2017 Universities Ireland History Bursaries Awarded

The call for applications opened in February and was advertised on the CCBS and UI websites, the CCBS e-zine, twitter and via a number of email lists.  There were 5 applications and 3 scholarships of €4,500 have been awarded to date:

Lucy Wray, Coleraine – Lucy is a Queen’s University Belfast graduate in English and History with an MA in History. She is commencing a PhD in Queen’s University Belfast titled ‘The Photographer and the City: The work of A.R. Hogg in recording social conditions in early twentieth- century Belfast’.  The PhD will look at the work of A.R. Hogg, in partnership with National Museums Northern Ireland. It will address the address following questions: What was the role of the photographer either as an observer or an actor in early twentieth-century Belfast: was Hogg simply recording what he saw or did he consider his photographs to be catalysts for improving working-class social conditions? How did Hogg and his contemporaries record and communicate issues relating to public health, housing, and social welfare? What role did this play in raising awareness, exerting political pressure, and stimulating philanthropic initiatives and how did this fit with his work as a commercial photographer? And finally, what does Hogg’s involvement in a wide range of societies and organisations tell us about the underexplored links between photography, associational culture and philanthropy in the British or Irish industrial city.

Neil Richardson, Dublin – Neil is a philosophy graduate from University College Dublin with a MA in Military History and Strategic Studies from National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He is commencing a PhD in History in National University of Ireland, Maynooth titled ‘Why Messines and not Frezenberg? A re-assessment of the Irish ‘shared sacrifice’ battlefields of 1917’.  Neil’s research will explore and re-assess this topic by asking the following questions: Why was the Battle of Messines Ridge elevated, in terms of Irish remembrance and commemoration of the First World War, over the action on Frezenberg Ridge?; How were both actions perceived in the contemporary media and political spheres in 1917?; How were they recorded and reflected on in the immediate post-war period, and again in modern times? and what is the significance of the action on Frezenberg Ridge in terms of modern Irish commemoration of the First World War, and in terms of cross-border and cross-community reconciliation between opposing Irish political traditions?

Michael Twomey, Cork – Michael is a history graduate from Empire State College, State University of New York with a MA in History from the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. He is commencing a PhD in History in University College Cork titled ‘The Protestant community of the Co. Cork Muskerry district – decline in the non-Catholic population of the twenty-six county area’. Michael’s research will be an analytical study of the Protestant population of Muskerry, and any fluctuations within this community over an extended period.