‘The Metal stamp’d by honest Fame’*: Researching gold and silver boxes made in Georgian Dublin

This blog post is written by Damian Collins, current M.Litt student in the History Department. Damian is in the second year of his research and is supervised by Dr. Alison FitzGerald. In Gulliver’s Travels, some weeks after his arrival in Lilliput, Gulliver’s pockets were searched on the order of the emperor by two officers who, on… Continue reading ‘The Metal stamp’d by honest Fame’*: Researching gold and silver boxes made in Georgian Dublin

Professor Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses honoured by the Royal Irish Academy

We are very pleased to announce that Professor Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses was recently awarded one of the highest honours in academia. He became a member of the Royal Irish Academy, Ireland’s leading body of experts in the sciences and humanities, on Friday 26th May 2017. The Portuguese President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, issued a… Continue reading Professor Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses honoured by the Royal Irish Academy

“We were able to see the fruits of our work…” Mapping Maynooth and more as a summer intern

The last of our SPUR blogs reflecting on work in the summer of 2016 comes from Cora Mc Donagh, a third year studying history and classics. Cora is very interested in local history especially nineteenth century Dublin. Cora also has an interest in ancient Greek civilisation and its influence on Irish mythology and legends. Cora… Continue reading “We were able to see the fruits of our work…” Mapping Maynooth and more as a summer intern

“… after a handful of restarts at charting the suburbs, and a few reels fed the wrong way, our progress picked up enormous steam.”

This week’s blog is written by Daniel O’Dwyer and is the first of two blogs from the team of SPUR students that worked on the Irish Historic Towns Atlas (IHTA) project in the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) with Dr. Jacinta Prunty and the staff in the RIA.  The students experienced new (old!) technologies and got… Continue reading “… after a handful of restarts at charting the suburbs, and a few reels fed the wrong way, our progress picked up enormous steam.”

“The experience of working on the SPUR internship has been a joy”

This week’s blog is written by final year history student Brendan Hannon who worked on two different projects in the Royal Irish Academy: getting experience of working with personal papers, and contributing to Irish History Online, a large bibliographical database project.    I began my SPUR internship on 11th July in the Royal Irish Academy in… Continue reading “The experience of working on the SPUR internship has been a joy”

“… you are almost always rewarded in little gems of history that are of interest to you or your work”

This week’s blog comes from third year single honours history student Ryan Heerey. Ryan is a member of the department’s Student-Staff Liaison Committee and is a former President of the Student History Society. Ryan details here his explorations in the National Archives of Ireland, as part of his SPUR experience working with Dr. Jacinta Prunty… Continue reading “… you are almost always rewarded in little gems of history that are of interest to you or your work”