On Saturday September 24th a big group of readers and contributors gathered in the Carmelite house in Avila, Donnybrook, for a Mass to give thanks for 100 years of Timire An Chroí Ró-Naofa. The main celebrant was Alan Mac Eochagáin SJ and the homilist Caoimhín Ó Ruairc SJ. The current edition (Eagrán an Fhómhair) tells some of the history, naming all the former editors, a list which includes some of our great Irish Jesuit scholars like Laimhbeartach Mac Cionnaith, John Ryan and Diarmuid Ó Laoghaire. At the recent celebration Alan Mac Eochagáin made a presentation to Peigí Ní Dhurcáin (pictured here) who has given over fifty years’ service. She represented the many members of Cuallacht Mhuire who have contributed to the survival of An Timire over the years. They have played a central role in its production and distribution from 1950 to the present. Read more:
In the current edition of An Timire, Peigí tells how Cuallacht Mhuire was started in 1916, with its first meeting in early April in Gardiner Street. Significantly the second meeting didn’t take place until September. The Easter Rising intervened. Two members of the Cuallacht who were present at the first meeting, the Ó Rathallaigh and one other, died in Easter Week.
On the editorial side a very committed committee has done Trojan work: Caitríona Uí Chatháin, Bláthnaid Ó Brádaigh, Séan de Fréine, Fionnuala Mac Aodha, Milène Ní Fhaogáin. The final event to celebrate the centenary will take place in the National Library on October 26th. Professor Alan Titley will speak on: Ról na nÍosánach i gcúrsaí Gaeilge agus Foclóireachta (ina measc an Duinníneach agus Lambert Mac Cionnaith). Rún Buíochais: Seosamh Ó Murchú, An Gúm. Am: 6.00pm Fáiltiú agus sólaistí. 7.00pm Léacht.