02 Apr 2015

Dr Vincent O’Connell facilitates the  transfer of important archival material from St Joseph’s Industrial School Glin, Co. Limerick.

02 Apr 2015

Dr. Conor Reidy discussed his recently published book Criminal Irish Drunkards on the Tipp Today programme on Tipp FM on Tuesday 31 March. The interview can be heard at about thirty minutes in to the attached podcast:

19 Mar 2015
Congratulations to Professor Anthony McElligott and Professor Bernadette Whelan on their recent election as Members of the Royal Irish Academy. Membership is by invitation and represents recognition of outstanding scholarship.
13 Mar 2015

Dr Richard Kirwan has been awarded funding under the IRC New Foundations scheme for the ‘Clustering for Excellence: New Directions in Early Modern Studies at UL and MIC’ initiative.

The IRC award will facilitate the establishment of an interdisciplinary and cross-campus Early Modern Studies Forum.

13 Mar 2015

Women on the Move: a review of the historiography of Irish emigration to the USA, 1750–1900

Emigration was an integral part of Irish life in the nineteenth century and much of that experience was characterised by banishment, exile and loneliness. This article reviews the historiography of Irish emigration to America and focuses on Irish women's unique experience of emigration, specifically looking at their reasons for leaving, the mechanics of departure and the kind of life that awaited them in the USA. This interpretation places gender at the centre of the narrative and argues that Irish emigrant women were agents of their own lives and not secondary agents and also that, by the end of the nineteenth century, personal ambition and a desire to improve and progress their own lives was as influential with them as the financial imperative to assist family and friends in the USA and Ireland.