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.

Launch 6: Linen Hall Library, Belfast

Representations: Linen Hall Launch

Launched by: Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh (NUI Galway) who presented on ‘Hyphenated Identities: Irish-Jewish Autobiographies’.

Time and Date: 6pm on 10 January, 2017

Support Team Onsite: Deborah Douglas (Programme Manager)

Duration of Exhibition: 10 – 31 January, 2017

Event Description

Contribution by Research Team:

The exhibition ran for the month of January and was launched by Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh to an audience of over twenty people. Research Associate, Dr Barry Montgomery also gave a special lecture ‘The Holocaust in 20th Century Irish Fiction and Poetry’ on Thursday 26 January, 2017 as part of Holocaust Memorial Day 2017 which was attended by a large audience including many members of the Jewish community. The exhibition was accompanied by a complementary display for the duration of the exhibition. This included a first edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses and the original keys to the first synagogue in Belfast.

Launch 5: James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway

Representations: NUI Galway Launch

Launched by: Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh (NUI Galway), Mr Stanley Price, author of Somewhere to Hang My Hat: An Irish-Jewish Journey

 Time and Date: 6pm on 6 December, 2016

Duration of Exhibition: 6 December – 27 January

Support Team Onsite: Ann Mitchell (Head of Operations)

Event Description

Contribution by Research Team:

Principal Investigator Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh officially launched the exhibition along with author Stanley Price who reflected on his Jewish background and writing. The exhibition also included the preparation and display of an extensive complementary display which featured alongside the exhibition.

Launch 4: Literary Festival, Coleraine Town Hall

Representations: Coleraine Launch

Launched by: Dr Frank Ferguson, Dr Barry Montgomery, Dr Marie-Claire Peters (Ulster University)

Time and Date: 1pm at 6 October, 2016

Duration of Exhibition: 6 – 31 October

Support Team Onsite: Sarah Carson (Coleraine Borough Council)

Event Description

Contribution by Research Team:

The exhibition was launched in Coleraine Town Hall by research team members’ Dr Frank Ferguson, Dr Barry Montgomery and Dr Marie-Claire who addressed an audience of twenty-five people including local people, university students and other academics on aspects of Irish-Jewish history and how the exhibition was created.

Belfast Telegraph: Irish Jews celebrated in exhibition

Source: Belfast Telegraph. From left, Belfast Lord Mayor Brian Kingston, Prof Cathy Gormley-Heenan, Barry Montgomery, lead researcher, Prof Pol O Dochartaigh, principal investigator, Dr Ruth Gilligan, Brid Vi Mhorain and Marie-Claire Peters from University of Ulster [sic]

The history of Jewish people in Ireland and how they are represented in Irish literature has been revealed through a joint landmark research project between Ulster University and the National University of Ireland, Galway…

Irish News: Jewish life in Ireland explored in new exhibition

THE role and representation of Jews in Ireland is the focus of a new exhibition in Belfast – a city with a once thriving Jewish community that has been in steady decline for decades.

‘Representations of Jews in Irish Literature’ was launched yesterday at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and is the culmination of a landmark research project between Ulster University and Galway’s National University of Ireland…

Launch 3: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Representations: PRONI Launch September

Launched by: Lord Mayor Brian Kingston, Dr Ruth Gilligan (University of Birmingham), Ms Bríd Ní Mhorain (Poet)

Time and Date: 11.30am on 2 September, 2016

Support Team Onsite: Stephen Scarth (Head of Public Services)

Duration of Exhibition: 2 September – 7 October

Event Description

This included a major launch on Friday 2nd September which included a lecture by Dr Ruth Gilligan (Birmingham University) on her new book Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan reflecting on her research on Irish-Jewish connections and a reading by award-winning poet Bríd Ní Mhorain of her poem entitled Juden which features in one of the bi-lingual panels within the exhibition. The launch was also attended by Lord Mayor Brian Kingston who spoke about the recent attacks on Jewish graves in Belfast City Cemetery and how significant the exhibition was in light of this.  A private tour of the exhibition with Rabbi David Singer and Finance Minister, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir (MLA) was also given by Exhibition Curator, Dr Marie-Claire Peters and an interview with Antrim Matters along with key researcher, Dr Barry Montgomery.

Armagh Public Library Press

‘Representations of Jews in Irish Literature’

RTÉ Inside Culture (Radio spot)

RTÉ Inside Culture

Inside Culture, Monday 25th July

Representation of Jews in Irish Literature is an exhibition currently running at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin. It explores the depiction of Jewish people in Irish literature and society from the Middle Ages. Joyce’s Leopold Bloom in Ulysses is, perhaps, the most famous Jew in Irish literature and his struggle with national identity pinpoints the difficulties many Jewish people have had in Ireland…

Irish Times: Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan

Ruth Gilligan, Source: Irish Times

Interesting contemporary tie in with the project:

“Gilligan’s ‘literary fiction’ debut inventively connects up Ireland’s Jewish narratives…”


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