Festschrift for Tadhg Foley
Biographical Note Maureen O’Connor 291
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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