Decade of Centenaries Prize & Local History of County Galway Prize

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Dear Colleagues, the organising committee of the Irish History Students’ Association, Annual Conference for Galway 2016 are pleased to announce that in addition to the prizes offered by the IHSA, the Galway organising committee have secured additional external sponsorship for four additional, once-off, prizes for 2016.

 

Accordingly, papers are invited in the following categories: The Decade of Centenaries in County Galway (1913-1923); The Local History & Heritage of County Galway (any historical era); Social and/or Cultural History; Best Irish Language Paper.  The prizes will be awarded to the best paper in each category. They will be independently judged PRIOR to being given, which means that all interested parties must pre-submit their paper (or latest working draft), no later than the 19th January 2016, i.e. one calendar month before the conference.

 

Further details are listed below on each particular prize. The adjudicator’s decision is final and no discussion whatsoever will be entered into. Prizes will be awarded at the Conference Dinner (Harbour Hotel, Galway, 20 February, 8pm). All entrants must attend the conference AND deliver their papers. Failure to attend and/or speak is grounds for disqualification.

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Mortal remains of Harry Loughnane, c. 1920

The Decade of Centenaries in County Galway (1913-1923).

  • This prize has been kindly sponsored by Galway County Council.
  • Value €100.
  • Period which the papers/posters/AV/artefact presentations deal with must be between 1913 and 1923, though some leeway is allowed.
  • All interested papers must be pre-submitted (or the latest working draft), no later than the 19th January, i.e. one calendar month before the conference.
  • Once submitted that is the paper which will be judged. No further submissions/alterations will be allowed.
  • Any supporting documentation (such as an audio-visual or image based element) must be submitted also.

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HM King Edward VII, on Shop Street, on his visit to Galway c.1903

The Local History & Heritage of County Galway (any historical era).

  • This prize has been kindly sponsored by Galway County Council.
  • Value €100.
  • The papers/posters/AV/artefact presentations must engage with any aspect of the history or heritage of the County of Galway.
  • All interested papers must be pre-submitted (or the latest working draft), no later than the 19th January, i.e. one calendar month before the conference.
  • Once submitted that is the paper which will be judged. No further submissions/alterations will be allowed.
  • Any supporting documentation (such as an audio-visual or image based element) must be submitted also.
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Past Speaker Bio: Ciarán McCabe, NUI Maynooth

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Paper/Name: Ciarán McCabe

Institution: NUI Maynooth

Course: PhD History (currently Post-Doctoral work in NUI Galway)

Age: 30

 

Areas of Interest: Poverty, Welfare, Charity, Medicine, Health, Urban, Religion.

Thesis Title: ‘Begging and alms-giving in urban Ireland, 1815-1850’

Past IHSA Paper titles:

IHSA 2014 (MIC): ‘“The silent endurance of these poor creatures”: perceived virtue in the          silent suffering of the poor in nineteenth-century Ireland’

IHSA 2013 (QUB): ‘The Church of Ireland parish and beggars’ badges in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries’

IHSA 2012 (NUIG): ‘“Surely this monstrous inconvenience is not of an insurmountable nature”: the suppression of street begging in early nineteenth-century Dublin’

IHSA 2011 (UCC): ‘The Cork Street Fever Hospital, Dublin and pre-Famine fever epidemics’

Was 2015 your first IHSA Conference?

No, I attended the 2015 conference as a spectator, but was collecting a prize from 2014.

 

What attracted you to the IHSA Conferences?

My first IHSA conference to attend was in 2011. For me, the IHSA conference has always been an opportunity to present a research paper in an environment that is not too intimidating for early-career scholars. I presented at each of the 2011-14 conferences and always found them incredibly rewarding experiences.

 

Best memory of the conferences?

The after-dinner speeches of Professors John A. Murphy, Gearoid O Tuathaigh and Keith Jeffrey.

 

Worst memory of the conferences?

Staying in a noisy hostel in Cork and getting little to no sleep the night before my first-thing-in-the-morning paper!

 

What are you looking forward to most about Galway 2016?

Being based at the host institution!