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Plenary Speakers

The opening plenary address, entitled The Pope’s Merchandise and the Jesuits’ Trumpery: Catholic Relics and Protestant Polemic in Early Modern Britain will be presented by Professor Alexandra Walsham (Faculty of History, University of Cambridge).  Professor Walsham’s research focuses on the religious and cultural history of early modern Britain, with an emphasis on the immediate impact and long-term consequences of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations.  Professor Walsham’s publications include The Reformation of the Landsacpe: Religion, Identity and Memory in Early Modern Britain and Ireland  (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Catholic Reformation in Protestant Britain (Ashgate, 2014).

The closing plenary address will be presented by Professor Marie-Louise Coolahan (Department of English, National University of Ireland, Galway).  Professor Coolahan’s research interests lie in the areas of Renaissance manuscript culture, literary networks, devotional prose, and early modern women’s writing.  Professor Coolahan is the principal investigator on the European Research Council Consolidator Grant funded project RECIRC: The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women’s Writing, 1550-1700. This project will produce a new, large-scale understanding of how women’s writing circulated, using the results to analyse how texts, ideas and reputations gained traction in the early modern English-speaking world.

Research Papers

Speakers at this year’s conference include:

Dr Marc Caball (University College Dublin) –  A tale of two seventeenth-century libraries: the books and world views of a Limerick patrician and a Cork landowner

Dr Ruth Canning (University College Cork) – Richard Hadsor on reforming Ulster with colonies

Mr Edward Cavanagh (University of Ottawa) – Corporations, property rights, and the imperial constitution: a comparative reflection on the Honourable Irish Society in law and history

Mr Brian Coleman (Trinity College Dublin) – The gentry of Tudor Ireland

Dr John Jeremiah Cronin (Independent) – Intrigue in the exiled Carolean Court: the case of George Radcliff

Mr Daniel Elliott (Independent) – Representing Elizabeth: the viceregal court in Ireland under Sir Henry Sidney

Ms Lenore Fischer (Independent) – Finn MacCool among the Old English

Dr David Heffernan (University College Cork) – Planting Elizabethan Ulster: the Earl of Essex’s ‘Enterprise’ of Ulster 1573-1575

Dr Karen Holland (Providence College) – Insuring Irish patrimonies: Catherine Power and Joan Fitzgerald in their sons’ non-age

Ms Tayla Housman (Brown University) – Gender, sexual violence, and English construction of the Irish threat in the 1640s

Prof. Raymond Pierre Hylton (Virginia Union University) and Dr Marie Leoutre (National Library of Ireland) – The mercantile element in Dublin’s Huguenot refuge and its catalytic effect, 1650-1750

Dr Eoin Kinsella (University College Dublin) – The Articles of Limerick in Williamite Policy

Dr Pádraig Lenihan (NUI Galway) – The Wild Geese 1690-97: Fact or Fantasy?

Ms Carla Lessing (NUI Galway) – ‘Wild Irish’ and ‘Miserable Finns’: sixteenth- and seventeenth-century perceptions of the inhabitants of Ireland and Finland in comparison

Mr Richard Maher (Dublin Institute of Technology) – The viper in the bosom: the case of James Murray and his undermining of Charles Wogan in the Jacobite court in Rome, June 1719

Mr Liam Maloney (Independent) – The Earl of Orrery and the defence of the Protestant interest in the settlement of Ireland

Prof. John McCafferty (University College Dublin) – A habit of return: Irish Franciscan friaries 1539-1650

Dr Jason McElligott (Marsh’s Library / University College Dublin) – Bram Stoker and the undead history of Williamite Ireland

Mr Paul Murray (Independent) – Puritanism and the formation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Ms Éilis Noonan (University of St Andrews) – Women and violence in the 1641 Rising

Dr Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin (University College Dublin) – The biography of Bishop Francis Kirwan: Pii antistitis icon sive de vita et morte D. Francisci Kirovani Rmi. Alladensis Episcopi

Dr Brendan Scott (Maynooth University) – Thomas Jones, Elizabethan bishop of Meath

Mr Philip Walsh (University College Dublin) – ‘…the tyrannical usage and uncharitable proceedings’ of Martin Blake Fitz Andrew (c.1620-1691): the career of an internal transplanter from Galway town to County Galway and the establishment of the Ballyglunin estate

Ms Jennifer Wells (Brown University) – ‘The Irish Modell’: Building empire in seventeenth-century Jamaica

Dr Caoimhe Wheelan (Trinity College Dublin) – A medieval voice: Gerald of Wales in early modern politics

Mr Diarmuid Wheeler (NUI Galway) – Tudor policy in the midland territories of Laois and Offaly, c. 1530-1603

Public History Panel

To mark the fifth year of the Tudor & Stuart Ireland conferences, a special panel session will address issues related to public engagement and initiate a discussion on how research relating to early modern Ireland can be transmitted to a broader audience.

Russell Library Tour & Special Exhibition

The Russell Library is located in the idyllic St Mary’s Quadrangle of the old St Patrick’s College, founded as a seminary for the education of Irish priests in 1795.  The library’s collections include material relating to the history of St. Patrick’s College, over 34,000 printed works dating from the sixteenth to mid-nineteenth century, as well as medieval and early modern manuscripts.  The library’s reading room was designed by the renowned English architect Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-1852), pioneer of the Gothic Revival and perhaps best remembered as chief designer of the interior of the Palace of Westminster and the Elizabeth Tower (more popularly known as ‘Big Ben’).

A guided tour of the library, to include a special exhibition of early modern material from its collections, will take place on Saturday, 29 August 2015, at 10:40 AM.  Any person registered to the conference is welcome to attend the tour and exhibition.

Conference Dinner, Conversation, and Networking

The conference programme offers ample opportunity for attendees to meet speakers, network with researchers from a diverse range of disciplines and fields, and discuss conference proceedings in both formal and informal settings.  The registration fee includes tea & coffee breaks, a wine reception following the opening plenary address, and lunch on Saturday, all of which provide occasions for interaction outside chaired sessions.  Anyone attending the conference is also welcome to attend the conference dinner, held at Picaderos Restaurant, following the wine reception on Friday evening.  The cost of dinner is €20, which includes three courses, a glass of wine, draught beer, or soft drink upon arrival, and tea or coffee with dessert.  Click here to view the conference dinner menu

Conference Schedule

Friday, 28 August
Registration desk open: 12:30 – 20:30
Welcome & opening address: 13:00
Session 1: 13:15
Session 2: 14:45
Tea / coffee & pastries: 16:15
Session 3: 16:45
Opening plenary address: 18:15
Wine reception: 19:30
Conference dinner: 20:40

Saturday, 29 August
Russell Library tour & exhibition: 10:40
Registration desk open: 11:40 – 18:15
Session 4: 12:00
Lunch: 13:30
Public history panel: 14:10
Tea / coffee: 15:15
Session 5: 15:35
Concluding plenary address:17:00