Limerick Literary Festival in honour of Kate O'Brien

Limerick Literary Festival in honour of Kate O'Brien

Dr Maggie O'Neill from the School of Culture & Communication and Ken Bergin from the Special Collections Library will give a presentation on the new archive of Kate O'Brien material at the Limerick Literary Festival in honour of Kate O'Brien (27th February 2016, 1pm). At the event in Limerick City Gallery of Art, Dr O'Neill will discuss a selection of letters from Kate O'Brien to her sister and brother-in-law Nance and Stephen O'Mara and the fascinating insight they provide into the life and works of this important Limerick author.

Through its historical collections and scholarly work, the University has had a long relationship with the Limerick Literary festival. The Special Collections and Archives Dept. at the Glucksman Library are pleased to announce the availability of a new collection of Kate O'Brien material. The archive encompasses personal correspondence of the Limerick born writer Kate O’Brien, including a series of some 650 letters and postcards from Kate to her sisters May and Clare O’Brien and Anne O’Mara, and to her brother-in-law Stephen O’Mara and nephew Peter. The material was donated to the Glucksman Library by Clare Hannigan née O’Mara in 2013. The letters contained in the O’Mara Collection form a valuable complement to the Kate O’Brien Papers donated to UL by Austin Hall in 2002. Collectively, the archives provide a fascinating insight into the author, illuminating aspects of her personal life as well as her distinguished career as one of the most prominent Irish authors of the 20th century.