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18 November 2019  


Press Release - The Hyde Lecture 2019: Douglas Hyde’s American Tour, 1905-1906

27.09.2019

Hyde Banner 2019

© John B. Yeats (1839-1922). Portrait of Douglas Hyde, 1901, pencil on paper. The Niland Collection.
Presented by James A. Healy, 1966 (John & Catherine Healy Memorial Collection). Reproduced courtesy of The Model Gallery, Sligo

Douglas Hyde’s American Tour, 1905-1906
by Professor Liam Mac Mathúna

6.15pm, 1 October 2019,
Theatre O, Newman Building, UCD, Belfield

© Aidan Heavey Library, Athlone. Postcard reproduced with the kind permission of the library

© Aidan Heavey Library, Athlone.
Postcard reproduced with the kind permission of the library
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Douglas Hyde’s American Tour 1905 - 1906 is the title of a lecture which will be given by Professor Liam Mac Mathúna in UCD Belfield on Tuesday 1 October as the second annual Hyde Lecture / Léacht de hÍde.

Hyde visited the US in those years as President of Conradh na Gaeilge (the Gaelic League), touring extensively from coast to coast. He was very well received, the tour was highly successful and raised substantial funds for the promotion of the Irish language.

Professor Mac Mathúna will discuss the major highlights of Hyde’s tour including his two visits to the White House where he had lunch with President Roosevelt. After his first visit to the White House, Hyde sent the above postcard to his daughter Nuala.

 


"Hyde’s American tour proved to be a resounding success,
a triumph not just for the cause, but for the man as well."


Professor Mac Mathúna

Douglas Hyde was the first President of Ireland, serving from 1938 to 1945, the first president of Conradh na Gaeilge and the first Professor of Modern Irish in UCD from 1909. In that year, he was also appointed as a member of the first Senate of NUI and was an active member of the Senate until 1919. Given these strong connections, NUI and UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore are pleased to honour the memory of Douglas Hyde by collaborating in this lecture series.

This lecture series, organised jointly by NUI and UCD, was inaugurated in September 2018 by President Michael D. Higgins who spoke in UCD on the theme of ‘the Legacy of Douglas Hyde’. The publication of that lecture will be launched at the 2019 lecture on 1 October.


 

Further information from:

Dr Attracta Halpin
Registrar
National University of Ireland
49 Merrion Square
Dublin 2, D02 V583
Ph: 01 4392424
www.nui.ie
Twitter: @NUIMerrionSq

Professor Regina Uí Chollatáin
Head, UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore
Newman Building, University College Dublin
Belfield
Dublin 4
Ph: 01 7168140
www.ucd.ie/icsf/
Twitter: @UCDScoilGLCB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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