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Podcasts from Law and Revolution in Ireland: law and lawyers before, during, and after the Cromwellian Interregnum

This conference took place in the Irish House of Lords, Dublin on 27 and 28 November 2014. It was organised by Dr Coleman Dennehy (University College Dublin / University College London) in association with the Irish Legal History Society, and supported by the ILHS, the Bank of Ireland, UCD Humanities Institute, University College London Department of History, and UCD School of History and Archives. The conference was recorded for podcasting by Real Smart Media and all podcasts are embedded below, and are also available for download via the UCD Humanities Institute podcast series on iTunes. Scroll to bottom of page for some images from the conference.

About the conference: The 1641 rebellion, subsequent wars, and the political change that followed were to have a profound and lasting effect on the island for generations. Recent historiographical trends have seen great strides made in our understanding of the military, political, and religious aspects of this upheaval, but despite some notable work already undertaken, the role of lawyers and the law in this general crisis still warrants further attention.

How consistent with the law and the constitution of Ireland was government policy and its main actors in the decade before the rising? What role did the legal community play in the wars and political dynamics of the period? How did the law adapt to the new political realities in Ireland after 1649, and how was it used to effect a restoration of peace and stability after 1660? To what extent do these changes reflect the situation in Scotland and England at the time? These questions and others were considered at the Law and Revolution in Ireland conference.


  • Dr Coleman Dennehy (University College Dublin / University College London) - Appointments to the Irish bench in the early Restoration period.
  • Dr Stephen Carroll (Trinity College Dublin) - Competing authorities: the clash of martial and common law in early seventeenth-century Ireland.
  • Dr Aran McArdle (Trinity College Dublin) - ‘Necessarye to keepe Irelande in Order’: Martial law and the 1641 rebellion.
  • Dr Bríd McGrath (Trinity College Dublin) - Electoral law in Ireland in the early seventeenth century.
  • Dr John Cunningham (Trinity College Dublin / University of Exeter) - Lawyers and the law in the writings of Sir William Parsons.
  • Dr Neil Johnston (Department of Culture, Media & Sport) - Charles II’s legal officers and their influence on the Restoration land settlement in Ireland, 1660-65.
  • Professor James McGuire ( Irish Manuscripts Commission) - Governing Restoration Ireland: the evidence of the proclamations, 1660–70.
  • Dr Andrew Robinson (Northern Ireland Policing Board) - ‘Twixt Treason and Convenience’: Protestant Ireland and the trial of the earl of Strafford.
  • Jennifer Wells (Brown University / Institute of Historical Research) - Scottish and Irish Resistance to Cromwellian Legal Measures.
  • Dr Danielle McCormack (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań) - The rhetoric of law and the Restoration settlement, c. 1660-2
  • Prof. Andrew Carpenter (University College Dublin) - Lawyers and the circulation of scurrilous verse in Restoration Dublin.
  • Dr John J. Cronin (University College Dublin) - Countering a revolution with law: the role of the Irish royalist elite in the law courts of the exiled Charles II: 1649-1660.
  • Prof. Colum Kenny (Dublin City University) - Shooting stars and survivors: King's Inns revisited 1648-1661.

Photographs by Real Smart Media.