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Burns Visiting Scholars


Alf Mac Lochlainn (Academic Year 1991-1992)

Alf MacLochlainn joined the National Library of Ireland in 1949, first serving as Assistant Librarian, then Keeper in charge of the Manuscripts Department, Deputy Director, and finally as Director (1976-1982). As a result of a U.S. government award for a study trip to visit American libraries in 1960, he became a member of the American Committee of Irish Studies. MacLochlainn is a prolific author and editor, and in addition to his scholarly work, is the author of a novella and a short story collection, the latter of which, Past Habitual, was published in 2015.

Selected publications:

Past Habitual: Stories. Champaign, IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 2015.

The Corpus in the Library: Stories and Novellas. Champaign, IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 1996.

With Tony Regan. Two Galway schools. Galway: Galway Labour History Group, 1993.

Out of Focus.  Champaign, IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 1985.

The National Library of Ireland 1877-1977. Dublin: Wolfhound Press, 1977.

“Pointed horror: the films of Luis Bunel and George Franju.” Film Journal, Summer 1971.