Round-Up: The State of Ireland, 1914 Conference #TSOI1914

I’ve been in Manchester for the past couple of days to attend The State of Ireland, 1914, conference organised by Dr Katherine Fennelly and Dr Patrick Doyle of the University of Manchester.  While discussion of the First World War and the Irish Revolution naturally could not be escaped, it was really refreshing to consider 1914 beyond theContinue reading “Round-Up: The State of Ireland, 1914 Conference #TSOI1914”

Why study history? Ciaran Brady responds to Ruairi Quinn.

As a professional academic historian I am, of course, biased.  But because of my role I not only understand the importance of knowing our history, but also I am keenly aware of the skills — most notably critical thinking and analysis — that the study of the subject can impart on the student.  These areContinue reading “Why study history? Ciaran Brady responds to Ruairi Quinn.”

Living in the Shadow of History: Swords

With a view like this from the window of my childhood bedroom, it’s probably not all that surprising that the past has captured my imagination.  I grew up conscious that I was living in the shadow of the 80-foot-tall residence of the Plunkett family who had resided at Dunsoghly Castle between the fifteenth and nineteenthContinue reading “Living in the Shadow of History: Swords”