This evening offers the chance to hear the personal reminiscence of one of the key actors who secured the restoration of the Irish College before its inauguration as the Centre Culturel Irlandais in 2002.
Born in 1931 in county Tyrone, Monsignor Devlin was Professor of Modern Languages in Maynooth from 1958 to 1996. Appointed Rector of the Collège des Irlandais de Paris in 1984, from 1991 to 2000 he was secretary of the Fondation Irlandaise, the trust in which the Centre Culturel Irlandais is now vested. He is the author of novels, plays, and literary criticism, and translator of Rabelais, Montaigne, Pascal, La Fontaine, St. Exupéry, and Péguy. He has written an anthology of French lyric poetry, 1200-2000, and an anthology of Gaelic literature into French, 1500-2000. He is a Chevalier de l’ordre national du Mérite, and was awarded the Légion d’honneur in 2001 for his services to cultural relations between France and Ireland. The citation mentioned in particular his work for the restoration of the Irish College in Paris, his development of French studies at Maynooth, and his work as translator of several of the classics of French literature into Irish.