Pictou Academy grad appointed Seamus Heaney Professor

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Chris Morash takes professorship named in honour of Irish poet, Nobel Laureate

Professor Chris Morash has been appointed as the Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing at Trinity College Dublin. The Professorship is named in honour of one of Ireland’s greatest poets and Nobel Laureate who had a long-standing relationship with Trinity. Professor Morash’s appointment was announced at a special event in the Long Room in Trinity College on Monday, Jan. 20.

Pictou Academy grad Professor Chris Morash was appointed Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing at Trinity College in Dublin on Jan. 20.

Morash, a Pictou Academy grad, was formerly Professor of English at NUI Maynooth where he also set up the Centre for Media Studies.  He has published widely on Irish writing.

“The profound transformations of culture that have taken place globally over the past couple of decades make it imperative that we find new ways to understand and to assert the value of Irish literature,” said Professor Morash.  “The creation of this post is an assertion of that value.  I look forward to contributing to the challenge of giving it substance.”

Associate Professor Eve Patten, Head of Trinity’s School of English, warmly welcomed Professor Morash to his new post.

“This is a poignant occasion but a happy one too. The School has always played a leading role in the development of Irish literary studies, and the appointment of the Seamus Heaney Professor will consolidate our commitment to Irish writing and literary life as a whole. We are delighted to have Chris join us – he is a scholar of outstanding international reputation and a tremendous addition to Trinity College.”

On the occasion of the announcement of his appointment, Professor Morash also launched his new book, Mapping Irish Theatre: Theories of Space and Place, which he co-authored with Shaun Richards and is published by Cambridge University Press.  

Organizations: Trinity College, Pictou Academy, Media Studies School of English Mapping Irish Theatre Cambridge University Press

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