Sarah Roddy: ‘Pennies to Heaven? The Meaning of Money in the Irish Catholic Church, 1850-1921’

22 March 2018, at 6.30pm – QUB Irish Studies Seminar Room, 8 Fitzwilliam St, Belfast


Dr Sarah Roddy on ‘Pennies to Heaven? The Meaning of Money in the Irish Catholic Church, 1850-1921’.

Dr Roddy is Lecturer in Modern Irish History at the University of Manchester. The lecture draws upon her research on Irish Catholic fundraising, 1850-1921, a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

All welcome!


USIHS Lecture: Dr Patrick Little

The Irish and Scottish elections under the Cromwellian Protectorate: a British problem? Dr Patrick Little (The History of Parliament) Thursday, 16 November 2017, 6.30pm

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Oliver Cromwell / Karikatur - Oliver Cromwell / Caricature -
1EN-26-G1653 (132091) ‘Auflösung des langen Parlaments durch Oliver Cromwell am 20. April 1653’ Cromwell, Oliver; engl. Staatsmann u. Heerführer; 1599-1658. – ‘Auflösung des langen Parlaments durch Oliver Cromwell am 20. April 1653’. – Niederländische Karikatur, zeitgen. Kupferstich. E: ‘Dissolution of the long Parliament by Oliver Cromwell on 20th April 1653’ Cromwell, Oliver; English statesman and general; 1599-1658. ‘Dissolution of the long Parliament by Oliver Cromwell on 20th April 1653’. Netherlandish caricature, contemporary. Engraving.

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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

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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’

Irish HL 1704


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.