Dr Ó Donghaile at the Foyle Pride Festival

Dr Deaglán Ó Donghaile addressed a large audience in Derry this summer on the subject of “Oscar Wilde and Irish Republicanism” as part of the Foyle Pride Festival, which this year marked its 25th anniversary.

The talk, which took place on August 22nd, focussed on Wilde’s public expressions of sympathy for Irish republicanism, and the ways in which his anti-colonial beliefs influenced his literary writings. The event was followed by a very lively questions and answers session and was part of a week of events that included film screenings, public discussions on LGBTQ+ culture and rights, and a talk by Peter Tatchell.

The Festival culminated in thousands of people taking part in a march through Derry.