Archive for the ‘HIstory’ Category

10.30 – 11.30

Tom Bailey (John Cabot University, Rome)

‘Nietzsche’s Modest Theory of Agency’

11.30 – 12.00 Coffee
12.00 – 1.00

Tsarina Doyle (NUI, Galway)

‘The Will to Power and the Metaphysics of Value’

1.00 – 2.30 LUNCH
2.30 – 3.00

Ruud Thomas Burke (UCC)

‘Type-facts and Nothing but the Facts: Reductionism and Nietzsche’s Philosophy’

3.00 – 3.30

Trine Riel (NUI, Galway)

‘Nietzsche’s askesis: Philosophy as an art of existence’

3.30 – 4.00 COFFEE
4.00 – 4.30

Chris Hansen (NUI, Galway)

‘Nietzsche and Perspective’

4.30 – 5.00

Steven McHugh (NUI, Galway)

‘Nietzsche: Morality in the Pejorative Sense and Human Flourishing’

Contact: Tsarina Doyle, Philosophy, School of Humanities:

“The Galway Nietzsche Symposium is a one-day event that brings together academics and advanced graduate students working on Nietzsche from John Cabot University Rome, NUI Galway and University College Cork. It is an open event and formal registration is was not required.”


Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I also want to thank Senators Schumer and Gillibrand for that
kind introduction. In recent weeks, I have had the privilege and pleasure of meeting
eighty-nine gracious Senators, including all the members of this Committee. I thank you
for the time you have spent with me. Our meetings have given me an illuminating tour of
the fifty states and invaluable insights into the American people.
There are countless family members, friends, mentors, colleagues, and clerks who have
done so much over the years to make this day possible. I am deeply appreciative for their
love and support. I want to make one special note of thanks to my mom. I am here
today because of her aspirations and sacrifices for both my brother Juan and me. Mom, I
love that we are sharing this together. I am very grateful to the President and humbled to
be here today as a nominee to the United States Supreme Court.
The progression of my life has been uniquely American. My parents left Puerto Rico
during World War II. I grew up in modest circumstances in a Bronx housing project.
My father, a factory worker with a third grade education, passed away when I was nine
years old.
On her own, my mother raised my brother and me. She taught us that the key to success
in America is a good education. And she set the example, studying alongside my brother
and me at our kitchen table so that she could become a registered nurse. We worked
I poured myself into my studies at Cardinal Spellman High School, earning scholarships
to Princeton University and then Yale Law School, while my brother went to medical
school. Our achievements are due to the values that we learned as children, and they
have continued to guide my life’s endeavors. I try to pass on this legacy by serving as a
mentor and friend to my many godchildren and students of all backgrounds.
Over the past three decades, I have seen our judicial system from a number of different
perspectives – as a big-city prosecutor, a corporate litigator, a trial judge and an appellate
judge. My first job after law school was….
… as an assistant District Attorney in New York. There, I saw children exploited and
abused. I felt the suffering of victims’ families torn apart by a loved one’s needless

And I learned the tough job law enforcement has protecting the public safety. In my next
legal job, I focused on commercial, instead of criminal, matters. I litigated issues on
behalf of national and international businesses and advised them on matters ranging from
contracts to trademarks.
My career as an advocate ended — and my career as a judge began — when I was
appointed by President George H.W. Bush to the United States District Court for the
Southern District of New York. As a trial judge, I decided over four hundred and fifty
cases, and presided over dozens of trials, with perhaps my best known case involving the
Major League Baseball strike in 1995.
After six extraordinary years on the district court, I was appointed by President William
Jefferson Clinton to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. On that
Court, I have enjoyed the benefit of sharing ideas and perspectives with wonderful
colleagues as we have worked together to resolve the issues before us. I have now served
as an appellate judge for over a decade, deciding a wide range of Constitutional,
statutory, and other legal questions.
Throughout my seventeen years on the bench, I have witnessed the human consequences
of my decisions. Those decisions have been made not to serve the interests of any one
litigant, but always to serve the larger interest of impartial justice.
In the past month, many Senators have asked me about my judicial philosophy. It is
simple: fidelity to the law. The task of a judge is not to make the law – it is to apply the
law. And it is clear, I believe, that my record in two courts reflects my rigorous
commitment to interpreting the Constitution according to its terms; interpreting statutes
according to their terms and Congress’s intent; and hewing faithfully to precedents
established by the Supreme Court and my Circuit Court. In each case I have heard, I
have applied the law to the facts at hand.
The process of judging is enhanced when the arguments and concerns of the parties to the
litigation are understood and acknowledged. That is why I generally structure my
opinions by setting out what the law requires and then by explaining why a contrary
position, sympathetic or not, is accepted or rejected. That is how I seek to strengthen
both the rule of law and faith in the impartiality of our justice system. My personal and
professional experiences help me listen and understand, with the law always commanding
the result in every case.

Since President Obama announced my nomination in May, I have received letters from
people all over this country. Many tell a unique story of hope in spite of struggles. Each
letter has deeply touched me. Each reflects a belief in the dream that led my parents to
come to New York all those years ago. It is our Constitution that makes that Dream
possible, and I now seek the honor of upholding the Constitution as a Justice on the
Supreme Court.


 This statement was originally put on Auntie War’s Facebook Profile in early July 2014 at a few minues to 1pm on the 8th of July 

 This statement was obviously intendended for Irish news outlets (Papers,radio RTE,TV, blogs like mine and websites


 This statement was obviously intendended for Irish news outlets (Papers,radio RTE,TV, blogs like mine and websites

No member of the extended Farrell family participated in the making of the documentary, “An Unfinished Conversation…”, on the life and death of my only sister Mairead


This is a brief explanation as to why we felt compelled not to participate.


The unjust killing by the British state of Mairead on March 6th 1988 was the most harrowing experience to befall our family and it was one that in my own case has left deep scars. The dramatic nature of Mairead’s short life and brutal death attracted many seeking to document it in print and film. With the wise advice of our lawyer Paddy McGrory we learnt from earlier mistakes and became much more cautious when dealing with the miscellaneous branches of the media.


The author of “An Unfinished Conversation…”, Briona Nic Dhiarmada, had been working with Mairead on a book about her life at the time of the murder. In 1989 Briona produced a manuscript, which I was given the task by my parents of reading. In the family’s view this ‘biography’ was deeply flawed. The main thesis was that Mairead’s political activism from her joining the Republican Movement till her death in Gibraltar stemmed from her need to “fit in” amongst her peers in the Republican Movement. This was not the confident, extrovert, intelligent and determined Mairead we knew and we believed said more about Nic Dhiarmada’s inadequacies rather than those of my sister. For that reason we decided to give Nic Dhiarmada a wide berth.


The above thesis contrasts markedly with Professor (sic) Nic Dhiarmada’s new-found assessment of my sister’s life as reproduced on the website of the US Notre Dame University: “I strongly believe that Mairéad Farrell was a product of her environment and a product of Irish history.”


Where and when she had her Pauline conversion I do not know, nor do I care.


Enter The Republican Movement


In the Summer of 2012 while I was on holiday abroad I received a call from what I will loosely call a leading figure in the Republican Movement. He informed me that Nic Dhiarmada had teamed up with Dublin-based filmmakers with the goal of making a documentary of Mairead’s life. I expressed my serious reservations about Nic Dhiarmada, but agreed to discuss it further on my return to Ireland. However, it soon transpired that filming of the documentary was well underway. The “big shots” within the Republican Movement had already done a deal with Nic Dhiarmada et al without having the common decency to inform us straight away of the proposal. Faced with such a fait accompli I decided to have nothing to do with the documentary and asked family members to do the same.


During the 1990s the leadership of the Republican Movement created what they call the “Republican Family”. Being the brother of an IRA martyr I have found myself forcibly adopted into this “family”. It has meant receiving calls to establish my views on such absurd things as Martin McGuinness shaking hands with Frau Battenberg aka Elizabeth Windsor. But when it came to something close to my heart, my sister, I receive no call. Of course, such underhand, deceitful actions are par for the course with these “big shot republicans”. One thing is clear: the Republican Movement would not allow its members to participate in a documentary about the families of the “republican royalty” without first getting the assent of these “royals”.


The Documentary


The title of  Briona Nic Dhiarmada’s documentary “An Unfinished Conversation..” puts, as I expected, the filmmaker centre stage. It will no doubt improve her career and help fill the coffers of the Dublin company involved. That is why I believe “On Another Woman’s Wound” would be a more appropriate title for the documentary.





In the greater scheme of things the making of this documentary is of little importance. There are more critical issues to be focused on from Ireland’s participation in mass murder via Shannon airport to mass unemployment, mass poverty, mass emigration etc etc that exists in Ireland. My daughter, newly-elected Sinn Fein councilor Mairead Farrell, and I agree that it is more important that she concentrates on the concerns of her constituents than become involved in this saga.


On the occasion of the biennial conference of the Irish Association for Canadian Studies , the Québec Government Office in London grants a (an) academic member of the Association, domiciled ( e) in Ireland, a prize amount € 1000 for use as part of a study tour . Applications , including a curriculum vitae and a research project must be submitted to the President of the association, Elizabeth Tilley, [ elizabeth.tilley @ ] before April 14, 2014 . The prize is intended to reward and encourage research in the field of Québec studies in the broad sense , including linguistic and literary disciplines and the social sciences (sociology , history, economics & c . ) . Contemporary themes (focus on current issues ) are encouraged . Applications will be evaluated by a committee composed of members of the executive board of the association. The prize will be awarded to the winner / winner at the Hotel Meyrick Galway , at the seventeenth Conference of the Association for Canadian Studies in Ireland , from 9 to 11 May 2014. They are also looking for session chairs in some cases contact  Elizabeth Tilley, [ elizabeth.tilley @ ] if you could help

ACSI programme 10 april




The Council of Irish Chiefs and Chieftains in association with the History Department of Trinity College, Dublin and History/Ireland magazine is offering a prize of € 500 for the winning entrant in an essay competition on Gaelic Ireland.

Entry is open to all persons over 18 years who are NOT on the academic staff of a history department in any third-level institution.

Essay must be on any selected topic within the following areas: – the history of Gaelic Ireland (date-range 400 to 1690 A.D), Irish kingship, lordship, land-holding, genealogy, family history etc. It should be approximately 2,000 words in length and accompanied by full footnote references to sources used, with a bibliography at the end (footnotes and bibliography will not be counted as part of the word-length). It may be written in English or Irish.

Entries, with candidate’s name, address and contact details should be posted to:
‘Irish Chiefs’ Prize’
c/o History Department,
School of Histories and Humanities,
Trinity College Dublin,
Dublin 2, Republic of Ireland

or e-mailed as an attached MS-Word file to: by 1st May 2014

The prize will only be awarded for an entry deemed to be of publishable standard. Subject to editorial approval, a version of the paper should appear in a subsequent issue of History/Ireland. Both the winner and other entrants whose papers are deemed of publishable standard may be invited to contribute their work to a projected volume of essays on Gaelic Ireland, which is a central goal of the Chiefs’ and Chieftains’ competition.

Further Details


NUI Galway has appointed Professor Patrick Lonergan as its first ever Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies. Professor Lonergan’s appointment strengthens NUI Galway’s reputation as a national hub for the study of theatre. His focus will be on developing new courses, building new research resources, and partnering with theatre companies.

Speaking upon his appointment Professor Lonergan stated that “It is a great honour to have been named NUI Galway’s first Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies. I look forward to working with colleagues in the University and the wider community, as we develop new courses, forge new partnerships with theatre-makers, and make sure that NUI Galway is recognised as a world leading centre for the study of Irish theatre.”

NUI Galway offers a very successful BA in Drama, Theatre and Performance, as well as a Performing Arts degree, and a new part-time MA in Drama and Theatre Studies is currently enrolling for September 2013.

As part of its educational offering, the University this year again partnered with the Galway Arts Festival. One element of the partnership was to offer six NUI Galway students the opportunity to be part of the SELECTED programme. This unique internship with an all-areas backstage pass to the festival gave the students an intensive two-week immersion in festival organisation. The selected students attended shows, liaised with performers and directors, and also had the privileged access to visiting international Festival Directors.

NUI Galway also maintains a partnership with Druid Theatre – which saw the University act as one of the co-producers of the multi-award winning DruidMurphy show last year. That partnership is growing all the time, with members of Druid running workshops for students, in acting, directing, set design and theatre marketing, among other things.

NUI Galway will also be transforming our knowledge of Irish theatre through projects like the digitisation of the archive of the Abbey Theatre. When added to the University’s already extensive theatre archives, this resource will provide access to hundreds of scripts and videos of Irish plays – much of it never seen before.

Speaking about these developments, Professor Lonergan commented: “We have achieved an enormous amount in the area of Drama and Theatre Studies at NUI Galway already. Our aim now is to build on those achievements, so that students and researchers from Ireland and abroad will recognise that NUI Galway is the best place in the world to study Irish drama.”

Patrick Lonergan was born in Dublin in 1974, and graduated from University College Dublin with an MA in 1998. He completed a PhD at NUI Galway in 2004, and has been a member of staff in the Discipline of English since that time.

He has written widely about Irish theatre for publications such as The Irish Times and Irish Theatre Magazine. His first book, Theatre and Globalization: Irish Drama in the Celtic Tiger won the 2008 Theatre Book Prize, a prestigious international award whose previous winners include the Guardian critic Michael Billington, the theatre director Peter Brook, and Columbia University Professor James Shapiro. More recently he has published The Theatre and Films of Martin McDonagh with Bloomsbury in London.

He is also very active in the Irish theatre community. He runs the annual JM Synge Summer School in County Wicklow, is a former Theatre Assessor for the Irish Arts Council, and is a Board Member of Irish Theatre Magazine and Baboró International Arts Festival for Children.

He has won several research awards, and is currently completing a project on Theatre Performance and Globalization, which is being funded by the Irish Research Council. He serves on the boards of several major international journals (including Contemporary Theatre Review and Irish University Review), is a Vice President of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, and is active in many other international organizations.

History has recently created a new social media presence. After discussions with Zara Sheerin of the Press and Information Office, NUI Galway History decided to set up a Facebook page, a twitter feed and a blog. It is hoped that they will help publicise the activities and interests of staff and students both within NUI Galway and to an external audience.

National University of Ireland, Galway

National University of Ireland, Galway (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The blog, edited by Kevin O’Sullivan ( Head of B.A. (Single Honours) History ) and Niall Ó Ciosáin,( Head of 1st year Joint-honours B.A) features posts by members of staff and associates on themes of historical interest. The initial entries included musings on the relationship of the Corrib to the city of Galway, an old vinyl recording of De Valera, a Festschrift from 1913, as well as notices of book launches and conferences. Check it out at the link below!r Their Full-time administrator, Helena Condon, has created a very colourful Facebook page. While it will not replace Blackboard as the primary tool of communication with students, it will help make current and former students aware of what is happening in History. We already have over 200 likes! Helena is also responsible for the twitter feed, which directs traffic to both the blog and the Facebook page.

This is a follow up blog plost to my tweet of last friday :

“Because the prescribed topic in LC Staire for 2014 & 15 is Sovereignty And Partition. History  teachers  free book :)”

The Documents in Irish Foreign Policy, a project of the Royal Irish Academy, is proud to announce that its first eBook on the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 is now available for free download.

One of the prescribed topics for the documents-based study in the Leaving Certificate 2014 and 2015 is ‘The Pursuit of Sovereignty and the Impact of Partition, 1919-1949.’ Included in the three case studies for this topic is ‘The Treaty negotiations, October – December 1921’ and as such, the chapter on the Treaty negotiations in Volume I of the Documents of Irish Foreign Policy (DIFP) series ( will be immensely beneficial to history teachers. With this in mind, DIFP decided to embark on a new venture and put the material from this chapter into an eBook for teachers and students.

The Anglo-Irish Treaty eBook makes accessing documents relating to the Treaty as straightforward as possible. This selection of documents contains crucial correspondence between the main political figures involved in the negotiations and shows the problems and stresses of negotiating an international agreement. The documents are structured chronologically and provide a gripping and accessible account of a key moment in modern Irish history.

The National Archives’ online exhibition on the Anglo-Irish Treaty, can be found at

Date & Time 28 April 2013 4pm – 6pm

Venue: Cnoic Suain,  Connemara

Join Cuirt 2013 for a special afternoon of music, history and literature in the atmospheric surroundings of Connemara

Contributors to The Atlas of the Great Irish Famine (published by Cork University Press, 2012) will speak and give presentations on their work. They will be joined by singer Áine Ní Dhroighneáin in the wonderful hill village of Cnoic Suain. Attendees on the day will have the opportunity to walk around the village. A bus will leave Galway city from the Cathedral at 3:15pm on the day (transport is included in the ticket price).

William SmythWilliam J. Smyth

William J. Smyth is Professor Emeritus of Geography at University College Cork, where he held the Chair of Geography since 1977. He has lectured at many universities, including Syracuse University, N.Y., California State at San Fernando, Los Angeles and University College Dublin . He was elected a member of The Royal Irish Academy in 1999.

A former editor of Irish Geography and co-editor of Common Ground: Essays on the Historical Geography of Ireland (1988), he has published widely on Ireland’s social and cultural geography. His prize-winning book Mapmaking, Landscape and Memory: A Geography of Colonial and Early Modern Ireland c. 1530-1750 was published in 2006. He is co-editor of The Atlas of the Great Irish Famine (University College Press, Cork) with John Crowley and Mike Murphy.



Cathal PorterCathal Póirtéir

Cathal Póirtéir is a broadcaster and writer. He was a Senior Radio Producer with RTE Radio 1 and RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta for 30 years, working on a wide range of programmes, including a number of series on the Great Irish Famine. He is the editor of several books in Irish and English on folklore, social history and literary topics. He has produced a number of features, documentaries and radio dramas for RTE, now available on CD.

He holds an MA in Folklore for UCD and now works as an independent researcher and writer on folklore. In 2012 Oireachtas na Gaeilge awarded him their Buaic-ghradam Cumarsáide or Lifetime Achievement Award. He has also won Gold and Silver in the annual PPI Media Awards.



Áine Ní DhroighneáinÁine Ní Dhroighneáin

Áine Ní Dhroighneáin is from An Spidéal, Co. Galway. She began singing sean-nós from an early age, being taught local songs from local singers such as Pat Phádraig Tom, Máire Pheitir Uí Dhroighneáin and Peaitsí Ó Ceannabháin. At the age of nine, she was asked to sing for the President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, during her visit to the area. She has appeared at many traditional music festivals at home and abroad, including Feile Cois Cuain, Mayo, and the Pan-Celtic Festival in Lorient.

Áine was appointed Sean-Nós singer in residence in NUIG from 2004-2005. She has also performed with other artists, including Máirtín O’Connor, Steve Cooney and The Keane Sisters. She took part in a televised singing contest in 2006, where she sang a variety of songs and styles; she finished second and raised €75,000 for charity.