IHSA Conference, CorkGalway to host conference in 2012
A delegation which consisted of: Michael McNally, Christina Folsom, Joe Regan, John Devlin, Hanne-Mette Alsos Raae and Karin Steinruecke attended the conference in Cork. The event was very well organised in the picturesque ground of University College Cork. Hanne-Mette and Joe both gave papers which were well recieved. At the IHSA AGM it was overwhelmingly decided that Cumann Staire, NUIG should host the annual IHSA conference in 2012. Joe Regan said that this was a reflection of the high standing in which history in NUIG and Cuman Staire are held. This should prove to be a difficult task, but one that Cumann Staire should have no problem rising to.
ISHA Conference, Pula
This years annual ISHA conference will be held in Pula, Croatia. The Cumann Staire hopes to send a delegation of members to the conference. This would be first active participation Cumann Staire has had at an ISHA event in allmost 2 years. The last in which we participated was in Zagreb. Reachtaire Nóra Ní Dhomhnaill who was in Zagreb for that conference has said that she wants the society to re-forge the valuable ISHA links that the were made under Tonaí.
Trip to Talinn Announced
An Cumann Staire has announced a trip to Estonia which will take place in May. Talinn is the largest city in Estonia ans is this year's European capital of culture. The trip to Estonia will be 5 days long. Anyone who wishes to go can contact the committee or come along to a meeting and/or guest lecture and more information can be given as it is known.
Arts Ball 2011Rubberbandits Confirmed
It has been confirmed that no other than Ireland's most infamous duo have been confirmed to play the Arts Ball 2011. Talks had been ongoing and Arts Ball Organiser, Nóra Ní Dhomhnaill confirmed their presence today. Nóra said "I really think this shows the level and quality of the Arts Ball in that we can attract some of the biggest acts in Ireland to play our ball. It's be great to be able to attract someone of the calibre and popularity such as the Rubberbandits who are the most popular band in Ireland right now". Propoganda, Whitewater, Torann and Hot Fuss are also due to play the Arts Ball & Afterparty.
Full Coiste DecidedThe provisional comittee has co-opted in deciding the full Coiste for 2010/2011.
The Full Coiste to be responsible for the running of the society for the academic year 2010/11 is as following:
The Organising Committee
|Reachtaire||Nóra Ní Dhomhnaill|
|Vice-Secretary||Hanne-Mette Alsos Raae|
|Public Relations Officer||John Devlin|
|Arts Bál Organiser||Nóra Ní Dhómhnaill|
|Webmaster||Christopher O'Boyce (Skelly)|
|Postgraduate and IHSA Rep.||Christina Folsom|
|Ionadaí Gaeilge||Séagh Mac Súirdáin|
|Leas-Ionadaí Gaeilge||Órfhlaith Breathnach|
|Erasmus Rep.||Karin Steinruecke|
|Erasmus Rep.||Ken Mark Walsh|
|First Year Rep.||Clíona Ní Shiurdáin|
|General Coiste Member||Aidín Nic an Airchinnigh|
|General Coiste Member||Brian Murphy|
Nóra Ní Dhomhnaill, this years Reachtaire has expressed delight at the high level representation of first years on the committee and thinks that the Cumann Staire has a strong future ahead.
Trips 2010/2011Trip to belfast announced
An Cumann Staire hopes to organise a number of events this year, both national and international. A definite trip to Belfast is planned for the incoming first-years and to see Ireland's maiden city's sights and sounds. There are also hopes for trips to Germany in the new year and another destination at easter or summer. A planned delegation will be going to Cork for the IHSA annual conference. The society also wishes to encourage members to attend the ISHA seminars and the annual conference.
Arts Ball 2011Date & Venue fixed for Arts Ball 2011
After discussions with the Coiste and the hotels in Galway, details for the Arts Ball 2011 have been finalised provisionally. The Arts Ball will take place on wednesday 16th of February. It will take place again in the Salthill Hotel. Nóra Ní Dhomhnaill the society Reachtaire and the organiser for this year's ball has expressed great delight to once again be working with the Salthill Hotel and has announced her intention to out-do Michael McNally's efforts as the Ball organiser.
Social Events 2010/11Social Events Planned for the Year
In addition to the guest lecture series for 2011/2, Cumann Staire have announced plans for a number of social events for the upcoming year. These are nothing new, mostly following Cumann Staire traditions. After Socs Day the society will hold a meet-and-greet for incoming first years and all prospective new members. A table quiz and fancy dress party will be organised by the incoming first years at Halloween. There will also be the annual Christmas Party and Committee Christmas Dinner. There will be another meet & greet after Socs Day II. There will of course be lots of other get-togethers and gatherings throughout the year.
Talks 2010/11Cumann Staire announces this years talks
This academic year the Cumann Staire have announced that they will be hosting 9 different lecturers who will be giving talks on subject which they have studied. The elected secretary for this year, Joe Regan has organised the lectures and has expressed his delight at the range of topics and the standing of lecturers that Cumann Staire was able to attract. The lecturers and the talks are as following:
|23/09/2010||Dr Deirdre McMahon "Ireland and India: Independence and Partition"|
|14/10/2010||Dr. Paul Quigley "A Nation Among Nations? The Confederate States of America and Transatlantic National"|
|21/10/2010||Prof. Catherine Clinton "The relevance of Mary Chesnut's Civil War Diary"|
|04/11/2010||Dr. Andrew Sneddon "Witchcraft, magic and demonic possession in early modern Ireland"|
|20/01/2011||Jackie Uí Chionna "The story of the American former G.I's who came to Ireland post WWII to study medicine at U.C.G."|
|02/02/2011||Professor Richard Vinen "Thatcherism"|
|24/02/2011||Dr. Vincent Durac "Irish Foreign Policy in the Middle-East"|
|10/03/2011||Dr. Padraig Lenihan "The Battle of Aughrim"|
|23/03/2011||Prof. Fergus Kelly "Early Irish Farming"|
*These are all provisional dates and are subject to change.
Coiste Elected 2010/11
The Cumann Staire AGM resulted in this provisional committee for the year 2010/2011. This is the coiste elected:
|Reachtaire||Nóra Ní Dhomhnaill|
|Eagraí don Arts Bál 2011||Clíona Ní Chatháin|
|OPR||Aidín Nic an Airchinnigh|
|Postgrad. and IHSA rep.||Christina Folsom|
|Ionadaí Gaeilge||Séagh MacSiúrd´in|
Professing the HumanitiesThe English Pale, Partition and 'Two-Nations Theory'
On the occasion of the recent appointment of Established Professors of English, History and Philosophy, the School of Humanities hosts a public lecture series Professing the Humanities in the City Museum. Déardaoin 24ú sees Prof. Steven Ellis presents a lecture in his field of speciality on Tudor ruled Ireland.
Corn FitzGibbonNUIG hosts the Finals of the Third-level Hurling Competitions
The two semi-finals are on the Friday at 12:00 and 14:00 (Dangan fields) with the final the following day at 14:45 (Páirc an Phiarsaigh). NUIG is in the first FitzGibbon semi-final against the powerhouse of LIT, fronted by Joe Canning from Port Omna. Our university is also hosting the Ryan Cup finals -11:00 DCU v Maynooth, 13:00 Tralee IT v Carlow IT (Dangan) - final 12:45 (Pearse Stadium) and Fergal Maher Cup finals - 11:00 Marino v Napier University, 13:00 IT Tallaght v Dundalk IT (in Athenry) - final (Dangan). leathanach Facebook.
Celtic and Classical languagesDr Graham Isaac, Dr Jacopo Bisagni Lectures
Dr Graham Isaac (from the Celtic Civilizations Department) will present 'The Celtic and Classical Languages in Antiquity and Prehistory' followed by Dr Jacopo Bisagni 'Amrae Coluimb Chille' Problems and Approaches'. Both Lectures will investigate the coming together of Celtic speakers with the Classical languages, primarily Latin, from the earliest periods to the medieval, eulogic poem Amrae Coluimb Chille.
Irish Studies SeminarPiping in Galway during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Piping historian Seán Donnelly presents this fascinating look at a part of Irish musical history in this city. Seán hails from Baile Átha Cliath and has been playing and writing on the Irish music for decades. He is a well known expert on the history of the pipes in Ireland and has published much research on them as well as presenting papers at specialist conferences. The talk will take place in the seminar room of the Irish Studies Centre in the Martha Fox House on Distillery Road.
Cumann Seandálaíochta - ArchSocMedieval Towns; definition and identification
Dr Jim McKeown will speak on Irish mediaeval urban centres and the challenges of their definition in the context of Gaelic society and the later destruction of its records by the invading Vikings, Normans and English. The talk is at 19:00 in the léachtlann Ó Tnúthail (AM150). Post lecture reception: Busker Browns - The Slate Bar.
Irish Studies Seminar'To wipe out the civilized race': Modernity, An Gúm and the Irish Language in the Free State
Dr Brian Ó Conchubhair of Notre Dame, Indiana, presents a paper entitled 'To wipe out the civilized race': Modernity,
An Gúm and the Irish Language in the Free State in the seminar room of the Irish Studies Centre in Martha Fox House
Déardaoin 17/12/2009 at 14:00. This is the last Irish Studies Seminar of the Noughties and all are welcome.
Brian Ó Conchubhair is Assistant Professor of Irish Language and Literature at the University of Notre Dame and a fellow of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies. He edited Gearrscéalta &Acute;r Linne (CIC, 2006), WHY IRISH? Irish Language and Literature in Academia (Arlen House, 2008) and was Series Editor for The Fighting Story Series (Mercier Press, 2009). Cló Iar-Chonnachta published his intellectual history of the Irish language revival, Fin de Siècle na Gaeilge: Darwin, An Athbheochan agus Smaointeoireacht na hEorpa in October 2009.
TCD Postgraduate History SeminarDéardaoin 10 Nollaig 2010
The next meeting of the TCD Postgraduate History Seminar, which will take place on Thursday 10 December at
13:00 in Seminar Room 6009 on the 6th floor of the Arts Block of TCD and all are welcome.
The papers will be as follows:
1) Tom Hodson (TCD), 'Georges Jeanniot (1848 - 1934): Artist and Soldier'
2) Neil Johnston (UCD), 'A design long entertained: the passage of the Bill of Settlement through the Irish Parliament, May 1661 - June 1662'
Fellowships in BudapestCEU History Department offers fellowships for graduate students
The History Department at Central European University, Budapest offers fellowships for 1year and 2year MA programs. The programs start in September 2010. Deadline for applications is 25/01/2010. Applications are invited for two MA programs: in one-year (Master of Arts in Central European History), designed for students who have completed at least a four-year Bachelor's degree; and in two years (Master of Arts in Historical Studies, offered jointly with the Department of Medieval Studies), designed for those who have completed a three-year Bachelor's degree. There is also a PhD program in Comparative History of Central, Southeastern and Eastern Europe). Apply at www.ceu.hu/admissions.
Irish Studies Seminar'A religion truly Catholic and Ecumenical': Jeremiah Curtin's Science of Mythology
The next Irish Studies Seminar will take place Déardaoin 26 Samhain. 'A religion truly Catholic and Ecumenical':
Jeremiah Curtin's Science of Mythology is the title of the paper to be given by Dr John Eastlake, IRCHSS Post-Doctoral
Fellow at Roinn an Bhéaloidis and Roinn na Nua-Ghaeilge, University College Cork.
John recently completed his PhD in Irish Studies at NUIG and his new project at UCC is entitled: 'Jeremiah Curtin: Cross-cultural, Collaborative Textual Production of Irish and Native American Mythologies'. Ethnographer, folklorist, and 'mythologist', Jeremiah Curtin, made a crucial contribution to Irish Studies at the end of the nineteenth century. This study will evaluate his Irish publications in comparison with his work on Native Americans, which will allow for a contextualised understanding of Curtin and his contributions to the development of Irish Studies.
Turais 2009-10Cumann Staire announces this year's trips
This academic year the Cumann Staire has three trips planned; one at home and two abroad. Our first trip is to the ancient Irish city of Doire - Derry. The modern incarnation of this settlement on the banks of the river Feabhal, as it enters the great sea loch of the same name, is dated to the early 17th century. The city was based on the site of the monastic city founded by saint Colm Cille in the 6th century with the name Doire referring to the oak woods of the area. A hotbed of political action in the years of the Civil Rights struggle with the Northern Ireland government of the Six Counties the city is also famous for its role as a great clothing manufacturing centre and its fully intact city walls. This trip is with the geography students of the Cumann Tíreolaíochta and the Human Rights Soc on the weekend of 27-29/11/2009 and will be both educational and great craic. Highlights will include a city tour, talks and a meeting with Civil Rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume. Our second trip is to Mainz in late Eanáir - January 2010 where the Cumann Staire has a strong relationship with the equivalent student organisation of that city's Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat. Mainz is on the banks of the mighty Rhine and has many beautiful buildings centred on it massive 1000 year old Romanesque cathedral. The local students always pull out all the stops to make their Cumann Staire visitors feel welcome and know how to throw a good party when the meetings and sight seeing is over! The third trip is to the historic city of Constantinople - Istanbul, the capital of Turkey and the ancient 'second Rome' of the Eastern Roman Empire. There we will meet local history students, see the sights, visit museums and sample the reknowned night life of the Golden Horn. This trip is planned for the second week of M%aacute;rta - March 2010. On Tuesday 27th of October at 19:00 in Túr 1 -Tower 1 (Slí Dála - concourse) is a vital meeting to give more information on these trips and how to avail of the limited number of places on each of them.
2000 euro bronnta ar Roinn Na StaireCumann Staire donation for history book purchases
The Cumann Staire continued its strong tradition of donating money raised from the hugely successful Arts Bál to worthy causes with a large donation to Roinn Na Staire (Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh). On 24 July Tonaí Ó Roduibh presented a cheque for 2,000 euro to Professor Dáibhí Ó Cróinín; head of the department of history - Roinn Na Staire. Tonaí, as Rúnaí 2008-09, stood in for the outgoing Reachtaire of the CS Tadhg Ó Broin and was accompanied by Professor Steven Ellis in his role as Uachtarán Onórach (honorary president) of the Cumann Staire. An tOllamh Ó Cróinín expressed the gratitude of the department for the ongoing genorosity of the CS and said that this donation for the purchase of history library books would be of great assistance to all those studying historic studies courses at Galway's university. Tonaí stated "As our motto Eochair Feasa Foghlaim says, the key to knowledge is learning, and with short-sighted cut-backs in investment in Liberal Arts effecting our universities students often find a disappointing selection of publications in their libraries. We believe our department's investment of this donation in new history books for the library is something we can be proud of and again underlines the importance of the Cumann Staire's efficient organisation of the university's largest ball."
Post Iar-Dhochtúra le haghaidh 2009/10Postdoc research position available 2009/10
The position should be starting in September and will last for one year. The salary will be 35,161 euro and the
postholder will be based in Gaillimh (NUI, Galway) but will need to undertake a number of research trips to Rome
during the year (the costs of these trips will be paid and therefore will not come from their salary).
Please contact the Cumann Staire for further information.
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