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Festschrift for Tadhg Foley

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Maureen O'Connor

This Festschrift for Professor Tadhg Foley of the National University of Ireland, Galway, who retired in 2009, gathers together international contributors in the fields of poetry, politics and academia to honour this great man’s life and work. Professor Foley has not only been central in the development of Irish Studies and Colonial/Postcolonial Studies in Ireland and in the United States, but he has also enjoyed a long career as convivial host in his thatched cottage in Salthill, Galway. He remains one of the most popular and beloved figures in Irish academia. Among the eminent scholars included in the volume are Terry Eagleton, Robert Young, Penny Boumelha, David Lloyd, Luke Gibbons, Joep Leerssen and Maud Ellmann. The book is further enriched by poets Bernard O’Donoghue, Louis de Paor, Rita Ann Higgins, Michael D. Higgins and Tom Duddy. This collection is a rare and distinctive gathering of true and resonant voices, offering a unique portrait of late twentieth-century Irish literary and academic culture and its interplay with the United States.

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Of Possibility Michael D. Higgins 279

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Of Possibility Michael D. Higgins (In memory of John O’Donohue) From that wider space That is imagination, Is made possible A visual beauty, That dazzles and ensnares. Deep in that space lies too, In unreleased expectancy, Versions of a world unborn, Sending shards of light and colour, That make an invitation To something truly human. They lodge in memory Making an inheritance Of possibility not always realized. And in that sight yielded up by memory To spirit at the end, It is these shafts And unrealized suggestions That endure, At the end. Making a rich legacy Of possibility.

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