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The Embrace of Love: Being Gay in Ireland Now

As Ireland geared up to vote on the marriage equality referendum on May 22nd, multi-award-winning Irish author Colm Tóibín gave a public lecture on same-sex relationships in literature on May 14th 2015 in the Edmund Burke theatre, Trinity College Dublin. The lecture was followed by a panel discussion with Dr Paul Delaney (TCD), Dr Heather Ingman (TCD) and Prof Danielle Clarke (UCD), chaired by Prof Nicholas Grene (TCD).  

The event was organised by Dr Brendan O’Connell and Dr Pádraic Whyte from the School of English as part of the Trinity Long Room Hub’s ‘Behind the Headlines’ discussion series and supported by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

The public lecture and panel discussion coincided with a visual display on the subject of same-sex relationships in literature. From Chaucer to Children’s Literature, the slideshow illustrates the manner in which some staff members at the School of English engage with the topic in their teaching and research and can be seen on the screen in the arts building tunnel at the Nassau Street entrance of College and below.

The Trinity Long Room Hub’s ‘Behind the Headlines’ discussion series offers background analyses to current issues by experts drawing on the long-term perspectives of Arts & Humanities research. It aims to provide a forum that deepens understanding, combats simplification and polarization and thus creates space for informed and respectful public discourse.

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