Galway’s hosting proves to be a success!
Cumann Staire’s job as hosts of the annual conference seemed to be a success. We would like to thank all those who helped out and those who actually attended the Conference itself. The Conference saw nearly 60 people give papers and over 150 attend. History enthusiasts came from as far away as Germany and the Netherlands, our applicant from Qatar not being able to attend in the end. The conference itself had seen drama as the initial organiser Christina moved back to America in January. Joe took over and in the week before the conference he injured himself badly falling off a mountain. The honus then fell upon Dónal Ó Catháin who pulled the whole coiste together and made sure the conference ran smoothly and was a success. Friday the conference was officially opened by the Dean of Arts, Dr. Edward Herring and Prof. Steven Eillis, Head of Humanities. This was preceeded by registration and an informal wine and food reception. On Saturday the conference began in Earnest at 9.15 as the first panels began. A wide range of topics were discussed and not just Irish topics either. There were 4 rounds of panels alltogether. On Saturday night the conference dinner was held in the Hotel Meyrick and Prof. Gearóaroid Ó Thuathaigh gave a wonderful key-note address before the conference-goers tucked into dinner. Entertainment was provided after dinner by NUIG Trad Soc. Sunday also saw a round panel discussion with Adrian Grant of Scolaire Staire in the Kings Head and a walking tour of Galway which was given by NUIG’s own Jackie Uí Chionna and John Cunningham. The Conference went well and Cumann Staire have surely set the bar high for Queen’s University Belfast who were chosen to host the conference in 2013!