Speaker Series 2016/17

Dr. Caitrona Clear (NUIG) – Everyday Life in Ireland in 1916″ – Wednesday, September 21st, IT125G

Dr. Clear is a Senior lecturer of NUIG. Her research interests- on which she has many publications- include the history of women and the social history of Ireland and Europe in the 18th and 19th Centuries. Such publications have concerned topics such as nuns, homelessness and Maura Laverty.

Publications include: Nuns in Nineteenth-Century Ireland (Gill & Macmillan, 1987);Social Change and Everyday Life in Ireland 1850-1922 (Manchester University Press, 2007) and; Women’s Voices in Ireland: Women’s Magazines in the 1950s and 60s (Bloomsbury, 2015)


Prof. Marian Lyons (Maynooth) – The Practice of Medicine in Early Modern Ireland: The Case Thomas Arthur M.D. (1593-1675)” – Tuesday, October 11th, McMunn Theatre

A Professor of History at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Prof. Lyons has many publications under her belt. Her research interests include Irish migration to continental Europe- especially France- during 1550-1800, the emergence of professional medicine in Ireland, and religion in late Medieval and early Modern Ireland. An interest in local history lead her to become General Editor for the Maynooth Research Guides for Irish Local History series and an editor of The Irish Revolution 1912-23 series. She is currently working on a biography of Thomas Arthur, M.D. of Limerick.

Publications include: France and Ireland, 1500-1610: Politics, Migration and Trade (2003; The Royal Historical Society and Boydell & Brewer); Church and Society in County Kildare, c.1470- 1547 (Four Courts Press, 2000); Gearóid Óg, the Ninth Earl of Kildare (Dundalgan Press, 1998)


Dónal Ó Catháin – “The Fitzgeralds of Desmond and Gaelic Culture in the Late Medieval Period” – Thursday, 10th October, Larmor Theatre

Dónal Ó Catháin has recently completed his PhD thesis, which he undertook in Roinn na Nua-Ghaeilge in NUI Galway. His thesis examined the connections between the Earls of Desmond and the Irish learned families, such as the Ó Dálaigh, Ó Maoilchonaire and Ó hIfearnáin families from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries.

He was a member of an Cumann Staire for many years and held the position of Auditor from 2012 to 2013. He is currently treasurer of the Irish History Students’ Association and was the IHSA representative to the Irish Committee for Historical Sciences for a number of years. He is currently working as a translator in the Irish Translation Service of the European Parliament in Luxembourg.


Prof. Cathie Carmichael (UEA) – “A Habsburg Garrison Town in Peace and War: Trebinje 1878-1918” – Monday, 30th January, Dillon Theatre

Professor Carmichael is Professor of European History at the University of East Anglia where her research focuses on Eastern Europe with particular emphasis on the Balkans. She is an editor of the Journal of Genocide Research and is on the National Advisory Board of Europe-Asia Studies .

Publications include: Language and Nationalism in Europe (with Stephen Barbour eds, Oxford University Press, 2000) and The Routledge History of Genocide (with Richard C. Maguire, Routledge, 2015).


Prof. Patrick Geoghean (TCD) – “Liberating Ireland: Daniel O’Connell and the Campaign for Civil Rights” – Wednesday, 22nd February, McMunn Theatre

Professor Geoghegan is an expert on the Anglo-Irish relationship in the late-eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as on the competing themes of constitutional nationalism and republicanism between 1782 and 1848. He presents the award-winning weekly history programme, Talking History, on Newstalk radio, and wrote the text for the multiple award-winning O’Connell exhibition at Glasnevin Cemetery.

Publications include: Liberator: The life and death of Daniel O’Connell, 1830-1847 (Gill and Macmillan, 2010), Robert Emmet: A life (Gill and Macmillan, 2002) and The Irish Act of Union: A study in high politics, 1798-1801 (Gill and Macmillan, 1999).


Prof. Judith Devlin (UCD) – “Stalin Cult: the leader and his Public” – Thursday, 2nd March, Dillon Theatre

Having studied in Dublin, Paris, and Oxford, Prof. Devlin spent a decade in the Department of Foreign Affairs, before serving in Gorbachev’s Russia where her academic interests turned to Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. Her most recent research concerns the Stalin Cult on which she has already published numerous chapters on the topic. She is currently a senior lecturer at UCD.

Publications include: Slavophiles and Commissars: Enemies of Democracy in Modern Russia (Macmillan, 1999) and the Superstitious Mind: French Peasants and the Supernatural in Nineteenth Century France (Yale University Press, 1987)


Prof. Michael Broers (Oxford) – “Napoleon: His Empire, Our Europe” – Thursday, 9th March. Dillon Theatre

A professor of Western European history at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, Prof. Broers is best known for his work on the Napoleonic era; a major part of this work concerns his interest in the application of the theory of cultural imperialism to European contexts- such as in Italy- and the relationship of regionalism and popular catholicism to modern state-building.

Publications include: Europe After Napoleon: Revolution, Reaction and romanticism, 1814-1848 (Manchester University Press, 1996); Napoleon: Soldier of Destiny (Faber & Faber, 2014); and The Napoleonic Empire in Italy, 1796-1814: Cultural Imperialism in a European Context? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)


Prof. Jane Ohlmeyer (TCD) – “Westward Enterprises: Colonial Ireland, Colonial India” – Wednesday, 22nd March, Dillon Theatre

An expert on the New British and Atlantic Histories, Prof. Ohlmeyer has published extensively on early modern Irish and British history. Being a founding member, she is Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity’s humanities research institute, and chairs the Irish Research Council. She is currently Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Modern History.

Publications include: Ireland from Independence to Occupation, 1641-1660 (Cambridge University Press, 1995) and; The Civil Wars: A Military History of England, Scotland and Ireland, 1638-1660 (Oxford University Press, 1998).