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“Women in History, Politics and Culture” The Path Breaking Women Event

July 21, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 3:30 pm


July 21, 2017
11:00 am - 3:30 pm


Seminar Room GO11, Ground Floor, Hardiman Research Building


Lydia Kelly

 A mini-conference accompanying the exhibition 

Path Breaking Women of NUI Galway: 1912-1922 and Beyond

All welcome, places limited. To RSVP and for more information contact: lydia.kelly@nuigalway.ie



11.00am: Registration – Tea & Co­ffee

11.30am: Chair – Dr. Sarah-Anne Buckley

Speaker: Dr. Nadia Claire Smith, ‘Mary Donovan O’Sullivan and Síle Ni Cinnéide: Path-breaking women historians’

12.30-1.00pm: Lunch break

1.00-1.15pm: Dr. Louis de Paor, ‘Remembering Caitlin Maude’

1.15–1.45pm: Performance – ‘­The poetry of Caitlin Maude’ read by Caitríona Ní Chonaola

1.45–2.00pm: Tea & Co­ffee

2.00–3.00pm: Chair – Prof. Niamh Reilly

Speaker: Dr. Claire McGing, ‘Parliamentary pioneers: ­the political careers of Celia Lynch and Maureen O’Carroll’

3.00pm: Closing


Speakers and Chairs

Nadia Clare Smith is the author of A ‘Manly Study’? Irish Women Historians, 1868-1949 and Dorothy Macardle: A Life. She received her PhD in history from Boston College, where she has also taught. A specialist in modern Irish history, her work has been recognized by the Fulbright Commission and the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Sarah-Anne Buckley, is lecturer in history at the National University of Ireland Galway specialising in the history of childhood and youth; and women and gender in Ireland. Author of ­ The Cruelty Man: Child Welfare, the NSPCC and the State in Ireland, 1889-1956 (MUP, 2013), she was recently a co-editor of a special edition of the Journal of Childhood and Youth and Soathar: the Journal of the Irish Labour History Society, of which she is an editor. She is President of the Women’s History Association of Ireland, Chair of the Irish History Student’s Association and co-director of the Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour and Class at NUI Galway.

Louis de Paor is Director of the Centre for Irish Studies at NUI Galway. Leabhar na hathghabhála/Poems of repossession, his bilingual anthology of twentieth-century poetry in Irish with English translations, was an Irish Times Book of the Year in 2016 and has been described by the Sunday Herald in Scotland as ‘one of the most important anthologies of its kind this century’. 

Caitríona Ní Chonaola is from Camus, Co. Galway. As well as writing plays, songs and ‘agallaimh beirte’, she acts. While teaching Gaeilge at Memorial University Newfoundland, she won the Story Slam competition at St. John’s Storytelling Festival 2014. Her song, Deartháirín Óg mo Chroí won the Pan Celtic Festival in 2003, was sung by Nora Ghriallais at the prestigious Corn Uí Riada competition: Oireachtas na Gaeilge, and can often be heard on RnaG. Her published works include Incubus by Cló Iar Chonnachta and Scéal na Bó by Breacadh. She teaches Gaeilge at Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, NUI Galway and regularly does voice overs on TG4 cartoons. She was born in the same Gaeltacht area, went to the same secondary school, performed in the same theatres and her friends would say that she has the same passion for the Irish Language as Caitlín Maude. Although Ní Chonaola never met Maude in person, she has fond memories of being ‘silenced’ by her parents during a Sean Nós song on the radio by her,’shhh, tá Caitlín Maude ag gabháil fhoinn’.

Claire McGing is based at Maynooth University, where she lectures and researches in the Department of Geography and is also the university’s Athena SWAN project o‑ cer. Her main research interests lie in the history and operation of male-gendered organizational cultures, particularly Irish political parties, and the measures that can be taken to promote gender equality in such environments. Her most recent research focuses on the early history of women in Dáil Éireann. She has published a number of articles and book chapters on gender representation in Irish politics, including co-written chapters in the prestigious ‘How Ireland Voted’ series in 2011 and 2016.

Niamh Reilly is Established Professor of Political Science and Sociology at NUI Galway

The Path Breaking Women project, led by Niamh Reilly, was supported by Irish Research Council New Foundations Scheme 2016. It is co-sponsored by the School of Political Science and Sociology, the Centre for Global Women’s Studies, Gender ARC and the Moore Institute at NUI Galway.  The Exhibition runs until September 2017 in the library exhibition space at NUI Galway. For

more information see: www.nuigalway.ie/pathbreakingwomen