Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin Professor in Italian
Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin, born in 1950, was educated in Cork, Dublin, Cambridge and Florence. He retires from Trinity College Dublin in September 2016, after more than 30 years' service in the Department of Italian, including 13 as Head of Department. Other employments in his distant youth included five years in publishing and brief stints as an orchestral musician. A founder member of the Irish Translators' and Interpreters' Association, and a former chairman of the Irish Writers' Centre, he has been active at various times as a translator and as a crime novelist, with two books published by Penguin under the pseudonym Cormac Millar. He has been a branch chairman, Council member and Trustee of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, which he regards the principal force for the advancement of higher education in Ireland. His main areas of research are Boccaccio, translation, Dante, and creative writing (especially fiction). He has worked on several edited collections of research, including Italian Storytellers, co-edited with Eric Haywood (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1989); Dante and the Middle Ages: Literary and Historical Essays, co-edited with John Barnes (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1995); The Languages of Ireland, co-edited with Michael Cronin (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2003); Patterns in Dante: Nine Literary Essays, co-edited with Jennifer Petrie (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005); Translation and Censorship, co-edited with Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and David Parris (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2009); and Translation Right or Wrong, co-edited with Susana Bayó Belenguer and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2013). One of his larger projects was a new English version of Boccaccio's Decameron, based on John Payne's 1886 translation (Ware: Wordsworth Editions, 2004). Recently, he contributed an essay on "Translating Boccaccio" to the Cambridge Companion to Boccaccio (2015). He has greatly enjoyed teaching and interacting with generations of Trinity students and academic colleagues, and plans to keep up his contact with College after retiring.