12th Annual Historic Houses of Ireland Conference

8-9 May 2014, National University of Ireland Maynooth

The 12th Annual Historic Houses of Ireland conference promises to give a unique perspective in terms of the Decade of Commemorations as it views events through the lens of the Country House in Ireland and abroad. 

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The programme is as follows:

Day 1:             8 May 2014

9.00 - 9.40      Registration     Tea/Coffee

9.45                  Conference opening

10.00                 Plenary Address

                           Christopher Ridgway   From Yorkshire to Ypres: Houses and Families in Time of War

                           Women and the Great War

10.50                  Ronan Foley  Temporary Therapeutic Transformations: Augusta Bellingham and the Mount Stuart Hospital

11.15                  Brett Irwin  Lady Londonderry, the Women’s Legion and the Great War

11.40                 Georgina Laragy  ‘The ladies are most enthusiastic in this work’; the Soldiers and Sailors Families Association and the Country House in Ulster, 1914-1918

12.05                  Maeve O’Riordan  From Spanish Point to Belgium: Lady Inchiquin's experience of the Great War

12.30                  Q & A

12.45 – 1.55      Lunch

                            Memory and the Great War

2.00                   Lar Joye  Displaying the past at Collins Barracks During the Decade of Commemorations

2.25                    Ian d’Alton  Prisoners of War: Writing, Imagination and the Anglo-Irish Interpretation of 1914-18

2.50                   Maurice O’Keeffe  An Oral Record: The Somerville family of Drishane and its Involvement in the Great War

3.15                   Zsuzsa Sidó  They were Divided - The Country House as Lieux de Mèmoire in Count Miklós Bánffy's Writing

3.40                  Q & A

3.55 - 4.15       Tea/Coffee

4.20                  Plenary Address

                         a)    Fidelma Byrne
                                The Irish Country House and the Great War: Introducing a Prosopographical Database

                         b)    Terence Dooley
                                The Irish Aristocracy and the Great War: A Case Study of the FitzGeralds of Carton House

5.20                 End of Day 1

5.30                 Wine reception and launch of Aspects of Irish Aristocratic Life: Essays on the FitzGeralds and Carton House

                         (eds. Patrick Cosgrove, Terence Dooley, Karol Mullaney-Dignam)

6.30                Conference Dinner in the Gold Saloon, Carton House

Day 2:            9th May 2014

9.15                 Tea/Coffee

9.45                 Plenary Address

                        Olwen Purdue  “Sons of Ulster”: the Great War and the Big House in Ulster politics

                        Sons and the Great War

10.25              Edward Bujak  Gentlemen of the Air: The Royal Flying Corps and the English Country House Estate

10.50              John Kirwan  Sons of Kilkenny’s Country Houses and the Great War

11.15              Colm McQuinn  A Country House in Fingal and the Great War: The Hely-Hutchinson Brothers

11.40              David Murphy  The Sons of South Hill, Co. Westmeath: the Chapman-Lawrences and the Great War

12.05             Q & A

12.20 - 1.30   Lunch

                         Community – Session 1

1.35                 Allen Warren  The Deluge? The Country House and the Great War; the case of Bolton Hall in Yorkshire

2.00                  Paul Holden  Lanhydrock, a Cornish Parish Torn Apart

2.25                  Caroline Carr-Whitworth  Minding the Gap: Brodsworth's Community During the Great War

2.50                   Q & A

3.05 - 3.25        Tea/Coffee

                           Community – Session 2

3.30                   Dawn Webster  A Family at War – the Talbot Siblings in the Great War

3.55                   Philip Bull  Monksgrange and the Great War

4.20                   Mel Farrell  The Clonbrock Estate in County Galway and the Accommodation of  Belgian Refugees

4.45                    Plenary Address

                            Anthony Fletcher  Stanway in the Great War

5.25                    Q & A

5.45                    Close of Conference