Irlande / Ireland

Dr Thomas O' Connor,
Department of History,
National University of Ireland Maynooth,


Professor Christine Meek
Department of History,
3143 Arts Building,
Trinity College Dublin,


Professor Salvador Ryan

 National University of Ireland Maynooth



Irish commission report 2012-13

Report published: 
Mon, 2014-05-26

Report of the Irish Branch The year was dominated by the centenary celebrations of the foundation of the Catholic Historical Society of Ireland. To mark the centenary a international conference was organised in the National University of Ireland Maynooth. Entitled 'Ireland, Empire and Christian Civilisation' it ran over two days beginnign on 2 November 2012 and attracted over a hundred participants. Speakers included Colin Barr, Dagmar O Rian, Oscar Recio Morales and Oliver Rafferty. The Society organised the launch of Professor Colm Lennon (ed.), Confraternities and sodalities in Ireland: charity, devotion and socialibility (Dublin, 2012) in November 2012. The book, which arose out of a conference held in 2007 and which was based on an IRCHSS-funded project in the university, was launched by Professor Jacqueline Hill. The work, published by Columba Press, contains a set of ten essays which offer a variety of perspectives on the origins, flourishing and decline of these associations of the devout in Ireland. The Mgr P.J Corish Memorial Lecture was delivered in St Patrick's College Maynooth on 7 April 2013 by Dr Morwenna Ludlow. Here title was  'Useful and beautiful: towards a new framework for understanding early Christian literature'. Dr Ludlow  teaches and researches in the field of Patristics in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Exeter and specializes in the work of the fourth-century Cappadocian theologian, Gregory of Nyssa. The 2012 issue of the society's journal Archivium Hibernicum was launched. The 2013 issue will apear in September. Thomas O'Connor