Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

The World of Richard Boyle, Earl of Cork (1566-1643)

An international conference on Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork. A seventeenth-century English colonial entrepreneur, he amassed a vast fortune from Irish land speculation and industry, enriching some, impovershing others.

Seventeenth-century landowner, developer, industrialist ... crook?

The long and colourful career of Richard Boyle, Earl of Cork, has cast a long shadow over understanding of the evolution of Irish society during the Age of Plantations. Long credited with being one of the major political figures of his time, he was much more besides, and his activities as a land-grabber, developer and entrepreneur left an enduring physical legacy which can still be glimpsed today in the landscape of Munster.

In a conference at University College Cork on 21-22 June next, a distinguished international panel of speakers will attempt to lift the lid on neglected and ‘hidden’ aspects of his controversial career. The conference will question his commitment to English Protestant colonisation, his role in the military repression that secured the Munster Plantation, and his development of the provincial economy and landscape following his acquisition of Walter Raleigh’s vast estate in 1602. Attention will also be given to his overlooked role as a patron of art, architecture, music and drama, and to his influence over the English and Gaelic worlds of his tenants, neighbours and adversaries.

The conference is part of a collaborative research project funded by the Irish Research Council, Colonial Landscapes of Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork, c.1602-1643 (Dr David Edwards Principal Investigator).

Category: Conferences: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 9.30 - 4.30
Location: Boole 2, University College Cork
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € 20
Contact: Dr David Edwards and Dr Colin Rynne

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