The next Eugene O'Neill Society International Conference in 2017 will be in
The 2017 O’Neill conference will be held July 19-22, 2017 at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), and hosted by Dr. Patrick Lonergan, Head of Drama at NUIG. Since NUIG maintains the Abbey Theatre’s archives, he is planning an exhibit of Abbey O’Neill productions. He is also planning to entice the internationally acclaimed Druid Theatre, based in Galway, to stage an O’Neill play during the conference week. The Theatre has a history of O’Neill productions.
The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, has confirmed that he will attend our conference. As an O’Neill enthusiast, the President will deliver a lecture on O’Neill and the Irish tradition. He was an academic before turning to politics, and his literary knowledge is astounding. His lecture will be extremely memorable.
The Galway area offers literary day trips to Lady Augusta Gregory’s Coole Park estate, and to nearby Thoor Ballylee Castle, once owned by W. B. Yeats. Yeats and Gregory were founders and directors of the Abbey Theatre, with Yeats admiring O’Neill’s work. Coole Park still features Gregory’s Copper Beech autograph tree, which was signed by many Irish writers and artists during the 1900-1930 period. If O’Neill had visited Ireland during 1920s, he would have been required to carve his initials in the tree.
Galway will also host its annual Arts Festival during the conference week, which will offer numerous cultural events.
More information will be made available soon. The Society's conference chair is Nelson Ritschel.