Expert workshops for CPD in May

Our Sixth Guest Speaker will be Willie Nolan

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Willie Nolan is an historical geographer and was formerly an associate professor in the Department of Geography, UCD. He taught geography at UCG in the 1970s where a colleague in Sociology was Michael D. Higgins. He lectured for some 14 years at Our Lady of Mercy, College of Education-better known as Carysfort College, where a colleague in the English Department was the late Nobel Laureate,Seamus Heaney. Now retired, Willie and his wife,Teresa, run a small publishing company, Geography Publications, which specialises in regional studies and biography. Its major project is the respected Irish County: History and Society series, which to date has 23 volumes published. Willie is the series editor. He has also published extensively in the field of Irish Studies.

Willie’s talk is entitled:

“A lifetime [re-]searching”

The lecture will attempt to assess developments in research methodology in local studies with special reference to Willie’s own work in the fields of historical geography and cultural/political history. Among the areas of interest will be archival sources in general; manuscript records; newspapers in Ireland and America. The lecture will be illustrated.

Date: Thursday 14th May

Time: 3.pm-4.30pm

Location: Seminar Room, National Library of Ireland.

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Trinity College Dublin welcomes

Australian Seminar Night

with

Richard Reid and Perry McIntyre

 

Speaker 1:  Richard Reid.

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Irish born and educated Dr Richard Reid worked for more than 40 years as a high school teacher, museum educator, historian and museum curator. Thirty of those years were spent in Canberra, Australia’s capital, working for institutions such as the Australian War Memorial, the National Museum of Australia, the Senate and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. In 1993 Richard was the Australian War Memorial’s Executive Officer on the project which returned the remains of an unknown Australian soldier from France to Canberra for reburial in the Memorial’s Hall of Memory. Between 2008 and 2001 he was the Senior Curator for the National Museum’s exhibition on the Irish in Australia – ‘Not just Ned’. Richard has written widely on the subject of Australia at war and of the story of the Irish in Australia, and in relation to both those subjects has led tours to Ireland, the old Western Front in France and Belgium, and to Gallipoli. Recently retired from the Australian Public service he is still involved in a major archaeological and historical survey of the Anzac area on the Gallipoli peninsula and various projects on the emigration of the Irish to Australia during the 19th century.

Among Richard’s publications are – ‘a decent set of girls – The Irish Famine orphans of the Thomas Arbuthnot, 1849-1850’(with Cheryl Mongan);Farewell my Children:Irish Assisted Emigration to Australia, 1848-1870; Bomber Command – Australians in World War II; Gallipoli 1915; Not Just Ned – a true history of the Irish in Australia; and Sinners, Saints and Settlers – a journey through Irish-Australia (with Brendon Kelson).

Richards talk is entitled:

‘Not Just Ned Kelly’:the true story of the Irish in Australia, 1788 to 2011

“Stop Australians in the street and ask them to name a prominent Irish person in Australian history and it’s a fair bet you’ll get the answer ‘Ned Kelly’. That’s quite surprising because the bould Ned was born in Australia! Such is the power of legend.

 In 2011 Richard Reid curated a major exhibition at the National Museum of Australia:‘Not Just Ned’. The exhibition set out to discover the contribution of Irish settlement to the development of Australia, and proved there was far more to Irish/Australia than the Kelly gang (although they stole the show).

So what was the Irish story in Australia? Come to this talk to find out”

Date: Wednesday, May 20th

Venue: Emmet Theatre, Trinity College.

Time: 6-8pm

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Speaker 2 : Perry McIntyre

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Perry McIntyre B.Sc., Dip.Ed., M.Litt., Dip. Local & Applied History, PhD.

Perry has worked as a genealogist, historian and archivist for over 30 years. She has been on the committees of History Council of NSW, Society of Australian Genealogists, Royal Australian Historical Society, Australian Catholic Historical Society and the Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee (Chair 2012-15). She has published and spoken extensively on immigration and family history in Australia and Ireland. Her PhD on convict family reunion was published by IAP as Free Passage in 2010 and she is a director of Anchor Books Australia formed to publish good quality history, particularly relating to colonial Australia.

Perry’s talk is entitled:

‘The infernal villain will be sent away’

Convict case studies from the National Archives of Ireland, Dublin

The convict indents which survive in Australia can give us a wonderful glimpse into the trial, native place and personal details of a transported ancestor but in the National Archives of Ireland there is a wealth of documentation on the activities of men and women who came to the attention of the authorities because of their ‘criminal’ activities. For example, the man transported as a vagrant for seven years for singing ballads of the ‘most mischievous and evil tendencies’; the story behind the barbarous murder committed by three men who were executed and the appeals for recompense by the women who were witnesses or the story of a man who was so well-behaved on the Hulk at Dublin while he awaited transportation that his sentence was remitted. This historical and genealogical gold mine will be examined here”

Date:Wednesday, May 20th

Venue: Emmet Theatre, Trinity College.

Time: 6-8pm

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These are free ticketed events.

To apply for a ticket please email

expertworkshop@eneclann.ie


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