25 May 2022

Maelle Le Roux, PhD student in the Department of History, was selected to attend the Digital Humanities Hackathon in Helsinki which took place from May 11th to May 20th. For ten days, she collaborated with an interdisciplinary team on a project analysing metadata of historical letters. Their results were presented in a poster,, and a live-streamed presentation,

06 May 2022

The department is delighted to congratulate Associate Professor Emerita Dr Bernadette Whelan, MRIA, on being awarded the American Conference of Irish Studies (ACIS) Lawrence J. McCaffrey Prize for Books on Irish America, 2022: De Valera and Roosevelt: Irish and American Diplomacy in Times of Crisis, 1932–1939

The Committee's commendation is as follows:

The committee agreed unanimously that the recipient of the Lawrence J. McCaffrey prize for 2021 will be Bernadette Whelan’s De Valera and Roosevelt: Irish and American Diplomacy in Times of Crisis, 1932–1939 (Cambridge University Press). It is a richly textured, absorbing and highly engaging study of a period that is sometimes regarded as ‘inter’, offering fascinating perspectives on the intersections between diplomatic and political manoeuvres. De Valera and Roosevelt are used as a fulcrum to consider a vast spectrum of characters who were involved in developing the ‘special relationship’ between Ireland and the US during the 1930s, including diplomats, their families, politicians, members of the US postal service, IRA members, illegal gamblers… the list goes on. To tell this extraordinary story, the study is grounded in, but not overburdened by, primary research (letters, memoir, foreign policy materials) drawn from Ireland, the US, the UK, and Switzerland. The emphasis on twentieth-century Ireland and the US enables Whelan to home in on the shifting power dynamics of the two countries in the tense years before World War Two, and necessarily pivots around the position of Britain – a triangulation that offers fresh perspectives, resisting often laboured mythologies of Irish America.

06 May 2022

Delighted to announce the second seminar in the CEMS Fragmented Pasts series. The series is convened by Dr Carrie Griffin and Dr Clodagh Tait. The seminar on ‘Re/building Fragmented Archives’ will take place online on 25th May from 14-16. Speakers include Prof. Marie-Louise Coolahan (NUIG), Dr Susan Hood (RCBL) and Dr Tim Murtagh (Beyond 2022 Project). Pre-registration is essential via

05 May 2022

Call for papers and posters for our AHSS Annual Postgraduate Conference which will take place on 9 & 10 June 2022 to our AHSS Postgraduate Community. Deadline for proposals: 5pm, Monday 23 May 2022. To submit a proposal, students should click on the following link:

22 Apr 2022

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences are advertising Scholarships, Fellowships and Fee awards for the academic year 2022/23.All information including the application form is on the following link.  Please note that the closing date is Monday 25 April 2022.