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26 Jan 2018

Dr Ruan O'Donnell has a chapter entitled ‘The Democratic Programme of the First Dail’ which was published in Atlas of the Irish Revolution #atlasirishrev, a book which tells the full story of Ireland’s revolutionary history from 1913 to 1923 and has been voted the ‘Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year’ for 2017.

The ‘Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year 2017’ was chosen by a public vote from the list of category winners announced at the recent Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards. Published by Cork University Press, 'Atlas of the Irish Revolution’ is a definitive resource that brings to life this pivotal moment in Irish history and nation-building. It draws together existing and ongoing research into the revolutionary period in a broad ranging and inclusive manner. It also includes contributions from leading scholars across a range of disciplines.

12 Jan 2018

In case you missed Episode 1 of Tríd an Lionsa you can catch it on http://www.tg4.ie/en/player/home/?pid=5705148817001&teideal=Tríd an Lionsa&series=Tríd an Lionsa&dlft=NaN Our very own Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam speaking about landed estates and Dr Una Ní Bhroiméil (MIC) presenting! Dr Ciara Breathnach was Historical adviser to the entire series. See TG4 at 8pm Thursday nights for the next five weeks for more familiar faces and fascinating research on Irish visual history.

14 Dec 2017

On 12th December 2017 Dr Kirwan presented a research paper at the Seminar für Mittlere und Neuere Geschichte, Universität Göttingen. The seminar paper presented findings from Dr Kirwan's current research project on religious conversion and the experience of exile among scholars in early modern Germany. This project is funded by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung.

12 Dec 2017

On 7-8 December 2017, Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam delivered a paper at the ‘Why Public History?’ Conference held at a snowy Queen's University Belfast. Over 2 days, 12 panels of 33 papers were delivered on a variety of topics concerning the practice of history in the public realm – museums, archives, anniversaries, education – revealing the vibrancy of the field in Ireland, the UK, and beyond.

Karol’s paper ‘Preaching what you practice: public history in the university classroom’ featured as part of a panel on Inventive approaches to educational engagement. Drawing on her experience both within and beyond the academy, she spoke about the challenges of and opportunities for sharing public history skills with undergraduates. Digital tools and practices are transforming both public history and third-level History teaching and learning. Digital cultural heritage can be a vehicle for blended and technology-enhanced education, and 'doing’ public history in the classroom. Open access online resources have been used by History students at the University of Limerick to generate such outputs as an online research showcase (Researching Revolutionaries) and a WordPress site (Irish Aussies: Historical Perspectives).

Karol also shared news of the Department’s new online MA in Public History and Cultural Heritage. This taught Masters programme provides a structured academic approach to the practice of history in public settings and has been developed to include a combination of conceptual, methodological and practice-based modules. The programme – which is unique in Ireland – will appeal to new graduates as well as those already working in cultural heritage organisations or public institutions, seeking continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities. The online delivery will provide flexibility while enabling prospective students to acquire a globally-recognised postgraduate qualification in a cutting-edge area of historical practice.

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