The memorial lecture, named in honour of the Irish philosopher and mystic, John Moriarty, it provides an opportunity to celebrate the life and legacy of this influential figure in Irish intellectual and spiritual circles. The lecture provides a space for scholars, writers, philosophers and poets to share their insights and reflections on aspects of Irish cultural life and their relevance to contemporary issues such as environmentalism, climate change, cultural identity, and spirituality. Mary O’Malley is a renowned poet, educator, and environmental advocate from Connemara. She has taught at University of Galway and held the Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University. Mary has served on the council of Poetry Ireland and the Committee of the Cúirt International Festival of Literature. She has conducted residencies in various locations and worked on poetry translation. With a specific interest in the sea and bogland, Mary has been actively involved in environmental education for two decades. She has organised province-wide school programmes and participated in international conferences on demilitarization of the ocean. Her work embodies a deep commitment to literature, education, and environmental sustainability.
Sponsored by: Suzanne and Kevin Cronin