Past Conferences

Women and the First World War

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Women and the First World War

Women’s Studies Seminar – Sat. 1st March, 2014

Kane GO1 at 10.00 a.m. (registration from 9.30 a.m.)


Contact for further information and to register an interest in attending


All Welcome

Location: UCC Kane Building G01

Session 1 (Chair Dr Clare O’Halloran)

10:00 Seminar opening

Poetry reading by Eadaoin O'Donaghue:


Munition Wages by Madeline Ida Bedford

Hallow-e’en 1915 by Winifred M. Letts (1916)


10:15 – 11:25: Panel 1: Women and Forms of Work

Dr Mary Muldowney: ‘Unsuitable work for women’. Employment in munitions and railways during the First World War.

Dr John Borgonovo (UCC) Unionists, Nationalists, and Separation Women:  The Mobilisation of Cork Women, 1914-1918.

Dr Sandra McAvoy (UCC) Relief Work in a War Zone: Cork Suffragist Susanne Day’s Experience.

11:25 – 11:30 short break


Session 2 (Chair Maeve O’Riordan)

11:30 – 12:05 Keynote Speaker


Rosemary Cullen-Owens: 'WOMEN OF EUROPE, WHEN WILL YOUR CALL RING OUT?' Appeal by Louie Bennett in Jus Suffragii, 1 March 1915, (Journal of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance).

12:05 -12:20: Break

Teas and coffees will be served


Session 3 (Chair Dr Sandra McAvoy)

12:20 – 1:10 Panel 2: Women and remembrance

Maeve O’Riordan (UCC): ‘I read the Times every day’: Lady Inchiquin’s First World War experience.

Dr Clodagh Tait (Mary Immaculate College): Landscapes of loss: mourning and memory in an east Cork parish.

1:10 – 1:30 The Diary of Mary Martin

Rachel Murphy MA (UCC): We have started saying the rosary together for you every night’: A Mother’s Perspective on the First World War, based on The Diary of Mary Martin 1916, a Digital Project.

Close of event

Studies in the Irish Revolution


Cork Studies in the Irish Revolution:

Ireland and the First World War: ‘in defence of right, of freedom, and of religion’?

University College Cork, Friday 24th and Saturday 25th January 2014


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Conference organised by the School of History University College Cork, with generous assistance from the Research Fund, School of History, University College Cork, and the Reconciliation Fund of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.




Treaty Ports Conference Programme

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Boole I Lecture Theatre, University College Cork

Wednesday 6th May 2015


Opening remarks

            Gabriel Doherty, School of History, University College Cork



The Royal Navy’s reaction to submarine warfare

            Dr Duncan Redford, National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth



The sinking of the Lusitania: the local relief effort

            Michael Martin, author of RMS Lusitania: it wasn’t and it didn’t



Coffee break



The response in Liverpool

            Dr Bryce Evans, Department of History, Liverpool Hope University



Contingency, service, loss and reparation: Cunard's war

            Dr Steve Cobb, independent scholar



Lunch break



The Lusitania: the personal stories

            Peter Kelly,



The sinking of the Lusitania and the propaganda war

            Ann Murray, Department of Art History, University College Cork



Coffee break



Warship or passenger ship? The origins of the Lusitania revisited

            Matthew Seligmann, Department of Politics, History and Law, Brunel University



The sinking of the Lusitania: the French dimension

            Professor Grace Neville, School of Languages, University College Cork






The American response to the sinking of the Lusitania

            Speaker TBC



Closing remarks

            Professor David Ryan, School of History, University College Cork


Conference organised by the School of History University College Cork, with assistance from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, University College Cork

For further information please telephone 021-4902783, email Please address any correspondence to: ‘Lusitania conference’, School of History, University College Cork. 

Organiser: Gabriel Doherty, School of History, University College Cork.



The event is free to all who wish to attend, and members of both the UCC community and the general public are, of course, very welcome.

Details of the programme of events that will be held along the coast on Thursday 7th may (the exact centenary of the sinking) can be found at:




Cork Studies in the Irish Revolution:

The Rising of poets & playwrights? The arts & the 1916 Easter Rising 

University College Cork

Friday 29th and Saturday 30th January 2016


Friday 29th

Kane Building, Lecture Theatre G18


Opening remarks

            Gabriel Doherty, School of History, University College Cork



Session One


The politics of erasure: Lehmann James Oppenheimer and the Honan chapel, Cork

            James Cronin, School of History, University College Cork


Revisiting three historical paintings by Jack B. Yeats

            Patricia Curtin-Kelly, Freelance art historian



Coffee break



Session Two


Pirate poetry

            Morgan Daniels, Queen Mary, University of London/Arcadia University, London Centre


‘The nation is ashamed of its past’: Patrick Pearse and the quest for the ‘authentic Ireland’

            Conor MacNamara, National University of Ireland Galway



Session ends



Official Opening


Aula Maxima


Welcoming address

            David Ryan, Chair, School of History, University College Cork



‘Where folk and art meet’: Carolan, Ó Riada, and the music of cultural mediation

            Micheál Ó Suilleabháin, Professor of Music, University of Limerick



Session ends



Saturday 30th

Boole I lecture theatre


A plaque on both your houses: monuments of the Easter Rising

            Ray Bateson, author



Coffee break



Theatre and revolution, experiences of a theatre producer/writer

            Maria Young, Theatre producer



A standing army of poets

            Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Emeritus Professor of English, Trinity College Dublin



Lunch break



Film and the Irish revolution

            Kevin Rockett, Fellow Emeritus, Trinity College, Dublin



Coffee Break



Literature and the Rising

            Irina Ruppo Malone, Department of English, National University of Ireland, Galway



Representing the Rising

            Robert Ballagh, artist



Closing remarks


Conference organised by the School of History University College Cork. For further information please telephone 021-4902783, email Please address any correspondence to: ‘1916 conference’, School of History, University College Cork. 

Organiser: Gabriel Doherty, School of History, University College Cork.

Violent Contexts: Ireland and the Wider World : Friday 1 April 2016

Violence, as a subject of scholarly enquiry, is of central importance to the human experience.  We often think of each incident as unique, but unique to what and to whom?  Violence is universal and ubiquitous and it can be felt in domestic, religious, ethnic, gender, political, criminal and international contexts.  Thus, the purpose of this interdisciplinary symposium is to consider how violence is conceived, portrayed, remembered, and experienced both communally and globally through a range of discourses and approaches which include literature, history, sociology philosophy, religion, language, and law.  The goal is to create a forum in which themes of violence can be explored and compared from local and global perspectives through a variety of analytical methodologies.  And, by doing so, violent encounters will be examined in their peculiar and universal contexts.


Organisers: Dr Ruth Canning and Dr David Fitzgerald, School of History.

Violent Contexts programme

Venue: CACSSS Seminar Room, O'Rahilly Building

Opening Address - 11:00


Panel 1: Early Modern Violence and Ireland - 11:15-12:45

James O’Neill (UCC) – Like sheep to the shambles? Slaughter and surrender during Tyrone’s Rebellion, 1593-1603

Matthew Woodcock (University of East Anglia) – Thomas Churchyard and the Rehearsal of Violence in Early Modern Ireland

Clodagh Tait (MIC) – 'Whereat his wife tooke great greef & died’: dying of sorrow and killing in anger in seventeenth-century Ireland


Lunch: 1:00-2:00


Panel 2: Violence, Gender, and the Family - 2:00-3:30 

Linda Connolly (UCC) - Obstectric Violence and 'Modern' Ireland: the Practice of Symphysiotomy 1940-1989

Lindsey Earner-Byrne (UCD) – “Behind closed doors”: Society and domestic violence in Ireland, 1922-1995

Sandra McAvoy (UCC) - ‘An act to make further and better provision for the protection of young girls’: the women’s movement and the sexual crime sections of the Criminal Law(Amendment) Act, 1935


Panel 3: Torture, Violence and Memory: Ireland and Beyond - 4:00-5:30

John Borgonovo (UCC) – ‘Another Flake of the Hammer’: The Torture of Republican Prisoners, Narratives and Discourses of the Irish Revolutionary Period 

Vittorio Bufacchi (UCC) – Violence, Memory and Community

Aoife Duffy (NUIG) – Interrogation, Violence and International Law



Plenary: Aula Maxima 6:00-7:15

Fergal Keane (BBC) - The ethics and obligations of memorialising violence - from Listowel to Visegrad.

Keynote speaker - Fergal Keane

Our keynote speaker is the award-winning BBC Foreign Correspondent Fergal Keane, who will be giving a public lecture on “The Ethics and Obligations of Memorialising Violence - From Listowel to Visegrad" at 6pm.  Keane’s investigative coverage of international war zones and humanitarian crises has been instrumental in raising global awareness for the brutality inflicted upon civilian populations during times of conflict.  A witness to genocide in Rwanda, Keane has produced a book, “Season of Blood: A Rwandan Journey” (winner of the 1995 Orwell prize), as well as several candid and compassionate documentaries which detail the ferociousness and tragic consequences of ethnic violence while highlighting the need for more proactive humanitarian intervention by western powers.  Keane is also the author of a number of other acclaimed books, including ”Road of Bones: The Siege of Kohima 1944”, and was the presenter of the five-part BBC/RTE documentary series ”The Story of Ireland”.

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