Events 2011/2012



12/04/2012 Thursday
Siobhan McKenna Theatre

Annual General Meeting


So we have come to the end of another action-packed year of activities and events run by Cumann Staire. Thus, the planning for next year will now begin in earnest. We will be having our annual general meeting (AGM) to elect a core committee to run the society for the coming academic year. This will take place at 8PM, Thursday April 12th in the Siobhan McKenna Theatre. We encourage anyone who has interest in getting involved to come along and have a say in how Cumann Staire is run. There may also be some changes to our bunreacht (constitution), the following positions will be filled at the AGM:

Arts Ball Organiser
Public Relations Officer
Ionadaí Gaeilge
Postgraduate & IHSA Rep.
Erasmus Rep.
OCMs & Year Rep.s

Changes to the constitution can also be made at the AGM so if you want any of that to happen then come along with suggestions. We’ll be discussing possible events for next year so bring your ideas and get mentioning them at us.




29/03/2012 Thursday
Map  Siobhan McKenna (Arts Millenium)

Prof. Thomas Charles-Edwards (Jesus College, Oxford)

“The Irish in Post-Roman Wales” 


Thomas Mowbray Charles-Edwards is recently retired from Oxford University, where he held the post of Jesus Professor of Celtic and was a Professorial Fellow at Jesus College. He was educated at Ampleforth College before reading History at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he studied for a doctorate after taking the Diploma in Celtic Studies under Sir Idris Foster. He held a Bergin Fellowship at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies from 1968 to 1969. He then was a Junior Research Fellow and then a Fellow in History at Corpus Christi College before being appointed to the chair of Celtic.

His expertise is in the fields of the history and language of Wales and Ireland, during the so-called Irish Dark Age (during the Roman Empire) and the General “Dark Ages”, which followed the collapse of the Roman Empire in the west. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Fellow of the British Academy and is a Founding Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. He was elected honorary member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2007. He is a grandson of Thomas Charles Edwards, first Principal of the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.




27/04/2012 Tuesday
Radisson Blu Hotel

Socs Awards 2012

*Shakes Fist* 

The Socs Awards Ball took place in the Radisson Hotel. Despite having a hugely successful year on all fronts, this was unfortunately not recognised by the judges. There was however some great consolation in the news that Treasurer Séagh Mac Siúrdáin won an award for his outstanding service to societies, not least An Cumann Staire, winning the “Lifetime Achievement” Awards for his efforts. Órfhlaith Breathnach too our Ionadaí Gaeilge tasted success with Cumann Craic winning the “Phoenix Award”, Órfhlaith playing no small part in the resurgence of Cumann Craic as Reachtaire.

A great night was still had, despite the disappointments. Everyone involved with Cumann Staire are hoping that 2012/2013 can prove to be just as successful and hope for once that their efforts may be acknowledged officially.





15/03/2012 Thursday
Map  Fottrell Theatre (Arts Millenium)

Dr. Anthony Harvey (Royal Irish Academy)

“How linguistics can help the historian” 

Dr Harvey is Editor of the Royal Irish Academy’s Dictionary of Medieval Latin from Celtic Sources (DMLCS). He has been part of the DMLCS project since 1985 and Editor since 1990. He holds a PhD in early medieval Gaelic and British linguistics and literacy from Cambridge University’s Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, where he had previously gained his MA, and has lectured and published widely on these subjects as well as on matters of Latin philology.

He teaches conversational Welsh in Dublin, and has served as Chairman of the Classical Association of Ireland. His research interests include the application of computers to dictionary-making, mediaeval Latin and Celtic linguistics and literacy, and the modern Celtic languages.




06/03/2012 Tuesday
Map  Siobhán Mac Kenna (Arts Millenium)

Prof. Richard Hoyle (University of Reading)

“Persuasion and petitioning in the mid-Tudor crisis” 

At the moment Professor Hoyle is offering second year modules on ‘Monarchy and succession in sixteenth-century England’ and ‘Population, economy and society in England, 1450-1750’. Professor Hoyle is one of the leading economic and social historians of early modern England, notably of rural society, but he is also respected for the contribution he has made to Tudor political history, notably to the history of the 1520s and 1530s, for his work on popular politics, on taxation and public finance, and the history of the North of England. He plans further research in all of these areas. He has also written on the rural history of England in the modern period, notably on the history of field sports after 1850. Other current projects include studies of the 1622-3 famine in Lancashire, the development of markets in the Pennines, 1500-1750, and petitioning in the early seventeenth century.

Professor Hoyle held a British Academy Research Readership in 2004-2006. In 2006 he was elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Professor Hoyle is also senior Editor of Agriculture History Review and President of the List and Index Society.




02/02/2012 Thursday
Map  Siobhán Mac Kenna (Arts Millenium)

Prof. Phillip Morgan (John Hopkins & Oxford)

“The Two Hamiltons: North-American – Caribbean Crossings”

An Cumann Staire is delighted to welcome Prof. Phillip Morgan. Born in England, Morgan graduated from Cambridge University, and from University College London with a PhD. Morgan taught at the College of William and Mary, and was editor of the William and Mary Quarterly from 1997 to 2000. He teaches at Johns Hopkins University, where he is the Harry C. Black Professor of History, and during the 2011-12 academic year is the visiting Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University.

Primarily an Early American historian, He also has subsidiary interests in African-American history and the study of the Atlantic world. Prof. Morgan came from the College of William and Mary, where he was a professor of history and editor of the William and Mary Quarterly. He has many publications and has received numerous awards and prizes for his research.



23/01/2012 Monday
Map  Áras na Mac Léinn

Arts Ball Ticket Selling Day

Tickets for Arts Ball 2012 to go on sale 

The Arts Ball is back. The Arts Ball was the biggest and best ball in NUIG in 2011. Cumann Staire will again be bringing the Arts Ball to a new level in 2012. The Biggest Event of its kind in Ireland, The Ball is aiming to raise over €11,000 for the Alzhiemers Society of Ireland and the Williams Syndrome Association of Ireland. Tickets for Arts Ball 2012 go on sale 23/01/2012 (Monday) in Áras na Mac Léinn from 9am. Queue early to avoid disappointment as there will be 100 less Afters tickets to be made available for sale this year.

Full-Tickets: €50

VIP Final-Year Tickets: €50

Afters Tickets: €30


19/01/2012 Wednesday
Map  Siobhán Mac Kenna (Arts Millenium)

Dr. David Gleeson (Northumbria Univesirty)

“The Green and the Gray: The Irish in the Confederate States of America.” 

This lecture will be an analysis of the military performance and memory of Irish immigrants in the Confederate cause. David Gleeson is a native of Ireland but has spent the last 18 years studying and teaching in the United States. He comes to Northumbria from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, where he was Director of the Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World.

David is currently working on a manuscript entitled ‘The Green and the Gray: The Irish and the Confederate States of America.’ He is also editing a collection of essays for the University of South Carolina Press entitled Ambiguous Anniversary: The Banning of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, A Bicentennial Inquiry. Moreover, David recently submitted an article on Irish Americans and the Slave trade to American Nineteenth Century History.




10/01/2012 Tuesday & 12/01/2012 Thursday
The Salthouse & McSwiggans

Meet & Greets


In light of the magnitude of Socs Day II, we have decided to have not one, but two fantastic Meet & Greet Sessions! Come along and find out a little about the society and what is exactly that we do or do not do. Since there are 2 nights there can be no excuses not to attend! All members old and new can attend with the craic almost certainly to be had on both occassions.



10/01/2012 Tuesday
Map Bailey Alan Hall

Socs Day II


Socs Day II is coming and make the best new years resolution possible and join Cumann Staire. Sign up on Socs Day II for absolutely nothing and enter into the best society in NUIG. The ever reliable and trusty Cumann Staire members will be on hand to initiate you into the society, by simply scanning your College I.D. card and you will get all the E-Mails and texts which we send out to our members. We are looking for new members constantly, so join!



09/12/2011 Friday
Map  The Salthill Hotel

Coiste Dinner

Annual Dinner for Organising Committee

The annual christmas party of the Cumann Staire once again took place in the Salthill Hotel. Most of the Committee were in attendance, besides Órfhlaith, who was not present. The Committee was kindly invited out by the Hotel for a complimentary 4-Course Dinner due to the Societies links with the Hotel and the business brought by the Arts Ball over the last number of years.

You can see more photos Here


02/12/2011 Friday
Map  The Salthouse

Cóisir na Nollaig

All Welcome! 

It’s that time of year again. The annual christmas party of the Cumann Staire once again took place in the Salthouse. There were some complimentary refreshments of your choice available and great fun to be had all round! Members, current and past all attended.


You can see more photos Here. You can see the Facebook event page here


08/11/2011 Thursday
MapSiobhán MacKenna Theatre(Arts Millenium)

Dr. Alan Murray (University of Leeds)

“The Long Road to Jerusalem: Organisation and Practice of the Crusades to the Holy Land, 1096-1192″Dr. Alan Murray will give a talk on the crusades. The talk will be given followed by a short questions and answer session, then everyone can join us for some light refreshments and conversation.

Publications:The Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem: A Dynastic History, 1099-1125 (Oxford: Prosopographica et Genealogica, 2000), viii + 280pp.
From Clermont to Jerusalem: The Crusades and Crusader Societies, 1095-1500, International Medieval Research, 3 (Turnhout: Brepols, 1998), xxiii + 328pp.
Crusade and Conversion on the Baltic Frontier, 1150-1500 (Aldershot: Ashgate 2001), xxv + 300pp.
The Crusades: An Encyclopedia, 4 vols (Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 2006), lx +1314 pp 




13/10/2011 Thursday


All Welcome!

In a completely new and ground-breaking development An Cumann Staire will be going to McSwiggans Pub in Woodquay for a society get together. All members old and new are welcome and the upcoming trip to Belfast is set to be discussed amongst other things.

You can see the Facebook event page here.





MapThe View

Series Screening

“Band of Brothers”

In a new development for the society we are going to start showing films and television series based on or around historical events. Our first series that we will be watching is “Band of Brothers”. The narrative centers on the experiences of E Company (“Easy Company”). The series covers Easy’s basic training at Camp Toccoa, Georgia, the American airborne landings in Normandy, Operation Market Garden, the Siege of Bastogne and on to the end of the war, including the taking of the Kehlsteinhaus (Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest). The events portrayed are based on Ambrose’s research and recorded interviews with Easy Company veterans. A large amount of literary license was taken with the episodes, with several differences between recorded history and the film version.

You can see the Facebook event page here.



16/9/2011 Wednesday
MapSiobhán MacKenna Theatre(Arts Millenium)

Dr. Jonathan Lewy (Hebrew University Jerusalem)

“Nazis On Speed: Myths and Reallities” 

Dr. Jonathan Lewy will present his research on drug policies in the National Socialist regime. Addicts were treated with “kid gloves”, and authorities refrained from persecuting drug users and addicts. To take a known example, Hermann Goering, at one point the second man in the Reich, was an opiate addict; but this fact did not pose a problem for the regime. In spite of the Nazis obsession with a clean society the Nazi authorities treated drug addiction and drug crimes with relative indifference. In fact, the German drug laws in the 1930’s and 40’s were more lenient than the American or Israeli laws of today. Unlike Jews, Communists and alcoholics, drug users and addicts did not suffer from persecution in Nazi Germany, no strict control was imposed on them, and some known addicts even reached high positions in the party and government. The reason for this stems from a different understanding of crime and criminal behavior by the Nazis, which was based on different precepts than are employed today.

Publications:”A Biological Threat or a Social Disease? Alcoholism and Drug Addiction in Nazi Germany” in Journal of European Studies (2009), vol. 39.
The Drug Policy of the Third Reich” in Journal of the Social History of Alcohol and Drugs (2008), vol. 22.
A Sober Reich? Alcohol and Tobacco use in Nazi Germany” in Journal of Substance Use and Misuse (2006), vol. 41.

You can see the Facebook event page here


Dr. Jonathan Lewy in position.  The Crowd    Dr. Lewy and Ken Walsh's wonderful poster    




15/9/2011 Thursday
MapAC204 (Áras na Mac Léinn)


Meet & Greet for new members

In the Aftermath of Socs Day, we will welcome all members, new and old, into our clann that very same evening at 7:00 P.M. So come along for an introduction to our events and organising Coiste, and a drink with us. A great way to meet people and find out more about the Cumann Staire.

We will be greeting all new members at AC204 near Smokies Café and or another areaand there will be a short introduction before we will all then be proceeding to The College Bar and possibly further afield!

You can see the Facebook event page here



15/9/2011 Thursday
MapBailey Allen Hall (Áras na Mac Léinn)

Socs Day 2011

Join Cumann Staire for Eternal Glory!

Socs Day is approaching swiftly and we will welcome all members, new and old, into our society. Sign up on Socs Day for absolutely nothing and enter into the best society in NUIG. The ever reliable and trusty Cumann Staire members will be on hand to initiate you into the society, by simply scanning your College I.D. card and you will get all the E-Mails and texts which we send out to our members.

Talk to our already elected Coiste members on the day to find out more about the society and how you can get involved. Just about anyone can get on committee and we have a number of positions yet to be filled for the year ahead. Could you be the next: Webmaster, First Year Rep., Second Year Rep., Third Year Rep., Ordinary Committee Member, Erasmus Rep., or even a Vice Secretary, Treasurer etc.? There will also a Sub-Coiste organised for the running of the Arts Ball 2012, The biggest and best ball on campus.