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ILHS welcomes Professor Fran O’Rourke, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University College Dublin
October 30, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Sunday Oct 30th, 5pm
On Sunday October 30 the ILHS welcomes Professor Fran O’Rourke, who will speak in on the topic of James Joyce and Irish Song.
Music and song were central to the creative work of James Joyce. There are an estimated 3,500 musical references throughout his writings. These include operatic arias, children’s rhymes, hymns from Catholic liturgy, music hall songs and jazz. There are also hundreds of references to Irish songs which have been relatively ignored. Joyce’s interest in classical music, especially opera, is well documented; less well known are the important allusions throughout his writings to songs from the Irish tradition. Joyce’s work is inconceivable without such traditional songs as ‘Lass of Aughrim’, ‘Last Rose of Summer’, and ‘Croppy Boy’. Professor O’Rourke will perform these and other popular songs from the Irish tradition, and provide explanations of their origin, content, and significance to Joyce.
Fran O’Rourke is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University College Dublin, where he taught for thirty-six years. Besides ancient, medieval, and contemporary philosophy, he has written on philosophical aspects of James Joyce’s work. He has also researched Joyce’s extensive use of Irish traditional song. He has given recitals in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, the Conservatorio in Trieste, and the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco. In 2012 he sponsored restoration of James Joyce’s guitar, which is preserved in the Joyce Museum in Sandycove, location for the opening scene of Ulysses. With John Feeley, Ireland’s leading classical guitarist, he has recorded a CD of Irish songs from Joyce’s writings (www.joycesong.info).