Cultúr Cois Cuain
Pól Ó Muirí
Culture vultures in Belfast are spoilt for choice for tomorrow night. Éigse Loch Lao begins with the Robert MacAdam Memorial Lecture (in Irish) by Doctor Diarmaid Ó Doibhlin at 7pm in the William Conor Theatre, University of Ulster, York Street. (Conor being another famous son of Belfast and one of its finest painters.)
Ó Doibhlin’s talk is entitled “Gan tuisle, gan tibeadh – seachadadh an traidisiúin sa Naoú hAois Déag”. Ó Doibhlin is a former lecturer of Irish in UU and an expert on Irish-language literature and always someone worth listening to. Éigse Loch Lao will continue in Belfast over the weekend with more lecturers and a poetry/musical trip down the Lagan.
Meanwhile – as they say – in another part of the city, the literary journal, Irish Pages, will hold its fifth annual lecture at 7.30 pm in Belfast Exposed, 23 Donegall Street. Writer and critic, Patricia Craig, will talk on “To Scullabogue Backwards from Belfast: Against Sectarian Preconceptions”.
All very learned and the chance of one of Belfast’s famous pasty suppers afterwards. What more could a culture vulture ask for?