Autumn 2014 Programme

Agricultural History Society of Ireland (AHSI)
Autumn Symposium and AGM, Friday 7th November 2014
(Symposium organised in association with The Discovery Programme)
Venue: Helen Roe Theatre, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2

pdf of programme and abstracts

Cattle: a long-term mainstay of Irish farming and economy
Registration from 9:30

Session 1 Cattle in Irish myth and small farmsteads
10.00–10.15 Welcome remarks — Michael O’Connell (Chairperson, AHSI)

10.15–10.45 Keynote lecture
From the Táin to CAP: the importance of cattle in Ireland. Edel Bhreathnach (Director, Discovery Programme)

10.45–11.15 Management of cattle in post-medieval transhumance within an Irish context. Eugene Costello (PhD candidate, Archaeology, NUIG)

11.15–11.45 Animals kept in the dwelling house: nineteenth and early twentieth century evidence for the practice in Ireland. Patricia Lysaght (Professor, Irish Folklore, UCD)

11.45–12.30 Lunch
(tea/coffee and sandwiches will be available — if you have registered prior to the meeting)

12.30–13.00 AGM, Agricultural History Society of Ireland (in Helen Roe Theatre)
pdf of Chairman's Report

Session 2 Cattle in recent Irish farming with particular reference to traditional breeds
13.15–13.45 Cattle in the post-Famine Irish economy. Matthew Stout (History, St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra)

13.45–14.15 The record of cattle epizootics from the 1851 Census of Ireland 'Tables of Deaths'. Kieran Hickey (Geography, NUIG)

14.15–15.15 The current role and potential of traditional native breeds of cattle in Ireland. Kenny Gracey (Forthill Farm, Tandragee, Co Armagh)

15.15–15.45 An illustrated account of native cattle breeds in Ireland from a historical perspective. Greg Walsh (Coolcul, Taghmon, Co Wexford)

Various publishers, including Four Courts, will have book stalls at the Symposium.
A variety of titles relevant to the interests of AHSI members will be on offer.