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Eoin O’Mahony Bursary Event


Thursday, February 20, 2020, 13:00 - 17:30


Academy House, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2


This event is fully subscribed

Eoin O'Mahony Bursary in Irish history grant recipients present on outcomes of their completed research projects as funded through the scheme

The Eoin O’Mahony Bursary was set up by friends and family of the late Eoin O’Mahony. The scheme, open to candidates engaged in historical research on subjects of Irish interest, provided support for the direct costs of consulting sources which were unavailable in Ireland.

In 2019, in its final year the scheme funded six scholars to travel to further their research. The grant recipients will present on the outcomes of their completed research projects as funded through the scheme. The event will also include reminiscences of the late Eoin O’Mahony by his friend and founder of the Eoin O’Mahony bursary, Mr. Charles Lysaght.


1:00pm: Refreshments served in the Members and Council Room

1:15pm: Opening welcome by the Humanities Secretary of the Royal Irish Academy, Professor Mary O’Dowd, Queens University Belfast

1:25pm: Introduction by Mr. Charles Lysaght and recording of Eoin O’Mahony

2:00pm: Anthony Cotter and Nora Hickey

2:05pm: Steven Egan: The partition of Ireland in the transnational perspectives of the Dominions of Canada and Australia

2:35pm: Jennifer Redmond: Charlotte Grace O'Brien: Documenting an Extraordinary Life

3:05pm: Ciaran McDonnell: For king or country? Transnational military identity and the Irish officers in the French Revolution

3:35pm: Tea break

3:50pm: Jay Roszman: Outrage in the Age of Reform: Irish Agrarian Violence, Imperial Insecurity, and British Governing Policy 1830-1845

4.20pm: Marie Léoutre: Irishmen in the service of Spain and migration to the New World in the Eighteenth Century: the case of Hugo Oconór

4.50pm: Kathleen McCrudden: Sophie de Grouchy and the End of the Enlightenment (1785-1815)

5.20pm: Closing remarks

O'Mahony, Eoin Seosamh (‘Pope’) (1904–70), barrister, genealogist, journalist, and broadcaster, was born in Monkstown in Cork on 22 March 1904. He studied at King's Inns and Trinity College Dublin, where he had great success as a debater. He was called to the Bar in 1930 but preferred to concentrate on causes that engaged his own enthusiasm such as Great Southern Railway, refugee children and the release of IRA prisoners. He was devoted to family history and was one of the founders of the Irish Genealogical Research Society. He was able to indulge his passion for family history when, between 1962 and 1967, Radio Éireann retained him to compere a programme broadcast at Sunday lunchtime called Meet the clans. Amongst other roles and interests he spent two terms as a visiting professor at the University of South Illinois, was heavily involved in Commemoration of oft-overlooked historic figures and played an active part in the Irish Georgian Society. He passed away suddenly on 15 February 1970. Among many generous tributes was one in The Times stating that if he had had a Boswell he was the stuff of Johnson.

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