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”

One Comment

  1. Professor P.J. Drudy
    Posted March 28, 2016 at 8:03 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I had the great privilege to attend Labras’s lectures in the early 1960s. At that time he had responsibility for subjects ranging from Accountancy to Economic History to the Economics of Less Developed Countries. Such breadth would be unthinkable now but Labhras was in full command of these and much more. Apart from being a fine scholar, Lecturer and Professor, he made an enormous contribution to the University and to the wider community. Warmest congratulations to Niamh for editing this book on a scholar and a gentleman.

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