The American Irish Historical Society, in partnership with Queens College Irish Studies Program, the CUNY Institute for Irish-American Studies and the Brehon Law Society of New York is honored to welcome Professor Nicholas Canny to present a lecture on the debates, methods and topics relating to Ireland’s past, that preoccupied the succession of authors who contested that past in previous centuries.
Nicholas Patrick Canny (born 1944) is an Irish historian and academic Since the mid-1970s, Canny has been the leading authority on early modern Irish history. He has been a lecturer in Irish history in NUI Galway since 1972 and professor there since 1979. Nicholas Canny will speak at the American Irish Historical Society generally on the book project he is currently engaged upon, his lecture will address particularly how the subject matter in contention became more sharply focussed during the second half of the nineteenth century. He will also explain how some historians sought to escape the bitter divisions that came to be associated with the writing of history at the national levelby looking instead to history of the counties, rather than the country, with which they identified, only to find that debates about county history soon become more bitter and more personal than national history.