Bringing Liam Ó Briain back home – Galway to East Wall, Dublin
Mansion House Dublin Book Launch / Seoladh Leabhar, 1 May2019
Essays by an Irish Rebel – Revolution, Politics and Culture
These Essays were collected and translated from Comhar, Feasta and Béaloideas by Eoin Ó Dochartaigh.
A bilingual launch was recently held in Dublin’s Mansion House – not a million miles from where Liam Ó Briain saw action in the 1916 Rising in Stephens Green and in the College of Surgeons. The occasion was hosted by Lord Mayor Nial Ring and introduced by Caitríona Ní Cassaithe of DCU and the East Wall History Group, whose Chairman Joe Mooney was the main organiser of the event. The guest speaker Dr. Maurice Manning, Chancellor of the National University of Ireland, spoke of “this wonderful book” and declared it the best book he had read so far about the period 1918-23.
Eoin, the translator, spoke of the challenges and pleasure involved for himself, Niamh and their son Niall in producing and publishing this work. In essence this book is an ‘homage’ to Liam O Briain and to his extraordinary life.
A large group of East Wall (An Balla Thoir) residents, academics and people from Galway, also attended the event. A Dubliner at heart, Liam had spent over forty years of his life in Galway as a Professor of Romance Languages at UCG, where he was a much loved and colourful figure. The Lord Mayor, speaking in both Irish and English, commented on the pride of the people from Liam’s native place of the East Wall. They are now delighted to have this book which includes information relating to the area in Liam’s time, previously unknown to them. On the morning after the book launch Joe Mooney of the East Wall History Group and photographer Nigel, conducted us on a personal tour of the area, including former abodes of local luminaries and the iconic Seán O’Casey Centre and Theatre.