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March Events

From Whence I Came
The Kennedy Legacy, Ireland and America
Edited by Brian Murphy & Donnacha Ó Beacháin

Elected in 1960 as the 35th President of the USA, John Fitzgerald Kennedy remains to this day the office’s youngest incumbent and he was its first Roman Catholic. His term in office was short, but arguably no US President has inspired more people around the globe than JFK. Even today, for generations born decades after his death, President Kennedy’s legacy has an enduring appeal.

This insightful book contains specially commissioned pieces by a range of respected academic and political figures, including former Obama speechwriter, Cody Kennan, the President of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organisation, Kerry Kennedy, and former senior adviser to Bernie Sanders, Tad Devine.

With the presidency of Joe Biden seeing a renewed focus on broader themes within Irish, American and global politics, From Whence I Came is a fascinating and timely collection that offers a fresh perspective on the Kennedy legacy and the politics of Ireland and the United States.

Paperback •  €19.95 | £18.99 •  288 pages •  226mm x 153mm • 9781788551410
Brian Murphy lectures at the Technological University Dublin.  He holds a PhD in Modern Irish History from University College Dublin and is the author of Forgotten Patriot: Douglas Hyde and the Foundation of the Irish Presidency and Brian Lenihan: In Calm and Crisis (co-editor). He was Co-Director of the Kennedy Summer School from 2016-2018.
Donnacha Ó Beacháin is Professor of Politics at Dublin City University. His books include Destiny of the Soldiers: Fianna Fáil, Irish Republicanism and the IRA 1926-1973Political Communication in Ireland (co-editor) and From Partition to Brexit: The Irish Government and Northern Ireland (2018).
All editor royalties will be donated to the New Ross Community Hospital.



Simon Coveney T.D., Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence, will deliver the next UCC-Defence Forces Lecture on ‘The link between Defence and Foreign Policy – Ireland’s role on the Security Council’, on Mon 29th March, 6.30-8.00pm (Irish/UK time). 

Lecture details:
‘The link between Defence and Foreign Policy – Ireland’s role on the Security Council’
Simon Coveney T.D., Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence
Mon 29th March, 18.30-20.00 (Irish/UK time)
Viewable live on youtube:; no registration or log-in is required; viewers will be able to ask questions via the youtube chat function.
The lecture will also be available afterwards so that people may view it later if they wish.

Simon Coveney T.D. is the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Defence. He is also the Deputy Leader of Fine Gael and served as Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with responsibility for Brexit from November 2017 to June 2020.  He has served as Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (2016-2017), Minister for Defence (2014-2016) and Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (2011-2016). First, elected to the Dáil (Irish Parliament) in 1998, he was elected to the European Parliament in 2004 where he was a member of the EPP-ED group. He was a member of the EP Foreign Affairs Committee and the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee and a substitute member on the Fisheries Committee. Mr. Coveney was the author of the European Parliament’s Annual Report on Human Rights in the World for the year 2004 and again for 2006.  He was a member of Cork County Council and the Southern Health Board from 1999 to 2003. Mr. Coveney holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture and Land Management from The Royal Agriculture College, Gloucestershire. He was also educated at Clongowes Wood College, County Kildare, University College Cork and Gurteen Agricultural College, County Tipperary. In 1997/8 he led the “Sail Chernobyl Project” which involved sailing 30,000 miles around the world for charity.

The UCC-Defence Forces Lecture Series aims to contribute to informed public debate on contemporary global security challenges, how such problems may impact on Ireland and how Ireland can contribute to addressing regional and global security threats. The lecture series is jointly organised by the Defence Forces and UCC’s Colleges of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences and Business and Law.


Dr Sean Haughey at Liverpool asked that the PSAI share this survey.

The Parliaments Specialist Group of the UK Political Studies Association is undertaking a survey of research in the sub-disciplinary area of parliamentary and legislative studies. The purpose of the survey is to map the sub-discipline and identify any trends and absences. Most questions refer to parliaments only but this is for ease of reading only and should be read as shorthand for all (aspects of) parliaments and legislatures. The survey contains five sections and should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. Your responses will be stored securely and in line with GDPR. Your responses will be treated in the strictest confidence and the information you provide will not be used to identify you individually, or presented in such a way that makes it possible for you to be identified. The results of the survey will be presented at the PSA Parliaments Online Conference on 9th June 2021 and will subsequently be made available through the PSA Parliaments website (



Friday 19 March 1-2PM
Dieter Reinisch (PCI)
The campaign by Irish Republican prisoners for Political Status in Portlaoise Prison, 1973-77.

Friday 26 March 1-2PM
Richard Bourke (University of Cambridge)
Revolution and Political Ideas in Ireland, 1890–1922.

All seminars take place via Zoom (registration with Eventbrite)
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ENDS-Next newsletter on Monday March 29th-events/details can be emailed to



UACES-IACES Joint Seminar Series

UACES and IACES are delighted to announce the creation of a Joint Seminar Series ‘The UK, Ireland and the European Union in a time of crisis’. This important and timely initiative will bring together scholars from across these islands and beyond to consider and reflect on common crises, shared challenges and emerging opportunities for cooperation and collaboration.

The first seminar in the series, The UK, Ireland and the European Union in a time of crisis: Confronting the Coronavirus Pandemic, will take place online from 1:00 – 2:30 pm on Friday 26 February, and will feature an official launch of the series by An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin TD.

The speakers for this first joint seminar are Dr Eleanor Brooks (University of Edinburgh), Professor Fiona Kearney (University College Cork and Director, The Glucksman Gallery), Professor Tamara Hervey (University of Sheffield) and Noelle OConnell (CEO, European Movement Ireland).

The event will be chaired by Nick Startin, UACES Chair and Senior Fellow at the Global Governance Institute.

Registration for the seminar is via Eventbrite, here.

UACES 51st Annual Conference
6-8 September 2021
***CfP open**

The Call for Papers for #UACES2021 is open and the deadline for submissions has been extended to 28 February 2021. Submit your papers and proposals via ConfTool.

The UACES 51st Annual Conference welcomes contributions on all areas of contemporary European Studies from across academic disciplines including (but not limited to) law, economics, geography, history, sociology, public policy and politics. We accept proposals from established academics, practitioners and well-prepared doctoral students.
UACES particularly welcomes proposals from BIPOC academics, scholars from under-represented geographies (eg the Global South) and scholars from disciplines that are less well represented at UACES conferences including anthropology, cultural studies and history.
Participants can submit a proposal for a pre-organised panel, a non-traditional panel or an individual paper. Those seeking to create or fill out a panel can use the UACES members’ email list or tweet #UACES2021.
UACES as an organisation actively promotes gender balance in the formation of panels at its annual conference and at UACES sponsored events. As such, it does not permit all-male panels. Please take this into account when submitting panel suggestions.
The deadline for submitting proposals is now midnight on Sunday 28th February 2021.

 Maynooth Centre for European and Eurasian Studies (Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence) & MUSSI host
How Britain Ends: discussion with Gavin Esler and response from
Prof Brigid Laffan

Wednesday 3rd March 1600-17.30 Via Zoom


The Maynooth Centre for European and Eurasian Studies and MUSSI will host a discussion about an important new book, How Britain Ends: English Nationalism and the Rebirth of Four Nations (Apollo Books, 2021) by Gavin Esler.
Gavin Esler is the Chancellor of the University of Kent and one of the best-known broadcasters in the world, as host previously of the flagship Newsnight programme on BBC2, a presenter with BBC World News, and as a reporter where he had postings in Northern Ireland and the United States, amongst others.  The response to the book will be provided by Professor Brigid Laffan, Director of the Robert Schuman Centre at the European University Institute. The event will be moderated by Professor John O’ Brennan, and there will be a Questions and Answers session following the contributions of the speakers. The event is part of a series organised by the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, in partnership with the Maynooth Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI).
The event is open to all and to join you must register via the link below


Launch of “Women doing politics differently” – developing local caucus with women councillors
The National Womens Council invites you to join us at our members and friends meeting.
Starts: 4 March 2021 11:00
Ends: 4 March 2021 12:45
Location: Zoom
The event is free. Please register here.
We will launch the findings of research carried out in 2020 examining interest in local women’s caucuses and what supports are necessary for their development. The research included a survey with women councillors, focus groups and one to one interviews with stakeholders. Women continue to be seriously underrepresented in Local Government and make up just 25% of all councillors. Caucuses are one of the mechanisms that can support women’s representation at local level.
Claire McGing – Gender and Politics researcher has carried out this research on behalf of NWC and will present the findings.
Peter Burke Minister of State for Local Government and Planning will respond to the findings.
Perry Aritua, Executive Director, Women’s Democracy Network Uganda Chapter will share the experiences of facilitating the development of caucus in five districts in the West Nile region of Uganda.
This will then be followed by a wide-ranging panel discussion with Cllr Sarah Kiely, Cllr Darcy Lonergan, Cllr Cathy Bennett, Cllr Miriam Murphy and Cllr Uruemu Adejinmi sharing their experiences of how caucus can work in different local and regional contexts.
The webinar will be co- chaired by Orla O’Connor, Director, NWC and Louise Lovett, Chairperson, NWC.
The event is free. Please register here.
The webinar will be supported by ISL Interpreters . If you have any other accessibility needs, please get in contact with Susan McCormack by the 25th February to support our preparations.
This research was kindly supported by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

Public Management Challenges and Policy Analysis in Ireland
11 March 2021; 4.00 – 5.30PM
The Public Policy Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association of Ireland is pleased to host the joint launch of:
Policy Analysis in Ireland, edited by John Hogan (Technological University Dublin) and Mary P. Murphy (Maynooth University), published by Policy Press, Bristol University Press
And a Special Issue of Administration: The Journal of the Institute of Public Administration of Ireland, celebrating the contribution of Dr Richard Boyle to public management research in Ireland
4 pm                      Welcome by Dr Conor Little (University of Limerick & Co-Chair of Public Policy Specialist Group) &
publication editors Dr Mary P. Murphy (MU) and Joanna O’Riordan (IPA)
4.10pm                 Prof Iris Geva May, Policy Analysis Book Series Editor – International challenges for policy analysis
4.25pm                 Dr Richard Boyle (IPA) – Reflecting on public management in Ireland
4.35pm                 Panel responses: Dr Orlaigh Quinn, Dermot McCarthy and Prof Niamh Hardiman
5.00pm                 Q and A
5.20pm                 Close by Dr Muiris MacCarthaigh (QUB, Co-Chair of Public Policy Specialist Group).


Europe and the Future of Ireland’s Ports, Coastal Communities and Maritime Sector
The illustrated report and full video of our November 2020 conference on Europe and the Future of Ireland’s Ports, Coastal Communities and Maritime sector is now available on the IACES website. A summary of the findings and conclusions from this conference is also available in a recent piece published by IACES Vice President, Jonathan Evershed, on RTÉ Brainstorm.Europe and the Future of Ireland’s Ports, Coastal Communities and Maritime Sector was supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Communicating Europe Initiative.
We are always happy to post blogs and op-eds on the IACES website. If you are interested in contributing, please contact Jonathan Evershed at Alternatively if you know of colleagues or graduate students who might be interested, please feel free to share their details with Jonathan.


ENDS-next newsletter Monday March 1st


Irish Studies in International Affairs  

Irish Studies in International Affairs is seeking annual reviewers for the Foreign Relations of Ireland in 2020. These annual reviews are an influential feature of the journal and an invaluable chronicle of Ireland in the world.

Please submit CV (2 pages most included last 5 publications) to by 1th of March

For more information, please contact

Dr Mervyn O’Driscoll
Head of School
School of History
University College Cork


Next lecture in the UCC-Defence Forces Lecture Series:

‘The Freedom of the Seas versus the Constraints of the Land – Delivering Maritime Security on the Fault-Line in Between’, Captain Brian FitzGerald, Officer Commanding Naval Operations Command & 2IC Irish Naval Service, Thursday 25th February 2021, 18.30-20.00 (Irish/UK time).

The next lecture in the UCC-Defence Forces Lecture Series will be on ‘The Freedom of the Seas versus the Constraints of the Land – Delivering Maritime Security on the Fault-Line in Between’ by Captain Brian Fitzgerald, Second in Command, Irish Naval Service. The lecture will take place on-line on Thurs 25th February, 6.30-8.00 (Irish/UK time) via this link. (Earlier versions of this communication indicated 24th February, which was incorrect – apologies).

The seas and the oceans are shared spaces where the legal regime is underpinned by freedoms.  ‘Flag State freedoms’ describes the freedoms enjoyed by ships.  The jurisdiction of the flag State and its associated freedoms are pre-eminent on the High Seas but diminish as one approaches the coast from where a corresponding counter-eminence of coastal State jurisdiction ascends.  A perpetual and evolving tension exists at this interface and beyond where the maritime legal regime based on freedoms meets with the terrestrial legal regime based on sovereignty and property rights.  This lecture aims to explore the extent to which the freedoms of the seas are being eroded.  This matters because the source of the tension surrounds humankind’s use of the seas, resulting in legal and extra-legal activity that threatens stability.  This tension is set to increase for the foreseeable future underpinning the growing importance of maritime security and most especially for this island nation.

Captain (NS) Brian Fitzgerald has served for over 37 years in the Irish Naval Service including two periods as a ship’s Captain. In 2017 he completed a successful deployment to the Mediterranean Sea as part of Europe’s response to the humanitarian crisis taking place there rescuing extraordinary numbers of migrants.  Brian has participated in some of the biggest drug interdiction operations in the history of Europe and coordinated the at sea search operation following the loss of the IRCG helicopter ‘Rescue 116’ in 2017.  He is currently the second in command of Ireland’s Naval Service.  Brian holds Masters degrees in Marine and Maritime Law (UCC) and Leadership, Management and Defence Studies (NUIM), a primary honours degree in Civil Law (UCC) and a diploma in Public Relations (PRII) in addition to his Naval qualifications.  Brian is a qualified and practising workplace and family law Mediator and is a Board Member of the Irish International Charity ‘GOAL-Global’.

The UCC-Defence Forces Lecture Series aims to contribute to informed public debate on contemporary global security challenges, how such problems may impact on Ireland and how Ireland can contribute to addressing regional and global security threats. The lecture series is jointly organised by the Defence Forces and UCC’s Colleges of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences and Business and Law.

Lecture details:

  • ‘The Freedom of the Seas versus the Constraints of the Land – Delivering Maritime Security on the Fault-Line in Between’
  • Captain Brian Fitzgerald, Second in Command, Irish Naval Service
  • On-line via this link (- no registration or log-in is required, but we kindly request that you go to link shortly before the start time of 18.30).
  • The lecture will also be recorded so that people may view it later if they wish.

Research Fellow, Queen’s University Belfast

Research Fellow, Queen’s University Belfast

The School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics seeks to appoint a full-time Research Fellow for the ESRC-funded project Governance for ‘a place between’: the multilevel dynamics of implementing the Protocol on Northern Ireland. The successful candidate will be active in the planning and delivery of the research for this project so that the overall research objectives are met. The Research Fellow will gather, organise, manage, analyse and assess primary and secondary data relating to the implementation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland; develop and maintain the project’s Protocol Monitor website and social media output; assist in the organisation and delivery of academic and stakeholder workshops and other project events.

Deadline for applications is 22 February 2021, Further information is available here:



‘Ireland’s UN Security Council term 2021-2022’, Ambassador Sonja Hyland, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, UCC-Defence Forces Lecture Series: on-line lecture Thurs 4th February – PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE

The next lecture in the UCC-Defence Forces Lecture Series will be on ‘Ireland’s UN Security Council term 2021-2022’ by Ambassador Sonja Hyland, Political Director, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Dublin. The lecture will take place on-line on Thurs 4th February, 6.30-8.00 (Irish/UK time) via this link. (PLEASE NOTE: due to unavoidable circumstances, this is a change from the previously advertised date of 28th January).


CALL FOR PAPERS for Royal Irish Academy annual international affairs conference
DEADLINE Monday, 8 February 2021 at 17:00
‘International politics in times of risk and uncertainty: the COVID-19 crisis and beyond’ 
Paper proposals sought for the online conference on Thursday, 29 April 2021
Keynote: Mr Simon Coveney, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minster for Defence
Plenary: G. John Ikenberry, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University
Proposals for papers on all aspects of the global politics of the COVID-19 pandemic are sought for the conference. This may include political and associated economic, security, social, legal and historical dimensions of the issue. Papers are welcomed on comparative national and regional responses to COVID-19; other disease pandemics and their global health challenges (whether historical or more recent); the interaction between the COVID-19 pandemic and great-power relations; the economic impact of the pandemic (and related issues of globalisation, dependence and de-coupling); the impact on the Global South and global inequality; international security issues (including cyber security); and the role of international institutions in addressing the pandemic and its consequences.
Applications are strongly encouraged from advanced doctoral students and postdoctoral colleagues and seeks to support diversity in the submission and selection of papers.
High-quality papers from the conference will be considered for publication in the Royal Irish Academy’s  journal, Irish Studies in International Affairs. The submission of proposals requires all paper proposers to agree to publish their papers in the journal should they be accepted.


Please note that supporting material (Books, dissertation, teaching portfolios) will be the responsibility of the nominee to distribute to the Chairperson of each committee, most likely via electronic formats or subject to their guidance. Details of who and how to nominate for each prize can be clicked on the links below.
The Basil Chubb Best Dissertation Prize [for details see:]: = 31st May 2021, send nominations to: Marisa McGlinchey,
The Brian Farrell Best Book Prize [for details see:] = 31st May 2021, send nominations to: Liam Kneafsey,,
Teaching & Learning Prize [for details see:] = 30th June 2021, send nominations to:
Gender/Diversity Postgraduate Prize [for details see] = 30th June 2021, send nominations to: Lisa Keenan,

‘How should a liberal democracy react to conscientious objection claims?
Four panel sessions of an informed debate on conscientious objection from legal, philosophical, theological and religious perspectives, and finally
a discussion on how legislators and governments in liberal democracies should react to
claims of conscience.