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RJ Hunter Fellowship Event

25 February 2019

Listen to Gerard Farrell speak about ‘An ethnohistory of Gaelic Ulster, 1500-1700’ and David Heffernan on ‘The Goldsmiths Company of London and the Londonderry Plantation under James I, c. 1609–25'.

About R J Hunter

R. J. Hunter was a highly respected (and much loved) historian of the Ulster plantation, who spent the bulk of his academic career teaching at the University of Ulster. His varied research interests included the role of the English settler in the Ulster plantation, the history of Ulster trade and migration from and to Britain and North America and development of towns, and the cultural and intellectual history of Ulster from 1580 to 1660.

The R. J. Hunter Grants Scheme was established in 2014 using funding generously made available by his daughter, Ms Laura Hunter Houghton, through the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.

RJ Hunter Fellowship Event

The Royal Irish Academy was delighted to host a very successful event marking the end of phase one of the R.J. Hunter Postdoctoral Fellowships on 13th September 2018. The event, which was Chaired by Professor Mary O’Dowd MRIA, Queen's University Belfast included presentations on the outcomes of their completed research projects by recipients Dr Gerard Farrell, Trinity College Dublin and Dr David Heffernan, Queen’s University Belfast. These projects, entitled ‘An ethnohistory of Gaelic Ulster, 1500–1700’ (Dr Gerard Farrell) and ‘The Goldsmiths Company of London and the Londonderry Plantation under James I’ (Dr David Heffernan) were fully funded through the scheme. 

Dr Gerard Farrell gave a lecture entitled ‘An ethnohistory of Gaelic Ulster, 1500-1700’. This talk represented the core output of Dr Farrell’s fellowship, which will be a monograph entitled An Ethnohistory of Gaelic Ulster, 1500–1700.

Dr David Heffernan spoke on ‘The Goldsmiths Company of London and the Londonderry Plantation under James I, c. 1609–25’.

Professor David Dickson MRIA, Trinity College Dublin, also gave an insightful and engaging talk on remembering Bob Hunter and his legacy. Other speakers included Professor Mary E. Daly MRIA.

Phase one of the R.J. Hunter scheme saw the funding of a number of bursaries, as well as the aforementioned two postdoctoral fellowships.

The next phase of the R.J. Hunter scheme will be announced in 2020. All details will be available on the RIA website. If you are interested in receiving the latest details and up to date information on the Royal Irish Academy’s grants please join the Academy’s grants mailing list. 


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