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The Modern and Contemporary Irish History Seminar Series

The series will take place at 2.30p.m. on Wednesday in the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute. It provides a forum for discussion and dissemination of new ideas, perspectives, and research on Irish history, Irish Studies and cognate disciplines. All are welcome. We particularly welcome members of the postgraduate community.

Convenors: Dr Carole Holohan, Dr Ciaran O'Neill, Dr Georgina Laragy, Prof Lindsey Earner-Byrne


September - November 2023


Digital Humanities

‘Records, Research and Resources: insights into the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland’.

Three members of the VRTI team will take us behind the scenes of this landmark project, that seeks to recreate the archive lost on June 30th, 1922, in the opening engagement of the Civil War.

  • Jessica Baldwin (Senior Conservator, National Archives): ‘1922 Salved Records’.
  • Timothy Murtagh (VRTI Researcher Fellow, Public Record Offi ce of Northern Ireland) ‘From Rebellion to Union: The Home Offi ce and Ireland, 1793–1803’.
  • Brian Gurrin (Census Specialist, VRTI): ‘What’s in a Name?’
This event is part of the Trinity Arts & Humanities Research Festival 2023


Public History

'Curating the 20th century in Collins Barracks (NMI) and the Ulster Museum (UM).’

Karen Logan (UM) and Brenda Malone (NMI)



  • Niamh Cullen (QUB): ‘Writing the Restless Life of Darina Silone; An Irishwoman in 1940s and 1950s Europe’.
  • Leeann Lane (DCU): ‘‘Writing the biography of the so-called “Cork virago”: Mary MacSwiney (1872-1942)’.


History and Fiction

Juliana Adelman (DCU) in conversation with Ciaran O'Neill (TCD).

This session will focus on the relationships and overlaps between writing history and writing fi ction.


History of Ideas

Sean Donnelly, ‘Re-intellectualising the History of the Irish Revolution’.


PhD Research Panel

Ciara Henderson and Cormac Leonard will discuss their recently completed interdisciplinary PhD theses.

  • Ciara Henderson, ‘ “The Spaces Between Us”: A Qualitative Exploratory Study of Perinatal Death, Burial & Bereavement in 20th century Ireland.’
  • Cormac Leonard, ‘Deaf People in Irish Institutions: Tracing Sign Language Communities in the Archives’.


Histories of Science

Tanya O’Sullivan will discuss the crucial role urban space played in the production of scientifi c knowledge, as it features in her monograph Geographies of City Science: Urban Lives and Origin Debates in Late Victorian Dublin (University of Pittsburg Press, 2019).