- C.V. A life well-lived
- Early Life
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It was a happy experience for me to be able to visit Manchester, the birthplace of my father, where he lived for 21 years before migrating to Ireland in late 1933. We had a book launch there at the end of the Manchester Irish Festival, and in St Kentigerns Irish Social Club, I delivered a presentation on his life and times before a fine group of enthusiastic Irish language students.
Club Manager Kevin Fitzpatrick had everything laid on to welcome us and Dr Liam Harte, a NUI Galway graduate and a Senior History Lecturer in the University of Manchester, had come along to launch the book.
I owe thanks also to Tony Hennigan of the Mayo Manchester Website for making the visit possible and who took the top pic.
A visit to the palatial Manchester Public Library was a highlight too. Knock to Manchester is now a fast and efficient flight.
At the inaugural Distinguished Lectures series of the new Institute for Lifecourse and Society at NUI Galway, 0n 30 November 2015, President Michael D. Higgins gave the Address. During his speech he spoke warmly of the late Labhrás Ó Nualláin, former Professor of Economics, whom he had known and worked with as a student in Galway in the 1960s and ’70s. The President praised his work on the Social and Economic problems of the West of Ireland and his efforts to tackle the massive emigration of the times, which led to the formation of the Social Sciences Research Unit, a precursor for the new ILAS on the NUIG Campus. NUI Galway President Jim Browne, also referred to Labhras’s autobiography and gave a short resumé of his life and of his time in Galway. U t Institute for Lifecourse and Society.
The annual Labhrás Ó Nualláin Prize was presented at the February Awards Day in February ’16 at NUI Galway. This Award was set up after his death by the son and daughter of Labhras, in memory of their late father and his work at the University as a former Professor of Economics. The prize is awarded to the best Essay on Development Economics by a NUIG student.
The winner this year was Gordon Coffey from Carlow, a top Bachelor of Commerce student at the Cairnes School of Business and Economics who is currently working for an MA Degree. This eminently worthy recipient, who is totally committed to his studies, entered NUIG as a mature student and he also took the Aramark prize for Honours Bachelor of Economics. at the same ceremony.
Gordon was then presented with the recently published autobiography of Labhrás Ó Nualláin, by his daughter Niamh O Dochartaigh. The autobiography, the story of his life and times in in Manchester of the 1920s and ’30s, and later in Dublin and Galway, where he died in 2000, recalls with humour an eventful and action filled life It is called ‘ Memoir of an Irish Economist – Working Class Manchester to Irish Academia ‘
Memoir of an Irish Economist – Working Class Manchester to Irish Academia. Labhras O Nuallain 1912 -2000
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Labhrás Ó Nualláin was a lecturer and subsequently Professor of Economics at University College Galway Prior to his academic career he had been politically active in Clann na Poblachta in the early years from 1947 – ’56. Born and brought up in Manchester by Irish parents, he was active in Irish language, cultural and sporting circles there and at the age of 21 he moved to Ireland. The book contains a kelaidescope view of many varied memories of sporting, social, political and academic happenings in Ireland and England spanning over 70 years of the twentieth century. ‘Memoir of an Irish Economist – Working Class Manchester to Irish Academia’. Book available in Galway at Charlie Byrnes, University Bookshop, Kennys, Easons. In Dublin at Easons, Stephens Green Centre, UCD Bookshop, Belfield. 15 Euro. Online http://www.kennys.ie/memoir-of-an-irish-economist.html
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A successful and most enjoyable book Launch was held at NUI Galway on 23 November ’15. University President Jim Browne opened proceedings by referring to the importance of this publication, as so few memoirs of this type exist, detailing the interior life of an Academic Institution. He spoke of the value of a Lecturer who gave so much to his community throughout his career and instigated so many progressive and worthwhile moves within academia itself. Historian and Emeritus Professor Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh spoke warmly of the man he knew and admired and quoted extracts from the work. Professor of Economics Alan Ahearne, who chaired proceedings, spoke of the great strides made within the NUIG Economics School and stressed that he and his colleagues stand on the shoulders of his forebears in this respect.
COMMENTS; Dominic Burke “Obviously an extremely intelligent and determined man, he also had empathy for his times, an awareness of the social and political, and a keen observance of nature, of people and the contrast twixt Manchester and rural Ireland . His recollections ” resonate” – I grew up in the forties! I am and will continue to savour the book – thank you.”
Connacht Tribune – Peadar O’ Dowd “Memoirs are a dime a dozen in this varied world of modern print and die a death of indifference on a lonely bookshelf – not this one. How a young ‘townie’ from Manchester fell ‘I ngrá’ with Ireland and all things Irish……this outstanding work…. Intriguing Memoir of a self-made Academic”
Galway Advertiser – Ronnie O’Gorman “He enjoyed his life here, later becoming a very popular and inspirational Professor of Economics…. Labhrás died in 2000 but fortunately left an extended diary of his life and thoughts, often with flashes of great humour”
President Michael D Higgins graciously accepted ‘Memoir of an Irish Economist’, at Aras an Uachtaráin on 5 November ’15. The President reminisced about the ‘old days’ in College and added some witty tales of his own. He had been a former student and later a young colleague of Labhrás in earlier UCG days where they held many views and opinions in common. The Phoenix Park trees blazed magnificently in their autumn colours and the visit to the Arus was an exceptional pleasure for Niamh.