Living in My Century
Eda Sagarra interviewed by Éilis Ní Dhuibhne
Date: Saturday 19 November 2022
Time:18.00 – 19.00 IST/GMT
Tickets: €8 in advance, €10 on the door
Living in My Century
Eda Sagarra faoi agallamh ag Éilis Ní Dhuibhne
Ionad: Dingle Bookshop
Dáta: Dé Sathairn 19 Samhain 2022
Am: 18.00 – 19.00 IST/GMT
Costas: Beidh na ticéid ar díol ar €8 roimh ré agus €10 ag an doras
Professor Eda Sagarra has had an illustrious academic career. Currently emeritus Professor of German at Trinity College Dublin, she was also the first female Registrar in any university between Ireland and Great Britain from 1981 to 1986 and held the position of Professor of German from 1975 to 1998. Author of a number of key books on German history and literature, she has also written about Irish history in the form of a biography of her father, the Irish Volunteer Kevin O’Shiel, and her grandfather T.A. Smiddy.
Born in 1933 in Dublin to a Cork mother and Tyrone father, Eda O’Shiel went on to become the first female registrar in Trinity College Dublin where she was Professor of German from 1975 to 1998. After seeking a career in academia abroad, O’Sheil eventually married a Spanish colleague and returned to a changing Ireland determined to make her mark.
Living With My Century is both an examination on the changing roles of women in Irish society over the last 100 years as well as a memoir that recalls with vivid accuracy the many challenges faced by those women who first fought to find a place within a man’s world. As well as holding the changing face of feminism and gender equality up to the light, Living With My Century, also manages to tell the personal tale of a woman who after fighting all of her life faced her biggest challenge in 1997 when she retired.
Éilis Ní Dhuibhne
Éilis Ní Dhuibhne’s first collection of stories, Blood and Water, was published in 1988 and since then she has written 25 books, including novels, collections of short stories, several books for children, plays and non-fiction works. She writes in both Irish and English. She was elected to Aosdána, the academy of Irish writers and artists, in 2004. She is a current ambassador for the Irish Writers’ Centre, and President of the Folklore of Ireland Society (An Cumann le Béaloideas Éireann).