Lecture by HII & School of Archaeology Visitor - Dr Ian Kuijt

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Searching for Bridget O'Malley: An Interdisciplinary study of Inis Airc, Co. Galway, Ireland, 1907

Speaker: Dr Ian Kuijt, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame

Date: 1 April 2010

Time: 12pm - 1pm

Venue: Room H204, UCD HII Seminar Room


Post-1850 coastal life, especially on remote islands such as Inis Airc, Co.Galway, illustrate changes in family structure, emigration pathways to America, and deep personal histories.  Drawing upon archaeological remains, historical records, and oral accounts associated with Inis Airc from 1850 to 1960, in this presentation Dr Kuijt develops a multi-faceted understanding of changing island life and community by tracing the life of Bridget O'Malley, an 11 year old girl who grew up on the island, and left to Boston in 1909.  Her story both humanizes and helps us understand cycles of community change, the movement of people within isolated coastal communities, and demonstrates the potential for developing nuanced interpretations of changing perceptions of the social and geographic landscapes of coastal Ireland.