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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.’

12 Oct 2015

Information on the Secondary Schools History Documentary Competition can be viewed here

Download the Application Form for the Secondary Schools History Documentary Competition here

11 Aug 2015

Sanction has been received from the Department of Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht for three studentship placements with a view to students commencing in October 2015

Closing date is this Friday August 14, 2014 and applications have to be posted in by then.

Further information available on http://www.nli.ie/en/udlist/current-opportunities.aspx?article=9622c648-...

30 Jun 2015
Call for papers for the 2016 issue of History Studies,a journal edited by the postgraduate community in the Department of History in the University of Limerick. Papers can focus on any aspect of history and should be no more than 5,000 words in length. To mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, volume 16 of History Studies will be a double issue including a special issue reflecting on this pivotal moment in Irish history, and we welcome papers addressing any and all themes directly connected to the 1916 Rising for this special issue. The closing date for all submissions is 31 October 2015. Editors for the 2015 journal are Declan Mills and Gerald Maher
18 Jun 2015

Dr David Fleming being presented with his Fulbright award by Professor John Hegarty, Chairman, Irish Fulbright Commission, Iveagh House, Dublin, 2 June 2015.

Dr David Fleming (History) has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Award for 2015-16. He will be based at the University of Montana, where he will deliver master classes in Irish history to undergraduate and postgraduate students. He will also be exploring ways to enhance student and faculty exchanges between both universities.

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