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The Annual Barra Ó Donnabháin Lecture on the Irish Language: Todhchaí na Gaeilge san aonú aois is fiche / The Future of the Irish Language in the 21st Century

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Thursday, April 3rd 2008 at 7pm
at Glucksman Ireland House NYU

Barra O Donnabhain 

Éamon Ó Cuív, T.D., Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs delivers the 2008 Barra Ó Donnabháin Memorial Lecture. This annual lecture was established in 2006 to commemorate a beloved and influential teacher and advocate of the language in the United States.

A grandson of Éamon de Valera, Éamon Ó Cuív has been a Dáil Deputy representing Galway West since 1992. He served previously as Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food & Rural Development and prior to that, he was Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht & the Islands, with special responsibility for the Gaeltacht areas, the Irish language and for Island Development from 1997 to 2001. In 2006, Minister Ó Cuív’s department announced substantial funding support for the teaching of the Irish Language at third level institutions overseas.

Lecture will be in English and Irish.


Suil Siar

This event will also mark the release of a volume of Barra Ó Donnabháin's writing, Súil Siar: Cnuasach Aistí le Barra Ó Donnabháin, edited by Hilary Mhic Shuibhne and Eibhlín Zurell.

Barra Ó Donnabháin wrote almost 300 essays in Irish while living in New York. This is a collection of 32 of those essays in the original Irish, edited and translated to English by Hilary Sweeney and Eibhlin Zurell. The collection is being published by Daltaí na Gaeilge in memory of Barra and his contribution to the Irish Language movement in North America. The volume indicates the breadth of Barra’s research in politics, social studies, literature and history and will be useful to those with similar interests and particularly those who wish to progress in their Irish language studies.

Books will be available for sale following the talk by Minister O'Cuiv.

If you would like to order copies directly from Daltaí na Gaeilge, please print and fill out an order form and mail to: Daltaí na Gaeilge, 279 Park Avenue, Elberon, NJ 07740; or, order on the web at

Free admission.

In order to ensure a seat, please RSVP to 212-998-3950 (option 3) or email

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