Heritage Series Spring 2016

Patrick Pearse and Education: A Troubled Legacy?

Thursday 10 March 2016, 8 pm

This talk looks at the educational work of Patrick Pearse. In particular, it looks at the educational philosophy and practices that informed his work at St. Enda's school in Rathfarnham, Dublin and argues that the school was based upon an understanding of schooling as a form of cultural resistance. Dr. Walsh's lecture will address the place of the Irish language, child-centered education, nationalism and Pearse's educational legacy.

Brendan Walsh
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Dr. Walsh lectures in the History of Education at Dublin City University. His recent books include: Boy Republic: Patrick Pearse and Radical Education and Knowing Their Place? The Intellectual Life of Women in Nineteenth Century Ireland. His Essays in the History of Irish Education will be published in 2016. His current research includes the relationship between Irish schools, the revolutionary generation 1916-1922 and the Great War. He is currently writing a History of Secondary School Teaching in Ireland.


 The Lecture text:   Patrick Pearse: A Troubled Legacy?


The Poets and Poetry of Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Meath: Énrí Ó Muirgheasa’s Amhráin na Midhe

Tuesday 5 April 2016, 8 pm

Amhráin na Midhe (1933) edited by the Monaghan scholar, Énrí Ó Muirgheasa, contains 50 Irish-language poems by eight Meath poets from Carnaross, Drumconrath Kilmainhamwood, Moynalty, Nobber, Oristown and Slane. These poems were edited from the Irish-language manuscript of the Moynalty scribe Peadar Ó Geallacáin held in the University of Edinburgh Library. They provide an important insight into life in Meath in pre-Famine Meath. This lecture will discuss examples of the poetry contained in Amhráin na Midhe and in other sources, focusing on themes such as the Bible wars in early nineteenth-century Meath, politics, nationalism, exile and social issues.

Lesa Ní Mhunghaile
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Dr. Lesa Ní Mhunghaile is a lecturer in Irish in the National University of Ireland, Galway. She grew up in the Meath Gaeltacht of Baile Ghib. Her main research interests are eighteenth-century antiquarianism Irish-language manuscript culture and the Gaelic literary tradition of Oriel. She is author of a large number of articles on these subjects. Her books include Charlotte Brooke’s Reliques of Irish Poetry (1789) (Dublin, 2009); Ré Órga na nGael: Joseph Cooper Walker (1761-1810) (Indreabhán, 2013), which was the recipient of an American Conference for Irish Studies book award in 2014; and Amhráin na Midhe le hÉnrí Ó Muirgheasa. Athchóiriú agus Aistriúcháin le Lesa Ní Mhunghaile (2015).


The evolution of cattle and cattle farming systems: the genetic evidence

Wednesday 20 April 2016, 8 pm

It is now generally accepted that human origins lie in Africa. The spread of humanity, and the gradual development of farming systems with cattle as a central component are now well documented by archaeological and, more recently, genetic evidence. The central place of cattle in evolving human society is particularly notable in Ireland. This lecture presents the conclusions of scientific work in these areas.

The lecture is based on The evolution of cattle and cattle farming systems: the genetic evidence  which was published in "Agriculture and settlement in Ireland", edited by Margaret Murphy & Matthew Stout (Four Courts Press, 2015): Agriculture and settlement in Ireland

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Patrick Cunningham

Patrick Cunningham is Professor of Animal Genetics in Trinity College Dublin since 1974. He has worked in An Foras Talúntais, at the World Bank and at the FAO. He was elected president of the European and World Associations of Animal Production. He was Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government, 2007-12.His research has focused on the efficiency of livestock improvement programmes, on the genetics of cattle, horses and salmon, and on the use of molecular methods in studies on domestic animal evolution. This included the use of new methods of reading DNA to measure genetic diversity and plan livestock improvement in developing countries.



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What is the Heritage Series?

In its Heritage Lectures the Lismullin Institute seeks to explore various aspects of our local heritage so that visitors to the Lismullin Conference Centre and our neighbours will have a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history and attractions of their surroundings. The Lismullin Institute is pleased to invite you to some or all of these public, stand-alone lectures in Lismullin Conference Centre. The Lectures will begin at 8pm and light refreshments will be served afterwards.

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