Times of Israel

Source: Times of Israel

Write up in the Times of Israel:

Dracula the ‘Wandering Jew,’ and other unknown facets of Irish lit in NY-bound exhibition

From the Middle Ages and the Annals of Innisfallen to Leopold Bloom, Jews are a surprisingly constant presence in a millennium of Irish writing…



History of Jews in Irish literature goes beyond Leopold Bloom

Source: Irish Examiner. Leopold Bloom, played here by Les Doherty, is easily the most famous Jew in Irish literature. Picture: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

…The Representation of Jews in Irish Literature exhibition, which opened at Waterford Institute of Technology on February 1, is the outcome of a research collaboration between NUI Galway and Ulster University. The project, which was initiated and overseen by Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh, explores the relationship between Jews and Ireland through poetry, prose and drama…


RIA – Listen to the Lectures

Listen back to lectures by Dr Barry Montgomery and Dr Rióna Ní Fhrighil on Jews and Jewishness in Irish literature


TV interview in Irish with Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh

TV interview in Irish with Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh for meoneile.ie


Who Ever Heard of an Irish Jew?

“Who ever heard of an Irish Jew?” It is a question that has been employed over time as an insult, an unlikely conversation starter, and the title of a celebrated short story collection. It is also a question I have been asked constantly since the publication of my own Irish-Jewish novel, “Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan…

A group of academics from Ulster University and NUI Galway have just launched an exhibition entitled “Representation of Jews in Irish Literature” – the first major output of a five-year, four-hundred-thousand-pound research project. A collection of poetry entitled Jewtown has just been published to much acclaim.

Read more: http://forward.com/culture/361201/who-ever-heard-of-an-irish-jew/

Newsletter – Holocaust victims remembered

Source: News Letter

There have already been many dozens of events, talks, presentations and exhibitions across Northern Ireland in advance of today’s annual, poignant, solemn, observation of Holocaust Memorial Day. The 27th of January 1945 was the day that Auschwitz-Birkenau in German-occupied Poland was liberated, bringing to an end the biggest mass murder in a single location in human history.

Read more at: http://www.newsletter.co.uk/lifestyle/nostalgia/holocaust-victims-remembered-while-genocide-goes-on-worldwide-1-7793192

Exploring Jewish themes in Irish literature (Irish News)

Source: Irish News. Dr Barry Montgomery will speak on The Holocaust in 20th Century Irish Fiction and Poetry at the Linen Hall Library on Thursday January 26

Based at the University of Ulster, Dr Montgomery is a researcher on a wider project on The Representations of Jews in Irish Literature by the Arts Humanities Research Council. Until the end of this month, The Linen Hall Library is hosting its touring exhibition examining the portrayal of Jews and Jewishness in Irish Literature, from the late medieval period to the present day. The results of the research project will be published next year.


RTÉ Arena Arts (Radio)

Interview with Dr Barry Montgomery (Ulster University)


Moore Institute Seminar: ‘Representation of Jews in Contemporary Literature in Irish’

January 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Seminar Room GO10, Ground Floor, Hardiman Research Building



Dr Rióna Ní Fhrighil ( Gaeilge, OÉ Gaillimh)

‘Representation of Jews in Contemporary Literature in Irish’

Introduction by

Prof Pól Ó Dochartaigh (Registrar and Deputy President, NUIG)

[Source: http://mooreinstitute.ie/event/seminar/]

Irish Times

Representations of Jews in Irish Literature, a free exhibition examining the portrayal of Jewishness in Ireland through a selection of key Irish-Jewish writing and Irish literature, is being held at the Linen Hall Library, Belfast until January 31st. From the medieval Annals of Inisfallen through centuries of poetry, prose and drama to the present day, the relationship between Jews and Ireland as found in the literary record is studied. It then moves to Waterford Institute of Technology, where it will run for the month of February. It will be launched on February 1st at 6pm by poet Simon Lewis, author of Jewtown.


On the Fringe with Mary O’Neill WLR FM (Radio Spot)

First Jewish wedding in Waterford to be featured at a WIT exhibition



Story of Waterford’s first Jewish wedding in 1894

…Ulster University and the National University of Ireland Galway are pleased to announce a partnership with Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) which will see the Representations of Jews in Irish Literature exhibition being brought to Waterford. Representations of Jews in Irish Literature will be launched by poet Simon Lewis, who has recently published a collection of poetry Jewtown. Lewis was the winner of the Hennessy Emerging Poetry Prize and runner-up in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2015. The exhibition will be hosted by WIT for the month of February and will feature a complimentary display of materials relating to Jewish culture and identity including an exploration of the lives of Miss Fanny Diamond and Mr Jacob Lappin, the first Jewish couple married in Waterford on 14 November, 1894…

Story of Waterford’s first Jewish wedding in 1894 to feature alongside Representations of Jews in Irish Literature exhibition

Ruth Gilligan’s Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan and the representation of Jews in Irish literature

Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan

NUI Galway Press

NUI Galway is delighted to host an exhibition on the Representations of Jews in Irish Literature in the Hardiman Building foyer. The exhibition is the first major output of a three-year research project funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council and made in collaboration between NUI Galway and the Ulster University…


Director for the Centre of Irish and Scottish Studies at Ulster University and Project Team member, Dr Frank Ferguson also said: “This is a very significant project for Irish literary studies and one which shall make a major contribution to our understanding of the history and the cultural expression of Jews in Ireland. It is marvellous to see the interest that the project has already gained since its first official launch last summer.”