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Friday, 15 July 2022

Venue: Room T117 (TARA Building), Mary Immaculate College, Limerick

9.30–9.45: Registration


9.45–10.00: Welcome by Dr Loïc Guyon (Honorary Consul of France, Head of the Department of French Studies at MIC, member of the Board of Directors of Alliance française Limerick and founder of the Limerick Bastille Day Wild Geese Festival), Dr Liam Chambers (Head of the Department of History at MIC), and Donal Creaton (Vice-Chair of Limerick Civic Trust)


10.00–11.30: Panel 1: Soldiers and Wild Geese

Chair: Dr Loïc Guyon (Mary Immaculate College)

Dr Pádraig Lenihan (National University of Ireland Galway) The ‘barbarous Muscovite’ and the ‘Hero’: Rosen at Derry (1689) and Boisseleau at Limerick (1690)

Dr Pierre-Louis Coudray, ‘The Hibernians are a deceiving lot. It is a treacherous nation.’: A century of complex Franco-Irish military relations (1690-1792)

Dr Ciarán McDonnell, For king or country? The Irish Brigade in the French Revolution


11.30–12.00: Tea/Coffee


12.00–1.00: Keynote Lecture 1

Chair: Dr Liam Chambers (Mary Immaculate College)

Professor Thomas O’Connor (Maynooth University), The Irish in Europe as a field of research: challenges and opportunities


1.00–2.00: Light Lunch


2.00–3.30: Panel 2: Communities, Women and Children

Chair: Dr Clodagh Tait (Mary Immaculate College)

Professor Marian Lyons (Maynooth University), The Irish at St Germain-en-Laye, c.1692-c.1725

Dr Frances Nolan (University College Dublin), Tracing a transnational life: a posthumous inventory of the estate of Frances, duchess of Tyrconnell (c.1649-1731)

Muireann McCann (European University Institute), Women and children in exile: the “Wild Geese” and the British Establishments, 1798–1815


3.30–4.00: Break


4.00–5.30: Panel 3: Empires

Chair: Dr Stephen Griffin (University of Limerick)

Dr Igor Pérez Tostado (Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville), Invisible lives: Irish experiences in the early modern Spanish Caribbean

Professor Finola O’Kane Crimmins (University College Dublin), Some sharp island gradients: the eighteenth-century Franco-Irish landscapes of Saint Domingue (Haiti)

Dr José Brownrigg-Gleeson Martinez (University of Salamanca), On empire’s edge: reconsidering Irish networks in Spanish America in the late eighteenth century


Saturday, 16 July 2022

Venue: Dance Limerick Space (St John’s Church), John’s Square, Limerick

9.30–9.45: Registration


9.45–10.00: Welcome


10.00–11.30: Panel 4: Migrants and Agents

Chair: Professor Marian Lyons (Maynooth University)

Dr Éamon Ó Ciosáin (Maynooth University), The Wild Geese before the Wild Geese: patterns of Irish emigration prior to 1690.

Dr Matteo Binasco (Universidad Pablo de Olavide -Seville/Università per Stranieri di Siena), The Hibernesi and the Urbs during the early-modern period: a contrasting relationship

Dr Stephen Griffin (University of Limerick), Irish émigrés, Jacobite agents, and Imperial service in the Austrian Habsburg lands in the early eighteenth century


11.30–12.00: Tea/Coffee


12.00–1.00: Keynote Lecture 2

Chair: Ambassador of France, H.E. Vincent Guérend

Dr Nathalie Genet-Rouffiac (Cheffe du Service Historique de la Défense, France), The French, the Stuarts in exile and the Wild Geese


1.00–2.00: Light Lunch


2.00–3.30: Panel 5: Roundtable Discussion: History and Migration Today

Chair: Professor Lorraine McIlrath (Mary Immaculate College)


Professor Bryan Fanning (University College Dublin)

A speaker from Doras

Florence Ajala (Mary Immaculate College)

Dr Olesia Zhytkova


3.30–4.00: Break


4.00–5.30: Panel 6: Students and Irish Colleges

Chair: Tracy McCarthy (Mary Immaculate College)

Dr Karie Schultz (University of St Andrews), The Irish college at Salamanca: student mobility and identity formation in the seventeenth century

Maura Valenti (University of Oxford), Portable organs and stencilled plainchant: music at Irish continental colleges in the eighteenth century

Dr Mathieu Ferradou (Le Mans University/TEMOS (UMR 9016), From Jacobite to Jacobin: The Irish college at Paris as a laboratory of political mutation