James Mallory is Professor Emeritus of Prehistoric Archaeology at Queen’s University Belfast. Earlier this year he published The Origins of the Irish which has received uniformly excellent reviews. He utilises evidence from a wide range of areas in presenting his arguments including archaeology, geology, linguistics and genetics.
In his presentation to the society, Professor Mallory will take a closer look at some of the book’s contents to elucidate and better illustrate some of the ideas expressed in it. Special attention will be devoted to when a language ancestral to Irish was brought to Ireland and how it may have spread.