Annual Conference

 John Laporte, ‘Dublin from Sarah’s Bridge’ (London, 1796). British Library King’s Topographical Collection.

The 2023 Annual Conference of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society/An Cumann Éire san Ochtú Céad Déag is scheduled to take place as an in-person event in Dublin City University on 16-17 June, 2023.

Professor Mícheál Mac Craith and Professor Martyn Powell will delivery plenary sessions.

The conference dinner will be held on Friday 16 June in Il Corvo, 98 – 100 Upper Drumcondra Rd. Follow this link to download a copy of the menu. Please note that places at the conference dinner are limited so advance booking is essential.

The conference is being organised in association with the DCU School of History & Geography, Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge, DCU and the School of Arts & Humanities, The Open University. Postgraduate conference bursaries have been generously supported by Marsh’s Library.


Click on the ‘Register’ button below to register for the annual conference via Eventbrite. Registration will open on 11 May at 1pm and close on 14 June at 5pm.

If you wish to register by post, follow this link to download the postal registration form. Please note that postal registration forms should be returned, with payment enclosed, to the Society Treasurer by 9 June 2023.


Follow this link to view the conference programme. Please note that the programme is provisional and subject to change.

Copies of the final programme will be available at the conference.

Access and Parking

Follow this link to download directions for accessing the campus and finding the appropriate parking bays.

Follow this link to download a map of the DCU St Patrick’s Campus.


Hotels & Guest Houses in close proximity to DCU St Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra, Dublin 9:

Call for Papers (now closed)

Proposals are hereby invited for twenty-minute papers (in English or Irish) on any aspect of eighteenth-century Ireland, including its history, literature, language, and culture. The Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society is a multidisciplinary organisation and we welcome papers from all relevant disciplines, including interdisciplinary and comparative research studies. We particularly encourage early career scholars to submit proposals, as well as those working with new methodological and theoretical perspectives. Scholars wishing to form a panel for a specific theme are free to do so.

Proposals for papers and potential panels should be submitted by e-mail to any member of the Organising Committee by Friday 3 March, 2023.

Proposals should include: the speaker’s name, institutional affiliation, title of paper, and a 250-word abstract. A decision in relation to the proposal will be communicated to prospective speakers by Friday 5 May, 2023.

Cuirfear fáilte ar leith roimh pháipéir agus painéil i nGaeilge ar ghné ar bith de shaol agus saíocht na Gaeilge san ochtú céad déag. Iarrtar ar dhaoine ar mhaith leo páipéar 20 nóiméad a thairiscint, a n-ainm, a n-institiúid, teideal an pháipéir mar aon le hachoimre 250 focal a chur chuig Ciarán Mac Murchaidh ag an seoladh r-phoist thuas.

The call for papers can be downloaded here.

Postgraduate Bursaries

The Society is also pleased to invite applications for postgraduate bursaries for the 2023 Annual Conference.

The bursaries will cover conference registration fees and attendance at the conference dinner. Application forms with proposals for papers should be sent to Dr Suzanne Forbes ([email protected]) by Friday 3 March, 2023. Successful applicants should hold valid ECIS membership at the time of the conference.

The postgraduate bursary application can be downloaded here.


Queries about the conference may be addressed to any one of the organisers:

-Prof. James Kelly ([email protected])
-Dr Suzanne Forbes ([email protected])
-Prof. Ciarán MacMurchaidh ([email protected])

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