Historical interest: UN peacekeeping, the Middle East, Military history,
Short Personal Bio: Cian is currently a PhD candidate at NUIG School of Law where he is researching the use of military force for protecting civilians. Cian graduated with an LLM from the University of Nottingham and an LLB from NUI Galway. Outside of academia, Cian worked for a Middle East NGO in Washington DC and is a serving reservist with the Irish Defence Forces.
Historical interest: Home Rule Movement, 17thth Century Ireland, Dutch Golden Age & World War I
Short Personal Bio: I am in the final year of my BA (International) in NUIG, taking History & Geography. This will be my first IHSA Conference that I will be attending. I have been involved with NUIG’s History Society (Cumann Staire) since 2013 where I am currently the Public Relations Officer. My society work has also expanded throughout my collage life in areas such as: the collage radio station (Flirt FM), the chess society and the Comic Book Society which has broaden my horizons and expanded my responsibilities in college.
Course: Bachelor of Nursing Science (Psychiatric) 2012
Was 2015 your first IHSA Conference? No, my first was Galway 2012. I knew nothing of IHSA and was quickly swept into the organising committee as the Chief Organiser had become injured a week before the Conference!
What attracted you to IHSA and An Cumann Staire? I initially joined An Cumann Staire in 2011 as a result of a group of friends dragging me along to a ‘boring’ History lecture in NUIG. As a Nursing student I had little interest in History, but a few short months later I found myself turning up to most of the lectures, events and social gatherings and going forward for a position on committee. My opinion was completely turned around and I wanted to get as involved in An Cumann Staire as possible. This lead also to my involvement with IHSA, which is primarily behind the scenes in an organisational and supportive capacity. 2015 will be my 4th IHSA Conference.
Best Memory of the Conferences? Someone really confused asking me where ‘The Arts Millennium Building’ (NUIG) was. They were standing in it and had just given their paper and of course, our gatherings at Costello’s of Limerick.
What are you looking forward to most about Galway 2016? Catching up with friends whom I see once a year or so at IHSA Conferences.
Course:In am in my final year BA, after finishing a previous undergraduate course in computing. I plan to undertake a MLitt next year.
Areas of Interest:My interests mainly lie in modern United States history, particularly domestic and foreign policy, Manifest Destiny, terrorism, and Civil War and Reconstruction.
Upcoming IHSA Paper: My 2016 paper will be something along the lines of the rise and fall of the Freedmen’s Bureau in the US after the Civil War, and what questions and issues it raises for contemporary and future America.
Was 2015 your first IHSA Conference? Yes. My first attending and presenting.
What attracted you to the IHSA & An Cumann Staire? I wanted to meet like-minded and enthusiastic people with a passion for history. It was An Cumann Staire that realised that both academically and socially, and I swiftly got involved. As an annual tradition for the society to send a delegation to IHSA, I attended last year. I also went to learn what it was like to present at an academic conference, while also networking in a relaxed atmosphere.
Best memory of the conferences? Delivering my first conference paper in 2015 to a warm reception.
What are you looking forward to most about Galway 2016? Upholding the academic reputation that Galway has for history, while also catching some interesting papers and networking with historians of the future.