Acclaimed Irish poet to present reading Feb. 16

by Katherine Malkovsky

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Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, one of Ireland’s foremost Irish-language poets, will read from her work at 4 p.m.Thursday (Feb. 16) in the auditorium of McKenna Hall at the University of Notre Dame. The reading is free and open to the public.

Ní Dhomhnaill, who writes only in Irish, focuses on the culture, myths and legends of Ireland. She juxtaposes modern life with folkloric motifs, mixing a more traditional language and style with contemporary issues. She is hailed as one of the most noteworthy Irish poets of the decade, and her work is internationally known.

Ní Dhomhnaill has held the title Ireland Professor of Poetry since 2002 and has served as the Díseart Writer in Residence since 2005. She has published several collections of Irish poems, including “An Dealg Droighin,” Féar Suaithinseach," “Feis” and “Cead Aighnis,” and also has published collections with translations into English, including “Pharaoh’s Daughter,” “The Astrakhan Cloak” and “The Water Horse.”

Ní Dhomhnaill’s visit coincides with the presence of Notre Dame Distinguished Visiting Professor Briona Nic Dhiarmada, who is teaching a course on Ní Dhomhnaill this semester in the Department of Irish Language and Literature. Nic Dhiarmada recently published a monograph of Ní Dhomhnaill’s work.