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Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland, Seventh Annual Conference

12 Nov 2014
Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland

Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland


Seventh Annual Conference

‘Home thoughts from abroad: History, the Press and Diaspora’


Friday 21 & Saturday 22 November 2014

University College Cork, Ireland



09:45   Welcome: Dr Mark O’Brien, Chair, NPHFI

            Prof David Ryan, Head School of History UCC

            Mr Tom Crosbie, Irish Examiner



10:10 – 11:40   Session 1 Rambles in Argentine pampas & Irish plains [O. O’Hanlon]

Colum Kenny, Señor William Bulfin, “Director del diario Irlandés” and chronicler of his days.

Tom Harris, The Life of William Bulfin 1863–1910 - Journalist/Editor – Argentina.

Giulia Bruna, Travelling Home: Journalism, Diaspora and Travel Writing during the Revival.


11:40 – 12:00                          Coffee  


12:00 – 13:30     Session 2        Ireland in the British press [F. Larkin]

Úna Ní Bhroiméil, John Redmond as Yankee Doodle Dandy – Cartoon representations of America’s role in the Irish question in the British press, 1910.

Anthony McNicholas, Peripatetic quidnuncs: C19 Irish journalists in London and beyond.

Joan Allen, Charles Diamond, the Catholic Herald and the Defence of the Realm Act, 1914–1918.

13:30 – 14:30                          Lunch

14:30 – 15:30        Session 3        Irish diaspora press in Australia [R. Burke]

Stephanie James, A Portrait of Key Irish-Australian Newspapers – Melbourne’s Advocate and Adelaide’s Southern Cross.

Kevin Molloy, Journalist Michael D’Arcy, Irish Politics, and the origins of the Irish-Australian Newspaper Press, 1841–1856.

15:45 – 17:00    Keynote Address: Donal McCracken, Dean of Research, College of Humanities, University of KwaZulu-Natal [J. Breen]

“Mud in the streets and mud in the press”: Irish edited newspapers in South Africa.

17:30   Book Launch – Periodicals and Journalism in Twentieth-Century Ireland. Professor Tom Dunne, UCC. Location TBC.


19:30 – Late      Dinner (optional: cost is €30).



10:00 – 12:00       Session 4  Looking back: Irish American diaspora press   [M. Foley]

Debra Van Tuyll, Home Thoughts from Abroad: Thomas Francis Meagher and the Irish News.

Patrick Maume, The Abolitionist and the Land League: James Redpath’s journey from observer to participant in the Land War.

Ian Kenneally, The Pilot: a case-study of an Irish-American newspaper.

Michael Doorley, The Gaelic American and the shaping of Irish-American opinion, 1903–1914.


12:00 – 13:00      Lunch            


13:00 – 14:30     Session 5        Transnational journalism and digitization: Irish language sources                   [A. Whelan]        


Máirín Nic Eoin,  Journalism or Community Directory?: Re-assessing An Gaodhal (1881–1898) as a source for the history of the Irish language in America.

Deirdre Ní Chonghaile, Merging media, music, and memory: Rev. Daniel J. Murphy and An Gaodhal/The Gael (1881-1904).


Regina Uí Chollatáin,   ‘Thall is Abhus’ 1860-1930: The Journalistic Web between Ireland and North America.


14:30 – 15:30          Session 6        Roundtable discussion on transnational journalism project

       Participants: Mark O’Brien, Kevin Rafter, Debra Van Tuyll,



15:30 – 16:00               AGM

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