Michael Staunton

Michael Staunton: Thomas Becket and the Invasion of Ireland

The Abbey of St Thomas the Martyr owes its existence to two events: the murder of Thomas Becket in December 1170, and King Henry II’s subsequent incursion into Ireland less than a year later. In a paper recorded at a Dublin City Council symposium on The Abbey of St Thomas the Martyr, UCD historian Michael Staunton shows how Henry II’s invasion of Ireland in 1171 ultimately led to his reconciliation with Thomas, and the founding of an abbey in Becket's honour in 1177.

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Study History at UCD

UCD Open Learning gives adult learners the opportunity to study a range of undergraduate modules in UCD. There are no formal entry requirements and Open Learning modules are open to everyone. Individuals can take any combination of modules for interest only (audit) or deepen their learning by completing course assessment (credit). This academic year (2016/2017), UCD School of History is offering a great range of Open Learning module options.

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Lifelong Learning at the NLI and dlr Lexicon

UCD Lifelong Learning courses are part-time specific interest courses that are participative, engaging and facilitated by experts in their field. This year UCD continues its partnership with the National Library of Ireland and dlr Lexicon by offering a number of history courses as part of the Lifelong Learning programme.

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Justin Dolan Stover

Toward an Environmental History of the Irish Revolution

Justin Dolan Stover is Assistant Professor of transnational European history at Idaho State University. As part of the AHRC-funded project: 'Commemorating Partition and Civil Wars in Ireland, 2020-23', Stover gave a paper in QUB in October 2017. The paper - Toward an Environmental History of the Irish Revolution - is now available to podcast.

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Podcasts: The Abbey of St Thomas the Martyr Symposium

The Abbey of St. Thomas the Martyr was founded in the 12th century and played a pivotal role in the religious and political affairs of Dublin city until its dissolution in 1539. In October 2017, Dublin City Council organised a weekend of events to celebrate the Abbey and a symposium on the history of the Abbey took place in St Catherine's Church, Thomas Street on 14 October.

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