Funded PhD Studentship on the Macmorris project – Mapping actors and communities: A model of research in Renaissance Ireland in the 16th and 17th centuries

The MACMORRIS Project seeks to map the full range of cultural activity in Ireland, across languages and ethnic groups, from roughly 1541 to 1691. It is a 4-year digital-humanities project funded by the Irish Research Council, and based in Maynooth University, Ireland.

The Project is currently seeking to recruit a well-qualified applicant interested in undertaking a research degree at PhD level. The successful candidate will have at least a 2.1 degree at BA and MA level, with a strong scholarly grounding in Renaissance literature and early modern Ireland.

The ideal candidate will have with a background in one or more of the following disciplines: Early Modern English, History, Gaeilge, Modern Languages, Classics, Comparative Literature, Post-/Colonial Studies, Women’s Writing, Archaeology, Environmental Humanities, Library Science, and Information Management.

See Maynooth University website here for details on the funding, possible topics, supervision, deadline etc..


Publication: “The Alliance of Pirates: Ireland and Atlantic piracy in the early seventeenth century” by Connie Kelleher

Publication: The Alliance of Pirates: Ireland and Atlantic piracy in the early seventeenth century by Connie Kelleher

In the early part of the seventeenth-century, along the southwest coast of Ireland, piracy was a way of life. Following the outlawing of privately-commissioned ships in 1603 by the new king of England, disenfranchised like-minded men of the sea, many who had been former ‘privateers’, merchant sailors and seamen and who had no recourse but to turn to plunder, joined forces with traditional pirates. With the closing of the ports, they transferred their base of operations from England to Ireland and formed an alliance. Within the context of the Munster Plantation, many of the pirates came to settle, some bringing families. These men and their activities not alone influenced the socio-economic and geo-political landscape of Ireland at that time but challenged European maritime power centres, while also forging links across the North Atlantic that touched the Mediterranean, Northwest Africa and the New World.

Tracing the cultural origins of this particular period in maritime plunder from the late-1500s and throughout its heyday in the opening decades of the 1600s, The Alliance of Pirates analyses the nature and extent of this predation and looks at its impact and influence in Ireland and across the Atlantic. Operating during a period of emerging global maritime empires, when nations across Europe were vying for supremacy of the seas, the pirates built their own highly lucrative and highly potent piratical power base.

Drawing on extensive primary and secondary historical sources Dr Connie Kelleher explores who these pirates were, their main theatre of operations and the characters that aided and abetted them. Archaeological evidence uniquely supports the investigation and provides a tangible cultural link through time to the pirates, their cohorts and their bases.

For more info, see the book on the Cork University Press website. Published April 2020 | 9781782053651 | €30 £27| Hardback |234 x 156mm| 552 pages   | 60 illustrations

Dr Connie Kelleher is a State underwater archaeologist with the National Monuments Service and visiting lecturer in underwater archaeology in University College Cork.

Alliance of Pirates Kelleher 2020


Tudor & Stuart Ireland Interdisciplinary Conference at Queen’s University Belfast

The 8th Annual Tudor & Stuart Ireland Interdisciplinary Conference will take place at Queen’s University, Belfast on 24 – 25 August 2018

The programme for this year’s conference is available to download here.

Plenary addresses will be delivered by Dr David Edwards (University College Cork) and Dr Deana Rankin (Royal Holloway, University of London).

Registration for this year’s conference is now open.

  • Registration Only (Student/Unwaged): £15
  • Registration Only (Full Fee): £25
  • Registration and Conference Dinner (Student/Unwaged): £42.50
  • Registration and Conference Dinner (Full Fee): £52.50

Online registration is available via the QUB online portal. Please see the TSI conference webpage for details on how to register.

Contact: If you have any queries relating to this year’s conference, please email the organisers at:

Info from TSI website.


Report: 6th Annual Tudor and Stuart Ireland Interdisciplinary Conference

6th Annual Tudor and Stuart Ireland Interdisciplinary Conference

Aug 19-20, 2016


Evan Bourke and Bronagh McShane on the registration desk

The 6th Annual Tudor and Stuart Ireland Conference took place at NUI Galway on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 August 2016. This year’s conference welcomed over 80 delegates attending over both days of the conference from institutions across Ireland and beyond. The programme featured more than 40 research papers on a variety of topics, from religious history, women’s history and Shakespeare, to early modern Irish law, book history and the Irish abroad. The programme also featured two special panel sessions; ‘Shakespeare and Ireland’ and a session in honour of Professor Steven Ellis. Plenary addresses were delivered by Professor Mary O’Dowd (QUB) and Professor Andrew Hadfield (University of Sussex).


The first day of the conference opened with a welcome address by Professor Daniel Carey, director of the Moore Institute at NUI Galway.  This was followed by a dynamic programme of sessions featuring new research presented in thematic 1.5 hour sessions.  The topic of papers were representative of the broad spectrum of specialities that dominate the study of early modern Ireland.  These included papers on collegiate churches and Galway’s early modern Augustinian foundations, political pamphlets, the episcopate of the Established Church in the wake of the Reformation, early modern Irish women, kerns and politico-military history, as well as themes such as contagion and capitalism in early modern Ireland.  After lunch, a special panel session on ‘Shakespeare and Ireland’ featured stimulating presentations by Dr Naomi McAreavey (UCD), who discussed performances of Shakespeare on the seventeenth century Irish stage, and Emer McHugh (NUIG), who gave an insightful overview of Shakespeare performances in Ireland in 2016. Afternoon panel sessions included papers such as Dr David Heffernan (Ind.) ‘The “composition for cess” controversy and the position of the Old English in mid- Elizabethan Ireland, c.1575-84’, Ms Alix Chartrand (Cambridge) ‘Tories and thugs: the impact of seventeenth-century struggles against Irish banditry on India’ and Dr Felicity Maxwell (NUIG) ‘Dorothy Moore’s Irish connections: Protestant networking and social critique in the 1640s’.

The first day of the conference concluded with Professor Mary O’Dowd’s plenary address on age as a useful category of analysis, followed by a conference dinner at Kirby’s Restaurant, formerly the site of a seventeenth-century Dominican convent, which provided delegates with opportunities to network.


Prof. Mary O’Dowd (QUB) being introduced by Prof. Marian Lyons (Maynooth University

The second day of the conference commenced with a special panel session in honour of Professor Steven Ellis, internationally recognised historian of the Tudor period, who recently retired from the Discipline of History at NUI Galway. Presentations were delivered by Kieran Hoare (NUIG), Dr Gerald Power (Metropolitan University, Prague) and Dr Ruth A. Canning (UCC). This special panel session was followed by seven thematic sessions which featured twenty-one research which included papers such as Dr Brian MacCuarta (Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu) ‘An Irish layman in Rome in the mid-1590s’, Professor Caroline Newcombe (Southwestern University, United States) ‘How early Irish marital property law influenced the end of Brehon Law’, Dr John Bergin (QUB) ‘The career of Dennis Molony (1650-1726), an Irish Catholic lawyer and agent in London’, Dr Jason McElligott (Marsh’s Library) ‘Early modern female book owners: the evidence from Ireland’s first public library’, Dr Willy Maley (Glasgow) ‘Double Dutch: the Boate brothers and Ireland’, and Dr John Cunningham (Exeter/TCD) ‘The apothecary in early modern Ireland’. Proceedings concluded with a plenary address delivered by Professor Andrew Hadfield on ‘Edmund Spencer the Less among the Jacobites’.

Conference proceedings have been disseminated in the form of podcasts, which can be downloaded, shared, and played for free through iTunes and SoundCloud. Podcasts from Tudor & Stuart Ireland conferences also form an important corpus of early modern material presented through, a major digital humanities project based out of the School of History, University College Dublin.  Links to podcasts from this and other Tudor & Stuart Ireland conferences, as well as past programmes and paper abstracts, are available visiting the conference series website,


The Sixth Annual Tudor & Stuart Ireland Interdisciplinary Conference was generously supported by the President’s Award for Research Excellence (awarded to Prof. Steven Ellis), NUI Galway, the School of Humanities, NUI Galway, the Moore Institute, NUI Galway, the Discipline of History, NUI Galway and the Society for Renaissance Studies.

The Sixth Annual Tudor and Stuart Ireland Conference was organised by Evan Bourke (NUIG), Dr Jeffrey Cox (UCD), Carla Lessing (NUIG) and Dr Bronagh McShane (NUIG).

Conference Twitter account: @TudorStuartIre

Conference Hashtag: #TSINUIG16

For more information about the Tudor & Stuart Conference series, or to contact the advisory committee visit our website at


Report by Dr Bronagh McShane (NUIG) and Dr Jeffrey Cox (UCD)

CFP deadline Fri 15 April: Tudor and Stuart Ireland

A reminder that the deadline for proposals to the Tudor and Stuart Ireland conference is this Friday, 15 April 2016.

This year the conference will feature a special panel on Shakespeare and Ireland.

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The 6th Annual Tudor & Stuart Ireland Interdisciplinary Conference will be held at the National University of Ireland, Galway, on 19-20 August 2016.  This year’s programme will feature plenary speakers Prof. Mary O’Dowd (Queen’s University Belfast), and Prof. Andrew Hadfield (University of Sussex), as well as a special panel session ‘Shakespeare and Ireland’.

Call for Papers

Proposals for papers (20 minutes) are now welcome on any aspect of Ireland or the Irish abroad during the Tudor and Stuart periods, including:

♦ Print, propaganda, and public opinion
♦ Gender and society
♦ Poetry, literature, and song
♦ Ireland in a comparative/European context
♦ Political and economic history
♦ Material culture and the arts
♦ Religious/ecclesiastical history
♦ Writing (and rewriting) the past
♦ Public engagement, heritage, and early modern Ireland
♦ Ethnicity and identity
♦ Innovation and change
♦ Mobility, migration, and the Irish abroad

Postgraduates, postdoctoral scholars, early-career researchers, independent researchers, and scholars from the disciplines of English, Irish, archaeology, art history, theology, philosophy, music, and Irish studies are particularly welcome to submit proposals for consideration. Proposals that include an interdisciplinary element are strongly encouraged.

Abstracts of 250 words can be submitted by clicking here.

The call for papers will close on 15 April 2016

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The 6th Annual Tudor & Stuart Ireland Interdisciplinary Conference is generously supported by the President’s Award for Excellence in Research (awarded to Prof. Steven Ellis), NUI Galway, the Moore Institute, NUI Galway, the Discipline of History, NUI Galway and the Society for Renaissance Studies.

Conference: Tudor and Stuart Ireland, 29-30 August, NUI Maynooth

Registration is open for the conference until 25 August.

From the conference website:

The 4th Tudor and Stuart Ireland Conference will convene on29 & 30 August 2014 at the Iontas Building, North Campus, National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Building upon the tremendous success of past conferences, this year’s programme boasts papers on a broad range of topics, and has drawn speakers from not only Ireland and the United Kingdom, but also from Europe and across the Atlantic.  Conference highlights include two plenary lectures, thirty research papers, and a tour of Maynooth Castle, with ample opportunity for more informal conversation throughout the two days.  Please see the links below to view the conference programme.

Plenary lectures will be given by Prof. Alan Ford, University of Nottingham, and Prof. John McCafferty, University College Dublin.

  • Prof. Alan Ford‘Love God and hate the Pope’:(un)changing Protestant attitudes towards Catholicism 1600-2000
  • Prof. John McCaffertyA single witness: Ireland and Europe through the eyes of a small man with a big nose

The conference dinner will be held on the evening of Friday, 29 August, at Picaderos, main street, Maynooth.  Dinner consists of three courses with wine/sangria/beer/soft drink on arrival, and tea or coffee with dessert.   The cost is €20, and can be booked during the registration process.  All are most welcome to attend.Please note that dinner availability is limited, and early booking is advised. 

Further information can be found by clicking on the links below.

Click here to proceed to online registration

Click here to view the conference programme

Click here to view the conference dinner menu

Click here for information on travel and accommodation

Click here to download the 2014 conference poster

Click here to download the 2014 conference flyer

The 4th Tudor & Stuart Ireland Conference is generously supported by Marsh’s Library, the Department of History, NUI Maynooth, Graduate Studies, NUI Maynooth, UCD Research, and the School of History and Archives, UCD.