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Festschrift for Tadhg Foley

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Edited By 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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Biographical Note Maureen O’Connor 291

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Biographical Note Maureen O’Connor Tadhg Foley, or the artist formerly known as Timothy P, as he sometimes identifies himself, lives in Galway, Ireland, specifically, in Salthill, a five- minute walk from the sea in a thatched cottage, the last such private dwell- ing within the city limits. He has lived in the house for over forty-five years, a time during which major transformations have taken place in his life. When he entered the thatch as a lodger, he was Timothy Patrick Foley, a teenager from the country with a secondary education, a member of the Legion of Mary as well as the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association of the Sacred Heart, and an employee of CIÉ, the national bus and rail company, which was in a nationalist phase at the time (the early 1960s) and required all employees use the Irish version of their names, in this case, ‘Tadhg’. Today, Professor Tadhg Foley, whose DPhil is from Oxford University, has lectured all over the world, from Western Australia, to Portugal, Germany, Greece, Slovenia, Sweden, Romania, France, and Spain, to Egypt, to South Africa, to Brazil, to San Francisco and Chicago, and is retiring from the Department of English at the National University of Ireland, Galway, after over thirty years of service to the institution, including editing, in 1999, a collection of essays on the academic history of the university on the 150th anniversary of its founding as Queen’s College Galway. Tadhg’s story is an unusual one for his time. He was...

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