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.
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.