Imirce: migration and Ireland through time

DATE: 07 October 2023

From the voyages of the first Mesolithic colonisers to the present day, the island of Ireland has seen many new arrivals coming for many different reasons. Archaeology can provide unique insights into how these people adapted to their new surroundings. Imirce: migration and Ireland through time investigated how identities were negotiated within these new contexts.

Imirce—migration, the overall theme of this programme—looked at the evidence for arrival in Ireland, alongside examples of Irish arrivals elsewhere, as a means of exploring and revealing the multiplicity of identities that have contributed—and continue to contribute—to Irish society through time. This evidence ranges from the growing body of ancient DNA evidence that is beginning to answer some lingering questions about Irish prehistoric populations to the legacy of new or introduced artefact, burial or settlement types that give us some insight into the lives of these new arrivals. Equally, such evidence has an important role in telling us about Ireland’s connections with the wider world. During the ages of exploration, colonisation and transplantations, ships crossed oceans to trade, raid or transport. Irish people were on board. The emigrations of the nineteenth century following the devastation of the Famine witnessed a population shift from Ireland to distant lands, where broader connections were forged and where the Irish diaspora expressed their identities in different contexts and emerging new communities.



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Opening address: Minister Malcolm Noonan T.D., Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform

SESSION ONE: Revealing movement through science

Raiders, Traders and Settlers in late Iron Age and early Medieval Ireland and Britain

Dr Jacqueline Cahill Wilson, Visiting Research Fellow at Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester

The Irish DNA Atlas: providing a map of Irish genetics in and out of Ireland

Dr Edmund Gilbert, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland

SESSION TWO: Pursuing horizons

Encounters, stories and connections: hunter-gatherer Ireland

Prof. Graeme Warren, UCD School of Archaeology

Archaeological remains of coffee plantations: a history of pre-Famine Irish migration to Cuba

Giselle González García, Ph.D candidate, Concordia University, Quebec, Canada

SESSION THREE: Seeking identity in settlements

English Peasant Settlement in Anglo-Norman Ireland

Dr Kieran O’Conor, School of Geography, Archaeology and Irish Studies, University of Galway

Under a southern sky: the Irish settlement of Baker’s Flat in colonial South Australia

Dr Susan Arthure, Flinders University, Australia

SESSION FOUR: Considering contributions

Structures of import - the buildings of Dublin’s historic immigrant communities

Paul Duffy, Irish Archaeological Consultancy Ltd

Beaubec: an alien cell in the Boyne Valley

Dr Geraldine Stout, Archaeologist in the National Monuments Service (retired)



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