Successful Éigse Cholmcille

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Leading scholars of Irish language literature gathered in Derry at the weekend for the annual Éigse Cholm Cille event at Magee.

The theme of this year’s festival was the literary tradition of Ulster in the 17th and early 18th centuries.

Friday night saw the official launch of ‘The Flight of the Earls/Imacht na nIarlaí,’ a new analysis of the historic event which was co-edited by Magee-based historians, Dr Éamonn Ó Ciardha and Marie-Claire Peters

Professor Ailbhe Ó Corráin, directory of the University’s Irish and Celtic Studies Research Institute said; “The 17th century was a watershed, a period of radical transformation, in Irish history. It marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland and the demise of the Irish learned classes. It saw the land of Ireland change hands and the beginning of the spread of English.

Dr Malachy Ó Néill, a lecturer in Modern Irish at Magee and one of the organisers, described the new book on the Flight of the Earls as “a seminal contribution to understanding an event and an era that shaped the history of modern Ireland, Britain and Europe.”