Mary Immaculate College to Host Major History Conference
The 64th Annual Irish History Students’ Association Conference will be held for the first time in Mary Immaculate College (MIC) Limerick from the 28th February to 2nd March inc. The conference, which is to be jointly hosted by the MIC History Society and the Department of History at MIC, will be the primary conference for history students, particularly postgraduate researchers, in Limerick during its reign as National City of Culture.
The Inaugural Congress of the Irish Inter-Varsity History Students, as it was then known, took place at Newman House, St Stephen's Green, Dublin, in 1950. Robert Dudley Edwards (1909-88), Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD, was a key figure in the development and growth of what became known as the Irish Universities History Students' Association, now called the Comhaltas na gCumann Staıre (CCS) - Irish History Students' Association (IHSA).
From the beginning the objectives of the Association were threefold: to provide a forum for the exchange of views on historical matters between members of the affiliated history societies; to hold an annual conference hosted by one or more of the constituent history societies; and to publish the proceedings of each conference.
Speaking in advance of the event, conference conveyer, Paul O’Brien, PhD student at MIC reported that over the course of the weekend almost 60 papers would be delivered from both undergraduate and postgraduate students from all over Ireland and the UK, covering such diverse topics as that from current MIC PHD student Tom Keane whose paper concerns the killing of a Young Munster rugby football player Michael “Goggin” Hickey by a Free State officer in Cork city in 1923. Niamh Lenahan, currently undertaking her PhD at UL, will deliver a paper entitled The Little Company of Mary; a case study of the Limerick House, 1888 – 1980 (a Roman Catholic women’s religious congregation based in Limerick). Other topics to be covered include the War of Independence, Women’s Health, and the Goodwins earthenware business in Limerick city to name but a few.
Also speaking in advance of the event was Rob Hartigan, conference conveyer and PhD student at MIC, who said that;
“Since its inception CSS - IHSA has performed an invaluable role in providing students with an opportunity to develop their interest in history in an enjoyable atmosphere and in promoting friendships between students of history from universities and colleges throughout Ireland for almost four generations. We look forward to continuing this role at our forthcoming conference at Mary Immaculate College.”
The conference will commence on Saturday 1st March with registration taking place from 8am in the Students Union Lounge, TARA Building. Cost €12 (includes lunch and light refreshments).
Further details available here.