Friday 19 January 2018

Meeting The Centenary Conversations speakers

Dr Jim Browne.
Dr Jim Browne.
Dr Mary Canning
John McHale
Professor Mary Daly
Maurice Manning
Professor Nicholas Canny
Roy Foster
Prof Louise Richardson
Philip Pettit
Alan Barrett
Willie Donnelly
Dr. Eoin O Leary, Economics Department, University College Cork
Dr Niamh Hourigan
Dr. Rióna Ní Fhrighil
Claire Connolly

The Centenary Conversations, Galway includes in the main conference - 1916-2016: The Promise and Challenge of National Sovereignty - some of our most distinguished historians, academics and other figures from the arts and humanities. Here's a snapshot of those taking part

Chairs   |   Cathaoirligh

Professor Mary Daly

Mary E. Daly is Professor Emerita at University College Dublin, President of the Royal Irish Academy, and a member of the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations. Her publications include 1916 in 1966: Commemorating the Easter Rising (co-edited with Margaret O'Callaghan).

Dr Mary Canning

A former Lead Education Specialist for the World Bank, Mary Canning has worked on education policy in a wide range of countries in Europe and Central Asia. Since 2007, she has served as a member of the Higher Education Authority, Ireland.

Professor Nicholas Canny

NUI Galway

Nicolas Canny, now an Emeritus Professor, held an Established Chair of History at the National University of Ireland, Galway, 1979-2009.

DR Jim Browne

President, NUI Galway

On March 6, 2008, Dr. Jim Browne became the 12th President of NUI Galway. A native of Athlone, Co. Westmeath and an engineering graduate of NUI Galway, Jim is a former Dean of Engineering. Prior to becoming President, he served as Registrar and Deputy-President of the University for seven years. He has a record of achievement in academic leadership, strategic planning and change management with NUI Galway. Dr. Browne has published over 200 academic papers and 15 books.

DR Maurice Manning

Chancellor, National University of Ireland

Maurice Manning has been Chancellor of the National University of Ireland since 2009.

He was a member of Dáil and Seanad Éireann from 1981 to 2002 during which time he was Leader of Seanad Éireann and Leader of the Opposition in that House.

He was President of the Irish Human Rights Commission from 2002-2012. He is currently Chair of the Government's Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations.

Professor John McHale

Established Professor of Economics and Dean of the college of business, Public Policy and Law, NUI Galway

John McHale has served as Chairman of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council since July 2011.

Before joining NUI Galway he held positions as Assistant Professor of Economics and Associate Professor of Economics at Harvard University.

Fintan O'Toole


O'Toole has been drama critic of In Dublin magazine and several national newspapers including The Sunday Tribune, the New York Daily News, and The Irish Times and Literary Adviser to the Abbey Theatre. He edited the Magill current affairs magazine and, since 1988, has been a columnist with The Irish Times.

Plenary Speakers | Cainteoirí Iomlánacha

Professor Clair Wills

Professor of Irish Letters, Princeton University

Clair Wills is the Leonard L. Milberg Professor of Irish Letters at Princeton University. A scholar of Irish and British literature and culture, she is also chair of Princeton University's Fund for Irish Studies series of events and seminars.

Professor Brendan O'Leary

Lauder Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

Formerly Professor of Government at the London School of Economics, where he also did his PhD, Professor O'Leary is a member of the US Council on Foreign Relations. He advised parties in Northern Ireland on the Good Friday Agreement.

Professor Louise Richardson

Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford

Professor Louise Richardson (below) became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford on January 1 this year, having previously served as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews. A native of Ireland, she studied history at Trinity College Dublin before gaining her PhD at Harvard. She served on Scotland's Council of Economic Advisers and currently sits on the boards of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Booker Prize Foundation and numerous other charities. Professor Richardson is widely recognised as one of the world's foremost experts on terrorism and counter-terrorism.

PRofessor Philip Pettit

L.S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values, Princeton University

Philip Pettit was born in Ballygar, Co Galway and received his BA and MA from NUI Maynooth and his PhD from Queen's University, Belfast. As well as his Princeton post, he is Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at the Australian National University.

Professor Kevin HjortshØJ O'Rourke

Chichele Professor of Economic History, University of Oxford

Professor O'Rourke is research director of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, Europe's most prestigious academic research network, in addition to his Oxford post. He was previously Professor of Economics at Trinity College Dublin and a lecturer and senior lecturer at University College Dublin, where he is currently a visiting professor.

Professor R.F. (Roy) Foster

Carroll Professor of Irish History, Hertford College, University of Oxford

Professor Roy Foster was born in Waterford and educated in Ireland and the United States. A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, he subsequently became Professor of Modern British History at Birkbeck College, University of London, and in 1991 became the first Carroll Professor of Irish History at Oxford and a Fellow of Hertford College, retiring in 2016. 

Seán Ó Foghlú

Secretary General, Department of Education and Skills

Seán Ó Foghlú has been the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Skills since February 2012. Prior to his appointment, from 2008 until 2012, he was an Assistant Secretary General in the same department.

Respondents | Freagróirí

Mary Corcoran

Professor of Sociology at Maynooth University

Mary P. Corcoran is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and Columbia University, New York. Her research interests lie primarily in the fields of urban sociology, public culture and the sociology of migration. A Taoiseach's nominee to the Nation's Economic and Social Forum, Corcoran has also served previously on the Senate of the NUI.

Professor Iseult Honohan

University College, Dublin

Iseult Honohan is a political theorist working on the foundation of republican political theory and its application to issues of citizenship, immigration and diversity. She has recently retired from teaching at UCD's School of Politics and International Relations, and is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy.

Professor Anthony McElligott

Anthony McElligott is founding Professor of History and Head of Department at the University of Limerick, which he joined in 2002. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1999 and Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2015.

Dr Annie Doona

President, Institutue of Art, Design and Technology

Annie Doona has extensive experience in strategy development, educational leadership, curriculum design and delivery, and equality and diversity. Dr. Doona has been involved in developing national strategies for Further and Higher Education in the UK and Ireland. She is a Board Member of Institutes of Technology Ireland and Acting Chair of the Irish Film Board.

Professor Anne Dolan

Associate Professor, Modern Irish History, Trinity College, Dublin

Anne Dolan is Associate Professor of Modern Irish History and Head of the Department of History at Trinity College, Dublin. She is author of Commemorating the Irish Civil War: History and Memory, 1922-2000 (Cambridge, 2003. She is currently working on a history of violence in post-war Ireland.

Professor Jennifer Todd

University College, Dublin

Jennifer Todd is (full) Professor, Member of the Royal Irish Academy, UN Global Expert, and member of the advisory board of a number of projects, including the Northern Ireland Peace Monitoring Project and the UNESCO Chair of Peace Education, SS Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Macedonia.

Anthony Foley

Senior Lecturer, Economics, Dublin City University

Anthony Foley is Senior Lecturer in economics in DCU Business School and also head of the economics, finance and entrepreneurship academic group. He is former economic advisor to Mr. Charles Haughey.

Louise Lowe


An Artistic Director of ANU Productions, Louise's work includes: On Corporation Street (commissioned by HOME Manchester); Sunder (in partnership with Dublin Theatre Festival); Last Words (Proclaiming a Republic); PALS (National Museum of Ireland, winner of two Irish Times Theatre Awards 2016); Reflecting the Rising (RTÉ);  and Rebel Rebel (National and International Tour). She was the Resident Assistant Director at the Abbey Theatre (2007-2009) where she is currently under commission.

Dr Niamh Hourigan

Dr. Niamh Hourigan (right) has written a range of books on the themes of Irish political culture, social exclusion and globalisation. Between 2011-2015, Niamh was Chair of the Editorial Committee of Cork University Press and she is a former editor of the Irish Journal of Sociology. She is currently conducting research on cultural intimacy, perceptions of gangs and the impact of austerity in Ireland. She is a regular contributor the broadcast and print media.

Dr Niall Ó Dochartaigh

Senior Lecturer, NUI Galway

Niall Ó Dochartaigh is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Political Science and Sociology at the National University of Ireland Galway. He has published extensively on the Northern Ireland conflict and on mediation.

Dr Conor Skehan

Lecturer, Dublin Institute of Technology

Conor is a lecturer in DIT's School of Spatial Planning and Transport Engineering, a chartered architect, impact assessor, landscape architect and planner. His areas of expertise include Foresighting, Impact Assessment, Urbanism, Housing and Rural Planning.

Professor Graham Walker

Born and raised in Glasgow, Graham Walker has researched and published widely in the subject areas of Irish and Scottish history and politics.

Professor Fionnuala Waldron

In 2009, Fionnuala was appointed Head of the Education Department in St Patrick's College. In 2013 she was awarded a Cregan Professorship in Education by Dublin City University. Professor Waldron is also Chair of the Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education (CHRCE).

Professor Eoin O'Leary

Eoin O'Leary is an internationally recognised expert on Irish economic development, publishing a much acclaimed book on the topic for Routledge in March 2015.

Professor Emmet O'Connor

Emmet O'Connor completed a BA in History and Politics in University College, Galway in 1977, an MA in UCG in 1979, and a PhD at St John's College, Cambridge in 1984. Since 1985 he has lectured in the School of History in Ulster University. At present he is working on a study of class in Irish history.

Dr Rióna Ní Fhrighil

Rióna Ní Fhrighil graduated from NUI, Galway, with a BA (International) in German and Irish. She has a MPhil in Applied Linguistics (Trinity College Dublin) and a PhD in Irish (NUIG).

John McAuliffe

John McAuliffe grew up in Listowel, Co Kerry and was educated at NUI Galway. He has lived and worked in England since 2002, where he co-directs the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester and co-edits The Manchester Review.

Professor Willie Donnelly

Professor Willie Donnelly was appointed President of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in April 2015, having held the position of Head of Research and Innovation at the Institute for the previous 10 years. He is also Chair of the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG).

PRofessor Claire Connolly

Claire Connolly's 2012 book A Cultural History of the Irish Novel (Cambridge UP) won the Donald J. Murphy Prize from the American Conference of Irish Studies. She has published widely on Irish literature and is currently writing a book on Irish Romanticism.

Professor Alan Barrett

Director, Economic and Social Research Institute

Professor Alan Barrett took up his post in July 2015. He joined the ESRI in 1994 upon the completion of his doctoral studies at Michigan State University. His main research areas are labour economics and population economics. Between 2001 and 2003, Alan was seconded to the Department of Finance (Ireland's Treasury) where he worked on the long-term fiscal implications of population ageing.

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