12th Annual Leo Swan Memorial Lecture

The Irish Saints and their Feast Days: the Tallaght Contribution

by Professor Pádraig Ó Riain

Tuesday 10th December at 7:00 pm at The County Library, Tallaght

No booking required but places allocated on a first come basis – arrive early as this is sure to be a popular event!

St. Maelruain's Cross, Tallaght

St. Maelruain’s Cross, Tallaght

Leo Swan died in 2001 and is fondly remembered in the Tallaght area as an encouraging and inspiring teacher and former Principal of Our Lady of Loreto Primary School. He was also a founder member of Tallaght Historical Society. While teaching he was involved in archaeological investigations and in lecturing on archaeology. In the early 1990s he gave up teaching to concentrate fulltime on archaeology, setting up a company, Arch Tech, which specialised in archaeological assessments of threatened sites. He led the archaeological excavation at Templeogue House where he discovered early Irish glass. He was also a pioneer of archaeological investigation using aerial photography. From its beginning in 1995, Leo was a great friend of the County Library and we thought it was a fitting tribute to hold an annual lecture here in his memory.

Tallaght Historical Society and South Dublin Libraries are most grateful to Professor Pádraig Ó Riain for giving this year’s lecture. Pádraig Ó Riain is Professor Emeritus of Early and Medieval Irish at University College Cork, and the previous holder of Visiting Professorships at Bochum and Freiburg in Germany and at Aberystwyth in Wales. He is a former holder of the Parnell Fellowship at Magdalen College, Cambridge, and was the first Irish scholar to be awarded the Humboldt Prize. A former President of the Irish Texts Society and a former Member of Council of the Royal Irish Academy, Professor Ó Riain is the author of numerous publications on Irish hagiography, placenames, personal names, and textual transmission. Among his published works are A Dictionary of Irish Saints, and Feastdays of the Saints: A History of the Irish Martyrologies.

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