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22 Jan 2016

The department is happy to announce the award of two PhD’s at the Winter Conferrals: Niamh Lenihan and Julia Balla photographed with their supervisors Professor Bernadette Whelan and Professor Anthony McElligott. The title of Niamh’s topic is: 'At the service of all who want them: the work of the Little Company of Mary in Ireland, 1888-1980'; while Julia’s is 'Between triumph and resistance: Dr Denes Csanky and Hungarian cultural policy during the Second World War'. In addition to our two PhDs, nine students graduated from the MA History, two students from the MA History of the Family, and one each from MA Local History and MA History of Art & Architecture programmes – all with flying colours!

Every year UL awards a medal for excellence in teaching to a member of the campus faculty for innovative and engaged learning. This year we are proud to announce that our colleague Dr Vincent O’Connell (pictured centre) has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to the student experience.  He brings his students to a deep and motivated level of engagement that has had an extraordinary impact in a very short space of time. As an active historian who shares his love of his subject with passion and with skill, Vincent brings out the very best in his students, challenging them to achieve insight and understanding of complex historical ideas and identities.

11 Jan 2016

History PhD Student, Rita McCarthy researched and presented two radio documentaries

on the history of Scattery Island from the 6th Century to present day and broadcast on Clare FM on 31 December 201 and 1 January 2016

Links to the documentaries funded by the BAI using the TV licence fee below:

https://soundcloud.com/seeker-1/scattery-island-hidden-treasure-episode-1

https://soundcloud.com/seeker-1/scattery-island-hidden-treasure-episode-two

15 Dec 2015
Congratulations to Dr Vincent O'Connell (pictured centre with Dean AHSS Tom Lodge and Dean Teaching & Learning Fiona Farr) on this outstanding achievement. He received this award due to the wonderful impact he is having on teaching at UL and most importantly, on the engagement and learning of his students. Dr O'Connell provided detailed and exemplary evidence of his impact on student learning, and task force members agreed that he has a distinguished, engaging and innovative approach to teaching and we have much to learn from your use of a diversity of approaches, many of which make excellent and interactive use of technology.
11 Nov 2015
Emerald Literati Network recently awarded Professor Bernadette Whelan the 2015 Highly Commended Paper Award for her paper entitled 'American influences on Irish advertising and consumerism 1900-60: fashioning Irishwomen' published in the Journal of Historical Research in Marketing. She also receieved the 2015 Outstanding Reviewer Award.
15 Oct 2015

Last month saw the official opening of Bryce House at Ilnacullin/Garinish Island, Co. Cork, the result of a €2.4 million heritage tourism project involving UL historian, Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam.

The 37 acre island was acquired in 1910 by John Annan Bryce, M.P. for Inverness, Scotland, and brother of James Bryce, British ambassador to the United States of America, 1907-13. As early as 1925, the Bryces opened the now world famous island gardens to the public. In 1953, the island, its buildings, collections and gardens were gifted to the Irish people, following the death of the last owner, Roland L’Estrange Bryce, and taken into the care of the Office of Public Works. The project, funded by Fáilte Ireland and the Office of Public Works, involved the restoration of this former family home and the upgrading of the Edwardian picturesque property to provide public access.

Bryce House has been carefully conserved to respect its historic integrity and reflect the lives and times of its former inhabitants. As consultant historian on the project, Dr Mullaney-Dignam, worked with the curatorial team, conducting archival research in Ireland and in the United Kingdom to produce exhibition materials and inform the presentation of the property. She was also responsible for the writing and production of a new guidebook, entitled Ilnacullin: The Bryce Legacy.

Officially opening the historic house to the public on 9 September, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring T.D., stated: ‘I am delighted to be here to share in the experience that is Garinish Island, I want to commend all the project team for the remarkable job. I am sure that this new addition will act as a further magnet to attract more visitors to this unique and wonderful location and so assist the tourist industry in the area sustain and grow much needed jobs. We are on course for a record year for visitor numbers to Ireland and developing unique places such as Garinish Island are vital to our tourism industry as visitors continually look for new experiences.’

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