Speakers at the 2nd Festival of History

Dr Clara Cullen

Dr Clara Cullen is a research associate at the School of History and Archives in UCD, and the editor of The world upturning: Elsie Henry’s Irish wartime diaries,1913-1919 (Irish Academic Press, 2013). The diaries offer a narrative account of one woman’s personal experience during this period: while engaged in war work at home in Dublin, and concerned about relatives and friends fighting in France, Elsie also had connections with leading Irish nationalists, such as her aunt, Alice Stopford Green, Eoin McNeill and Roger Casement, giving her a unique insight into the events which transformed Irish society during these uniquely turbulent years.

Dr Susan Schreibman

Dr Susan Schreibman is Professor of Digital Humanities and Director of An Foras Feasa at Maynooth University. She is founding editor and principal investigator of The Letters of 1916: creating history (dh.tcd.ie/letters1916/ ) Ireland’s first crowd-sourced humanities project, which is currently creating a crowd-sourced digital collection of letters written in the months before and after the Easter Rising (1 November 1915-31 October 1916).

Philip Orr

Philip Orr is an historian, lecturer and the author of a number of books and dramas dealing with the Irish experience of World War 1. His works include Field of bones: an Irish division at Gallipoli (2006), The road to the Somme: men of the Ulster Division tell their story (updated 2nd edition 2008) and New perspectives: politics, religion and conflict in mid-Antrim, 1911-1914 (2011).  

Eva O'Hara

Eva O’Hara is from Greystones. As a transition year student at Loreto Secondary School in Bray, Eva was the winner of an essay competition which entitled her to represent Wicklow in the all-Ireland My Adopted Soldier project. As her contribution to the project, she has chosen to research the life of Greystones soldier James Joseph Lawless, and has visited the Somme battlefields where he died and the Thiepval Memorial on which he is commemorated.