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Trinity Centre for Contemporary Irish History Seminars

Attendance is open to all with relevant interests inside and outside TCD. Proposals for papers can be directed to any of the convenors: Dr Anne Dolan (TCD,, Dr Carole Holohan (TCD,, Dr Michael Kennedy (RIA,, Dr Deirdre McMahon (, and Professor Eunan O’Halpin (TCD,

Presenters speak for a maximum of 45 minutes, followed by a general discussion. Seminars will take place at 4.00p.m. each Wednesday through a Zoom link provided by the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute Please email for registration details.

September - December 2020

30th September

De Valera and Roosevelt: Irish and American diplomacy in times of crisis, 1932-1939
Dr Bernadette Whelan, University of Limerick

7th October

‘Why did nobody see this coming?’  Irish politics and the great recession
Dr Ciarán Casey, University College Dublin

14th October

Kevin Barry: an Irish rebel in life and death
Professor Eunan O’Halpin, Trinity College Dublin

21st October

Seduction and the support of illegitimate children in 19th and 20th century Ireland
Professor Maria Luddy, University of Warwick

28th October

Documents on Irish Foreign Policy volume XII: 1961-65: an assessment
Dr Michael Kennedy, Executive Editor, and a panel of former Irish officials

4th November

Poverty, inequality and austerity in Ireland: evidence, policy and public debate
Dr Christopher Whelan, University College Dublin

11th November READING WEEK
18th November

‘My doctor said the voyage on the ocean may help me…’: gender, rest and emigration in the medical management of ‘trauma’ in the Irish revolution
Dr Síobhra Aiken, NUI Galway

25th November

‘Not in my backyard’: child welfare, the poor law, and social surveillance in late nineteenth-century Belfast
Dr Olwen Purdue, The Queen’s University, Belfast

2nd December

The munitions embargo of 1920
Dr Peter Rigney, Trinity Centre for Contemporary Irish History

9th December

Personal accounts of alcohol addiction in Ireland, c.1890-2000
Dr Alice Mauger, UCD Wellcome Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland

16th December

‘Women are citizens’: women’s groups and the Commission on the Status of Women in Ireland, c.1967-1979
Dr Deirdre Foley, Oxford University