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Memoir of an Irish Economist – Working Class Manchester to Irish Academia. Labhras O Nuallain 1912 -2000

Labhras O Nuallain 1912 - 2000

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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Launch of Labhras O Nuallain Memoir

President Jim Browne, R Editor Niamh O Dochartaigh, Gearoid O Tuathaigh,, Prof. Alan Ahearne

President Jim Browne, Editor Niamh O Dochartaigh, Gearoid O Tuathaigh,, Prof. Alan Ahearne

SAM_5663A 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”