JC Beckett Memorial Lecture 2017: Prof. Alan Ford (University of Nottingham)

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‘From antichrist to ARCIC: Protestant attitudes to Catholicism, 1517-2017’

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 6.30pm

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

2 Titanic Boulevard, Belfast

More info from the secretary, Prof. Peter Gray (p.h.gray@qub.ac.uk) or visit https://usihs36.com/



USIHS Lecture: Dr Coleman Dennehy

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 25th April 2017 at the Institute of Irish Studies (QUB) Seminar Room, 8 Fitzwilliam St, at 6.30pm

[Please note revised date and venue]

Dr Coleman Dennehy (UCD/UCL)

will speak on:

‘Contending Appellate Jurisdictions: Westminster v Dublin in the 17th and 18th Centuries’

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In Spring 1720, the British parliament, by means of statute law, accused the Irish lords having ‘of late, against law, assumed to themselves a power and jurisdiction to examine, correct, and amend the judgements and decrees of the courts of justice’ in that kingdom. There was great upset in Ireland at this instance, as it was obviously a constitutional attack on the status of the Irish parliament; however it was also bad history. Both the Irish and English / British parliaments had for many centuries given final judgments on Irish cases, and, for the most part, this shared appellate judicial authority had passed off without incident. Whilst there was political fallout in the aftermath of Ward v Meath, Annesley v Sherlock, and Ulster Society v Derry, these were the exception rather than the norm.

This paper will be an examination of the long process of how two separate courts could claim the same status as final court of appeal without, for the most part, any substantial difficulty. It will also ascertain how the cases were handled, if they were typical of other cases coming before the English / British parliament, and whether the passing of the 1720 Declaratory Act made any material difference to the manner of Irish cases being heard in the final instance, or indeed the rate at which they appeared.




USIHS Roundtable: Historical Legacies of Keith Jeffery

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 8 December 2016 and will take the form of a round table discussion of the historical writing and legacy of our colleague Prof. Keith Jeffery, who died earlier in 2016.

Short presentations will be made on Keith’s writings by Prof Eunan O’Halpin (TCD) on military history, Prof Fearghal McGarry (QUB) on the history of 1916, and by Prof Don MacRaild (UU) on the history of the British empire. All members and friends are welcome to attend and participate.


The meeting will be in QUB – Peter Froggatt Centre Room 02/018, at 6.30pm, and be followed by a wine reception in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics.

All welcome.

Download a Select Bibliography of Keith’s publications.

Download a summary of presentations by Prof Eunan O’Halpin, Prof Don MacRaild and Prof Fearghal McGarry.

USIHS Lecture: Dr Brian Lambkin

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 24th November 2016 at Ulster University, Belfast

Dr Brian Lambkin (Mellon Centre for Migration Studies, Omagh)


will speak on:

A sixth-century historian’s response to Professor Patrick Johnston and the problem of ‘dealing with the past’

At 6.30 pm, Ulster University Belfast – BA-03-019 3 (Board Room)

All welcome – this is a public event