Friday, 12 April 2024

Professor Emma Hart (University of Pennsylvania) will deliver this year’s Nicholas Canny lecture. The talk will take place at 4.00pm on Tuesday, 14 May 2024. This is a hybrid event. The paper will be delivered in-person, in Room G010, Hardiman Research Building, University of Galway (ground floor) and livestreamed simultaneously on Zoom: It will not be recorded. Professor Emma Hart (University of Pennsylvania) From England to Ireland to America and Back Again: Empire and the Early Modern British Isles   Abstract Recently fêted in the William and Mary Quarterly with a forum of essays, Nicholas Canny’s work on Ireland and early Virginia laid the foundations for generations of historians to explore the complex entanglements of the British Isles with its overseas colonies. Originally a topic that attracted mainly intellectual historians, it is one now populated by scholars investigating these connections from a wide variety of perspectives; material, social, cultural, and political. In this lecture I try to make sense of what the increasing variety of approaches means for writing the early modern history of the British Isles in the twenty-first century. As it expanded, the empire seemed to seep into every corner of the British Isles; from the clothing its inhabitants wore to the news they read. What impact did this have on the Irish, Scottish, English and Welsh people who inhabited this archipelago? More especially, what role did it play in their relationship to one another as Britons?   Biography Emma Hart is the Richard S. Dunn Director, The McNeil Center for Early American Studies and the Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Chair of American History at the University of Pennsylvania. She previously taught at the University of St Andrews, where she was on the faculty for twenty years following the completion of her PhD at the Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of three books: Building Charleston: Town and Society in the Eighteenth-Century British Atlantic World (2010), Trading Spaces: The Colonial American Marketplace and the Foundations of American Capitalism (2019) and, with Mariana Dantas, Early Modern Atlantic Cities (2024). She is currently working on a biography of the Scottish novelist and historian, Tobias Smollett.   If you have any questions about the lecture, you can contact Dr Róisín Healy at

Tuesday, 19 September 2023

Professor Enrico Dal Lago has been interviewed by the American Historical Association about his career and research projects. See link here below: 

Thursday, 15 June 2023

  Strzelecki Exhibition Launch Symposium‌‌ 3pm-6pm, Wed., 27 Sept. 2023 Room G010, Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway   3:00-3:05         Opening Remarks   3:05-3:35         Dr. Emily Mark-Fitzgerald (UCD) and Prof. Peter Gray (QUB) Commemorating Paul Strzelecki (1797-1873): Australian Explorer and Irish Humanitarian   3:35-3:55         Dr. Róisín Healy (University of Galway) Famine on Strzelecki’s Doorstep: Starving Poles in Partitioned Poland   3:55-4:15         Prof. Breandán MacSuibhne (University of Galway) ‘The greatest weapon for taming either the bold or the timid'? The Effects of Hunger in the Great Famine   4:15-4:40         Tea/Coffee   4:40-4:55         Dr. Niall Ó Ciosáin (University of Galway) Private charity and public relief during the Great Famine   4:55-5:10         Dr. John Cunningham (University of Galway) Feeding the Children: Pawel Strzelecki, the British Relief Association, and the National Schools   5:10-5:30         Aoife O’Leary McNeice (University of Exeter) ‘To preserve from moral evils and promiscuous assemblages’: female relief workers and the Great Famine    5:30                 Exhibition Launch

Friday, 16 July 2021

Professor Dáibhí Ó Cróinín presented the George Huxley Prize in Early Irish History to Andrew Ó Donnghaile (PhD) on 1.7.2021. The prize is for the best essay on the subject of Early Irish (Brehon) Law, using original Old Irish legal sources, by a student of History. Andrew received the prize for his study of 'An Overview of Inter-Territorial Law in Early Medieval Ireland', which was published in PERITIA 30 (2019) [2020] 197-214. George Huxley was born in Leicester in 1932. After military service in the Royal Engineers he went up to Magdalen College, Oxford, & graduated in litterae Humaniores in 1955. He served as Assistant Director of the British School in Athens, and as a Visiting Professor at Harvard, and in 1962 he was appointed Professor of Greek in Queen's University Belfast. He directed excavations at the Minoan island colony of Kythera and, as well as publishing the results of those 1963 and 1965 projects, he has published on Achaeans and Hittites (1960), On Aristotle and Greek Society (1979), and Homer and the Travellers (1988). After leaving Queen's he began a long association with Trinity College Dublin. From 1986 to 1989 he was Director of the Gennadius Library in the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. He became an Irish citizen in 2019 and has for many years been a generous benefactor of Irish Studies (including Early Irish History and Celtic Studies) in Galway and elsewhere. 

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Please click on this flyer for information on the Sean Mac Diarmada Summer School - June 4th and 5th 2021.

Friday, 16 April 2021

Congratulations to our colleague Dr Kevin O'Sullivan on receiving a College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies Excellence award (nominated by students), with a further nomination to be considered for a University Teaching Excellence Award in due course. This award is a sincere recognition of Kevin's sustained commitment to innovative and outstanding pedagogy. The College thrives on academic excellence and supportive relationships in equal measure, and this work is a stellar example of this.

Friday, 16 April 2021

What do we mean by Global Solidarity? Historical Research into Humanitarian Practice Irish Research Council, New Foundations Grant 2021   This project, developed with my PhD student Maria Cullen, aims to historicise the concept of ‘global solidarity’ in humanitarian aid. What does humanitarian solidarity signify? How have humanitarian organisations interpreted the concept differently in the past, and how did it manifest in practice? These are timely questions, given the globally simultaneous experience of the pandemic and climate crisis, along with the ongoing Mediterranean refugee crisis and renewed conversations about racial justice.   This project attempts to answer these questions in a collaborative way. It is supported by Dóchas, the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Organisations, and will engage both academics and humanitarian practitioners in discussion on the concept of global solidarity in historical perspective. Did the idea of solidarity-based response come naturally to different humanitarian NGOs? What contextual factors shaped how practitioners interacted with aid recipients on the ground? Were approaches to ethical action born of a human rights or a grassroots development perspective more likely to manifest in a solidarity-based response? Given the historic association between political solidarity and the Left, how was humanitarian solidarity understood differently? Through a workshop and subsequent publications, this project will historicise the concept of humanitarian solidarity, and create forums through which to continue these discussions.   Ms Maria Cullen, PhD student in History, NUI Galway Dr Kevin O’Sullivan, Lecturer in History, NUI Galway  

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Recognising Success, Achievement and Collegiality in the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies Congratulations to our colleagues Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley and Ms Helena Condon, who won Dean's Awards for civic outreach through publication and administrative excellence respectively. The Dean and the President paid tribute and thanked the awardees for their excellent contribution to the work of the College and for their collegiality.  Sarah-Anne received the award in recognition of a significant research achievement,  namely, for her joint contribution to the book publication entitled 'Old Ireland in  Colour'. In particular, the positive recognition it has received nationally, achieving  widespread media coverage, including The Late Late Show, reflects the capacity of  the University's academic staff to reach out and engage with the wider community.   ‌ Helena received ‌the award in recognition of her ingenuity, flexibility and  achievement in a changing environment relating to COVID-19. Her collegiality is  complemented by her high standard of professionalism in the guidance and support  of students, staff and the wider community and the development of a School website  and Social Media platforms. 

Thursday, 29 October 2020

Our colleague, Dr Kevin O’Sullivan, has recently been appointed as a series editor on the Royal Irish Academy’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy project. DIFP publishes primary source materials on Irish diplomacy, and is an excellent resource for students, scholars, and anyone interested in Ireland’s relationship with the outside world since the founding of the state. Its most recent volume, on the period 1961-65, will be published in November 2020, and includes materials on Irish peacekeepers in the Congo, Ireland’s first application for EEC membership, Anglo-Irish relations, and many other themes. You can access many of the earlier volumes for free online at and follow DIFP on Twitter at The project is a partnership between the RIA, the National Archives of Ireland, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Thursday, 18 June 2020

The Standing Council of Irish Chiefs and Chieftains and Clans of Ireland, in association with the History Department of Trinity College, Dublin and History Ireland magazine, offers a prize of €500 to the winning entrant in an essay competition on Gaelic Ireland. Matthew Mc Ginty has won this years prize. His essay titled 'The Tánaiste and the Crown Prince Problem' concerns the endemic succession disputes that weakened Ulster Gaelic Lordships before and during the Nine Years' War (1594-1603) . The essay will appear in the Nov./Dec. 2020 issue of History Ireland. Both the winner and other entrants whose papers are deemed of publishable standard may be invited to contribute their work to a projected volume of essays on Gaelic Ireland, which is a central goal of the Chiefs’ and Clans’ competition. Matthew sat his viva recently and was recommended for the award of a Ph.D. 

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Professor Enrico Dal Lago has been elected and admitted as a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA). Membership in the Royal Irish Academy is a public recognition of academic excellence and the highest academic honour in Ireland, and is awarded in recognition of a significant contribution and outstanding achievements in research. For information on Enrico's research and publications, see…/history-and-philos…/enricodallago/

Monday, 27 January 2020

Prof. Enrico Dal Lago

Friday, 8 November 2019

This career event consists of a talk by Professor Bernard Carlson (Chair of Humanities at UVA) on "Using Entrepreneurial Thinking to Pursue a Careen in the Humanities" at 1pm on Monday 18th November in the Career Seminar Room. This will be of particular interest to our Undergraduate and Postgraduate students in the School of History and Philosophy.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Professor Enrico Dal Lago has participated at a Roundtable on Giuseppe Garibaldi and his legacy on “Talking History”, the Newstalk programme hosted by Patrick Geoghegan, together with three other international experts in nineteenth-century Italian History. To listen to the Podcast of the programme, click on the following link:

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

  Professor Enrico Dal Lago has done a podcast with an interview about his book Civil War and Agrarian Unrest (2018) for the U.S. website Capital District Civil War Roundtable, which publishes podcasts with interviews with leading historians of the American Civil War . Below is the link to the podcast:

Monday, 25 March 2019

Dr. Alison Forrestal has been elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, the highest academic honour in Ireland, awarded after international peer-review to those with distinguished international research reputations. For information on Alison's research and publications, see, and for reviews of her most recent book, Vincent de Paul, the Lazarist Mission, and French Catholic Reform (Oxford University Press 2017), see

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

The Centre for the Investigation of Transnational Encounters, together with the History Department, announces a fully-funded scholarship for a PhD under the supervision of Dr. Róisín Healy, Senior Lecturer in History and Co-Director of CITE. See for details.

Friday, 1 March 2019

 FESTIVAL OPENING The Festival will open on Thursday, 7 March at 5.30pm in the Aula Maxima, NUI Galway, when Professor Enrico Dal Lago (Head of History, NUI Galway), will introduce the Deputy Mayor of Galway, Cllr Donal Lyons, and refreshments will be served. You can find information about our events by downloading the full programme here. BOOKING Events are free, except where indicated. Please note that capacity in some venues is limited and seating is unreserved and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. CONTACT US You can get in touch with us via email and on Twitter. twitter: @historyatgalway email: ORGANISATION Galway History Festival 2019 is organised by Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley and Dr Kevin O’Sullivan of the Department of History at NUI Galway, in collaboration with Galway City Council and with the support of Creative Ireland.

Monday, 18 February 2019

‘Professor Enrico Dal Lago has been interviewed on his book _Civil War and Agrarian Unrest_ (CUP, 2018) by Professor Patrick Geoghegan at ‘Talking History’ on Newstalk. Below is the link to the interview (scroll down and click on ‘Best of February Books – Part 2’; the interview starts at 39:00 minutes):  

Monday, 28 January 2019

Professor Enrico Dal Lago has received the 2018-19 Dean’s Award for Outstanding Academic Performance in recognition of his research contribution to the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies through the publication of his monograph _Civil War and Agrarian Unrest: The Confederate South and Southern Italy_ (Cambridge University Press, 2018), and through his distinguished career as a comparative historian of the nineteenth-century Americas and Europe. 

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Congratulations to our own Dr. Alison Forrestal, who has just been awarded a President's Award for Research Excellence! This is awarded to NUI Galway academic staff who have made an outstanding contribution to research in their field, and who have enhanced the university's reputation internationally. For information on Dr. Forrestal's research, go to

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Book Launch by Professor Enrico Dal Lago in the Moore Institute on 19th September at 5:30 pm in Room G010. For more on this please see here

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

NUI Galway is hosting a conference on Rural Ireland: Ideals and Realities, 1930s-2000s on 7-8 June 2018. This conference is to celebrate the donation of the Muintir na Tíre Archive to the James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway. Organised by Dr Caitríona Clear, Dr Tomás Finn and Dr Tony Varley, the conference take place in the Siobhán McKenna Theatre, Arts Millenium Building, NUI Galway. The Rural Ireland: Ideals and Realities, 1930s-2000s conference programme is now available. For queries, please contact, or

Friday, 11 May 2018

Professor Enrico Dal Lago has been interviewed by the History channel of the Italian national TV (RAI Storia) on the American Civil War and slave emancipation, the subject of his latest book. Below is the link to the interview:

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Professor Enrico Dal Lago has been interviewed on his new book Civil War and Agrarian Unrest: The Confederate South and Southern Italy (Cambridge University Press, 2018) in “The Author’s Corner”, an academic U.S.-based blog that publishes written interviews with all the authors of important recent works on American History. Below is the link to the interview:

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

NUI Galway has the honour of hosting the 41st annual and international conference of the Irish Association for Russian, Central and East European Studies in the centenary year of the Russian Revolution of 1917. The conference, organised by Dr. Róisín Healy, takes place in the Moore Institute from 4th to 6th May 2017.  IARCEES final conference programme is now available. The Wendy Bracewell Public Lecture is taking place on Thursday 4 May.  Dr. Róisín Healy,Lecturer in European History,School of Humanities,NUI Galway and Vice- President of the IARCEES, 2016–17

Friday, 11 November 2016

Congratulations to former History student Christopher Breslin who was awarded the Mansion House Fund Prize in Irish History 2016. The Mansion House Fund, which is designed to promote 'the study of Irish Language, Literature and History', provides for the annual award of a Scholarship and Prize, in the subjects of Irish and Irish History. Christopher was supervised by Dr. Niall Ó Ciosáin.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

2017/18 Semester 1 & 2 Seminars Graduate Research Seminars in History, 2017-18 Venue : Hardiman Building: The Bridge Seminar Room, Room 1001, First Floor. Wednesdays 4 pm - 5 pm 27 September  John Mc Cafferty, UCD Nosebleeds, Tears and Italianted Hearts : Thinking about the History of Emotions on the Seventeenth-Century Irish Mission 4 Oct Darragh Gannon ( Queen's Univeristy Belfast) Between Irish Party and British Politics; the Home Rule movement in Gt. Briatain, 1916-18. 18 Oct. Mel Farrell (UCD) From Cymann na NGaedheal to Fine Gael : 'Civil War Politics' and the foundation of the United Ireland Party in September 1933. 25 Oct Wayne te Brake ( Purchase College, SUNY) Making Religious Peace in Early Modern Europe : An Irish Perspective. 8 Nov Lorraine Grimes ( NUIG) " I will do anything...rather than keep it or return to my own country" : The emigraton of Irish unmarried mothers to Liverpool and Birmingham, 1923-48. 22 Nov Ian Kenneally ( NUIG) Editing the first draft of history - the challenge of producing Ireland's Revolution Papers, 2016-1 7

Monday, 7 November 2016

Congratulations to Dr Enrico Dal Lago who has been awarded the DLitt (Doctor of Literature) degree on Published Work by the National University of Ireland. The DLitt on Published Work is a higher doctorate awarded to scholars who have, over a sustained period, published a substantial body of ground-breaking and influential work in a field of specialisation and who have achieved outstanding distinction internationally in that field.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

  Foundation Travel Bursary for NUI Galway History postgrads (awarded annually) Doctoral students at History at NUI Galway are eligible to apply for the annual Foundation Travel Bursary in History.  Awarded for the first time in 2016-17,this Bursary is made possible thanks to the generosity of a private donor. The next award will be made in autumn 2018.  The Terms and Conditions of the Foundation Travel Bursary in History as awarded in 2017/18 may be viewed here as general guidance.  please click link for   The Terms and Conditions  of The Foundation Travel Bursary All enquiries to

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Professor Nicholas Canny Honoured at Annual Conference of the Renaissance Society of America: Three panels to honour the contribution that former chair of History at NUIG, Professor Nicholas Canny, has made to the study of early modern Irish history featured in the programme of the RSA annual conference this year.  Paying tribute to the impact that Professor Canny has had in the fields of Irish and Atlantic historiography, nine presenters underscored how his seminal publications continue to bring into focus a broader perspective on colonial identities and interactions in the early modern world.  Pictured with Professor Canny (centre) are panel organizers, Professor Sarah Covington (Queen’s College, CUNY) and Associate Professor Brendan Kane (University of Connecticut), Professor David Armitage (Chair of the Dept. of History, Harvard University), and Dr. Alison Forrestal (Head of History, NUIG).


Monday, 28 January 2019

  Graduate Research Seminars in History, 2018-19: January to April 2019   Venue: Hardiman Building: Room G010 (Ground Floor), Except when indicated otherwise.   Wednesdays 4pm-5pm   TWELVE SEMINARS IN TWELVE WEEKS: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ 16 Jan. -(in Bridge Seminar Room, Rm 1001) - Dr Kieran Fitzpatrick (Moore Inst.) The Great War and Great Change? The professional life of surgeon Peter Johnson Freyer, 1900-1921. ♠ 23 Jan            (back to Room G010) -  Keith Seán Harrington (Maynooth University) Language Politics and Territorial Separatism: the origins of the Transnistrian conflict 1989-1990. ♠ 30 Jan            - Dr Mícheál Ó Fathartaigh (Teagasc/Social Sciences Res. Centre, NUIG) A Quieter Revolution: How Demonstrations Transformed Early Twentieth-Century Rural Ireland after the Land War. ♠ 6 Feb - Dr Maura Cronin (Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick) ‘The female of the species is more deadly than the male': Women in anti-tithe protests in 1830s Ireland. ♠ 13 Feb- Dr James O’Donnell (Zhejiang Intl. Studies Univ. in Hangzhou, China)   ‘“Please confirm at once”: confusion, libel and reporting the Revolution in Galway, the case of George Nicholls (1919). ♠ See over for further dates   ♠ 20 Feb- Prof Chris Maginn (Fordham University) After the Armada: Thanksgiving in Ireland, 1589. ♠ 27 Feb - Prof. Glenda Gilmore (Yale / Mary Ball Washington Visiting Prof, UCD) The Nazis and Dixie: European Fascism and Southern Racism Compared. (Followed by book-launch for Drs C. Smith & J. Regan) ♠ 6 Mar - Jane O’Brien (NUI Galway) ‘Important or exceptional occurrences’ - An analysis of Managers' Diaries and other correspondence from the Irish Industrial School system : 1868 - 1920. ♠ 13 Mar - Dr Cristina Bon (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan). ‘The President Matters’: John Janney and the Virginia Secession Convention (February-April 1861). ♠ 20 Mar - Jim Reid (NUI Galway) Munster as a frontier of the Roman Empire in the 5th-6th centuries. ♠ 27 Mar - Dr Hugh Rowland (An tAcadamh, NUI Galway) Language debates in Ireland in the 1960s: the Language Freedom Movement reconsidered. ♠ 3 Apr - Gavan Duffy (NUI Galway) The Labour Question in the League of Nations mandates territories of the 1920s: supervising South African, Australian and New Zealand administrations. ♠                                 Co-ordinator contact: