This issue of the journal is given over to a collection of articles submitted by the various authors as a tribute to Cormac Gallagher on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday. This is the fourteenth issue since the inaugural conference of the European Foundation for Psychoanalysis which was held in Dublin, the left-overs of which were to constitute the ingredients of the Irish Stew we are still consuming as our basic diet in THE LETTER. It will soon become apparent to the reader that the theme of hat conference, The Unconscious and Language(s), finds itself echoed in the format of this birthday present, – literally.
Admittedly, this is a strange sort of a gift since one is not usually obliged to share one’s birthday treats with all and sundry. However, since the man himself has set the trend by graciously sharing his many gifts with whoever showed an interest in psychoanalysis, we can excuse ourselves by saying he has only himself to blame. Perhaps amends can be made if, in addition, we send him something special for himself, something from the heart of psychoanalysis, – a wish!
Long life and happiness!