Wednesday May 3, 2023 : Schedule

Opening Remarks & Welcome:
Prof. Eamon Duffy, Emeritus Professor, Magdalene College, Cambridge; Convenor of CGIS
Opening Keynote:
  • ‘Fifty Years with an Oral Poem: Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire/The Funeral Lament for Art O’Leary’
    • Emerita Prof. Angela Bourke, UCD

Chair: Prof. Nicholas Allen, Endowed Professor and Director of the Willson Center at the University of Georgia

Coffee Break
Research Panel 1:
  • ‘Oral Compositional practice and anti-colonial voice in the ‘Lament for Art O’Leary’’
    • Prof. Tríona Ní Shiochain, Maynooth University
  • Gender and Sexuality in late 18th century Ireland  (provisional title)
    • Dr. Rebecca Barr, Jesus College, Cambridge
  • Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire / Lament for Art O’Leary: textual problems, solutions, translations’
    • Dr. Seán Ua Súilleabháin, University College Cork

Chair: Dan Mulhall, Parnell Fellow in Irish Studies at Magdalene College, Cambridge


Research Panel 2:

  • Mourning and the Performance of Grief in Contemporary Poetry
    • Fran Lock, Poet, Judith E. Wilson Poetry Fellow, Cambridge
    • Mícheál McCann, Poet
    • Martina Evans, Poet

Chair: Prof. Angela Leighton, Poet and Senior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge

15.45 – 16.15
Coffee Break
Keynote Event:
  • ‘Translating the Lament’
    • Paul Muldoon, Poet, Ireland Professor of Poetry
    • Vona Groarke, Poet, Writer in Residence, St John’s College, Cambridge

Chair: Prof. Clair Wills, King Edward VII Professor of English Literature at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge

Music & short Film Performance:
  • Excerpt from opera of ‘Lament for Art O’Leary’
    • Irene Buckley, Composer:
  • Settings of ‘Lament for Art O’Leary’
    • Composition Students, St. John’s College
  • Short film screening (8 mins): ‘The Lament for Art O’Leary’ by Marcella O’Connor