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The Tudor and Stuart Ireland Conference serves asa vitally important annual meeting point forscholars of early modern Ireland. It allows us topresent new research, to exchange ideas and tomake valuable connections with students andacademics drawn from across the world, all in afriendly and collegial environment.

Dr. John Cunningham

Podcasts from 2018 Tudor and Stuart Ireland

Tudor & Stuart Ireland organises a major two-day interdisciplinary conference in August each year, which provides opportunities for established academics, early stage and independent researchers, as well as postgraduates to present their research on Ireland or the Irish abroad during the Tudor & Stuart periods.

Since its launch in 2011, it has become a firmly established event, promoting and encouraging the study of early modern Ireland within and across a broad range of relevant disciplines. More than 250 research papers by speakers from a range of disciplines including History, English, Archaeology and Art History, have been presented at Tudor & Stuart Ireland Conferences since 2011. Podcasts of over 200 of those papers are available on iTunes and Soundcloud free of charge.

The 8th Annual Tudor & Stuart Ireland Interdisciplinary Conference took place at the Graduate School, Queen’s University Belfast on 24-25 August, 2018. The conference featured 27 speakers from Ireland and beyond, a special panel session on learning early modern Irish, and plenary addresses by Dr David Edwards (University College Cork) and Dr Deana Rankin (Royal Holloway, University of London).

The 2018 conference was organised by John Cunningham, David Heffernan, Romano Mullin, Karie Schultz and Ramano Wray and was generously supported by The School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, The School of Arts, English and Languages, and The Institute of Irish Studies, all at Queen’s University, Belfast, and by Marsh’s library.

Bringing the conference to QUB provided an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of our ongoing research here, both locally and internationally. Queen’s has a distinguished record in early modern scholarship, encompassing History, English Literature and other disciplines. Among the highlights currently is Dr Ian Campbell’s ERC –funded project ‘War and the Supernatural in Early Modern Europe’. We also have plenty of experience in hosting significant conferences, such as the British Shakespeare Association Conference in June 2018.

– Dr John Cunningham


The 2018 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 Apple, Spotify and Soundcloud and have been added to the substantial archive of podcasts from previous Tudor and Stuart Ireland conferences.

List of podcasts from the 2018 Tudor and Stuart Ireland Conference


Dr David Edwards (University College Cork) – The other history of the Tudor conquest: Martial law in sixteenth-century Ireland

Dr Deana Rankin (Royal Holloway, University of London) – Borderlines: Gender, genre and geography in seventeenth-century Ireland

Special Panel Session

Léamh: Learn Early Modern Irish – a digital guide to reading and paleography, c. 1200-1650 with Dr Brendan Kane (University of Connecticut) and Deirdre Nic Chárthaigh (Trinity College, Dublin).


Dr Simon Egan (University College, Cork) – An Unwelcome Inheritance: The House of York, the Wider Gaelic World, and the Tudor Succession

Dr Darren McGettigan – An Anonymous Sermon made in opposition to King Henry VIII’s Reformation recorded in Donegal in 1539 – Can the Franciscan Friar who gave it be identified?

Dr Hannah Coates (University of Leeds) – Beyond “Faction”: Sir Francis Walsingham’s Irish Patronage, c. 1574-90

Bethany Marsh (University of Nottingham) – ‘Irish’ refugees and the nature of migration: an examination of refugee migration after the 1641 Irish rebellion

Dr Naomi McAreavey (University College, Dublin) – Portadown, 1641: Memory and the 1641 Depositions

Dr Patrick Little (History of Parliament, London) – Ormond and the Invaders: new light on the surrender of Dublin to the English Parliament in 1647

Emma Allen (National University of Ireland, Galway) – “Without your majestes greate mercyfulnes and favor”: Rhetorical Patterns in Statements of Request within Anglophone Women’s Petitions in Tudor Ireland

Dr James O’Neill – The women of Tyrone’s Rebellion, 1593-1603: a new narrative

Dr Brian Mac Cuarta (Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu, Rome) – Tithes and denominational change in the 1590s: a Wexford woman’s dispensation.

Archie Cornish (Wadham College, University of Oxford) – In neighbourhood of kingdom’: personifying Ireland and her rivers in sixteenth century England.

Professor Lee Morrissey (Clemson University) – Lycidas: A Stuart reading of Ireland (through Spenser’s Tudor reading of Ireland).

Dr Ramona Wray (Queen’s University, Belfast) and Professor John McCafferty (University College, Dublin) – The Lost Years: Elizabeth Cary in Ireland, 1622-1625

Dr David Heffernan (Queen’s University, Belfast) – The Goldsmiths Company of London and the Plantation of Londonderry under James I

Lorna Moloney (National University of Ireland, Galway) – Donough O’Brien, ‘The Great Earl’: Transforming Thomond, ‘the fate of peoples is made like this’.

Dr Helen Sonner – David Beers Quinn, Public Historian: Insights from the Quinn Papers in the Library of Congress

Dr Neil Johnston (The National Archives of the United Kingdom) – Capt. Crispin, the Navy Board and the construction of Charles Fort at Kinsale, 1677-81.

Professor Raymond Pierre Hylton (Virginia Union University) – Not “By Halves”: The Calling and Politics of the French Church Ministries in Dublin, 1662-1693.

Harrison Perkins (Queen’s University, Belfast) – An Irish Mark on an English Gathering: James Ussher and the Westminster Assembly.

Alma O’Donnell (University College, Cork) – A seventeenth-century public exorcism by the Discalced Carmelite, Fr Paul Stephen Browne.

Richard Maher – A Duel between Jacobites.

Feliks Levin (Higher School of Economics in Saint-Petersburg) – Geoffrey Keating’s Foras Feasa ar Éirinn and the discourse of commonwealth.

Dr Coleman A. Dennehy (University College, Dublin) and Dr Frances Nolan (Maynooth University) – The location, space, and impact of parliament in early modern Ireland.

Dr Ian Campbell (Queen’s University, Belfast) – Liberalism and Irish Political Thought in the Seventeenth Century.

Image: ‘Queen’s University of Belfast’ by Iker Merodio (CC BY-ND 2.0) Source: Flickr.

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