04 Jul 2019

Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam was an invited guest speaker at the Landed Estates Conference held at the Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna, Co Galway on 29 June 2019. Her illustrated lecture was titled 'Musical culture and Big House society'. The conference also saw the official opening of the Pawel Strzelecki exhibition showcasing the efforts of a Polish humanitarian in Ireland during the Great Famine.

03 Jul 2019

Congratulations to Ms Michaela Bruton (BA English & History) who has been awarded the Brian Faloon Prize for the best FYP in history for 2018-19. Her FYP is titled 'A Study of Women in Kerry, 1914-1923'.  Well done Michaela!

03 Jul 2019

Since 5 June I have been undertaking archival research at the Centre des archives diplomatiques, situated at La Corneuve in Paris. My primary aim is to examine the reports of French ambassadors who resided in Vienna between the years 1727-43. This period would mark the return of France as Europe's leading power and a decline in Habsburg Austrian power. It witnessed the collapse of the Anglo-French Alliance (1716-31), the War of the Polish Succession (1733-5) and the outbreak of the War of the Austrian Succession in 1740. This research is primarily focused on the social world of diplomatic representatives in Vienna, their interactions with one another and the Austrian nobility, their mutual friends and acquaintances and their networks of influence. More specifically, and in relation to my work at La Corneuve, I am interested in how French ambassadors interacted with the agent of the Stuart court in exile in Vienna, Owen O'Rouerke. At least one of these aforementioned ambassadors, Gaston-Pierre de Lévis, Marquis de Mirepoix, was married to the niece of O'Rouerke's wife in 1739. Letters and reports from the Haus-, Hof-, und Staatsarchiv in Vienna and the Vatican Secret Archives attest to an informal relationship between the two men. Documents from the Centre des archives diplomatiques should complement and further our understanding of this relationship.

This research is being funded by the Rev. Liam Swords Foundation.

Stephen is supervised by Dr. Richard Kirwan.

05 Jun 2019

The College of Arts Humanitiies and Social Sciences has the following position available:  AHSS Postgraduate Scholarship – Student Leadership Co-ordinator on Bachelor of Arts Programme. This is available to registered AHSS Postgraduate Researchers. Full details are available at the following link: