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June 2016

Congratulations to Paul O'Brien who has been awarded a fellowship from the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, to work on the historical archives of the Irish College, Paris, in July-August 2017.

February 2016

Colm Madden, who is working towards a PhD in History, hosted the first in a series of Conversations as part of Clare and Scariff Library's 1916 commemorative programme on 23 February. More detail here.

Well done to all of our students who presented and participated at the highly successful Irish History Students Association conference at NUI Galway on 19-21 February. Details here.

The Centre for Historical Research seminar series re-commences on Tuesday 9 February when Dr Nathalie Genet Rouffiac will present a paper on the Limerick Jacobite, Daniel Arthur. More information on this and the remainder of the spring seminars here.

Dr Genet Rouffiac will also speak at the Hunt Museum on Wednesday 10 February at 1.00 p.m.

The department will host a workshop on Social Media and the Historian on 5 March 2016. This is a free event. Further details, including information on how to register, is available here.

November 2015

November promises to be a very busy month in the Department of History with a number of events taking place: the Moments of Becoming Conference on 20-21 November; a research seminar by Dr Peter Gurney on 24 November; a guest lecture by Professor Michael Braun on 25 November; the Annual Conference of the Economic and Social History Society of Ireland on 27-28 November. Further information on all of these available here.

October 2015

Congratulations to all the History students who graduated with undergraduate and postgraduate awards on 23 October. Special congratulations to Janine Behan, who won the gold medal in History and Dr John Treacy on the award of his PhD in History.

September 2015

The Centre for Historical Research seminar series returns to MIC in the current academic year. The first speaker will be Dr Carole Holohan on 22 September. The full programme for the autumn and spring semesters is available below:

CHR Autumn 2015

CHR Spring 2015

August 2015

As part of Heritage Week, Dr Cathy Swift will deliver a public lecture on 'The Global Limerick DNA Project' at Mary Immaculate College on 27 August. The event takes place at 7.30 p.m. in Room T116. Further information is available here.

Dr Maura Cronin will deliver a lunchtime lecture at the Hunt Museum on Thursday 27 August at 1.00 p.m. The lecture will discuss  the Ranks Flour Mill oral history project. More information here.

June 2015

Dr Clodagh Tait, Dr Matthew Potter and Dr Tadhg Moloney are speaking in a Limerick Museum & Archives lecture series which runs through June, July and August to accompany the current Stand Up and Fight exhibition. More information here.

Congratulations to Anne Marie Brosnan, who has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship which she will use to continue PhD research in North Carolina. For more information, click here. AnneMarie was also the recent recipient of an Archie K. Davis Fellowship. AnneMarie is working under the supervision of Dr Una Bromell.

May 2015

Historians based at Mary Immaculate College and the University of Limerick have come together with colleagues from a range of other departments to create the Limerick Early Modern Studies Forum. Among other events, the forum will host a major conference on 20-21 November 2015 on the theme 'Moments of Becoming'. The conference call for papers is available here.

April 2015

Well done to Kiara Gregory on her paper at the Women's History Association of Ireland Annual Conference, which took place at Maynooth University on 10-11 April. Kiara's paper discussed 'Wives and Widows on the Home Front in Limerick, 1914-1918'. Kiara is working on a PhD under the supervision of Dr Deirdre McMahon.

Congratulations to Dr Maura Cronin and the hundreds of undergaduate & postgraduate students in the Departments of Histroy and Geography on the latest milestone in the Mount Saint Lawrence Cemetary project, the publication of City and Cemetary: A History of Mount Saint Lawrence, written by Matthew Potter and edited by Jacqui Hayes. For more information, click here.

February 2015

The Department of History will host a Postgraduate Forum for MA and PhD researchers from NUIG, UL, MIC and UCC on 26 March 2015. For further information have a look at the event's website.

January 2015

The Centre for Historical Research seminars resume in February. The spring semester programme is available here. All seminars take place at the University of Limerick.

November 2014

The inaugural Limerick Labour History conference takes place at the Mechanic's Institute on 8 November. A number of MIC researchers will speak at the event. The programme may be accessed here.

October 2014

Congratulations to all of our former students who recieved awards at Graduation on 24 October. A particular word of congratulations to Sean Gannon, who graduated with a PhD in History, and Lisa Stuart who won the medal for the highest grades in History at undergraduate level as well as the college medal for first place in the BA degree overall.

September 2014

Limerick hosts a number of important historical conferences and events in September and October. These include:

The Centre for Historical Research seminar series takes place at the University of Limerick in 2014-2015. The programme for the autumn semester begins with a paper by Dr Alistair Malcolm on 7 October. The full programme is availble here.

Congratulations to Alan O'Driscoll whose essay 'Royal Visits and National Identity in Ireland, 1821-1911' has been Highly Commended in the History category of The Undergraduate Awards 2014. The essay was written for Dr Maura Cronin's final year module Whose Ireland? Nationalism and Loyalism since 1800.

August 2014

Dr Deirdre McMahon and Dr Tadhg Moloney spoke during the Limerick and the Great War Lecture Series held at the Hunt Museum.

July 2014

Dr Clodagh Tait featured on the RTE One programme Way To Go: Death and the Irish broadcast on Tuesday, 1 July. The programme is available on the RTE Player.

June 2014

Congratulations to AnneMarie Brosnan who has been awarded a Gilder Lehrman fellowship to undertake research in New York. AnneMarie is a PhD student in History, working under the supervision of Dr Una Bromell.

The Collegial Communities in Exile conference takes place at MIC on 19 and 20 June. Full information available here.

May 2014

A plaque was unveiled on 20 May to the botanist William Henry Harvey (1811-1866), who was born in Summerville House on the MIC campus. Congratulations to all those involved, particularly Paul O'Brien, Robert Hartigan and Dr Sarah McNamara. Further information available here.

The Department of History is on Twitter: @MIC_History

April 2014

John O'Flaherty, a PhD student in the department working on the evolution of the veterinary profession in Ireland with Dr Maura Cronin, had a ten-minute slot on Countrywide (RTE Radio One) on 26 April, taking about his work on folk cures for animals. You can listen here (John's interview begins at 26.50 minutes).

The San Marcos Project enters an important phase in the coming weeks as it launches a major exploration off the coast of west Clare for this important Spanish Armada wreck. The Project Director and Co-Ordinator is John Treacy, a PhD student in the Department of History. Further information on this exciting project is available from the San Marcos Project homepage and facebook page.

The Hunt Museum will host an afternoon symposium on Brian Boru on Wednesday, 16 April, beginning at 2.00 p.m. The speakers will be Dr Cathy Swift, Leonore Fischer and Professor Sean Duffy. Further information available here.

Mary Immaculate College is currently accepting applications for a range of postgradute programmes in History:

  • Research Postgraduate programmes in History - further information available here.
  • Taught MA in History - further information available here.
  • Taught MA in Local History - this two-year programme is a joint MIC-UL course; further information available here.

For events taking place in April, including the final Centre for Historical Research seminer for the current academic year on 8 April, a number of Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival events on 9 April, and a conference on the history and archaeology of death and burial on 25-27 April, please see the Seminars and Conferences page.

March 2014

The Departments of History at MIC and UL, in partnership with the Hunt Museum, hosted a free one-day conference on Limerick history on 29 March. The event took place at the Hunt Museum. For further details, please view the programme.

Congratulations to Dr Deirdre McMahon who has been appointed to the Dictionary of Irish Biography's Advisory Board. For more information on the DIB, click here

Congratulations to Paul O'Brien, Robert Hartigan and other other members of the organising committee of the very successful 2014 Irish History Students' Association annual conference, which took place at MIC on 28 February to 2 March. The event attracted more than sixty speakers from Ireland and the UK. The final programme is available here. Liam Irwin gave an excellent keynote address on 'Limerick and the Sons of Levi'. The conference recognised the committment to the IHSA of Dr Deirdre McMahon, Senior Treasurer of the association over many years, as well as Professor David Hayton of Queen's University Belfast, a longstanding supporter of the conference. All three are pictured below, with the conference organisers.


February 2014

The Irish History Students' Association Annual Conference takes place at MIC for the first time from 28 February to 2 March. Further information available here.  

December 2013

Sean Gannon's article 'The formation, composition, and conduct of the British section of the Palestine Gendarmerie, 1922-1926' has just been published in the Historical Journal, vol. 56, no. 4 (2013), pp 977-1006. Sean is working on a PhD thesis under the supervision of Dr Deirdre McMahon.

November 2013

Dr Maura Cronin and Dr Cathy Swift participated in a lively discussion of the history of Limerick on a special edition of Talking History (Newstalk 106-108 FM) on Sunday 24 November. You can listen to the programme here.

October 2013

Congratulations to all the history students who received awards at the graduation ceremonies held at the college on 24 and 25 October. Special congratulations to William Buck who was awarded the degree of PhD for his dissertation 'Analysing the reactions and responses to foreign nationalities and minority groups throughout Ireland during the First World War', supervised by Dr Deirdre McMahon.

The Call for Papers for the Annual Conference of the Irish History Students' Association is now available here. The conference will take place at Mary Immaculate College on 28 February to 2 March 2014.

John Treacy is speaking on 'The San Marcos, the Armada and the Shipwrecks of the Malbay' to the Old Kilfarboy Society at Milltown Malbay on Tuesday 8 October 2013. Full details are available here.

September 2013

John Treacy, a PhD student working on Irish naval history, contributed to a recent Spanish television documentary on the Spanish Armada of 1588. You can watch the programme here (John contributes at around 20.00 and 35.15 minutes). John is currently involved in a major project to locate the San Marcos, which sank off the coast of Spanish Point in 1588.

The Department of History will host a conference on 'Collegial Communities in Exile: New histories of the Irish, English, Scots, Dutch and other colleges founded on the continent in the early modern period' on 19-20 June 2014. The conference will be organised by Dr Liam Chambers and Dr Thomas O'Connor (NUI, Maynooth). The Call for Papers and further information are now available on the conference website.

The Centre for Historical Research Seminar Series returns to MIC in the current academic year. This year's theme is 'The Violent Past: History, Memory and Commemoration'. Our intention is to examine some of the issues raised by the ongoing 'decade of commemorations' in Irish history by addressing the period 1912-1923 directly, but also by examining how we understand the violent past in a broad range of situations in Ireland, Britain, continental Europe, the USA, the Middle East and beyond. The first speaker will be Professor Michael Roper from the University of Essex, who will speak on child psychology after the First World War. Professor Roper's seminar takes place on Tuesday 8 October in Room T214 beginning at 5.30 p.m. As usual, the seminars are open to everyone.

A full list of seminars for 2013-2014 is available at the links below:

Autumn Semester, 2013-2014

Spring Semester, 2013-2014

August 2013

The Mount St Laurence Register Online Database was lauched by the Mayor of Limerick, Kathleen Leddin, at a reception on 20 August. The database is the product of a collaborative research project involving Limerick City Archives and the Departments of History and Geography at MIC. Congratulations to Dr Maura Cronin, Dr Helene Bradley, Dr Ursula Callaghan and the many postgraduate and undergraduate students who contributed to the database over the past few years. For more information click here

May 2013

During the spring semester staff, undergraduate students and postgraduate students from the department were involved in the ongoing Mount St Lawrence Graveyard Project. The project began in 2010 and is in the process of creating a searchable online database of the graveyard. For a fuller update see here.

Kilrush, County Clare, will host the 2013 National Famine Commemoration. Events will include lectures, arts events and visits to sites connected with the Famine. The full ten-day programme (3-12 May) can be viewed here. Paul O'Brien, a Ph.D. student in the department, has been heavily involved in organising the event and chaired the programme of events committee. He also co-wrote the original submission to host the commemoration with Dr Paddy Waldron.

April 2013

Congratulations to Dr Deirdre McMahon who has been appointed to the National Archives Advisory Council by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Mr Jimmy Deenihan. Dr McMahon is currently also a member of the Irish Manuscripts Commission.

March 2013

Congratulations to Paul O'Brien, a Ph.D. student in the department, who was awarded the Military Heritage of Ireland Trust Prize at the Irish History Students' Association Conference on 2 March 2013. The prize was awarded for a paper presented at the 2012 conference on 'Patriotism, national identity and recruitment in the First World War: a perspective from a regional Irish town'. Paul also presented a paper at the 2013 conference, as did Robert Hartigan, also a Ph.D. student in the department (conference programme available here). Both students are supervised by Dr Maura Cronin.

The IHSA Conference will take place at Mary Immaculate College for the first time in March 2014. Further information on the society is available here and updates will be posted on the MIC History Society's Facebook page.


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