Sunday October 30, 2022 at 12pm noon PST via Zoom.
The ILHS is very pleased to present Cormac O’Malley, who will speak on his work on the life of his father ‘Ernie O’Malley: Irish Rebel and Traveler in the Southwest, 1929-1932, and the Rest of His Life’. This talk will give an explanation of his father’s role in the revolutionary period for 1916-1924 but will focus on his father’s travels and friendships in California, New Mexico, Mexico and New York. This talk will take place on Zoom on Sunday October 30, 2022 at 12pm noon PST (see Zoom information below).
Ernie O”Malley (26 May 1897 – 25 March 1957) was an IRA officer during the Irish War of Independence. Subsequently, he became assistant chief of staff of the Anti-Treaty IRA during the Irish Civil War. O’Malley was an active revolutionary who displayed courage in battle and was wounded a number of times. He wrote two memoirs, On Another Man’s Wound and The Singing Flame, and two histories, Raids and Rallies and Rising Out: Seán Connolly of Longford, 1890–1921. The memoirs cover his early life, the War of Independence and the Civil War period. Although he was elected to Dáil Éireann in 1923 while in prison, O’Malley largely eschewed politics, seeing himself primarily as a soldier who had “fought and killed the enemies of our nation”.
Ernie O’Malley’s son Cormac O’Malley was born in Ireland of Connecticut-born artist Helen Hooker. Cormac came to the USA at age 14 to live with his mother after his father died in 1957.
Cormac was educated in Ireland, England with an American high school and Harvard College. After the US Navy, he finished Columbia Law School and worked for forty years in international legal practice, corporate law and consulting while living in Mexico, Brussels, London and New York.
Cormac has been interested in Irish history since his college days and in New York was active in Irish American cultural activities, including Glucksman Ireland House, the Centre for Irish and Irish American Studies at New York University and the Irish American Cultural Center of New Jersey.
Over the last 30 years Cormac has helped preserve his father’s literary and historical image by republishing his earlier works including the well-known books and newly discovered manuscripts. He has co-edited two volumes of letters from 1922-1957 and a multi volume series of his father’s interviews with military comrades, in The Men Will Talk to Me: Kerry, Galway, Mayo, West Cork, Clare and the Northern Divisions. He edited Modern Ireland and Revolution, Ernie O’Malley in Context and Nobody’s Business: Aran Diaries of Ernie O’Malley. In 2016 he co-edited Western Ways: Mayo through the Eyes of Helen Hooker and Ernie O’Malley, a book of photographs of Mayo in the 1930s and in 2019 helped put on a joint exhibit of his mother’s photographs in the National Library of Ireland and the Museum of Photography Ireland and published A Modern Eye: Helen Hooker O’Malley’s Ireland. In 2020 he produced a documentary film on his parents’ artistic journey in Ireland, A Call to Arts which is now on CPTV and RTE.
Cormac’s lecture on “Ernie O’Malley: Irish Rebel and Traveler in the Southwest, 1929-1932, and the Rest of His Life’ will give an explanation of his father’s role in the revolutionary period for 1916-1924 but will focus on his father’s travels and friendships in California, New Mexico, Mexico and New York showing how he floated in the intellectual, literary and artistic circles. Cormac will conclude with his father’s contribution back in Ireland after 1935 in the areas of art criticism, art collecting, military history, literary roles as author and editor of The Bell, as well as his film friendship with John Ford and his state funeral when he died at only 59 in 1957.
This talk will take place on Zoom on Sunday October 30, 2022 at 12pm noon PST.
Please see Zoom information below:
Meeting ID: 812 9202 5251