Conference Programme

This is the programme as of the 19th of November. There have been a few minor changes from the programme posted here on the 23rd of October.





1.30-5.00 Registration,  Arts Millennium Building, concourse

2-3.30 session 1

Humanities and Social Science Research Building

Room GO10

18th century economic (Chair: Sean Connolly)

Salim Rashid (Illinois), 18c Ireland and the birth of development economics

Aidan Kane (NUIG), A database of 18th-century Irish public finances

Patrick Walsh (UCD), Who paid what? Taxation and the financial impact of the state in Ireland, 1690-1782

Room GO11

Industry and Industrial Policy

Frank Barry [with Mícheál Ó Fathartaigh and Eoin O’Malley] (TCD), 1960s Ireland and the evolution of the Industrial Development Authority over its second decade

Ciaran Casey (Oxford), The Role of the International Institutions in Irish Policymaking in the years before the crash

Ronan Lyons (Oxford) [with Richard Grossman (Wesleyan and Harvard), Kevin O’Rourke (Oxford), Madalina Ursu (LSE)], A monthly stock exchange index, 1864-1930

3.30-4 Coffee (Bialann, Research Building lower ground floor)

4-5.30/5.45 session 2

Room GO10

20th Century: Finance (Chair: Aidan Kane)

Eoin Drea (UCC), John Busteed and the battle to shape Irish monetary and banking policy 1924-43

Stefan Gerlach, Rebecca Stuart (Central Bank of Ireland), Money, interest rates and prices in Ireland, 1933-2012

Paul Ferguson (Sensible Money), An electronic penny for your thoughts: how the rise of digital money has affected Ireland’s recent past

Room GO11

Poverty, migration and the city (Chair: Caitriona Clear)

Alan Noonan (UCC), Immigration has killed the country: the Chamberlain letters of the 1880s

Sara Goek (UCC), “The whole world is out there”: remembering emigration in oral histories

Richard McMahon (Edinburgh), Violence, migration and the city: the Irish experience in 19th-century Britain and North America

Carole Holohan (UCD), A ‘rediscovery’ of poverty: Dublin in the 1960s


6.00 D’Arcy Thompson Theatre, Arts and Science building, concourse

Connell lecture – Prof. Cormac Ó Gráda, ‘Reflections on Famine’

Sponsored by the NUI Galway Millennium Fund

8/8.30 Conference dinner, Meyrick Hotel



Saturday – Arts Millennium Building


9.15-11 session 3

The Famine (Chair: Enda Delaney)

Eoin Flaherty (NUIM), Socio-ecological resilience, the rundale system and the Great Irish Famine

Andrew Newby (Univ. of Helsinki), Famine in Ireland and Finland, c. 1845-1868: transnational, comparative and long-term perspectives

Charles Read (Cambridge), ‘Laissez-faire’, the Irish Famine and British financial crisis

Ciaran Reilly (NUIM), Culpability and the Great Irish Famine

Poverty and the churches (Chair: Catherine Cox)

Olwen Purdue (QUB), Negociating the options: poverty, philanthropy and the female poor of late Victorian Belfast

Sean Smith, “Gallic gifts”: charitable networks and the Irish College, Paris, 1870-1945

Ciaran McCabe (NUIM), Perceptions and experiences of child street beggars in Ireland, c. 1800 – c. 1850

Sean Farrell (N. Illinois Univ.), Beautiful vision: Christ Church and Anglican children in early Victorian Belfast

Land and elites

Peter  Hession (TCD), Demographic and social transformation in the remaking of the Cork landed elite, 1880-1914

David Stead (UCD), The farm records of Rev Ralph Sadlier, Castleknock, 1857-61

Eoin McLaughlin (Edinburgh) [with Nathan Foley-Fisher (US Federal Reserve)], Capitalising on the Irish ‘Land Question’: Irish Land Bonds, 1891-1938

11-11.30 Coffee (Arts Millennium Building, concourse)

11.30-1 session 4

Round table on ‘Writing the Famine’

Enda Delaney (Author of The Curse of Reason: The Great Irish Famine)

Ciaran O Murchadha (Author of The Great Irish Famine: Ireland’s Agony 1845-52)

Peter Gray (Author of The Irish Famine and Famine Land and Politics)

Chair: Cormac Ó Gráda (Author of The Great Irish Famine)

With the assistance of the NUI Galway Millennium Fund

18th century (Chair: Eoin Magennis)

Alan Smyth (TCD), Destruction, flight and recovery: the impact of the Williamite-Jacobite war on the Ormond estate

Robert Whan (QUB), Presbyterians and interrelations in Ulster, 1680-1730

Eoin Kinsella (UCD), The abduction of Jenico Preston, 12thViscount Gormanston, in 1786

Early Free State legislation (Chair: Darragh Gannon)

Michael Dwyer (UCC), “An injustice to the Free State: response and reaction to the Local Government Act 1925

Liam O’Callaghan (Liverpool Hope), Betting and bookmakers in independent Ireland, 1922-31

David Toms (UCC), “Backing It Both Ways”: Gambling and the Introduction of the Betting Act (1926) in Ireland

1-2 lunch (Bialann, Research Building lower ground floor – a lunch voucher can be claimed at registration)


2-3.30 session 5

19thc landlords and tenants (Chair: Olwen Purdue)

Brian Casey (Independent), ‘The revolt of the tenantry on the Clancarty estate, 1886–91’

Shane Faherty (UCC) ‘A Case of Divided Loyalties: Canon Ulick Bourke’s 1882 Plea for the Evicted Tenants of Mayo’

Kevin Mc Kenna (Independent), The gift and the decline of the deferential dialectic on an Irish landed estate, 1830-1908

Literacy & education

Chris Colvin (QUB) [with Matthias Blum (Munich), Laura McAtakney (UCD), Eoin McLaughlin (Edinburgh)] ‘Can women count?’ Gender and numeracy in nineteenth-century Ireland

Pamela Emerson (UU), ‘The tree of diabolical knowledge’: the rise of commercial circulating libraries in Ulster in the nineteenth century

Declan O’Keefe (UCD), “Time, energy and brass”: why Studies did not fail

Life and death in the 20th century

David Doyle (UCD), English Executioners and Irish Executions: an untold story of hired help

Laura Kelly (UCD), “An awfully ignorant mob” medical student life and culture in Ireland, 1900-1950

James McCafferty (NUIM), A New Kind of Death: The Niemba Massacre and Irish military funerary ceremonial

4-6.00 session 6

Popular Politics (Chair: Maura Cronin)

Kerron O Luain (QUB), Ribbonism in 1850s Ulster: a spent force?

Richard McElligott (UCD), Quenching the prairie fire: the collapse of the GAA in 1890s Ireland

Darragh Curran (NUIM), “I believe we are very poor”: the use of Orange Order funding in 1830s Ireland

19th and 20th century business

David Convery (Melbourne), A sociology of Irish shareholders in the 1890s

Kevin Costello (UCD), Shopkeepers, drapers and publicans and the law of bankruptcy in Victorian Ireland

John King (Independent), Leo Crilly: the sad story of the first Irishman to run a British airline

Conor Curran (St. Patrick’s), Locating the Irish emigrant professional footballer within the history of the Irish emigrant in Britain, 1945-2010

Religion and nationalism (Chair: Mary Harris)

Daragh Gannon (NUIM), Losing their religion? Revolutionary religiosity and the Irish in Great Britain, 1916-22

C. J. Woods (NUIM), Pilgrimages to Tone’s grave at Bodenstown, 1873-1923: time, place, popularity

Matthew Potter (Limerick city archives), The political role of Mount St Lawrence’s cemetery in Limerick, 1867-2013

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