15 Feb 2017

Dr Richard Kirwan is a Visiting Scholar at the Seminar für Neuere Geschichte at the University of Tübingen, January-April 2017.

03 Feb 2017
Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam was an expert contributor to ‘The Big House’ TV documentary series, filmed in 2013 and currently showing on TV3 on Sundays at 8pm. Previous episodes are available on the TV3 player at:
02 Feb 2017

Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam featured recently on ‘Ireland’s national anthems’ a radio documentary broadcast on RTÉ Lyric FM. Written and presented by Dr Michael Murphy, Mary Immaculate College, the programme also featured historian Diarmaid Ferriter, musicologist Harry White, Olympic and World Championship rower Sinead Lynch, Director of the Defence Forces School of Music Mark Armstrong, conductor Liam Daly and literary critic Colbert Kearney who is also a grandson of Peadar Kearney who wrote ‘The Soldier's Song’. Copy and paste the link to your browser to hear a podcast of the programme at:

01 Feb 2017

On 21 January Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam presented some of her latest research at ‘A “Great Divide” or a Longer Nineteenth Century: Music, Britain, and the First World War’, an international conference held at the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, St John’s College, Durham University, UK. Her paper, entitled ‘Cat-gut and car-horns: British parliamentary debates concerning music during the First World War’, focused on controversies surrounding the taxation of ‘luxury’ items, including musical instruments and gramophones, in Britain between 1914 and 1918.

30 Jan 2017

On 27 January 2000, the 55th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops, Ireland joined with 45 other countries in signing the Stockholm Declaration on the Holocaust. Since then on each Sunday either on or closest to that date, countries around the world of held national commemoration acts condemning the Nazi genocide of European Jewry, and also condemning other acts of racial hatred. Holocaust awareness in Ireland based on sound knowledge is among the lowest in Europe, and yet the genocide of European Jewry in the last century was also planned for Ireland’s circa 4,000 (1933) Irish men, women and children who were of Jewish heritage. There are today, just three survivors from this dark period, but their children and grandchildren continue to bear witness on their behalf. In order to raise greater awareness, the Holocaust Education Trust Ireland was founded with former minister of education Ruairi Quin as its first chairman. The Trust, supported by the Irish government, plays a key role in the annual commemoration. This year Professor Anthony McElligott, History Department at UL, was again invited to give one of the readings together with (among others) Iar Uachtarain, Mary McAleese, former president of Ireland, Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, HE Ze’ev Boker, Ambassador of Israel, and Nick Henderson, CEO Irish Refugee Council. And Helen Marks, Dublin Jewish Progressive Congregation.