IHSA 2008

Latest News:

All the latest conference news is now available here on the Aistir website.

The CCS – IHSA conference programme has been completed and circulated to speakers. It is available to download as a Word file here:

CCS-IHSA and Aistir Conference Programme

The new conference website at www.aistir.com goes live on 17/02/08 and will provide detailed information on all events.


The Cumann Staire of NUI, Galway is pleased to announce that the 58th Annual Conference of the Comhaltas na gCumann Staire –
Irish History Students’ Association will take place at NUI, Galway from 29 February to 1 March 2008.

The CCS-IHSA is a cross-border association for students of history in Irish universities. Submissions are invited on all topics
from postgraduate and undergraduate students for this year’s conference. We also welcome students from outside Ireland working on Irish
By bringing together an audience with diverse interests from across Ireland and beyond, the conference allows access for
individual speakers to a supportive yet critical environment in which to present the results of their historical study.

The deadline for submission of conference proposals has passed.

The conference fee is €20.

This page contains important information for students and societies who intend to present at, or to attend the conference.

        Provisional Timetable (Amchlár Sealadach)

       Date ()

Events (Imeachtaí)

Location (Áit)
       28 Feb Optional Trip to Burren with overnight
stay. Historic sites, workshops on history methodology and research. In assocation
with this year’s Aistir Conference

Lios Dúin Bhearna
       29 Feb
Guided tour of the medieval city
Conference Launch
Reception and Table Quiz
Traditional Music outing

Galway City Centre
Moore Institute NUIG
College Bar
Galway City Centre
       1 Mar
Conference Session One
Conference Session Two
Conference Session Three
Conference Session Four
Conference Dinner

NUI, Galway
NUI, Galway
NUI, Galway
NUI, Galway
College Bar
NUI, Galway
NUI, Galway
NUI, Galway
Western Hotel

Galway is easily reachable by bus and train from many locations. Frequent bus services from Dublin, Cork, and Limerick
are provided by Bus Éireann and Citylink.
A train service from Dublin Heuston to Ceannt Station Galway is provided by Iarnród Éireann.
Students from Belfast can travel by train via Dublin Connolly and Dublin Heuston, or by bus with Bus Éireann via Enniskillen
and Sligo. See relevant company websites for more details.

The university campus is approximately fifteen minutes on foot from Galway Bus and Train Station. Alternatively, a frequent bus service
departs from Eyre Square. A taxi rank is also located in Eyre Square.

An Cumann Staire has negotiated reduced rates with the Sleepzone hostel which is located close to the university. To avail of discount rates, contact Michelle or Ashley, quoting the booking code ‘aistir’, at info@sleepzone.ie or phone 00 353 (0)91 566999. Discount rates are dependent on booking under our booking code and early booking is recommended. Conference attendees participating in the optional trip to the Burren will be provided with accommodation in Lisdoonvarna on Thursday night, the 28th of February. If not participating in this trip, and also for the other nights of their stay, attendees must make their own arrangements.


Useful links include:

–   An Cumann Staire
–   NUI, Galway
–   NUI, Galway History Department
–   CCS – IHSA Homepage
–   Aistir
–   The Moore Institute

Our Sponsors:
–   The Research Office, NUIG
–   The College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies
–   Roinn na Staire – Dept. of History
–   The Societies Office
–   Irish Committee of Historical Sciences

Contact us
If you have any queries about any aspect of the conference please contact our conference co-ordinator John Cunningham at CumannStaire@socs.nuigalway.ie