- 23 Aug 2016
Dr Jason Harris from the School of History was recently interviewed on Newstalk Radio about Spoken Latin. New summer school available in Cork, June 2017.
Dr Hiram Morgan and Dr James O'Neill recently organised a conference at the British School in Rome to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Hugh O'Neill (1550-1616). Vatican Radio interviewed Dr Morgan in relation to the event.
Professor Geoffrey Roberts has been elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy.
UCC Staff Drama Society (UCC Players) are delighted to announce ‘Women Insurgents of 1916: Their Stories’, directed by Finola Doyle O’Neill of the School of History.
Date: April 22rd and 23th
Venue: Cork Women’s Gaol, Sundays Well.
Fee : €5. Tickets can be purchased at the Student Centre Main Desk in the O’Rahilly Building or at the Western Gateway Building Reception.
Dr Caoimhe Nic Dhaibheid
University of Sheffield
University College Cork, Friday 29th and Saturday 30th January 2016
Seminar Room, ‘Tyrconnell’, School of History
(‘Tyrconnell’ is on Perrott Ave, the road that leads from College Road to Hayfield Manor hotel - the first house on the right)
Time: 4 pm
Date: Thursday 14 January 2016
Applications are invited for the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme 2016
Dublin, 6-7th July 2016
Venue: The National Library of Ireland
The relationship between Ireland and the rest of the British Isles has a long and complex history. One key dimension has been the connections and interactions between the various media of communication – print and electronic – which have mediated this relationship. This conference seeks to address this important, but relatively neglected, topic at a timely moment in the history of Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales drawing on the work of historians with specialisms that span the period from the late 17th to the 20th century.
A talk by James G. R. Cronin (School of History, UCC) as part of international events marking the centenary of Thomas Merton (1915-68)
Sunday, 13 December in the Quaker Meeting House in Summerhill South, 12.30pm.
It is no exaggeration to call Gay Byrne a colossus of the Irish broadcasting scene. Throughout the latter half of the twentieth century, as host of both the Late Late Show and the Gay Byrne Show, he played a seminal role in the shift in Irish society and culture from the Church-dominated fearful state of the early 1960s to the modern multicultural Ireland we live in today.
The Library and the School of History are pleased to announce that they will be hosting the Cork launch of the ‘Letters of 1916’ project on Thursday 26 November, details of the schedule for which can be found below. The event is open to all members of the UCC community and the public who may wish to attend the proceedings.
UCC History’s Diarmuid Scully recently delivered presentations on medieval maps in Cork and London. He spoke about images of Ireland and the Irish on medieval English maps and manuscripts at the Friends of the Crawford Art Gallery’s autumn lunchtime lecture series (6th November).
At the annual opening of the UN General Assembly Russia's President Vladimir Putin made it abundantly clear the West's business-as-usual approach to solving the world problems is outdated and counterproductive. This approach manufactures problems like the crisis in Syria. Follow RT's CrossTalking with Dmitry Babich, Edward Lozansky, and Geoffrey Roberts.
See full schedule of the conference here
Refugee – more knowledge and less fear. Conversations on the current refugee crisis.
Thursday 15 October 2015
4-6pm, Boole 2
Open to all
‘A Safe Place for Ships’:
The Second Annual Irish Maritime History Conference `
University College Cork
Friday, 16 October – Saturday, 17 October
The IRC-funded Monastic Ireland Project on which Dr Małgorzata Krasnodębska-D’Aughton is one of investigators, features in the latest volume of Archaeology Ireland.
Proposals for papers of up to 20 minutes duration are invited for the fourth conference in the series ‘Cork studies in the Irish revolution’, on the subject of the role of art and artists in connection with the 1916 Easter Rising, which is to be held in University College Cork in Ireland, on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 January, 2016.
UCC medievalist Diarmuid Scully gave a keynote lecture at Medieval Myths and British Identities: Past, Present and Future, an interdisciplinary postgraduate conference held at Cardiff University on 18th September 2015.
The Monastic Ireland Project and the Discovery Programme carried out a survey of the Franciscan friary and castle of Kilcrea, Co. Cork.
Pictured: Dr Anne-Julie Lafaye, Dr Małgorzata D’Aughton, both work on the IRC-funded Monastic Ireland Project pictured together with Dr Ger Dowling, Discovery Programme.
The State funeral of Thomas Kent, took place in his home village in Cork on Friday, 18th September 2015. He one of 16 men executed following the 1916 Rising. UCC historians Gabriel Doherty and John Borgonovo contributed historical commentaries to the RTE broadcast, watch full playback online here.
Thomas Kent was one of the men executed in 1916 following the Easter Rising, and one of only two executed outside Dublin (the other was Roger Casement). Kent’s remains will be taken tomorrow (Friday) from Cork Prison and buried in Castlelyons at a State Funeral after the general public have paid their respects in Collins Barracks this evening.
On 9 September, the School of History, UCC held a symposium on Applied History that involved the speakers with experience in the areas of heritage, education, career guidance, outreach, business and diplomacy. In a rapidly changing world of employment where traditional career pathways for history graduates are becoming increasingly more difficult, history educators are faced with challenges of providing knowledge while equipping the students with important transferable skills.
Cork County Library Local Studies Department is hosting a talk by Gabriel Doherty of UCC; “1916 and Beyond” on Thursday 1st Oct at 1.30pm at the County Library Headquarters, Carrigrohane Road.
The talk will be the first in a series of activities being organised by Cork County Library to mark the 1916 commemorations. Gabriel Doherty, of UCC’s School of History, is also on the Expert Advisory Group on Commemoration to mark the Decades of Centenaries.
First Year students packed Boole 3 for their Introduction to History session.
Applied History Symposium: Skills and Professional Opportunities for History Graduates
9 September 2015, Council Room, North Wing, University College Cork
The voyage of St Brendan in search of the Promised Land of the Saints, and Friar Simon Fitzsimon’s journey from Ireland to the Holy Land in 1323 represent UCC History staff’s contribution to the recently published Treasures of Irish Christianity Volume III: To the Ends of the Earth (Veritas: Dublin, 2015), edited by Salvador Ryan.
Apocalypse, monsters, time, space and the greatest surviving medieval world-map were among the topics of an intensive workshop at the School of History, UCC on Wednesday 4th August.
Dr Asa Mittman, Art and Art History Department, California State University, Chico and Dr Diarmuid Scully, School of History, UCC
Wednesday 5th August, 2015
Seminar Room, Tyrconnel Building, School of History, UCC
A recent publication from Four Courts Press titled The art, literature and material culture of the medieval world coedited by Meg Boulton, Jane Hawkes & Melissa Herman includes amongst its contributors two UCC medievalists, Dr Małgorzata Krasnodebska-D’Aughton and Dr Diarmuid Scully.
Prof Geoffrey Roberts marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War on the anniversaries of Victory in Europe (VE) Day on 8 May 1945 and the end of Russia's Great Patriotic War on 9 May 1945.
Prof Geoffrey Roberts is critical of the western boycott of the 70th anniversary Victory Parade in Moscow. Read his letter in the Financial Times (06 May 2015)
The Soviets were crucial to the Allied victory in WW2, but 70 years on there is a rift again, says Prof Geoffrey Roberts
Georgy Zhukov was a great general and one of the USSR’s great military survivors – both of the Great Patriotic War and Josef Stalin’s subsequent mad purges of the Soviet army.
Dr John Borgonovo, of the School of History, University College Cork, will give a talk on the Battle for Douglas-Rochestown, which was a key engagement in the Irish Civil War, in the Parish Assembly Room, St Columba’s church, Douglas, at 8pm on Thursday April 23rd.
Professor Gregory Hanlon
(University Research Professor, Dalhousie University)
"Military History at A Crossroads: the Behavioural Turn"
ORB 1. 24 Monday March 16 at 14. 30
Professor Geoffrey Roberts of UCC's School of History shared the platform with Sergey Naryshkin, the Chairman of the Russian State Duma, at a conference in Moscow last week on the 70th anniversary of the Yalta summit of Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt. Professor Roberts spoke on "The Yalta Myths: Western Views on the Crimean Conference".
Dr Wiktor Szymborski from the Institute of History, Jagiellonian University, Cracow will deliver four seminars dealing with indulgences in medieval Poland. Seminars will take between 9 and 13 March 2015. Dr Szymborki’s visit is supported by the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Programme and the School of History, UCC.
Seventy years ago the ‘Big Three’ – Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin – met at Yalta on the Crimean Peninsula. Their mission was to map out a peace plan after the final destruction of Nazi Germany. Since then the word Yalta has taken on a variety of historical meanings. Prof Geoffrey Roberts stresses that the Yalta Conference took place on Soviet soil to symbolize the crucial role Russia played during the Second World War. In Russia the memory of Yalta is positively remembered, but its memory in the West is clouded by the Ukrainian crisis.
The Intersections: Culture and Creativity Project supported by the CACSSS Creative Practice Support Fund runs a series of workshops that aim to develop an original performance piece based on an Irish medieval travel text. The performance will be staged in conjunction with the Cork Midsummer Festival 2015 and directed by Chrissie Poulter. The project jointly coordinated by Dr Małgorzata Krasnodębska-D’Aughton, UCC School of History and Dr Bernadette Cronin, UCC Drama and Theatre Studies brings together Irish and international creative artists and researchers.
“Stalin's Wars” by Prof Geoffrey Roberts is subject to censorship by the Sorbonne. The international scholarly community urges all who say, "Je Suis Charlie Hebdo", "Je Suis Geoffrey Roberts, "Stalin's Wars: From World War to Cold War, 1939-1953." Read the story.
Dr Michael Dwyer's research features in today's Irish Examiner. Michael discovered a 1945 report in the Irish Medical Journal documenting three separate diphtheria outbreaks among infants in one of the country’s mother and baby homes that had 100% mortality rates.
Two lectures on monasticism in March and a workshop in April, Trinity College Dublin
NUI Awards and Scholarships 2015
The National University of Ireland is pleased to offer a range of awards for competition in 2015 to NUI graduates and students of the NUI constituent universities (UCD, UCC, Maynooth University and NUI Galway) and recognised colleges in the NUI federal system.
You are cordially invited to the School of History’s next Research Seminar presentation on Monday 2nd February.
Professor Claire Connolly will deliver a paper: ‘War at a Distance in Irish Romanticism? Gerald Griffin's "Card-Drawing" (1827)’. The paper will deal with aspects of the national tale in the context of the Napoleonic wars.
Monastic Ireland research seminar.
Dr Anne-Julie Lafaye, ‘History, landscape and archaeology of the Dominicans in the boroughs and cities of Leinster’.
Wednesday, 28 January 2015, O’Rahilly Building, Room 244, 5pm.
Dr Anne-Julie Lafaye is a Research Fellow with the IRC funded project ‘Mona
This timely study explores the dilemmas of US intervention within the broad context of the history of foreign policy in America and with a specific focus on the Obama administration. Framed by three dominant US narratives centred on the desire to feel good, safe, and strong, Prof David Ryan and Dr David Fitzgerald analyse the tactical use of language and 'lessons' of history and how these have shaped Washington's decisions, discourses, policies and interventions in particular ways.
The Intersections: Culture and Creativity Project supported by the College of ACSSS Creative Practice Support Fund will run a series of workshops that aim to develop an original performance piece based on an Irish medieval travel text. The project jointly coordinated by Dr Małgorzata Krasnodębska-D’Aughton, UCC School of History and Dr Bernadette Cronin, UCC Drama and Theatre Studies brings together Irish and international creative artists and researchers.
Professor Christophe Gillissen will deliver a paper: ‘France and the Irish application to the EEC: comments on the 1962 meeting between de Gaulle and Lemass’. The paper will examine the evidence for this important meeting, and consider its implications. The seminar will be held in the Seminar Room, Tyrconnell, at 12noon, on Monday 12th January. Tyronnell is located on Perrot Avenue, leading to Hayfield Manor.
The project will examine the arguments and activities of an influential group of medical practitioners who advocated public health measures strongly shaped by evolutionary theory in the period 1880-1925. Attention will be given to medical professionals such as William Graham (1859-1917), James Alexander Lindsay (1856-1931) and Johnson Symington (1851-1924) and public health activists like Henry O’Neill (1853-1914). Their promotion of evolutionary medicine will be set within specific spaces of medical inquiry and practice and traced across more diffuse scientific, political and print/periodical debates about public health and evolution. There is scope to revise these parameters and explore other spaces crucial to the pursuit of evolutionary medicine in Britain and Ireland between 1880 and 1940.
Dr Diarmuid Scully explored one of the National Library’s most important medieval manuscripts at a research seminar in Trinity College Dublin.
Ukraine is wedged in the middle. The political establishment in Kiev has made it clear it wants membership in some of the West’s most elite clubs, like NATO and the EU - clearly a turn away from Russia. But the question is: does the West really care? CrossTalking with Geoffrey Roberts, Mark Sleboda and Jonathan Steele.
The Monastic Ireland project is led by Dr Rachel Moss (PI, TCD), Dr Edel Bhreathnach (Discovery Programme), and Dr Malgorzata Krasnodebska-D’Aughton (UCC). The project investigates the role of the religious orders in the establishment and development of urban and rural settlement across Ireland, placing the Irish studies in a broader European context.
Irish Research Council (IRC) Postgraduate Scholarship Competition 2015 Now Open
Territorial, political and economic divisions
New in Paperback
Research undertaken by School of History historian Michael Dwyer has revealed that further previously unknown vaccine trials were undertaken in Irish children’s residential institutions in the 1960s. Dwyer’s research findings feature prominently in the Irish Examiner and call on the government to re-open an inquiry into this particularly dark chapter of Irish history.
‘A safe place for ships’: Cork, Ireland, Europe and the Sea
Maritime History Conference
Friday, 28 November–Saturday, 29 November Main UCC Campus:
Electrical Engineering BLDG, L‐1, University College Cork
Dr Donal O’Drisceoil will deliver a paper: ‘Sledgehammers, blue pencils and the rough first draft: media control during Ireland’s revolutionary decade’. The seminar will be held in the Seminar Room, Tyrconnell, at 12noon, on Monday 24th November.
A new edited volume on the life of the famous Cork priest, author and social activist Canon P.A. Sheehan, whose name is indelibly associated with Doneraile in county Cork, will be launched at 5pm on Thursday 27 November in the Aula Maxima, UCC.
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
Dr Andrey Mashinyan, Director of the Irish Cultural Institute, State University of St Petersburg, Russia, will deliver a lecture at 5.00pm in the Seminar Room 1, Silverdale (located above the College Rd car park), School of History, on Tuesday, 28 October next
UCC historians and scientists mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of Andreas Vesalius
East German intelligence and Ireland, 1949–90 Espionage, terrorism and diplomacy by Prof Jérôme aan de Wiel forthcoming from Manchester University Press
Dr Jason Harris will present his research as part of the School of History School of History’s Research Seminar Series on Monday (29th September).
Prof Geoffrey Roberts shares the text of his letter published as lead letter in the FT on 24 September under the headline "Western policy and moral posturing poses a danger to Russia".
Professor Geoff Roberts, School of History, will present a paper, ‘Warrior in Silk Stockings: The Wartime Correspondence of Kathleen Harriman’ 12noon, Monday, 15th September in the Tyrconnell Seminar Room, Tyrconnell is located on Perrott Avenue.
Gabriel Doherty, School of History, is organising a special event, exclusively for teachers and pupils of History in Cork city and county, to mark the centenary in August/September of the participation of Ireland in World War One, the passage of the home rule bill into law, and the famous recruiting speech by John Redmond in Woodenbridge, co. Wicklow. It’s going to be held in the Windle anatomy building on Friday 19 September, from 11am to 1pm.
Ireland, Wales, and the First World War: History, Myth, and Cultural Memory
An Interdisciplinary Conference hosted by the Wales-Ireland Research Network
September 10-12, 2014, Cardiff University
President Barack Obama said Friday he is weighing a range of options for countering the violent Islamic insurgency in Iraq, but he warned government leaders in Baghdad the U.S. will not take military action unless they move to address deep political troubles (Source: AP) Listen back to Prof David Ryan, Chair of Modern History at University College Cork, presenting his assessment on RTE’s News at One.
Prof Geoffrey Roberts participated in an expert panel discussion on “Operation Barbarossa” and the significance of the Battle of Kursk, broadcast over the June bank holiday weekend. Listen back on Talking History
‘History & Archives Week’ @ Cork City and County Archives
4 free lectures for the Lifelong Learning Festival connecting our local archives with historical research
@ Cork Archives, Seamus Murphy Building, Great William O’Brien Street, Blackpool, Cork,
Tuesday 8 April – Friday 11 April 2014 (2:30pm daily)
Disarmament and Non-Proliferation:
Historical Perspectives &
One-day Symposium at
Royal Irish Academy in Dublin on Friday 28 March.
Places are limited so registration is advised
Register at email@example.com
The School of History, University College Cork,
The Trustees of Muckross House, Killarney, Kerry County Museum
Kerry County Council
Kerry’s ‘Revolutionary Decade’ Roadshow
The School House,
Saturday 29 March 2014
The BBC in Northern Ireland beamed into Ireland in March 1924. Eddie Brohan, founder of the Broadcasting Hall of Fame, will speak on the origins of radio in Ireland in the perfect surroundings of the radio museum, formerly a female Gaol. Radio Seminar outlining the origins of radio in Ireland and celebrating its 90 year-existence in the surrounds of the radio musuem at the Cork city Gaol. Admission is sponsored by the CACSS research fund.
Seminar Room, Tyrconnell, at 1pm, next Wednesday 5th March
Postgraduates in the School of History have contributed to a new NAIRTL publication entitled Threshold Concepts: from personal practice to communities of practice. The "Doing" History project was run in dialogue with the Indiana University History Learning Project team’s research into the teaching of history in higher education.
Mansion House Fund Scholarship and Prize in Irish History
Offered for 2014 (€2,000 and €1,300)
No Application Necessary
A leading underwater archaeologist will discuss one of the world’s most famous ship wrecks at UCC this Saturday. Dr Fred Hocker, Director of Research at the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, will lecture on the recovered Swedish warship, which sank on its maiden voyage in 1628 and was put on public display after its recovery fifty years ago. Dr Hocker will be among a number of maritime scholars appearing at the Third Annual Irish Maritime History Conference on Friday and Saturday, 25-26 November.
The Royal Irish Academy International Affairs Standing Committee is seeking papers for a series of panels to be included in its conference this year.
The conference, entitled: Retreat from Globalisation? Brexit, Trump and the New Populism, will be held on Wednesday, 31 May 2017.
The conference will interrogate contemporary developments. The recent rise of populism is interpreted by many as a crisis of both globalisation and democracy. It challenges human rights and the rule of law. Is globalisation unravelling? Has unprecedented global economic change gravely weakened social stability and led to the resurgence of nationalism and identity-based politics? Are we in a new age of disruption and polarisation that threatens the basis of the liberal international order? Growing socio-economic inequality, the implications of ICT (for media, discourse, politics and international affairs), the Fourth Industrial Revolution (automation), geo-economic shifts (to the Asia-Pacific), the ‘Great Recession’, the upsurge in plutocrats, popular fears of terrorism and other variables possess disruptive capabilities.
This is a follow-on conference (with associated activities) from the successful Mac Carthy Gathering held in Dunmanway in May 2013. The occasion of the second Mac Carthy conference arises from the discovery of the priceless Daniel Mac Carthy Glas papers and their recent deposition in Cork City and County Archive. These papers will open up a new vista of research on mid-nineteenth century Ireland.