2023 Speaker Profiles

Maurice Bric is Emeritus Professor of History at UCD.
Maurice Bric’s book on The Re-Invention of America, 1760-1800 was published in May 2008 and won the Historical Research Prize for 2009. In 2005, he co-edited (with John Coakley) a collection of essays on From Political Violence to Negotiated Settlement: The Winding Path to Peace in Twentieth-Century Ireland (Dublin) and more recently (with William Mulligan), A Global History of Anti-Slavery Politics in the Nineteenth Century (June 2013). He has published numerous articles on the histories of Ireland and the Irish Diaspora, the history and nature of popular protest in eighteenth century Ireland, the political career of Daniel O’Connell as well as on Irish emigration to America.
Maurice Bric – University College Dublin Bio

Liam Kennedy is a professor of history, Queen’s University Belfast. His talk focuses on a recently discovered or rediscovered Death Census from 1847, the worst year of the Great Famine. The Death Census shows the appalling consequences of the Famine at a detailed local level. A number of these Famine reports relate to Kerry  and form the core of the talk.
Liam Kennedy – Queen’s University Belfast Bio

David A. Wilson is a Professor in the Celtic Studies Programme at the University of Toronto, and most recently the author of Canadian Spy Story:  Irish Revolutionaries and the Secret Police.  His talk will be on “Murtagh Moriarty and the Fenian Underground in Canada.” 
Mortimer (Murtagh) Moriarty, a native of Kilmackerrin Waterville

David Wilson is the 2023 recipient of the Ireland and Canada Person of the Year award at the Thomas D’arcy McGee Summer school in Carlingford, Co Louth. Thomas D’arcy McGee Summer School – Facebook

David Wilson – University of Toronto Bio