Conference Programme

Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland
Second Conference, 20-21 November 2009
History and the headlines: contemporary coverage and the reassessment of historical
events in newspapers and periodicals
DIT, Aungier St. Dublin
Friday 20 November
Session 1
Newspapers, Periodicals & History
Ian Kenneally – The Irish Bulletin: Propaganda Sheet, First Draft of History, or Both?
Patrick Maume – The First 70 Years: Reflections on the History of the Irish Independent
Mark Werhly – ‘Blessed with the Faculty of Mirthfulness’: Arthur Malley, The Sligo
Champion and Nationalist Interpretations of Irish History, 1899-1900
Session 2
Women & the Media
Sonja Tiernan – The Periodical Urania (1916-40): An Alternative Archive of Radical
Feminist Thought
Catherine Morris – Imagining a democratic community: Alice Milligan and Irish newspapers,
Mary Muldowney – Bringing women into an ‘undesirable association’: How the railway
industry trade press portrayed the employment of women workers during the First World
Session 3
The Irish Times: 150 Years of Good Times and Bad
Ian d’Alton
Mark O’Brien, DCU
Fintan O’Toole, Irish Times
Reception & Conference Dinner
Saturday 21 November
Session 4
Northern Ireland & the Media
Kevin Rafter – Bombers and mavericks: Magill magazine’s coverage of Northern Ireland,
Ray Burke – The Irish Press of the Troubles: Scéala Eireann 1968-1995
Dónal McAnallen – Northern Irish Newspapers and the Politics of Sports Coverage, 1920-72
Session 5
Keynote Speaker
Prof. Robert Schmuhl (Notre Dame University) – Peering through the Fog: American
Newspapers and the Easter Rising
Conference sponsored by: National Library of Ireland & DIT