The Church of Ireland Historical Society meeting, 7 November 2020.

The next meeting of the Society will be held online via Zoom, Saturday 7 November 2020


11am Prof. Dáibhí Ó Cróinín: ‘Saint Patrick, life and afterlife: an overview of 150 years of Patrician Studies’

12pm Mr Noel Lindsay: ‘The rejection of non-denominational education and the introduction of segregated education in Northern Ireland, 1921-30’ [Research paper]

12.45pm Lunch Break

2pm Dr Clodagh Tait: ‘The ghosts in granny’s attic: women and the material culture of the decline of the Church of Ireland’

3pm Dr Aoife Bhreatnach: ‘Burying the poor: the Church of Ireland and the
friendless dead, 1830-1930’

• Prof. Dáibhí Ó Cróinín is Emeritus Professor of History at NUI Galway and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He is an established authority on Hibernio-Latin texts, particularly eminent for his significant mid-1980s discovery of a manuscript in Padua of the ‘lost’ Irish 84-year Easter
table. Among his many books, he is author of Early Medieval Ireland, 400-1200 (London, 2016).

• Mr Noel Lindsay is a PhD student at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. His research focuses on the Protestant and Catholic Churches’ animosities towards the department of education’s attempt to introduce a non-denominational system of education in the 1920s.

• Dr Clodagh Tait is lecturer in history at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. She has published widely on early modern social and cultural history. She is author of Death, Burial and Commemoration in Ireland, 1550-1650 (Basingstoke, 2002) and co-edited Age of Atrocity: violence and political conflict in early modern Ireland (Dublin, 2010) and Religion and Politics in Urban Ireland (Dublin, 2016).

• Dr Aoife Bhreatnach is a social and cultural historian. She writes about soldiers on Irish streets (on and hosts a podcast about Irish censorship (accessible via the link here: She is author of Becoming Conspicuous: Irish travellers, society and the State, 1922-70 (Dublin, 2006).

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The Church of Ireland Historical Society meets twice a year. It exists to promote scholarly interest in the history of the Church, and to facilitate publication.