Autumn Symposium and AGM 2017

Thematically following on from the visit to Clare Island, the AHSI Autumn Symposium and AGM 2017 took place on 11 November 2017.

Conference theme: Farming and Island Life.
Location: Helen Roe theatre, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland (RSAI), 63 Merrion Sq., Dublin 2.

The programme for the conference is now available as a pdf.


Session 1

10.00–10.15 Welcome remarks Michael O’Connell (Chairperson, AHSI)

10.15–11.00 Stephen Royle QUB Irish islands: marginality to resurgence

11.00–11.30 Andy Bleasdale NPWS Island farming yesterday, today and tomorrow: personal, national and EU perspective

11.30–11.45 Coffee / tea

11.45–12.30 Patricia Lysaght UCD Blasket Island life: food provision strategies


12.30–13.15 Lunch (in-house: tea/coffee and sandwiches will be available at the venue; incl. in registration fee; important to pre-register!)

13.15–13.45 AGM, Agricultural History Society of Ireland (in Helen Roe Theatre)


Session 2

14.00–14.30 Patrick McGurn AranLIFE The agricultural system on the Aran Islands

14.30–15.00 Louise Duignan IT Sligo The sustainable management of high nature value farmland habitats on the Aran Islands

15.00–15.30 K. Molloy & M. O’Connell NUIG Arable farming on the Aran Islands as revealed by the fossil record and recent field surveys

15.30–15.45 Coffee / tea

15.45–16.15 Jim Collins UCD Land units, valuations and holdings with reference to West Cork islands

16.15–16.45 Jim McAdam AFBI/QUB Comparisons of farming and island life, Ireland and the Falklands

Haystacks on Clare Island, Co. Mayo, 2017 (c) M. O'Connell