The IGRS Ireland Branch Lecture: ‘Erwin Schrödinger’s time in Clontarf during World War II’, 18th June, from 18:45

The IGRS Ireland Branch presents their Summer Lecture Tuesday, 18th June, from 18:45, Helen Roe Theatre at the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland

The speaker at this year’s Ireland Branch Summer Lecture will be longtime IGRS Member Niall McDevitt. He will talk about scientist Erwin Schrödinger’s time in Clontarf during World War II.

Schrödinger (1887-1961), a Nobel Prize-winning Austrian physicist, is noted for his work in the field of quantum theory. Having fled Nazi occupied Austria in 1938, he received an invitation from An Taoiseach, Éamon de Valera, to take up residence in Ireland and to assist in establishing an Institute for Advanced Studies in Dublin. He, and his wife Annemarie (Anny), settled in the Dublin suburb of Clontarf in 1940, They remained there for the next seventeen years. Although retaining his Austrian citizenship, he nevertheless became a naturalized Irish citizen in 1948.

The event will be held on the evening of Tuesday, 18th June, at the Helen Roe Theatre at the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland from 18:45.

Full details can be found here:

J.C. Beckett Memorial Lecture, PRONI, 6 June. Prof. Diane Urquhart ‘Like diamonds, gambling, and picture-fancying, a luxury of the rich’? Ireland’s divorcing minority, 1701-1922.

This year’s J.C. Beckett Memorial Lecture takes place at PRONI on Thursday, 6 June, at 7pm.

The speaker is Prof. Diane Urquhart (University of Liverpool) and the topic is ‘Like diamonds, gambling, and picture-fancying, a luxury of the rich’? Ireland’s divorcing minority, 1701-1922.

This event is organised by the USIHS. Further details can be found at:

The lecture will be preceded by a wine reception.

All are welcome to attend

cfp. History of Science, Technology and Medicine (HSTM) Network Ireland Annual Conference 2019

Ulster University (Belfast campus), 18-20 October 2019

Call closing date: 10 July 2019

Organising committee: Ruth Coon, Eugenie Scott, Michael Kinsella, Lauren Young, Stan Neal, Ian Miller

Call for Papers/Panels: The History of Science, Technology and Medicine (HSTM) Network Ireland hosts an annual conference to promote the field in Ireland, and to invite speakers from overseas to share their research. In 2019, this will be hosted by Ulster University on its expanding Belfast campus. Ulster University has a vibrant medical history research community which actively engages in research, teaching and public engagement.

For its upcoming conference, the HSTM Network invites proposals on any topics in the history of science, technology and medicine. Topics do not necessarily have to relate to Ireland. Paper submissions should include a 250-word abstract including five key words and mention the name and affiliation (unless independent) of the speaker. Individual presentations should be no more than 20 minutes, with 10 minutes afterwards for questions. Panel submissions should include three papers (each with a 250-word abstract including five key words), a chair if possible, and a 100-word panel abstract. In both cases, please have ‘Abstract 2019 conference’ as your email subject. Confirmation of acceptance should be within a month following the closing date.


Keynote Speaker: The keynote speaker is Professor Mark Jackson (University of Exeter). Prof. Jackson is the author of numerous books including, most recently, Allergy: The History of a Modern Malady (2006), Asthma: The Biography (2009), Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine (ed., 2011), The Age of Stress: Science and the Search for Stability (2013), The History of Medicine: A Beginners Guide (2014, shortlisted for the Dingle Prize), Routledge History of Disease (ed., 2016) and A Global History of Medicine (ed., 2018)

IAPH Workshop. Practising Public History: An Introduction, 22 June 2019

The next IAPH event is a workshop co-organised with the Dublin City Libraries and Archives. It is entitled Practising Public History: An introduction, and will take place on Saturday 22 June, in the Gilbert Library, Pearse Street, between 10 am and c. 2.30pm.

Seven speakers, all of whom have practised Public History it in different ways, will speak about their experiences and their activities in this field.

The speakers are Tara Doyle & Mary Muldowney (Historians in residence Programme, Dublin City Council), Orla Egan (Archivist, Cork LGBT Archive), Cecile Gordon (Senior Archivist, Irish Military Archive), David Swift (Living History Group, Claiomh), John Tierney (archaeologist and co-founder of the historic graves project) and Oisín Wall (Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, UCD).

Aside from the presentations, this workshop will also include a tour of the Gilbert Library Reading Room, where participants will have the chance to view some of the holdings of Dublin City Archives.

The talks are free for all to attend, and all are welcome.

Please be aware, though, that only a limited number of persons can participate in the tour of the reading room/archive (max 30 persons, divided into two sequential tours of 15 persons)! It is thus necessary to sign up for it.

You can do this by emailing

Full details of the workshop, including the programme and associated tours, can be found here:

Open Day: Irish Genealogical Research Society, 18 May 2019

Irish Genealogical Research Society: Ireland Branch

Open Day, Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse St, Dublin 2

Saturday 18 May 2019. 10.00am-4.00pm

10:00-10:20 Registration

10:20-10:30 Chairperson’s Welcome

10:30-11:15 Ian d’Alton ‘A pile of stones, a living memory, a family member: Bowen’s Court, Elizabeth Bowen, and imagining the Irish gentry.’

11:20-12:00 Joan Sharkey ‘Some families of interest in the Raheny area.’

12:00-13:30 Lunch at own expense

13:45-14:30 Joan Kavanagh: ‘Banished Beyond the Seas – NAI records of convict transporta/on to Australia, 1788-1868’

14:45-16:00 David Butler ‘Publishing Research in The Irish Genealogist’


The Edward Worth Library Lecture Series, 22 May 2019. ‘Visualising the Pauper Patient in Nineteenth-Century Ireland.’

The third lecture in the Edward Worth Library Seminar Series will take place in the Worth Library at 3.00pm on Wednesday 22 May.

Dr Catherine Cox (Director for the Centre for the History of Medicine, UCD): ‘Visualising the Pauper Patient in Nineteenth-Century Ireland.’

This lecture is a joint initiative of the Edward Worth Library and the Dr Steevens’ Hospital Library. Please note that seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Further details on the seminar series can be found here:

Cpf: 33rd Irish Conference of Historians, 21-23 May 2020

The 33rd Irish Conference of Historians will take place at National University of Ireland, Galway, Thursday 21-Saturday 23 May, 2020.

The theme of the conference will be Borders and boundaries: historical perspectives.

As well as papers/panels that address the historiography of borders and boundaries, and the historical/theoretical debates that have enlivened the field, we welcome proposals in, or germane to, the following broad subject areas:

  • Definitions and types of borders
  • Fixing the border
  • Border control
  • Disputes and border disputes
  • Economics of the border
  • Moving beyond the border
  • Border identities
  • Borders and globalization
  •  Borders and authority
  • Borders and migratory movements
  • Transnational freedom of movement
  • Cultural and artistic borders
  • Border regions and heritage (tangible and intangible)
  • Censorship
  • Gendered character of national identity and citizenship
  • Personal boundaries
  • Frontiers, transgressions and representations
  • Women making and remaking borders
  • Faith-based borders
  •  Occupational borders
  • Dividing and connecting politics
  • “Real” boundaries
  • Conceptual boundaries

Both panel and individual proposals are welcome. Please send individual paper proposals (a 200- to 300-word abstract) and panel proposals (300-word overview + 200- to 300-word abstracts for the papers) to  Enquiries can be sent to or c/o Kieran Hoare, Archives Service, James Hardiman Library, NUI, Galway.

Deadline: 1 October 2019

ICHS (in conjunction with USIHS) Symposium on the Pursuit and Practice of Local History

6pm on Thursday 16th May 2019

PRONI, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Belfast

The Irish Committee of Historical Sciences, in conjunction with the Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies will host a symposium at PRONI, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Belfast at 6pm on Thursday 16th May 2019 on the Pursuit and Practice of Local History. Our speakers at the symposium will be Professor Raymond Gillespie of Maynooth University and Dr. Olwen Purdue of Queen’s University Belfast. The meeting will be chaired by Professor Steven Ellis of NUI Galway.

Ireland has had a long tradition of local history societies dating back to the nineteenth century. The publication of Doing Irish Local History: Pursuit and Practice in Belfast in 1998, edited by Raymond Gillespie and Myrtle Hill marked a milestone in the teaching of the topic within academia. The range of local history societies, local journals and magazines all testify to the health of local history in the parishes and counties of Ireland. The Federation for Ulster Local Studies in Ulster and the Federation of Local History Societies in the rest of the island are both evidence of the desire of local societies to come together and share common concerns about the problem of doing local history in an Irish context. Accessibility to archival sources, both through archival services and digitally have transformed the field, and the variety and volume of decade of centenary events attests to the vibrancy of both local and public history.

With this in mind, this symposium will bring together those interested in local history for a discussion on methodology and practice in the field. All are welcome. For more information visit

Details from the Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies can be found here

To register for the event please visit

Irish Genealogical Research Society AGM and Lecture

2 pm Saturday 13 April 2019

Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street

The Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS) will host its AGM at Dublin City Library at 2 pm on Saturday, 13 April 2019. This will be followed at 3 pm by a lecture from Dr Aoife Bhreathnach. The title of the lecture is ‘”Making the army their home'”: Marriage in nineteenth-century garrison towns in Ireland’.

IAPH Annual Public Lecture, 17 April 2019

The Irish Association of Professional Historians (IAPH) is delighted to announce that their public lecture will take place on Wednesday. 17 April at 7 pm in the National Library of Ireland. Professor Jane Ohlmeyer will speak on the following:- ‘Late the wife of…’ : Widows and the 1641 Depositions.
All are welcome to attend, but seating is on a “first come, first served” basis.