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Burns Visiting Scholars


Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill (Academic Year 1998-1999)

Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill is a celebrated poet known for her poems in the Irish language. Her poetry is deeply immersed in Irish myths and history, as well as social and culture themes such as femininity and sexuality as manifest in contemporary Irish life. Ní Dhomhnaill has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including membership in Aosdána and a tenure as Ireland Professor of Poetry (2001-2004). In 1997, prior to her time as Burns Visiting Scholar, the Burns Library acquired Ní Dhomhnaill’s papers, an important resource for scholars of modern Irish.


Photo by Gary Wayne Gilbert

A February 1999 Boston College Chronicle article highlighting Ní Dhomhnaill’s contributions during her time as Burns Visiting Scholar is available online.

During her tenure as Burns Scholar, the Burns Library also hosted an exhibit of her writing notebooks. 

Selected publications:

The Fifty Minute Mermaid. Old Castle, County Meath: Gallery Press, 2006.

Ed. The Incredible Hides in Every House: A Collection of Short Stories and Poetry In Aid of Habitat for Humanity. Dublin: Irish Writer's Centre, 2005.

The Water Horse: Poems in Irish. English translations by Medbh McGuckian and Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, Old Castle, County Meath: Gallery Press, 1999.

Cead Aighnis. Daingean, Ireland: An Sagart, 1998.

The Astrakhan Cloak. With English translations by Paul Muldoon. Old Castle, County Meath: Gallery Press, 1992.

Pharaoh's Daughter (with English translations). Old Castle, County Meath: Gallery Press, 1990.