Well known Longford historian and author, Jude Flynn, will deliver a lecture at the prestigious Glucksman Ireland House, New York University today Wednesday, March 23. Hosted jointly by Glucksman Ireland House and the County Longford Association of Greater New York, Jude’s lecture will be on ‘Fireside Tales: collecting and preserving local history in County Longford’.
The invitation was extended to Jude after a copy of his latest edition of Fireside Tales was circulated among the members of the Longford Association and staff of Glucksman Ireland House. The latter is the Centre for Irish and Irish-American Studies at NYU.
“It is an honour to be asked. I was really surprised, ” Jude told the Leader before he travelled to New York earlier this week.
As part of his talk, Jude will discuss the importance and challenge of local history. The work of discovering, interpreting and presenting this local history is carried out by Jude as a labour of love in his spare time.
Jude Flynn is the President of County Longford Historical Society and has over forty years of involvement in local history and the promotion of heritage in Longford.
He has published eight editions of Fireside Tales, which contain a wealth of stories and folklore collected since the early 1980s. Jude’s achievement is all the more remarkable because he has produced a new volume each year since the series began. He is currently working on his ninth book and it is expected to include interviews with Longfordians he meets during his visit to NYC.
Glucksman Ireland House already has a Longford connection. Its associate director is Professor Eileen Reilly, a native of Ballinalee, and a graduate of Maynooth and Oxford.