03 May 2016

Volume 16 of UL’s postgraduate history journal, History Studies, was launched last week by co-editors and history PhD candidates, Gerald Maher and John Harrington, with the support of the Department of History. This year’s edition marked the commemoration of the 1916 Rising as part of the Department of History’s centenary programme. History Studies is kindly funded by the Department of History, AHSS, Postgraduate Student’s Union and the President’s office. Call for papers for Volume 17 is now open. For further information, contact the editors:

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15 Mar 2016

Congratulations to history PhD student Rita McCarthy who has been awarded the Anna Parnell Travel Grant by the Women’s History Association of Ireland

The title of Rita's PhD is 'A comparative study of Irish women's emigration to Britain and the US, 1945 to 1970'.

The Women’s History Association of Ireland (WHAI), is the premier professional society for the study of the history of women in Ireland. It is an all-island body whose membership is international and it is affiliated to the International Federation for Research in Women's History.  The WHAI sponsors the Anna Parnell Grant which is an open competition. Ms Rita McCarthy, year two PhD in the Department of History is the recipient of the prestigious award in 2016.  Rita's supervisor is Professor Bernadette Whelan, Department of History.

The Anna Parnell Travel grant was established in 2011 to promote research among early stage scholars in Irishwomen’s and Gender History.

Anna Parnell was the fifth of eleven children born to John Henry Parnell, an Irish Protestant landowner, and Delia Tudor Stewart Parnell. Michael Davitt’s proposal to establish an Irish Ladies’ Land League led him to propose Anna as its organiser as he had previously worked alongside Anna Parnell in New York and recognised her administrative ability. Anna Parnell’s life provides a vivid illustration of the immense difficulties faced by intelligent and energetic women in the nineteenth to find a role and have their voices heard.

The travel grant is named in her honour to reflect her vigorous campaigning which saw her travel widely and her intellectual and political contributions which were largely ignored in her lifetime.  One travel grant is awarded per year.