Member Profiles: Amy Prendergast

Amy Prendergast

Amy Prendergast is a committee member of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society and an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at Trinity College Dublin. Amy’s research interests include literary history and associational life, and she is currently working on her first monograph which will look at literary salons in France, Britain and Ireland.  Continue reading Member Profiles: Amy Prendergast

Member Profiles: Andrew Carpenter

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Andrew Carpenter is a committee member of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society. He was the founding president of the society and founding editor of the society’s journal, Eighteenth-Century Ireland / Iris an dá chultúr. He is Emeritus Professor of English at University College Dublin. His research interests include Irish poetry in English, 1660-1800, Continue reading Member Profiles: Andrew Carpenter

Best of the Net: Monday, 8 September

‘Romantic Circles’, a refereed scholarly website, has recently published a digital edition of Ann Flaxman, An Uninteresting Detail of a Journey to Rome, available here. It tells the story of a female Grand Tour which commenced in 1787.

If you’d like to know more about personal ads in eighteenth century newspapers, check Continue reading Best of the Net: Monday, 8 September

Member Profiles: Robert Mahony

Bob face June 13Robert Mahony has been a member of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society (intermittently) since 1986. He was Professor of English at the Catholic University of America and is now retired. His research focus is Jonathan Swift.

Favourite archive:
Mainly archives in Dublin or London, sometimes the Library of Congress and the Folger Library, Washington.

Favourite Continue reading Member Profiles: Robert Mahony

Can you tell us about #18thC artisan homes?

So, we know our readers are experts on eighteenth-century pubs but can you tell us anything about ‘artisan living’?  Here’s a query we received from a Creative Writing MA student…

I’m writing a story about a man from Geneva who settled with other Swiss watchmakers outside Waterford in and around 1783-5. They Continue reading Can you tell us about #18thC artisan homes?

No. 5 Vicars’ Hill – Armagh’s Hidden Gem

I thought I’d add another pin to the ECIS Blog Map this week with a post I’ve been meaning to write since the ECIS Annual Conference in June…

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Vicars’ Hill is the name of a row of Georgian houses facing St Patrick’s Cathedral (CoI) in Armagh. This terrace has also been known Continue reading No. 5 Vicars’ Hill – Armagh’s Hidden Gem

Irish Dances Never Before Printed

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Anyone interested in Irish music and dance might like to take a look at Forty eight original Irish dances… Book I & 2 (Dublin, 1795). You can download your own copy from the Bibliothèque nationale de France’s Gallica resource. The publisher and music seller, Morris Hime, sold the publication at his Continue reading Irish Dances Never Before Printed

Social Networking

Did you know that the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society has a Facebook page maintained by Clíona Ó Gallchoir?

Clíona writes…

If you have a Facebook account, and you haven’t already come across the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society Facebook page, then make sure to visit and ‘Like’ the page, which currently has a small but select Continue reading Social Networking

New Books: Patrick Walsh, The South Sea Bubble and Ireland: Money, Banking and Investment, 1690-1721

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The image on the cover of my new book reproduces the Ten of Clubs from a famous set of playing cards produced in London in the aftermath of the South Sea Bubble, the famous stock market crash of 1720. Each card in the deck depicted a different group of investors in Continue reading New Books: Patrick Walsh, The South Sea Bubble and Ireland: Money, Banking and Investment, 1690-1721

William III’s Chair

William III's Chair

On Sunday, 6 July 1690 (o.s.), a thanksgiving was held in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin to celebrate William III’s victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne (which took place on 1 July 1690 (o.s.) or 12 July 1690 (n.s.), depending on what calendar you prefer).

If you go to Continue reading William III’s Chair

The Progress of an Irishman

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This etching by Richard Newton from 1794 shows the ‘Progress of an Irishman’ through his life in fifteen figures. The first figure shows the Irishman on the way to school (eating a potato for breakfast) and the rest of the pictures tell the story of other major events in his life, such Continue reading The Progress of an Irishman

Resources: William Penn’s links to Ireland

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William Penn (1666) from Wikimedia Commons

This is a picture of William Penn at the age of 22. Penn is well known as an early Quaker and founder of the colony of Pennsylvania, which is named after his father, Sir Admiral William Penn (1621-1670).

This summer, I am going Continue reading Resources: William Penn’s links to Ireland

Resources: Anne Devlin

A few weeks ago, I went on the Women’s History tour of Glasnevin Cemetery. As expected, much of the focus was on early twentieth century Irish politics, but there was one grave of eighteenth-century interest that caught my attention.

This is a picture of the grave of Anne Devlin, now remembered as Continue reading Resources: Anne Devlin

Member Profiles: Patrick Walsh

Dr Patrick WalshPatrick Walsh is Reviews Editor of Eighteenth-Century Ireland/Iris an dá chultúr and an Irish Research Council CARA Postdoctoral Research Fellow based at the School of History and Archives, UCD. His research looks at Irish economic, social and political history in the long eighteenth century. He is currently writing a book on Continue reading Member Profiles: Patrick Walsh

Resources Round-up May 2014

The blog has been up and running for just over a month now so I thought I’d gather together all of the useful resources, databases, blogs, heritage sites, libraries, archives and websites that have been mentioned so far. The list is pretty impressive already and we’ll keep building on it in Continue reading Resources Round-up May 2014

Member Profiles: Joe Lines

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Joe Lines is a PhD student at Queen’s University Belfast. His research looks at Irish fiction from 1660-1790. Joe is a member of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society and will be speaking at the 2014 Annual Conference in Armagh.  

Favourite museum, gallery or heritage site:
Shandy Hall, North Yorkshire

Most exciting place or time in Continue reading Member Profiles: Joe Lines

Ten Reasons to go to the 2014 ECIS Annual Conference

Moyra Haslett has been busy organising the 2014 Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society Annual Conference which will take place on 6-8 June 2014 – that’s only two weeks away!  It’s going to be a great weekend and here are just a few of the highlights to tempt you to join us all in Continue reading Ten Reasons to go to the 2014 ECIS Annual Conference

Resources: A Modest Proposal

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First published in 1729, Jonathan Swift’s Modest Proposal is a well known satire highlighting Ireland’s economic difficulties at that time.

In the publication, Swift recommends a scheme that would prevent children from being ‘a charge upon their parents or the parish, or wanting food and raiment for Continue reading Resources: A Modest Proposal

Member Profiles: Heather McKendry

Heather McKendryHeather McKendry is a PhD candidate at McMaster University. Her research interests include Restoration and eighteenth-century literature, prostitute narratives, representations of epidemics and venereal disease, economic history and crime writing. Heather is a new member of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society and will be speaking at the 2014 Annual Conference in Armagh.  Continue reading Member Profiles: Heather McKendry

Resources: Extraordinary Calculous Concretions by Charles Lucas

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This image is a ‘sketch in pencil and grey wash of kidney stones extracted from a woman’. It was drawn in 1746 and sent by Charles Lucas, a Dublin apothecary, to Martin Folkes, President of the Royal Society.  If you would like to take a closer look, you can download a Continue reading Resources: Extraordinary Calculous Concretions by Charles Lucas