Rector, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.
I am very happy to be here today and to be received by you, Mr. President, and other members of the Faculty.
When I was planning this visit
years, Irish priests and nuns have brought their own contribution to the poor
and deprived in many parts of this country. In the more recent past, we have seen
the beginnings of new economic ventures in
of which we are particularly proud is the interest which Irish writers have
aroused internationally. It is in this domain that the
Literature programme that was begun in the University in 1980 has formed a
generation of scholars and teachers, who have brought Irish writers to the
attention of so many, not only in
I would like here today to recognize the remarkable work which has been done by Dr. Munira Mutran in developing this programme, together with the many other scholars who have passed through this University and made their own contributions to Irish studies.
Over the years, the Anglo Irish literary programme has produced many doctorates and post-graduate qualifications at the University. We have been proud to have been associated with some of this work through the Irish Cultural Relations Committee which has given support in various ways over the years, including through the grant aiding of Irish professors and lecturers who have participated in the activities at the University.
Our former President,
Mary Robinson, visited the University in 1994 to pay tribute to this
achievement. Irish writing is
flourishing as never before.
Whereas in earlier days, the number of Irish publishers was relatively
small, however distinguished, today we are witnessing a tremendous output from
I am glad
today to offer the University a further quantity of books, on
the International Association for the Study of Irish Literature will hold its
three-year session at the
discussions yesterday with President Cardoso in
believe also that it will have other positive effects. With the opening of an Embassy in
truly grateful for the scholarship and creative interest in Irish writing which
has been shown by this University. I can assure you that your work will continue
to have increased attention and support from
hope that today will mark the beginning of a new phase in relations with this
great University and in the two- way promotion of cultural links between