Comhdháil 2015 Conference

Clár - Progamme

Aoine 13 Friday


18:30 – 19:30

Welcome Reception and Official Conference Opening

Location: UL Main Building, Ground Floor


19:30 to late

Social in the Scholars’ Club, UL


Satharn 14 Saturday


09:00 Conference Registration in UL Main Building with tea and coffee


09:30 First session of panels (all panels in Kemmy Business School - KB)


11:05 Second session of panels


12:40 Lunch


13:45 Keynote speech


14:50 Awards


15:30 Third session of panels


17:00 Tea and coffee


17:15 Fourth session of panels


18:45 CCB - AGM (KBG15)


19:45 Free period


21:00 Dinner in the Pavilion, UL north campus


22:00 Closing remarks


Late social (optional)



The Panels


Session One (09:30-11:00)

Room One: Ireland and the Wider World (KBG11)

Florry O’Driscoll (NUIG), ‘‘I fear few of us will live to tell the tale’: The Letters of the Men of the Papal Battalion of St Patrick’.

Jerome Devitt (TCD), ‘Fenian Footprint: Revolutionary Irish-American nationalism and Victorian Bermuda’.

Gianna Hegarty (TCD), ‘A threat to neutrality? The presence of German and Austrian refugees in Ireland during the Second World War’.

Room Two: The Irish Revolution (KBG14)

Jeffrey Leddin (UL), ‘Green Phoenix: development of a martial structure and the nationalisation of the re-constituted Irish Citizen Army, 1914’.

Aaron Ó Maonaigh (DCU), ‘From New York to Ballyfermot: The Thompson Submachine Gun and The Irish War of Independence’.

Eamonn T. Gardiner (NUIG), ‘Insane at the Time of Commission’: Stress, Trauma, Reprisals and Suicide in the Auxiliary Division, 1920-1940’.


Session Two (11:05-12:35)

Room One: Conflict in the Wider World (KBG11)

Katya Radovanova (TU Dresden & NUIG), ‘The Red Power Movement: a Symbol of Indian Resistance and Native Political Action’

Donal Brennan (UL), ‘‘Lawrence of COIN’: Colonial small wars, the ‘Lawrencian’ hero and the history of counterinsurgency’.

Cian Moran (NUIG), ‘Idi Amin, the 1978 Uganda-Tanzania War and Humanitarian Intervention’.

Room Two: Social Regulation (KBG14)

Robert Flatley (NUIG), ‘The WHO and the why of Natural Contraception: A World Health Organisation Contraceptive Study and the Fledgling Family Life Centre, Knock, 1977-78’.

Matthew T. Molloy (NUIM), ‘‘Liberating libidos’?: Masculinity and ‘abnormal’ male sexuality in India, 1880-1914’.

Alex Tierney (TCD), ‘State Social Intervention into Women’s Lives after Irish Partition: Widows’ and Orphans’ Pensions Legislation in Northern Ireland and the Irish Free State, 1924-37’.


Keynote Speech and Awards (13:45-15:30): KBG15


Session Three (15:30-17:00)

Room One: Language (KBG11)

Dónal Ó Catháin (NUIG), ‘Bardic Poetry as a Historical Source for the FitzGeralds of Desmond’.

Patricia Walker (TCD), ‘Cock a Doodle Doo: The Murderous Origins of an English Nursery Rhyme’.

Jordan Markey (NUIG), ‘Why were questions around language so important in Galicia in the period from 1867 to 1914?’

Room Two: Parliamentary Ireland (KBG14)

David Gahan (NUIM), ‘An analysis of Free State election results 1923-25’.

Martin O’Donoghue (NUIG), ‘A Legacy Party? The Irish National League in the Free State’.

John Phayer (Independent), ‘‘As long as you say what you believe and believe what you say, that’s the test of authenticity’: The formation of the United Irish League and the controversy surrounding the trial of Samuel Phayer-Harris’.


Session Four (17:15-18:45)

Room One: Social movements (KBG11)

Annika Stendebach (Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz), ‘‘Sleepwalking through the Sixties’ – The Student Movement at University College Galway’.

Gerard Madden (NUIG), ‘The National Union of Journalists and Catholic anti-communism in mid-twentieth century Ireland’.

Mai Yatani (TCD), ‘Women in the reading clubs at the fin-de-siècle Ireland’.

Room Two: War and Peace (KBG14)

Anne Marie McInerney (TCD), ‘’Revolt from within: prison riots, escapes and hunger strikes during the Irish Civil War’.

Matthew X. Calvert (NUIG), ‘The Early Irish Outlaw: of Brigands and Heroes’.



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