Papers given & conferences organised

Select list of conference and seminar papers

• ‘Irish national identities and the Big House after independence’, invited speaker, Yorkshire Country House Bi-annual seminar, 6 Feb. 2015.

• ‘The Irish aristocracy and the Great war, 1914-18’, Plenary, Twelfth Annual Historic Houses of Ireland Conference, NUI Maynooth, 8 May 2014.

• 'The decline and fall of the Big House in Ireland, 1879-1945,' invited speaker, the Sixth Annual Irish Protestant Benevolent Lecture at the School of Canadian-Irish Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, 7 November 2013

• “The big house has much to learn .....But it also has much to give”, Inaugural Yorkshire Country House Partnership Annual Lecture in Association with the Historic Houses Association, University of York, 22 Nov. 2012.

• 'A symbol of a colonial past or part of the Irish national heritage: the historical and contemporary perceptions of the Irish country house,' invited speaker, NLI, 9 Mar. 2011.

• 'Political and public perceptions of the country house in Ireland, 1922-2003' invited speaker, UCD Humanities Institute seminar on Culture, Society and Change, 4 Mar. 2011.

• ‘The historic house in Ireland: past and future perspectives’, YCHP Fourth Policies, Issues, and Research Seminar, York, 26 Feb. 2011.

• [With Prof Christopher Ridgway] ‘The Irish country house: past and future perspectives’, Ninth Annual Historic Houses of Ireland Conference, Keynote address, NUI Maynooth, 8 June 2011.

• ‘ “The fairy godfather as regards the estate”: Sir Henry Mallaby-Deeley and Carton, 1922-37’, Carton House and the FitzGeralds Conference, Carton House, Maynooth, 29 Aug. 2010.

• ‘Social life at Castle Hyde post-independence’, invited speaker The Blackwater Valley – Historic Houses and Landscapes Conference, Youghal, 25 Sept. 2009.

• ‘How to engage primary and secondary school students with the built heritage’, Sustainability and the Irish country house seminar (in association with the Irish Historic Houses Association), Maynooth, 26 June 2010.

• ‘Education and the future of the Irish country house’, Seventh Annual Historic Houses of Ireland Conference, NUI Maynooth, 18 June 2009.

• Educational policy and the preservation of the built heritage in Ireland, 1923-2009’, CSHIHE/OPW Seminar Series, Castletown, 2 Mar. 2009.

• ‘Collaborations and the Yorkshire Country House Partnership: the Irish experience’, The Third Policies, Issues and Research Seminar, 14 Feb. 2009, University of York, England.

• 'Irish historic houses and the national heritage, 1879-2003', invited speaker, the College at Brockport, State University of New York, 30 Oct. 2008.

• ‘The great houses of Ireland: their past, present and future’, Seminar Series in Irish Studies, Mater Dei Institute of Education, 11 Mar. 2008.

• ‘Carton House, County Kildare: a case study of an Irish country house in the twenty-first century’, paper presented to The Second Policies, Issues, and Research Seminar, University of York, 3 February 2007.

• ‘Heritage policies and issues: the Irish perspective’, paper presented to The Second Policies, Issues, and Research Seminar, University of York, 2 February 2007.

• ‘The land question in independent Ireland: the Kerry experience’, keynote address, Sean O’Suilleabhain Summer School, Kenmare, 21 April 2006.

• ‘The partition of Ireland: a broad perspective’, keynote address at The Border: Reflections on Partition Conference, Clones, Co. Monaghan, 10 March 2006.

• ‘Social memory and the burning of Wildgoose Lodge’, invited speaker, William Carleton Summer School, Clogher, 2 August 2005.

• ‘The importance of education to the promotion of Irish heritage with particular reference to historic houses’, paper presented to the European Country Houses in the 21st Century Conference, Ardgillan Castle, 2 June 2005 and Strokestown Park House, 9 June 2005

• ‘Irish country houses: a troubled past and a troubled future’, paper presented to John Roberts Weekend School, Waterford Museum of Treasures, 30 April 2005.

• ‘Sources for the study of Irish country houses and landed estates’, paper presented to County Galway International Genealogical Conference, Galway, 19 March 2005.

• ‘Partition and the creation of the Irish border region’, Centre for Cross Border Studies Seminar, Armagh, 9 December 2004.

• ‘Irish land reform, 1853-1973’, paper presented to Land Reform Seminar, University of Stirling, Scotland, 3 May 2004.

• ‘The Irish country house: its past, present and future’, paper presented to National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington DC, January 2004.

• ‘Irish country houses: a case for their preservation’, paper presented at The Great House from the Roman Villa to the Stately Home: Perspectives and Prospects Conference, Institute for Historical Research, Senate House, London, 28 January 2004.

• ‘Adaptation and survival: the Irish country house in the twentieth century’, paper presented at The Irish Country House: its Past, Present and Future Conference, Maynooth, 13 September 2003.

• ‘IRA veterans and land division in independent Ireland, 1923-48’, paper presented at The Land Question in Ireland Revisited Conference, Maynooth, 10 May 2003.

• ‘Education and the Irish historic house’, invited speaker, Attingham Trust Seminar, Dublin Castle, 10 February 2003.

 

Other papers delivered, 2003 –

• ‘The decline and fall of the Dukes of Leinster: Love, war, debt and madness’, Strokestown Park House Winter / Spring Lecture Series, 15 October 2014

• The making of the Irish National Famine Museum at Strokestown, National Famine Commemoration Lecture Series [organised by CSHIHE], Strokestown Park House, 10 May 2014

• ‘County Monaghan sources for the study of land, war and revolution, 1879-1923’, public lecture, Monaghan County Library, Clones, 7 Mar. 2011

• ‘ “Tombstones of a departed ascendancy”: government attitudes towards the big house in post-independence Ireland’, Castletown Winter Lecture Series, Castletown House, 7 Oct. 2009.

• ‘National patrimony and perceptions of the Irish country house from independence to European Union’, invited speaker, Irish Georgian Society Chapter, Limerick, 21 Apr. 2009.

• ‘Are Irish country houses worth preserving?’ public lecture, Carrick-on-Shannon, 24 Sept. 2008.

• ‘Social memory and the murders at Wildgoose Lodge, 1816’, public lecture, Cavan County Museum, 25 Mar. 2008.

• ‘Protestant politics and society in County Monaghan, 1885-1926’, invited speaker, Border Minority Group, Ballalbany Presbyterian Hall, Monaghan, 24 January 2007.

• ‘From “satanic creature” to folk hero: the historic journey of Patrick Devan, 1816-2006’: public lecture, Dundalk, 16 March 2006.

• ‘The Irish country house during the Irish Revolution, 1917-23’ public lecture, Rockingham, County Roscommon, 23 September 2007.

• ‘The burning of big houses in Ireland, 1920-23’, invited speaker, Tuam Historical Society, 18 Apr. 2007.

• ‘The working of the Irish Land Commission in County Carlow, 1923-48’, public lecture, Carlow Town, 21 Mar. 2007.

• ‘Changing policies and attitudes: the Irish country house from independence to 2006’, public lecture, Durrow, 25 Feb. 2007

• ‘The trial and execution of Patrick Devan, July 1816: crime, law and the court system in pre-Famine Ireland’, public lecture, Carrickmacross Workhouse, 18 November 2005.

• ‘“A world turned upside down”: the changing social lives of the Meath aristocracy, 1879-1923’, public lecture, Bru na Boinne Interpretative Centre, 9 November 2005.

• ‘The burning of Wildgoose Lodge, 1816: a study of crime and punishment in early nineteenth-century Ireland’, public lecture, Monaghan County Museum, 5 October 2005.

• ‘ “The land for the people”: the story of the Irish Land Commission, 1823-73’, public lecture, Castlecomer, 10 November 2004.

• ‘John Devoy and his native County Kildare’, public lecture, Maynooth Town Library, 8 November 2004.

• ‘Sources for nineteenth and twentieth century Irish history’, a series of lectures delivered to Offaly Archaeological and Historical Society, Tullamore, 13-17 September 2004.

• ‘The big house in Ireland from the Great Famine to the present day’, a series of nine lectures, Leixlip, 20 September-29 November 2004.

• ‘The great houses of Co. Kildare: their past and present’, paper presented to Celbridge Historical Society, Celbridge, 6 September 2004. • ‘The big house in Carleton country, 1815-69’, paper presented to William Carleton Summer School, Clogher, 3 August 2004.

• ‘The great houses of the west of Ireland from the Great Famine to independence’, paper presented to Sligo Field Club at Sligo Institute of Technology, 5 December 2003.

• ‘The break up of Irish landed estates, 1881-1933, and the consequences for Irish country houses’, paper presented to the Irish Georgian Society, 11 November 2003.

• ‘From the Great Famine to the Wall Street Crash: a history of the Clonbrock estate, 1845-1929’, paper presented to East Galway Historical Society, 24 October 2003.

• ‘The big houses of South County Dublin, 1800-2003’, public lecture, Tallaght Library, 10 September 2003.

• ‘Sources for the history of landed estates in Ireland’, paper presented to Irish Society for Archives, Trinity College Dublin, 4 February 2003.

 

Conferences, seminars & lecture series organized

• The Twelfth Annual Historic Houses of Ireland Conference, ‘The Country House and the Great War: European Perspectives’, NUI Maynooth, 8-9 May 2014

• The Eleventh Annual Historic Houses of Ireland Conference, ‘Castletown, the Conollys and Country House Collections', NUI Maynooth, 9 - 10 May 2013

• The Tenth Annual Historic Houses of Ireland Conference, 'The Country House and its Visitors: Past, Present and Future’, NUI Maynooth, 10-11 May 2012

• The Ninth Annual Historic Houses of Ireland Conference, ‘Past and Future Perspectives’, NUI Maynooth, 8-9 June 2011.

• Sustainability and the Irish Country House (in association with the Irish Historic Houses Association), NUI Maynooth, 26 June 2010.

• The Eighth Annual Historic Houses of Ireland Conference: Construction, Restoration and Consolidation, NUI Maynooth,10-11 June 2010.

• [with Prof Christopher Ridgway] What Makes a Historic House a Quality Attraction? The Second CSHIHE/OPW Seminar, Castletown House, 15 April 2010

• The Seventh Annual Historic Houses of Ireland Conference: ‘The Future of the Past’, NUI Maynooth, 18-19 June 2009.

• Seminario Internazionale Case Storiche di Sicilia e Irlanda: The Second Ireland-Sicily Historic Houses Seminar, Catania, Sicily, 30 May 2009 (in collaboration with Universita degli Studi di Catania.)

• [with Prof Christopher Ridgway] Policy, Management and Research in the Historic House Sector, Inaugural CSHIHE/OPW Seminar, Castletown, 2 Mar. 2009.

• The Sixth Annual Historic Houses of Ireland Conference, NUI Maynooth, 19-20 June 2008.

• Seminario Internazionale Case Storiche di Sicilia e Irlanda: The First Ireland-Sicily Historic Houses Seminar, NUI Maynooth, 17 June 2008 (in collaboration with Universita degli Studi di Catania.)

• The Fifth Annual Historic Houses of Ireland Conference, NUI Maynooth,14-15 June 2007. • The Fourth Annual Historic Houses of Ireland Conference, NUI Maynooth, 1-2 September 2006.

• The Third Annual Historic Houses of Ireland Conference, NUI Maynooth,9-10 September 2005.

• The Second Annual Historic Houses of Ireland Conference, NUI Maynooth, 10-11 September 2004.

• The Inaugural Historic Houses of Ireland Annual Conference: Historic Houses of Ireland: Their Past, Present and Future, NUI Maynooth, 13 September 2003.

• The Land Question in Ireland Revisited (with Dr. Fergus Campbell), NUI Maynooth, 9-10 May 2003.