From earliest times, Irish writers have worked in a bilingual context and the transmission and transmogrification of literature between languages is one of the constants of Irish tradition. The exceptional richness and variety of medieval Irish literature is often acknowledged. But how much is actually known about that tradition? What does it mean to today's readers and writers, and how do they access it? What imprint does it leave on modern Irish literature, in English and Irish? Issues such as these will be broached in a 40-minute talk by Prof. Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha in Galway City Library, following which comments from the audience will be very welcome.

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