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A safe place for ships: The Second Annual Irish Maritime History Conference, Schedule

13 Oct 2015
A safe place for ships

See full schedule of the conference here

Friday (Day 1)

Session 1, 1:00 – 2:00 pm: Wars and rumours of War (G19, Kane Building)

Dr Jim O’Neill (UCC), Cromsters to cots: littoral and riverine warfare during the Nine Year War, 1593-1603.

Dr Paul Huddie (Univ of West London), Naval recruitment in Ireland during the Crimean War


Session 2, 2:15 – 3:45: Irish waters during the world wars (L1, Electrical Eng)

Jean Prendergast (independent scholar), Mystery men and mystery ships: Cork’s unknown sailors of the First World War

Sam Moore (Sligo IT), German strong man and spy: Ernst Weber-Drohl's U-boat landing in Killala Bay, Co. Sligo.

Guy Warner (independent scholar), Royal Navy Airships in Ireland, 1915-18




Session 3, 4:00 – 5:30: Sailors, merchants, historians and other rogues

Dr Ruth Canning (Marie Curie Fellow, Concordia Univ/UCC), Gun-runners or Government Men? Nicholas Weston and mercantile allegiance during Ireland’s Nine Years’ War, 1594-1603

Prof Fabio Troncarelli (Univ di Viterbo), Patrick Lampart, and Patriotic Piracy in the South Ireland Sea

Dr John Mulqueen (TCD), John de Courcy Ireland: communist, polemicist and maritime campaigner


Plenary lecture and wine tasting, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Dr Charles Ludington (Marie Curie Fellow, North Carolina St. Univ/UCC), Trade, tax, and taste: How Bordeaux and Port became world famous wines


Saturday, (Day 2)

Session 4, 9:30 – 10:30: Port management  (L1, Electrical Eng)

John King (independent scholar), The British & Irish Steam Packet Company and the flotation failure

Tom McCarthy (UCC), The Ports and Harbours Tribunal 1930-re-visited: The case of Cork Harbour Commissioners.



10:30-10:45, COFFEE BREAK



Session 5, 10:45 – 11:45: Pirates and wrecks


Juliana O’Donoghue (independent marine archaeologist), The recent discovery of a 17th century shipwreck in West Cork

Michael Noel Bugler (UCC), The British attack on the pirates of New Sallee, 1637


11:45 – 12:00, COFFEE BREAK


Plenary lecture, 12:00 – 1:00

Fionnbarr Moore, (Head Underwater Archaeology Unit, National Monuments Service)RMS Lusitania: it's historical and archaeological significance as a protected wreck site"


1:00 – 2:15, LUNCH BREAK


Afternoon Session Welcome: 2:15 – 2:30

Captain Michael McCarthy (Commerical Manager, Port of Cork)


Session 6, 2:30 – 3:30: Oceanic perspectives

Theo Dorgan:  Poetry Reading

Prof Claire Connolly (UCC), "Sea manners and sea views": Maria Edgeworth and the Irish sea


3:30 – 3:50 COFFEE BREAK


Session 7, 3:50 – 4:50 pm: Coastal communities

Dr John Cunningham (NUI Galway), The Mayor/Admiral of Galway’s Claddagh

Sajid Bin Doza (Univ de Evora), ‘Afloat beauty’: traditional fishing boats of the coastal islands of Bangladesh


Session 8, 5:00 – 6:00 pm: Coastal defence

Dr John Treacy (Mary Immaculate College),  ‘An abuse of the word plan’, Factors affecting Irish Naval defence planning in the Cold War

Jerome Davitt (TCD), The Royal Marines and Ireland, 1840-80


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