Literacy in Nineteenth-Century Ireland: Final Programme


21st International Conference of the SSNCI
National University of Ireland, Galway



11 June 2015
09.30 Registration, Tea/Coffee

10.15 Introduction: Professor Dan Carey, Director of the Moore Institute

10.30 Panel 1: Language, Gaelic Origins, Nation
Chair: Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha (NUIG)
Ciaran McDonough – The Translation of Old Irish Texts and the Language Shift from Irish to English: a Cause or Coincidence?
Máire Nic an Bhaird & Liam Mac Mathúna – Douglas Hyde (1860–1949) – First Steps in the Creation of a Linguist
Shane Faherty – Canon Ulick J. Bourke, David Comyn and the literary foundations of the Irish language movement

12.00 Panel 2: Periodicals, Gender, and the Struggle for identity
Chair: Rebecca Barr (NUIG)
Richard McElligott – ‘Combating the sickening antics of English effeminates who play the games of the mongrel Saxon’; The Irish Provincial Press and the Battle Over Popular Sport in Ireland, 1890-1905
Elizabeth Tilley – Rebirthing the Nation: The ‘Dublin Penny Journal’ and Alternative Histories
Timothy Keane – The Poetry of Francis Davis: ‘Performing’ manliness in Ireland and England

13.30 Lunch & SSNCI AGM, Chair Ciaran O’Neill (TCD) – Rm 1001, 1st Floor

14.15 Panel 3: The Politics of Literacy: contesting strategies for learning
Tomás Finn (NUIG)
Patrick Maume – The Munster Muses and the Nation: William Cooke Taylor, Popular Education, and the Whatelyan Liberal Unionist Project
James Quinn – Literacy and the Learning of National History in Nineteenth-Century Ireland

15.15 Panel 4: Literacy acquisition, religion, and class: controlling knowledge
Tadhg Foley (Emeritus NUIG; UCC)
Maighread Tobin- The Discourse of Literacy and its Impact on the Acquisition of Literacy in Nineteenth Century Ireland
Vanessa Rutherford – Timbre and Overtones: voice and literacy in Ireland during the ‘long nineteenth century’
Sarah Hillas – Land Inheritance, Post-Famine Ireland and Education

16.45 Break & Tea/coffee

17.00 Keynote Lecture: Dr Niall O Ciosáin: ‘Biliteracy and bilingualism in Nineteenth-Century Ireland’
Chair: Sarah-Anne Buckley (NUIG)
18.00 Wine reception and Book Launch of Laura D. Kelley, The Irish in New Orleans (Louisiana Press, 2014)
20.00 Dinner at Rouge Restaurant (35 euro, optional)

12 June 2015
09.00 Registration, Tea/Coffee

09.30 Panel 5: The three Rs: Reading, Writing, Religion
Chair: Justin Tonra (NUIG)
Declan O’Keeffe – A Man for Others and a Beacon in the Twilight: Matthew Russell sj and The Irish Monthly
Nicola Morris – The Methodist press and denominational identity in Ireland
John B. Roney – Creating a New Taste for Literature: Thomas Moore’s Satire and Irish Freedom

11.00 Panel 6: Conversable worlds: case studies in the uses of literacy
Chair: Ciarán O’Neill (TCD)
Pamela Emerson – Literacy according to the Ordnance Survey Memoirs
Florry O’Driscoll – ‘Confounding the Garibaldian Liars’: Mid-Nineteenth Century Irish views on Italy seen through the letters of Albert De La Hoyde, 1860-70
Stephanie Rains – Handwriting, Hand Reading: literacy and the graphology craze in late 19th century Ireland

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Panel 7: Religion, Culture, and translation: translating agents, transforming nations
Muireann O’Cinneide (NUIG)
Anne O’Connor – Multilingual Literacies: Language and Translation in Nineteenth- Century Ireland
Darragh Gannon- Room with a view: reading Ireland in the Irish College Old Library, Paris c. 1870-1900

14.30 Panel 8: Irish Medico-Legal Literacies in the C19th: child and infant welfare
Thomas Meyer (Tulane University, New Orleans)
Ciara Breathnach and Brian Gurrin – Infant mortality reporting in Dublin, 1864-1890
Laura D Kelley – The Lost Children of Erin: Irish orphans in Antebellum NOLA
Ciara Breathnach, Brian Gurrin and Sarah-Anne Buckley – Marasmus as cause of death, cruelty or poverty?

16.00 Break, Tea/coffee

16.15 Panel 9: Improving Books: literacy and national aspiration
Chair: Ciara Breathnach (UL)
Emily Cullen – Tempering the stereotypes: the Irish harp, the temperance movement and literacies of decency
Michèle Milan – Good Books, Good Translations… or ‘Mental dram-drinking’: Translation and Literacy in Nineteenth-Century Ireland

17.15 Roundtable & closing remarks: Sarah-Anne Buckley (NUIG), Muireann O’Cinneide (NUIG) & Ciaran O’Neill (TCD)

The organisers would like to acknowledge the assistance of the Moore Institute, NUIG,

and the School of Humanities Research Incentivization Scheme for their support.


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