Capuchin Historical Conference in UCC, 10th of June 2017

The Department of History in UCC along with the Irish Capuchins and Douglas Parish Pastoral Council, are delighted to announce a one day conference entitled “Ministers of mercy: the Capuchins and the struggle for independence in Ireland”

The event on Saturday 10 June – which has been chosen so to fall as close as possible to the anniversary of the above repatriations – consists of two parts. The School of History is organising a public symposium in the morning, which is free to all who wish to attend. It will include contributions from several speakers, who will speak on a range of topics arising from the broad theme of the event. The talks will take place in Boole IV, and the schedule of speakers, and their associated topics (the precise titles are subject to final confirmation in some cases), is as follows:


9.20am                Formal welcome

9.25am                Brian Kirby, Provincial Archivist, Capuchin Friary, Church Street Dublin                                                ‘The Capuchin Order and the revolutionary decade’

10.15am              Gabriel Doherty, School of History, University College Cork                                                                ‘Catholic theology and the hunger strike, 1917-20’

11.05am              Coffee break

11.20am              John Borgonovo, School of History, University College Cork                                                                       ‘The exile, death, and repatriation of Fr. Dominic O’Connor, 1922-1958’

12.10am              Ruth Sheehy, ‘Department of History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College Dublin                          ‘The Illustrations of Richard King for the Capuchin Annual, 1940-72’

1.00pm                Close

At 3pm the Capuchins will host a commemorative mass in Rochestown Friary in honour of these deceased members of the Order. Refreshments will be available on the grounds from c2pm, and afterwards there will be an opportunity for those in attendance to pay their respects at the graves of those interred in the Friary’s grounds. All those who wish to attend are welcome, although the capacity of the chapel is more limited than that of Boole IV, and, if necessary, priority for seating will be given to the elderly and infirm.

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