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Life on the street in the eighteenth-century Irish city.

David Dickson.

  • 📅Tuesday, June 20, 2023
  • 🕥10:30 - 11:30

David Dickson is Professor Emeritus of Modern History in Trinity College Dublin and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. He has published extensively on the social, economic and cultural history of Ireland since the seventeenth century. Past collaborative research projects have included the demographic history of eighteenth-century Ireland; the comparative history of famine in Ireland; the social history of 18th, 19th and 20th century Dublin; the 1789 Irish rebellion; and Ireland's entanglement with empire. His major publications include : "Old World Colony: Cork and South Munster 1630-1830" (Cork and Madison, 2005); "Dublin : the Making of a capital city" (London and Cambridge, MA, 2014), and "The First Irish Cities: An eighteenth century transformation (New Haven and London, 2012). he has recently published a chapter in "Ireland, Slavery and the Caribbean", eds. Finola O'Kane and Ciaran O'Neill (Manchester, 2023), and is currently helping to complete a major collaborative project, editing a private archive of over 800 letters of a middle-class family living in north-west Ireland and in Maryland, a two-way exchange between siblings and close relatives spanning a half-century between the 1790s and the 1840s; this will be published by the Irish Manuscript Commission.

Who inhabited the streets of our burgeoning cities in the Georgian era? If we are to trust the artistic evidence, the streets were quiet, orderly, decorous places; if we take our cue from Molly Malone, they were the stage for street-sellers and market women; if we read Swift we assume that the city streets were a maelstrom of beggars and paupers. The talk will seek to re-imagine life on the street, the coming of shops and street-lighting, of widened streets and new public spaces, and to explore the contrast between areas of fashionable display and zones of danger. We will conclude by examining the behaviour of one young Dubliner, c. 1800, an avid walker and a diarist.




No Braver Man : the life of Roger Casement. (1864-1916).

Séamus O'Siochain.

  • 📅Tuesday, June 27, 2023
  • 🕥10:30 - 11:30

Content : Seamus will give a general overview of Casement's life, but with emphasis on his humanitarian work in the Congo Free State and in the Putumayo region of Upper Amazon.

Seamus O'Siochan, Senior Lecturer Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, Maynooth University.

Selected publications include :

"Through the Eyes of Another Race: Roger Casement's Congo Report and Congo Diary" (2003) (with Michael O'Sullivan, an annotated edition of Casement's 1903-04 Congo report and 1913 Diary).

"Roger Casement: Imperialist, Rebel, Revolutionary" (2008, and e-book, 2012), (a biography of Roger Casement, 1864-1916). it was endorsed as "the most rigorous biography about an exceptional character...and the most entertaining" by Mario Vargas Llosa, Nobel Prize Winner and author of "The Dream of the Celt", a novel based on the life of Roger Casement.

Exhibit Ireland: Ethnographic Collections in Irish Museums (2012) (ed. with Pauline Garvey and Adam Drazin).

"Rundale: Settlement, Society and farming" special issue of Ulster Folklife, Vol 58 (2015), (ed. with Eamon Slater, Liam Downey)