Irish Women and the French (Eudist) Magdalen asylum movement, 1850s to 1950s

Thursday, 31 October 2019 at 8pm

In this talk Jacinta Prunty  will deal with the contribution of women, and in particular of women religious to the asylum movement in Ireland from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. It will feature original archival material that has not yet been used in a public lecture. This new content should be interesting to audiences and covers two religious orders, Our Lady of Charity and also the Good Shepherd.

Jacinta Prunty is a senior lecturer in history at Maynooth University. Her teaching and research interests span urban, social and cartographic history, with a particular focus on the mapping of towns and on the town itself in nineteenth and early twentieth-century Ireland; on the history of religious life from the early nineteenth century and associated residential homes, schools and other institutions; Protestant and Catholic missionary activity; and on the management of religious archives. Her most recent major work was published in 2017 titled The monasteries, magdalen refuges and reformatory schools of Our Lady of Charity in Ireland, 1853-1973 (Dublin: Columba Press, 2017). Her own PhD research at UCD, from which these various research threads developed, was on the slum geography of nineteenth-century Dublin and the mission of Margaret Aylward (1810-89), foundress of the Holy Faith sisters, of which congregation Jacinta is a member.

Ancient Irish Genomes

Tuesday, 12 November 2019 at 8pm

Professor Bradley (Professor & Head of School, Genetics, Trinity College Dublin) gave a lecture in Lismullin as long ago as 2003 on “Genetics and the Origin of the Irish Population”. In this upcoming lecture he will bring us up to date on his work in the meantime. He has worked on several ground breaking projects in recent years and has undertaken research with academics from Iceland, Denmark and the UK and has investigated the uses of genomic data in the study of human population histories. Among his publications is Insular Celtic population structure and genomic footprints of migration, PLOS Genetics (2018).

The Battle of the Boyne: Plans and Contingencies

Thursday, 5 December 2019 at 8pm

This talk by Dr. Pádraig Lenihan takes a new look at the largest and most famous battle in Irish history, this talk incorporates findings of a series of newly discovered sources. Was the Boyne really as important as William of Orange’s propagandists claimed, or was it, as the losers—the French and many of the Irish—insisted, “only a skirmish”? Pádraig Lenihan reconciles the political potency of the Boyne with its military indecisiveness, challenging the conventional view of this most controversial event. Pádraigh is author of 1690 Battle of the Boyne.

Dr. Pádraig Lenihan is a lecturer in history at NUI, Galway. Before his academic career, he served as Captain in the Irish Army.