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.
He was in 1995, elected member of the Academia Europaea, in 2005 as a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, and in 2007 as a Member of the American Philosophical Society.
Nicholas has served as Vice-President of Research at NUI Galway (2005-2008), President of the Royal Irish Academy (2008-2011) and he was the Established Chair in Galway from 1979-2009. He was also the Funding Director of the university’s Moore Institute from 2000-2011. At present Nicholas is serving with the European Research Council. His areas of interest include Early Modern Irish History, Colonialism and Migration.
Nicholas is also a former Auditor of An Cumann Staire (1963-1964) and as a former IUHSA rep (1964-1965). When the IHSA came to Galway during his tenure, he organised the IHSA conference. He has also served as President of the IHSA.
We are sure that this speech will be the highlight of the evening’s events and not to be missed!
Subject Area/Paper: Military History of the Irish Revolution/’The Thompson Submachine Gun and the Irish War of Independence‘.
Last year was my second IHSA and my first conference at which I delivered a paper. I was attracted to the opportunity that the IHSA affords undergraduates who wish to present papers based on their own research.
Best memory: Delivering my very first conference paper to a wonderfully receptive audience.
Worst memory: Delivering said paper after a night out on the town in Limerick!
What am I looking forward to at IHSA 2016: Delivering another paper to what is shaping up to be a fantastic conference @ihsa2016, coupled with the fact that conference is being held in one of the most beautiful parts of Éire.
Anything else to add: For any prospective first-time speakers. The environment at the IHSA is a very friendly and welcoming one, you will meet contacts with whom you will find you share many common interests that often bring many prospective projects to fruition. My advice is to enjoy yourself and the weekend.