Past Conferences

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The 2015 Annual Conference took place in University College Cork on 12-14 June 2015. Plenary talks were delivered by Prof. David Dickson (TCD), Prof. Christine Gerrard (Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford), and Diarmaid Ó Catháin. The conference was organised by Dr Clíona Ó Gallchoir, School of English, University College Cork.

The conference was supported by the UCC School of English, the UCC School of History and Scoil Léann na Gaeilge, UCC.

The 2014 Annual Conference of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society was organised by Professor Moyra Haslett and took place in several venues in Armagh in order to highlight the Georgian significance of the city in setting and theme. Plenary lectures and research papers were delivered in the Armagh Public Library and the Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich Library, while a wine reception, kindly sponsored by the Mayor’s Office, Armagh City Council, took place in the ‘Bishop’s Palace’, allowing delegates to see the recently refurbished rooms of this important Georgian building.

Plenary lectures were delivered by Professor Aileen Douglas of Trinity College Dublin and Professor David Hayton of Queen’s University Belfast. The annual Alan Harrison Memorial Lecture will be given by Professor Patrick Crotty of the University of Aberdeen. The conference ended with a walking tour of Georgian buildings in Armagh led by Kevin Mulligan.

The 2014 conference was generously supported by the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, QUB.

The 2013 Annual Conference of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society took place in NUI Maynooth on 7-9 June.

2013 marked the tercentenary of the Treaty of Utrecht and the 250th anniversary of the Treaty of Paris, concluding two of the most ‘global’ wars of the eighteenth century.  Accordingly, the theme of the conference was  ‘Ireland and Geopolitics’.  The strategic situation of Ireland and the Irish in the eighteenth century is reflected in part by the political significance of canonical authors such as Swift and Burke, but also in terms of the diasporic Irish presence across Europe and the Americas, an influence that helped to determine the shifting balance of power between rival states throughout this period. Plenary speakers included: Pádraig Ó Macháin, University College Cork; Luke Gibbons, National University of Ireland Maynooth; Clare Jackson, University of Cambridge. Click here to view the full conference programme.

The 2013 Eighteenth-Century Ireland Conference was supported by An Foras Feasa and Marsh’s Library.

The Society’s Annual Conference for 2012 was held in Trinity College Dublin, organised by Christina Morin (TCD). The keynotes were offered by Christine Casey, Liam Mac Mathúna, Moyra Haslett and James Chandler. Four Courts Press sponsored a celebration of recent publications on the eighteenth century. >>View Programme
The Annual Conference was held in Trim as the academic sessions in the annual Trim Swift Festival. Keynote speakers included Professors Brean Hammond and Chris Fox and the conference was organised by James Ward (Ulster). >>View Programme
The Society’s Annual Conference was held at the University of Limerick on 25-26 June 2010, and incorporated the third in a series of conferences organised in conjunction with the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and La Société Française d’Étude du Dix-huitième siècle on the theme of Cultural transfers and the circulation of knowledge between France, Great Britain and Ireland. >>View Programme >>View Abstracts
The 2009 Annual Conference was held on 4-6 September at University College, Dublin. >>View Programme
The 2008 Annual Conference was held on 13–14 June at University College, Cork. >>View Programme
The 2007 Annual Conference was held on 15-17 June at the Queen’s University Belfast. >>View Programme
The 2006 Annual Conference was held on 16-18 June at the University of Ulster (Magee Campus). >>View Programme
2005 was the bicentenary of the death of the celebrated North Munster poet Brian Merriman (1749-1805), author of Cúirt an Mhean-Oíche  (The Midnight Court). To mark the occasion, the Eighteenth Century Ireland Society Annual Conference was organised in association with Cumann Merriman and held on 9-12 June at the University of Limerick. >>View Programme
The 2004 Annual Conference, on the theme of Ireland and Scotland: Conjoined Histories, was organised jointly with the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society and held on 17-20 June at the Centre for Irish-Scottish Studies, Trinity College, Dublin. >>View Programme

In February 2004, the Society also successfully hosted its second one-day conference at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on the fortunes of the Irish language in the long eighteenth century.

The 2003 Annual Conference, on the theme of Religious and Political Identity in Eighteenth-Century Ireland, was held on 2-4 May at Trinity College, Dublin and Dublin City Public Libraries.
In 2002, in addition to its Annual Conference at NUI Maynooth, the Society hosted a one-day conference at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on the fortunes of the Irish language in the long eighteenth century.