The Medieval Irish immram
and the West of Ireland”
by An tOllamh Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha.

The west of Ireland, and the Galway coastal region in particular, may stake a special claim to the medieval Irish Voyage Tale or immram (Modern Irish iomramh).  Typically, the seafarers in these Voyage Tales set out on their perilous journeys on the great ocean from somewhere in the west such as Inis Mór or Kinvara, having taken counsel from a holy man such as Éinne of Aran. They see marvels and have many uncanny experiences on their journeys, and some of them never return home.  For whom, and by whom, were these Voyage Tales written?  how did the reality of seafaring in the west of Ireland intersect with these narratives?  what is their modern legacy?  These and other questions were addressed in a lecture by Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha, professor of Old and Middle Irish at NUI, Galway.