3rd Interdisciplinary Research Symposium: Irish Studies in Talamh an Éisc

Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's Campus




Thursday November 23, 2017

7:30-9:00 pm

Room: AA 1046


Author, Patrick Kavanagh

"Carlow to Avalon: Irish Voices in Gaff Topsails"



Introduction by Dr. Caitlin Charman, Department of English, Memorial University


All are welcome.


Copies of Gaff Topsails will be available for purchase.
Sponsored by Adrian Coady, President, Offshore Recruiting Services Inc, and the Department of English, Memorial University





Friday, November 24, 2017



9:00 am – 9:15 am
Room: SN 4087, Sally Davis Seminar Room

Dr. Sharon Roseman, Associate Dean (Graduate and Research), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dorothy Milne, Aly O’Brien Conradh na Gaeilge, St. John’s, NL


Session #1 - 'Making' National Identities

9:15-10:10 am
"“All that delirium of the brave”: W. B. Yeats' “Easter 1916” and the cause, context and consequences of the Rising"
Prof. Shane O’Dea, Department of English, Memorial University

"I'm as Good an Irishman as You!": The Ancient Order of Hibernians in the United States and Canada, 1908-1916"
Dr. Patrick Mannion, Department of History, Boston College

10:10-10:25am Coffee break

Session #2 - Contemporary Perspectives: Identities, Politics and Social Policy, North and South

10:25- 11:40 am

"Whatever Happened to the Irish Left? A Case Study in the Decline of Social Democracy"
Dr. Lucian  Ashworth, Department of Political Science, Memorial University

"Mairead Farrell at the Armagh Gaol"
Dr. Katherine Side, Department of Gender Studies, Memorial University

"Family Network Hubs in Northern Ireland"
Dr. Shirley Boyle, School of Social Work, Memorial University

Session #3 - Poetry Reading (with commentary on the Irish strain in the work)

11:40 am-12:25 pm

Prof. Mary Dalton, Department of English, Memorial University

12:25-1:25 pm LUNCH

 Session #4 - “Irish Materials and Research at MUN Libraries: You’ve Got You Covered!"

1:25-2:00 pm

Amanda Tiller-Hackett, Irish Studies Acquisitions, QEII Library, Memorial University

Session #5 - Newfoundland-Ireland Connections

2:00- 3:15 pm

"The Places You’ll Find an Irishman! The Whiteford/McNeily Family"
Suzanne Sexty, Honorary Research Librarian, QEII Library, Memorial University

"Along the Enchanted Way: Unexpected Encounters with Vestigial yet Vigorous Irishness in Rural Newfoundland and Labrador”
Dennis Flynn

"Irish Identity in Modern Newfoundland"
Micheal Boyle, Boyle Tours, St. John's, NL 

3:15-3:30pm Coffee Break

Session #6 - Preserving our Heritage: The Legacy of the O'Brien Family and Farm

3:30-4:15 pm

Dr. Patrick Mannion, Boston College
Jerry Dick, Vice Chair, O'Brien Farm Foundation Board  and Executive Director, Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland
Sharon Pippy,  Chair, O’Brien Farm Foundation Board


The O’Brien Farm property is located on the O’Brien Farm Road in the City of St. John’s. The farm was operated by the O’Brien Family since 1818 until the family’s last descendant, Aloysius O’Brien passed away in August 2008. The farm and the O’Brien family are representative of the early Irish settlement of St.John’s. In 2010 the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador acquired the Farm for the purposes of protecting the heritage values of the property which include its role in the Irish settlement of St.John’s and the Province’s agricultural history.
In 2011 the O’Brien Farm Foundation was established to assist fundraising efforts related to developing the property as a visitor attraction and to potentially manage and operate the site as a Provincial Historic Site. The intention is to preserve this farm with its fields, pasture lands, gardens, woodlands, waterways, Thimble Cottage, an 1850s era cottage and outbuildings as a valuable example of a traditional Newfoundland farming landscape, Irish Settlement, and the early Irish farms of the Freshwater Valley (OBFF Master Plan 2012).

4:15- 4:20pm Wrap Up & Thanks

 With special thanks to Sinéad Ní Mheallaigh, Irish-Canada University Foundation Scholar, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2015-2016


 Sponsored by the Department of Gender Studies, Memorial University



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