Sir Desmond Cochrane 1918-1979
The Arab World was greatly saddened by the sudden and unexpected death on the 12 March 1979 of Sir Desmond Cochrane,late Honourary Consul of the Republic of Ireland in Lebanon.Sir Desmond gave generous moral and material support to a wide variety of projects:He sponsored exhibitions on Yeats,Synge and Joyce;ecouraged translations of Irish literature into Arabic; and was the main driving force behind the publication of the two first studies in Arabic on Yeats and Synge, and of several guides and handbooks on Ireland and her literary achievement.
As a Diplomat he rendered invaluable service in strengthening Lebanese-Irish and Arab Irish relations,and it is mainly owing to his efforts that Ireland today enjoy so much goodwill and respect in the Arab World.
In honour of this distinguished Irish Diplomat and patron of the arts, and in recognition of all that he has done for Ireland and Irish letters Dr Suheil Bushrui has dedicated his book ‘’James Joyce An International perspective’’. to his memory.