Dr Ciarán Reilly

Dr Ciarán Reilly
Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses & Estates, Maynooth University
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Location: 
Junior Infirmary, South Campus, Maynooth University
Telephone: 
01-7086769
Email: 
ciaran.j.reilly@nuim.ie

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Dr Ciarán Reilly, BA, HDIH, MA, PhD is currently a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses & Estates where he is carrying out research on the impact of the Great Famine on the landed estate and the country house. Previously Dr Reilly was an IRCHSS Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholar 2008-2010 and completed his PhD thesis, ‘Land agents and estate management in King’s County during the Great Famine 1838-53’ under the supervision of Professor Terence Dooley.

In 2014 Dr Reilly published two monographs, The Irish Land Agent, 1830-1860: the case of King’s County and Strokestown and the Great Irish Famine.

Dr Reilly’s research has contributed to a number of significant public events including lectures, seminars, conferences and a variety of media engagements. In May 2014 Dr Reilly played a significant role in the successful hosting of the National Famine Commemoration at Strokestown Park. In addition to organising the Commemoration Lecture Series and the ‘Famine faces from county Roscommon’ exhibition, Dr Reilly also conceived and compiled the data for the Memorial Wall which was unveiled by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD. He has also helped establish the Annual International Famine Conference at Strokestown Park, 2011-present and the Strokestown Winter Lecture Series, 2011-15. Dr Reilly is also editor of Offaly Heritage, the journal of th Offaly History Society.

 

Publications

 

Books

  • Strokestown and the Great Irish Famine (Dublin, 2014)
  • The Irish Land Agent, 1830-1860: the case of King's County (Dublin, 2014)
  • John Plunket Joly anthe Great Famine in King's County (Dublin, 2012)
  • Edenderry, county Offaly and the Downshire estate, 1790-1800 (Dublin, 2007)

 

Edited Volumes

  • edtior, The Famine Irish: emigration and the Great Hunger (Dublin, 2016)
  • editor with Chistine Kinealy & Jason King, Women and the Great Hunger in Ireland (forthcoming, Quinnipiac University, 2016)      

 

Chapters in books

  • ‘Aspects of Agency: John Ross Mahon, Accommodation and Resistance on the Strokestown Estate, 1845–51' in Enda Delaney and Brendan MacSuibhne, Power and Hunger: Popular politics in Ireland’s Great Famine, 1845-1852 (forthcoming, New York, 2015)  
  • ‘A middleman in the 1840s: Charles Carey and the Leinster estate ‘ in Patrick Cosgrove, Terence Dooley & Karol Mullaney Dignam (eds), Aspects of Irish aristocratic life: Essays on the FitzGerald’s and Carton House (Dublin, 2014), pp 178-87
  • ‘King’s County during the Great Famine: Poverty and plenty’ in John Crowley, Mike Murphy and William Smyth (eds), Atlas of the Great Irish Famine (Cork, 2012),pp 349-54
  • ‘Clearing the estate to fill the workhouse: King’s County land agents and the Irish Poor Law Act of 1838’ in Virginia Crossman and Peter Gray (eds) Poverty and welfare in Ireland 1838-1948 (Dublin, 2011), pp 145-63
  • ‘The burning of country houses in Co. Offaly during the revolutionary period, 1920-23’ in Terence Dooley and Christopher Ridgeway (eds) The Irish Country House: its past, present and future (Dublin, 2011), pp 110-133

 

Works of reference

‘Conneff, Thomas Patrick’ in Dictionary of Irish Biography (ed.) James McGuire, James Quinn (Cambridge, 2013) (http://dib.cambridge.org/viewReadPage.do?articleId=a9574)

 

Articles in Journals

  • 'The minute book of the Edenderry Workhouse, 1895' in Offaly Heritage, vol 7 (2013)
  • ‘Industrial disputes and tensions in 1930s Offaly’ in Offaly Heritage, vol 6 (2011)
  • ‘The Cartland’s of Ballykillen and Lumville: Landowners, middlemen, magistrates and yeomen’ in Offaly Heritage, vol 5 (2007)
  • ‘Edenderry and the First World War’ in Offaly Heritage, vol 5 (2007)

 

Other publications

• ‘An introduction to sources for the study of landed estates in King’s County (Offaly)’ in Offaly Heritage, vol 8 (forthcoming, 2015)

• 'The minute book of the Edenderry Workhouse, 1895' in Offaly Heritage, vol 7 (2013)

• ‘The Strokestown Park House archive: offering new perspectives on the Great Famine’ in Journal of the Roscommon Historical Society (2012)

• With Padraig Foy, Faithful Pioneers: Offaly’s football breakthrough, 1960-1961 (Naas, 2012)

• ‘Tommy Conneff: The pride of Clane’ in Coiseanna: Journal of the Clane Local History Group (2012)

• Edenderry in 1911 (the Ordnance Survey Map Series) (London, 2011)

• ‘Industrial disputes and tensions in 1930s Offaly’ in Offaly Heritage, vol 6 (2011)

• ‘The Cartland’s of Ballykillen and Lumville: Landowners, middlemen, magistrates and yeomen’ in Offaly Heritage, vol 5 (2007)

* Edenderry 1820-1920: Popular politics and Downshire rule (Dubin, 2007)

• ‘Edenderry and the First World War’ in Offaly Heritage, vol 5 (2007)

 

Postgraduate Supervision

MA in Irish History

Thomas Eoin O’Dwyer, ‘The legacy of the Young Ireland rebellion of 1848 (MA in Irish History, NUI Maynooth, 2014)

 

MA in Historic House Studies

Niamh Quinn, 'Re-presenting the Irish country house in the twentieth-century: the case of Avondale' (MA in Historic House Studies, NUI Maynooth, 2012)

Yvonne Coutts, ‘Lady Alice Mary Howard of Shelton Abbey’ (MA in Historic House Studies, NUI Maynooth, 2012)

Roisin Lambe, ‘The murder of William Ross Manifold, land agent in 1852’ (MA in Historic House Studies, NUI Maynooth, 2012)

Jacqueline Crowley, ‘County Meath and the Incumbered Estates Court, 1849-68’ (MA in Historic House Studies, NUI Maynooth, 2011)

Brenda Flynn, ‘Hunting, racing and the social world of the Kildare gentry, 1850-80’ (MA in Historic House Studies, NUI Maynooth, 2011)

 

Media

Television

• Irish TV- Offaly County Matters (no. 1), 22 February 2015 [featured regarding the marquis of Downshire and the development of Edenderry]

• Irish TV- Roscommon County Matters (no. 35), 21 January 2015 [featured regarding the launch of Strokestown and the Great Irish Famine]

• Irish TV- Kildare County Matters (no 19) , 3 November 2014 [featured regarding the Pomeroy estate and Carbury Castle]

• Irish TV- Roscommon County Matters (no 8) , 17 July 2014 [featured regarding the National Famine Commemoration at Strokestown]

• RTE 9 O'Clock News, 11 May 2014 [Interview with Eileen Magnier about National Famine Commemoration Day]

• RTE 9 O’Clock News, 5 May 2014 [Interview with Eileen Magnier about ‘Famine faces from county Roscommon’ exhibition]

• Al Jazeera News, 13 March 2014 [featured regarding the Great Irish Famine]

• ‘Irish Famine Pots and Relief during the Famine’, An Lar Productions, 14 Nov 2013

• 'Servants and the Big House in Ireland' (Big Mountain Productions/TV3), aired April/May 2013

 

Radio

• Newstalk, Talking History, 15 February 2015 [featured regarding Strokestown and the Great Irish Famine]

• Mid-West Radio, 1 December 2014[featured regarding Strokestown and the Great Irish Famine]

• LMFM Radio, 1 December 2014 [featured regarding Strokestown and the Great Irish Famine]

• Shannonside/Northern Sound Interview for the 'Homes of History Series', 28 November 2014

• Newstalk, Pat Kenny, 26 November 2014 [featured regarding Strokestown and the Great Irish Famine]

• Shannonside FM, 17 November 2014 [featured regarding Strokestown and the Great Irish Famine]

• Newstalk, Talking History (with Patrick Geoghan), 2 November 2014 [featured regarding The Irish Land Agent, 1830-1860]

• Newstalk, The Moncrieff Show, 9 July 2014[featured regarding The Irish Land Agent, 1830-1860]

• RTE, The History Show (with Myles Dungun) 11 May 2014 [[featured regarding the National Famine Commemoration]

• Shannonside FM, One Hour Documentary, ‘The Missing 1490’ (produced by Mary Mullins), 5 May 2014

• RTE Radio 1, The History Show (with Myles Dungan), 20 October 2013 [featured regarding the Joly family and the Carton Winter Lecture Series]

• RTE Radio 1, The History Show (with Myles Dungan), 10 May 2013 [The Book Club- ‘The Outer Edge of Ulster]

• RTE Radio 1, 'Blighted Nation' - Four part documentary series on Ireland's Great Famine, 1-4 January 2013

 

Print

• Irish Post, 7 January 2015 [‘New Famine book sheds light on the history of emigration’]

• Irish Examiner, 13 January 2015 [‘Big debate: Is the Famine suitable material for comedy?’]

• Irish Central, 27 November 2014 [Roscommon archive reveals in-fighting and criminality among Irish during Great Hunger’]

• Leitrim Observer, 26 November 2014 [featured regarding Strokestown and the Great Irish Famine]

• Irish Independent, 25 November 2014 [featured regarding Strokestown and the Great Irish Famine]

• Irish Central, 19 October 2014 [‘Irish women abandoned by their families during the Great Hunger’]

• Irish Examiner, 15 October 2014 [‘Mother of all famines for abandoned Irish women’]

• Leitrim Observer, 25 August 2014

• The Irish Abroad, 13 May 2014

• The Irish Times, 13 May 2014

• Irish Central, 12 May 2014 [‘Ireland’s annual Famine commemoration takes place in Roscommon’]

• The Journal.ie, 5 May 2014 [‘Tracing the ‘missing 1490’ who fled Strokestown during the Famine’]

• Irish Independent, 17 July 2013

• The Irish Farmers Journal (Country Living), 17 July 2013

• Ireland’s Genealogical Gazette, April 2013

• Irish American Cultural Institute Newsletter (November, 2012)

• Australian Family Tree (December, 2012)

• Irish Lives Remembered, Issue 6 (November, 2012)

• Irish Roots, Issue no. 85 (2013, First Quarter)

• Ireland of the Welcomes, vol 62, no. 1 (January/ February 2013)

• Your Family Tree (November, 2012)

• Irish American News Ohio (26 Sept 2012)

 

Conferences, Seminars and lecture series convened

• ‘The local and regional impact of the Great Irish Famine’, Fourth Annual International Famine Conference, 20-21 June 2015

• ‘Local History Sources Seminar’, Roscommon Historical & Archaeological Society, 8 November 2014

• ‘National Famine Commemoration Week Lecture Series, Strokestown Park House, 5-10 May 2014

• 'The Famine Irish: Emigration and new lives', Third Annual International Famine Conference, Strokestown Park House, 19-20 July 2013

• (with Dr Gerry Moran & Dr Darragh Gannon) ‘Revolution and the Irish Diaspora, 1845-1945’, NUI Maynooth, 29-31 October 2012

• 'The Great Irish Famine: new perspectives': Second Annual International Famine Conference, Strokestown Park House, 13 September 2012

• ‘The Cost of Hunger, Past and Present’: First Annual International Famine Conference, Strokestown Park House, 22 May 2011

• Strokestown Park House Winter Lecture Series 2011-15

 

 

Conference and seminar papers

• ‘The language of hunger: retrieving the lost voices of the Great Irish Famine’, at An Droim Deileoir: The Great Famine and Language Conference, University of Ulster, 27 March 2015

• 'Using estate archives to construct Irish Famine communities' at Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates Seminar Series, University of Bangor, 15 May 2014

• ' ''Famine was written on the faces of these women'': The plight of females in Roscommon during the 1840s' at CSHIHE/ Strokestown National Famine Commemoration Lecture Series, Strokestown Park House, 9 May 2014

• 'Culpability and the Great Famine: What the Strokestown archive reveals' at ‘Poverty and Famine in Ireland: The Great Famine, its contexts and legacy’, Queen’s University Belfast, 11-12 April 2014

• 'Culpability and the Great Irish Famine: the case of Strokestown, county Roscommon' at Irish Economic and Social History Society Annual Conference, NUI Galway, 23 November 2013

• ‘Destitution, prostitution, emigration: The reality of life for women during Ireland's Great Famine’ at Women's History Association of Ireland Annual Conference, University of Limerick, 27 April 2013

• ‘In search of the Strokestown Famine emigrants’ at The Gathering: local history, heritage and Diaspora Conference, NUI Maynooth, 24 November 2012

• ‘In search of the Strokestown Famine emigrants’ at CSHIHE Winter Lecture Series at Castletown, 7 November 2012

• ‘In search of the Strokestown Famine emigrants’ at the Second Annual Strokestown Park International Famine Conference, Strokestown, county Roscommon, 13 September 2012

• ‘Forgotten voices: Petitioning the landlord for help during the Great Irish Famine’ at National Famine Commemoration, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, county Louth, 12 May 2012

• ‘Emigration and the Strokestown estate during the Famine: Myth and memory, at Famine Memory and the Irish Diaspora: Migrants, Remembrance, Performance Symposium, University of Limerick 22 March 2012

• ‘At war everyday: The Strokestown estate, 1851-1860’ at Strokestown Park House Winter Lecture Series, 27 November 2011

• ‘The Strokestown Park House archive: A new perspective on the Great Famine’ at ‘The Cost of Hunger, Past and Present’, The International Famine Conference, Strokestown Park House, County Roscommon, 22 May 2011

• ‘The Strokestown Famine papers: what do they reveal about the Great Famine at local level?’ at Strokestown Park House Winter Lecture Series, 16 February 2011

• ‘The Famine papers on deposit in the Castletown Archive and Research Centre: what they tell us about the Great Famine’ at OPW/CSHIHE Castletown Winter Lecture Series, 2 February 2011

• ‘The Irish Land Agent and the Great Famine’ at An Gorta Mór (The Great Famine) Symposium, organised by An Foras Feasa, NUI Maynooth, 25 November 2010

• ‘The Great Famine and the Leinster estate’ at Carton and the Fitzgerald’s conference, Carton House, 29 August 2010

• ‘‘Land agents and agriculture on the eve of the Great Famine’ at Irish History Students Annual Conference, Trinity College Dublin, 19 February 2010

• ‘Clearing the estate to fill the workhouse: King’s County land agents and the workhouses in 1840s’ at the Poverty & Welfare Conference, Queen’s University Belfast, 26-27 June 2009

• ‘The restoration of an Irish country house- the case of Ballybrittan House, county Offaly’ at the CSHIHE/ University of Catania Second Annual Conference, University of Catania, Sicily 25 May 2009

• ‘The murder of Hector John Toler, second earl of Norbury , King’s County 1839’ at the Irish History Students Annual Conference, NUI Maynooth 6-7 March 2009.

• ‘Land agents and the management of landed estates 1835-1853’ at NUI Maynooth postgraduate research seminar 19 February 2009

 

Public lectures

• ‘The Big Houses of Rhode: Nesbitt, Dames, Wakely and Rait Kerr’, inaugural lecture of the Rhode Parish Historical Group, 27 February 2015

• ‘Retrieving the lost voices of the Great Irish Famine’ at South East Galway Historical & Archaeological Society, 24 February 2015

• ‘The Irish in South Africa: A miscellany’ at ‘Where did they all go? Irish emigration in the 19th century Seminar, Edenderry Historical Society, 13 February 2015

• ‘The Joly’s of Clonbullogue and Bracknagh and their estates’ at Clonbullogue Development Association, 5 September 2014

• ‘The Joly family of county Offaly’ at Edenderry Historical Society, 13 July 2014

• ‘Using the Morpeth Roll to uncover pre-Famine Offaly’ at Offaly History Society, 24 March 2014

• Invited Presentations for Ireland Reaching Out (XO) Genealogy Programme delivered in Carlow, Birr, Belmont, Edenderry and Daingean (May – Sept 2013)

• ‘Emigration and the Great Famine in Westmeath’ at Moate Historical Society, 29 April 2013

• ‘The burning of the Big House in Offaly’ at Old Dundalk Historical Society, 15 April 2013

• ‘In search of the Strokestown Famine emigrants’ at Roscommon Historical Society, 9 October 2012

• ‘Happy as a prince out here’: Emigration and the Strokestown estate during the Great Famine, part of National Heritage Week, 23 August 2012

• ‘The Great Irish Famine, 1845-1853: A county Roscommon perspective’ at Boyle Arts Festival, 3 August 2012

• ‘Sources for the study of Offaly’s landed estates, 1550-1950’ at the Offaly Historical & Archaeological Society, Tullamore, 14 April 2011

• ‘The Famine diary of John Plunket Joly, 1843-48’ at the Offaly Historical & Archaeological Society, Tullamore, 21 February 2011

• ‘The fortunes of Charleville Castle during the mid-nineteenth century’, Charleville Castle, Tullamore, National Heritage week, 23 August 2010

• ‘An Irish Catholic landlord in the 1840s: Robert Cassidy and the management of his King’s County estate’ at Monasterevin Historical Society, county Kildare, 21 May 2009

• ‘The nineteenth century Irish land agent and the Great Famine’ at Kill Historical Society, county Kildare, 27 April 2009

• ‘The historic houses of county Offaly’ at Offaly Historical & Archaeological Society, Tullamore, 19 January 2009

• ‘The historic houses of Offaly’ at Edenderry Historical Society, Edenderry Co. Offaly 29 August 2008 part of National Heritage Week 2008

• ‘The nineteenth century Irish land agent’ at Clane Library, Clane Co Kildare 27 August 2008 part of National Heritage Week 2008

• ‘Aspects of the Irish revolution in Offaly 1919-23’, at the Blessington Historical Society, Blessington, County Wicklow 13 March 2008.

• ‘The bearer of bad news and agrarian target: The role of the land agent in King’s County 1830-60’, at the Offaly Historical & Archaeological Society, Bury Quay, Tullamore 3 March 2008.

 

Other Public Engagement

National Famine Commemoration 2014

- Drafting of the application for Strokestown's hosting of the 2014 National Famine Commemoration

- Design of exhibition titled 'The Famine Irish: Emigrant faces from county Roscommon'

- Compilation of names from the Strokestown Park Archive for the Famine Memorial Wall

- Drafting of text and layout for Famine Memorial Wall

- Organisation of the National Famine Commemoration Lecture Series, 6-11 May

• Collaboration with Yellowstone Communication Design in identifying material and providing historical analysis on these documents for the refurbishment of the Irish National Famine Museum, Strokestown Park House [Completed, May 2013]

• Workshop Workshop on Emigration & the Irish Diaspora with Transition Year Students, Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown, county Roscommon, 9 April 2014

• Workshop on Emigration & the Irish Diaspora with Transition Year Students, Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown, county Roscommon, 12 April 2013

• Workshop with the Strokestown-Quebec Youth Group, Strokestown Park House, 4 January 2013