UCD Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Events

All seminars, unless otherwise stated, take place at 4pm in room K114, Newman Building, UCD Belfield, Dublin 4.

For further information:


NEXT: Friday 10 March. Sean Smith (UCD):
‘A Case of 20,000 Pagodas: the Jesuit Sup- pression in China & the Search for Replace- ments, 1773-1814’.

3 March, Sarah Corrigan (NUIG):
‘The Anonymous In Pentatuechum Comentarii: A Case Study on the Composition and Recep- tion of Early Medieval Exegesis’.

24 February, Niamh Wycherley (UCD):
‘Making the Medieval Relevant: The Cult of Relics in Ireland’.

7 February, Paddy Fitzgerald (Mellon Centre for Migration Studies):
‘Redefining Migration in Irish history’.

3 February, Rebecca Stephenson (UCD):
‘Were there doctors among the Benedictine monks at Winchester? The traces of medical practice in the Miracle Collections of St. Swithun’.

27 January, Mary Laven (Jesus College, Cambridge):
‘Miracles and Devotional Renewal in Renaissance Italy’.


Winter break

25 November, Elva Johnston (UCD):
Movers and Shakers? How Women Shaped the Career of Columbanus’

18 November, Ben Hazard (UCD):
‘Flaithrí Ó Maolchonaire and the Franciscan Province of Santiago at Salamanca, 1591-1614.’

 11 NovemberElizabeth Dawson (RIA):
‘Scholars or scribes? The contribution of the Archive of Celtic Latin Literature to a study of the Patrician texts in the Book of Armagh’

4 November, Brian MacCuarta (Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu):
‘An Irish convert in Rome and Spain in the mid-1590s: Henry Piers (1567-1623)’

29 October – Halloween break – no seminar

21 October Hiram Morgan (UCC):
‘“The blood of the English”: Edmund Spenser and the Munster revolt of 1598.’

14 October Annejulie Lafaye (Discovery Programme):
‘Kilmallock borough and Dominican priory: Medieval planning, patronage and urban life in medieval Ireland’

7 October:  Elizabeth Boyle (MU):
‘Eschatology and Reform in Early Irish Law’.

Summer break

15 April: Marc Caball (UCD):
‘Resistance and co-existence in early eighteenth-century Munster’.

8 April: Dagmar Ó Riain Raedel (UCC)
‘New light on the foundation of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin’

11-12 March: FMRSI Conference:
The Senses in Medieval and Renaissance Europe: Sight and Visual Perception, see http://www.fmrsi.wordpress.com

15 April: Marc Caball (UCD)
‘Resistance and co-existence in early eighteenth-century Munster’.

4 March: Tom O’Connor (MU)
‘’The role of conversion in early modern Ireland and its diaspora’

26 February: Éamon Ó Ciosáin (MU)
‘Irish migration to Europe and the Americas and early modern globalisation’

19 February: Eamon Darcy (MU)
‘Political Participation in Seventeenth Century Ireland’

12 February: Adrian Empey
‘”One pottle of aquavite … [and] foure and twenty gallons of the best ale in towne”: customary law in Gowran, 1608-10.’

5 February: Caoimhe Whelan (TCD)
‘Gerald of Wales in Politics: The Medieval Antecedents for the 1569 Attainder of Shane O’Neill’

29 January: Exequiel Monge Allen (NUIG)
‘A City of Refuge. Mission, pastoral care and ritual purity among the Céli Dé’


22 May: Donatus Mooney Day

Opening remarks: Dr John McCafferty, Director Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute

Dr Joe MacMahon OFM (Merchant’s Quay): ‘”The house is in debt”: the Account Book of the Franciscan house of Courtown, Co. Meath, 1788 – 1801’

Dr Marie-Louise Coolahan, Dr Mark Empey, Dr Emilie Murphy (NUIG): ‘The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women’s Writing, 1550-1700 (RECIRC), the project and some early results’

Annual Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Lecture:
Professor Bert Roest (Radboud University, Nijmegen): ‘Early Modern Franciscan Intellectual Cultures: Challenges and Opportunities’

15-17 May: 2nd MÓC Summer School, Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal.  For details see: http://mocleirigh.ie/programme

8 May: Barry Lewis (DIAS)
‘Magna, sister of St David: a case-study in hagiographical invention in medieval Wales, Brittany and Ireland’

1 May: Roisin McLaughlin (UCD)
‘Some observations on UCD OFM manuscript A 9’

24 April: Liesbeth Corens (Cambridge)
‘Records of innocence? Creating English Catholic counter archives in the late seventeenth century’

17 April: Michael Staunton (UCD)
English Opposition to the Invasion of Ireland’

Easter break

27 Mar: Bronagh McShane (NUIM)
‘Negotiating religious change and conflict: female religious communities, c.1560-1640’

Mid-term Break (St. Patrick’s)

6 Mar: Malgorzata Krasnodebska-D’Aughton (UCC)
‘Patronage and piety: Franciscan ideologies in late medieval Ireland’

27 Feb: Paul Rouse (UCD)
‘Sport and Medieval Ireland: A History of Invention’

20 Feb: Emilie Murphy (NUIG)
‘Hearing “English” Catholicism(?): Music and exile in the Spanish Habsburg territories, 1569-1658’

13 Feb: Áine Hensey (NUIM)
‘To Barbados or Bofin: the fate of Catholic priests imprisoned in Ireland in the aftermath of the Cromwellian conquest, 1653 to 1662’

6 Feb: Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh (UCC)
‘The development of vernacular liturgical language in Old Irish poetry’

30 Jan: Sarah McCann (IRC Fellow, UCD)
‘Boisil of Melrose, Cuthbert’s prior: What do we know and why does it matter?’


5 Dec: Frances Nolan (UCD)
‘”And we shall ever pray”: women and petitions relating to the Williamite – Jacobite war, 1689-1699’

28 Nov: Kelly Fitzgerald (UCD)
‘Intellectual folk hero’ : the function of oral narrative and the image of Geoffrey Keating

21 Nov: Elizabeth O’Brien (RSAI)
‘Some interesting women in 5th/6th century Ireland: evidence from the grave’

14 Nov: Marian Lyons (NUIM)
‘The limits of Old English liberty: the case of Thomas Arthur, M.D. (1593–1675) in Limerick and Dublin’

7 Nov: John McCafferty (UCD)
‘Microhistory and the small man: the world of Nicholas Archbold, Capuchin (d. 1650)’

Note: Unfortunatelly Aidan O’Sullivan will not be able to present this week his paper previously advertised.  It will be rescheduled for the second semester

31Oct: Break

24 Oct: Paolo Virtuani (UCD)
‘Discharging three offices at once’: the achievements of Prior Roger Outlawe (c. 1310 – 1341)’

17 Oct: Tadhg ÓhAnnracháin (UCD):
‘Mendicants and Jesuits: religious reform in east central Europe 1592-1648’

10 Oct: Ralph O’Connor (Aberdeen) 
‘Battle-frenzy and the dysfunctional warrior in the first recension of Táin Bó Cúailnge’

2 May: The 7th Donatus Mooney seminar
The annual lecture will be given by Megan Armstrong

28 April (Monday) at 4.30pm: Professor Timothy Brook (British Columbia)
‘Mapping from the Water in 17th Century China: The Intent of Accuracy and the Creation of the Selden Map’

The seminar will be held in conjunction with the Craig Dobbin Chair and the UCD Centre for Canadian Studies

Please note the change of day and time from the usual Friday seminar.

11 April: Damian Bracken (UCC)
‘Columbanus and the bishops’

4 April: Charlie Doherty (UCD)
‘Towns in early Ireland?’

28 March:  Allan Greer (McGill)
‘Land, Property and Colonization in North America: Some Conceptual Issues’

[Professor Greer will also be giving a seminar on Monday 24 March at 4.30 pm, also in K114 in the seminar series organised by the Centre for Canadian Studies entitled ‘Katereri Tekakwitha: the Iroquois who Converted a Jesuit’]

There was a 2 weeks break in the seminars due to the mid-term break.

7 March:  Daniel Carey (NUIG)
‘Wife Burning in India: John Locke’s Anthropology and the Foundations of Natural Law’
This seminar takes place in association with www.ucd.ie/readingeast/

28 February: Mary Clayton (UCD)
‘The Hiberno-Latin De duodecim abusiuis and Anglo-Saxon England’

21 February:  Colmán Ó Clabaigh (Glenstal Abbey)
‘Our daily bread: monks as producers and consumers of food in late medievalIreland’

14 February:  Denis Casey (Manuscripts and Archives Research Library, TCD)
‘(Re)inventing Ireland: Conall Mag Eochagáin’s “Annals of Clonmacnoise” (1627) as a national history’

7 February: Marc Caball (UCD)
‘Translating Keating’s Foras Feasa: cultural dynamism and decline’

31 January: Daniele Filippi (Boston College)
‘The soundscape of early modern Catholicism’
This seminar takes place in association with the UCD School of Music.


6 December: Con Manning (Dept of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht)
‘Clogh Oughter – from the Plantation of Ulster to the Cromwellian siege’

29 November: Eoin Kinsella (UCD)
‘Testing the limits of the law: the legal profession and Catholic responses to the penal laws’

22 November: Susan Flavin (TCD)
‘Participation and Interpretation: Ireland and the Sixteenth-Century World of Goods’.

15 November: Brian MacCuarta (Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu)
‘Scots Catholics in Ulster, c.1603-1641′

8 November: Dáibhí Ó Croinín (NUIG)
‘Grimoald’s Wife & the History of the Dagobert Affair’.

1 November: Roy Flechner (UCD)
‘Conversion to Christianity, law, and legal status in early medieval Ireland’

18 October: Ian Campbell (TCD/Cambridge)
‘John Punch on holy war and holy revolution: Franciscan political thought in the seventeenth century’

11 October: Howard Clarke (UCD)
‘Politics, sex and violence in the borders of the Bayeux Tapestry’.

3 May Prof Ian Wood, University of Leeds
‘What is a mission?’
This seminar was kindly supported by the Converting the Isles Network

19 April
6th Annual Donatus Mooney Seminar, 12.00 – 17.00
‘The worlds of early modern Catholics’.
Dr Brian Jackson, Carlow IT
Dr Brian Kirby, Capuchin Archives, Dublin
Keith Smith, Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute
Annual Lecture at 4pm:
Professor Simon Ditchfield, University of York:
‘The making of Roman Catholicism as a world religion? The circulation of the sacred c. 1500-1700’

12 April
Prof Michael Clarke, NUI Galway
‘The bookshelves of scholars in medieval Ireland’

5 April
Dr Jane Grogan, UCD School of English
‘The Eastern World in English Writings of EarlyModern Ireland’

1 March
Prof Frances Andrews, School of History, St. Andrew’s
‘Living a Revival: sources for Friar Venturino da Bergamo and ‘soa iente’, between Italy and Avignon in 1335’

22 February
Dr Claire Cotter
‘The stone forts of the Aran Islands in the early medieval period’

15 February
Dr Jens Rohrkasten, Medieval History, Birmingham University
‘Questing and the Franciscan Economy’

8 February
Dr Frank Lawrence, UCD School of Music
‘Franciscans writing music: the 17th century choir books of St Isidore’s, Rome’

1 February
Dr Edward Coleman, UCD School of History & Archives
‘The Lord Edward’s Irish Crusaders: Hiberno-Norman responses to the Crusades in the 13th century’

25 January
Dr Liz Dawson, UCD School of History & Archives
‘The early lives of Brigit: veneration or jurisdiction?’


14 December
Workshop in UCD Nova from 9.30-15.30 on ‘Innovation and the Humanities’ with speakers from UCD, Fáilte Ireland and others working in the interface between humanities, heritage and business. For further information contact niamh.nicghabhann@ucd.ie

14 December
Dr John McCafferty, UCD Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute
‘Lough Derg & the salvation of Ireland in the 17th century’

7 December
Dr Fearghus Ó Fearghail, Mater Dei Institute
‘The ‘Liber Mortuorum’ of Santo Spirito and the Irish in 17th-century Rome’

30ú Samhain
Dr Virginia Blankenhorn, Ollscoil Dhún Éideann/ University of Edinburgh
Caointe na mban uasal: ‘Caoine Airt Uí Laoghaire’ agus ‘Cumha Ghriogair Ruaidh a Gleann Streith’
(I gcomhair le Scoil na Gaeilge agus urraithe ag ‘Colmcille: Èirinn is Alba’. Reachtáilfear an seimineár
seo in Institiúid na hÉireann don Léann Daonna (HII, 4pm))

23 November
Dr Gillian Kenny, UCD
‘Dearly beloved friend’: female social networks in later medieval Ireland’ 

16 November
Dr Johnny Jakobsen, University of Copenhagen
‘Dominicans in Dacia: the role of Friars Preachers in Scandinavian society’

9 November
Prof Liam Kennedy, QUB Institute of Irish Studies
‘The economics and process of mendicant questing’

2-4 November
Conference: ‘Converting the Isles’ project 3rd international colloquium: literacy, memory and conversion. Speakers from Ireland, Britain and Scandinavia
Location: UCD Sports/Students Centre 

26 October
Dr Colin Ireland, Arcadia University
‘Irish characteristics in Northumbrian hagiography: the example of the Whitby Life of Gregory the Great’

19 October
Dr Rob Meens (Universiteit Utrecht), Elaine Perreira-Farrell (UCD), Dr Matthew Stout (St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra), David Burke (University of Durham), Dr Marilyn Dunn (University of Glasgow)
‘Penance, penitential texts & pastoral care in early medieval Ireland’

12 October
Dr Alison Forrestal, NUIG
‘Making enemies among the saints: the fragmentation of the Catholic reformation in France’


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