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The 6th Annual Tudor & Stuart Ireland Interdisciplinary Conference was held in the Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway, on 19-20 August 2016.  This year’s programme saw more than 40 speakers present research papers on a wide range of topics with plenaries by Prof. Mary O’Dowd (Queen’s University Belfast), and Prof. Andrew Hadfield (University of Sussex), as well as a special panel session ‘Shakespeare and Ireland‘ and a session in honour of Professor Steven Ellis.

The 2016 conference saw History Hub continue its successful partnership with Tudor and Stuart Ireland with the production of podcasts of conference proceedings. These podcasts, recorded and produced by Real Smart Media, are now available on iTunes and Soundcloud and have been added to the substantial archive of podcasts from previous Tudor and Stuart Ireland conferences.

Tudor and Stuart Ireland podcasts are available for download from iTunes and to stream on Soundcloud totally free of charge. There are more than 150 episodes available in total and the podcasts have proved to be tremendously popular with 57,000 podcast downloads/plays to date.

2016 Tudor and Stuart Ireland Interdisciplinary Conference Podcasts

List of podcasts


Professor Mary O’Dowd (Queen’s University Belfast) – Age as a category of analysis: an agenda for early modern Ireland?

Professor Andrew Hadfield (Sussex) – Edmund Spencer the Less among the Jacobites

Special Panel Session: Shakespeare and Ireland

Dr Naomi McAreavey (UCD) – Shakespeare on the seventeenth-century Irish stage.
Emer McHugh (NUIG) – Performing Shakespeare in Ireland in 2016: Othello at the Abbey.

Panel in honour of Professor Steven Ellis

Kieran Hoare (NUIG) – From O’Sasnane to Sexton: the making of an early modern urban patriciate family.
Gerald Power (Metropolitan University, Prague) – ‘An English gentleman and his community: Sir William Brabazon and the formation of the “New English”’.


Prof. Steven Ellis (NUIG) – Reforming sacred space: the Collegiate church of St Nicholas, Galway and the Reformation

Dr Yvonne McDermott (GMIT) – Galway Augustinian friary: from foundation to demolition

Prof. Colm Lennon (MU) – Corporate clergy and lay society: collegiate churches in early modern Ireland

Alan Kelly (TCD) – ‘For the herbes dyd never growe’: The State of Ireland (1515), political discourse and literary conceit

Bobby O’Brien (NUIG) – The presence and impact of Bishop John Bale in the Diocese of Ossory

Dr Bríd McGrath (TCD) – Unmasking E.S., the author of A Survey of the Present Estate of Ireland Anno 1615

John Kelly – The exactions of a ‘minor demon’ or the ‘service of a faithful countryman’? Collection of cess, pardons and fines by Robert Hartpole, Constable of Carlow, between 1569 and 1571.

Dr David Heffernan (UCC) – The “composition for cess” controversy and the position of the Old English in mid Elizabethan Ireland, c.1575-84

Dimitra Koutla (Aristotle) – “It lacketh only inhabitants, manurance, and pollicie”: agrarian capitalism and social control in Sir Thomas Smith’s “A Letter sent by IB gentleman”

Kelly Duquette (Boston) – Shakespeare’s “uncivil kerns:” Irish contagion and the emerging British nation-state

Alix Chartrand (Cambridge) – Tories and thugs: the impact of seventeenth-century struggles against Irish banditry on India

Deirdre Fennell (NUIG) – Family, favour, faction: female presence in the life of Lord Deputy Sir William Fitzwilliam

Ann-Maria Walsh (UCD) – Countess Alice Barrymore, motherhood, shopping, and the commodification of English civility

Dr Felicity Maxwell (NUIG) – Dorothy Moore’s Irish connections: Protestant networking and social critique in the 1640s

Dr Brian MacCuarta (ARSI) – The Impact of the Nine Years War on the continental Irish: Henry Piers in Rome and Spain

Prof. John McCafferty (UCD) – Recycling an island’s past for a Global Catholicism: Irish Franciscans in the seventeenth century

Prof. Raymond Hylton (Virginia Union) – Religio-political ferment in, and interconnections between the Dublin and Portarlington Huguenot communities, 1692-1720: a study in causal determinism?

Evan Bourke (NUIG) – ‘The incomparable Lady Ranelagh’: Katherine Jones’s reputation within Samuel Hartlib’s correspondence network

Prof. Willy Maley (Glasgow) – Double Dutch: The Boate brothers and Ireland

Dr Marc Caball (UCD) – Crossing borders in late Stuart Ireland: the emergence of a middle ground

David Roy (UCC) – Creating borders in Colin Clouts Come Home Againe

Raina Howe (NUIG) – Tudor Wasteland or Gaelic Fásach? Historical perspectives of an early modern Irish environment

Lorna Moloney (NUIG) – From Gaelic lordship to English shire: The MacNamaras of Clare

Rebecca Hasler (St Andrews) – ‘Neither to forbeare Irish nor English’: Barnaby Rich’s Anglo-Irish pamphleteering

Dr Helen Sonner – The Ulster pamphlets of James VI/I reconsidered

Prof. Caroline Newcombe (Southwestern) – How early Irish marital property law influenced the end of Brehon Law

Diarmuid Wheeler (NUIG) – “When the blast of war blows in our ears”: Military men in Leix and Offaly, c.1547-1580

Matthew McGinty (NUIG) – The rise and fall of Sir Conyers Clifford

Prof. Yoko Odawara (Chukyo University) – Sir Philip Sidney, Leicester circle and Ireland

Dr Coleman Dennehy (UCD / UCL) – Lawyers in parliament: examining legal counsel on Irish cases at the Westminster Parliament.

Dr Eoin Kinsella (IAPH) – Irish Catholic lobbying in London in the 1690s

Dr John Bergin (QUB) – The career of Dennis Molony (1650-1726), an Irish Catholic lawyer and agent in London

Dr Jason McElligott (Marsh’s Library) – Early modern female book owners: the evidence from Ireland’s first public library

Dr John Cunningham (QUB) – The apothecary in early modern Ireland

Check out this compilation of tweets from the conference via Storify.


The 6th Annual Tudor & Stuart Ireland Interdisciplinary Conference was generously supported by the President’s Award for Research Excellence (awarded to Prof. Steven Ellis), NUI Galway, the Moore Institute, NUI Galway, the Discipline of History, NUI Galway and the Society for Renaissance Studies.

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