Kinsale 500th anniversary – 9 June 2018



Hiram Morgan lectures in History at University College Cork. In 2015 he published Ireland 1518: the visit of Archduke Ferdinand to Kinsale and the Dürer connection with Dorothy Convery.


Dorothy Convery trained as a librarian and has worked as bookseller in Cambridge and now in Carrigaline. She discovered a talent for Old French when translating Ferdinand’s voyage to Ireland for the recent Ireland 1518 book.


Sponsors: Cork County Council, Embassy of Spain and Cultural Routes of Europe.


Assistance from Kinsale History Society (especially Dermot Ryan and Gerry McCarthy), An Claiomh, Drama Department of Kinsale College, Kinsale Garda Station, Pádraig MacCárthaigh and the Cloak Ladies of Kinsale.


Guest of Honour, Cllr Declan Hurley, Mayor of County Cork.


Production Manager:

Louis Wild is a creative arts specialist who has been working with Dowtcha puppets since 2013. As well as administration and coordination, Louis also performs puppet shows, runs his own photography and design business and plays in the band WILD. Home educated until the age of 16, Louis then studied Art and Drama in Kinsale College.




Image cake by Barry Collins Supervalu Carrigaline.


The Greyhounds are provided by GREAT HOUNDS IN NEED IN IRELAND and by Katie Corcoran.


Gallowglasses played by Dave Swift, Smiley Austmann and Keith O’Dwyer, are provided by AN CLAÍOMH, the Irish living history interpretation group which re-creates a live and authentic image of medieval Ireland’s past. The aspiration of the group is to spread awareness of Ireland’s rich resources of Medieval & Early Modern history and archaeology through means of entertaining demonstrations, craft displays and informative talks with the aid of museum-quality reconstructions. Clients include media production companies, heritage sites, museums, schools and colleges.


Poet & Harper interlude:


Pádraig Mac Cárthaigh was born in Cork and educated at UCC where he teaches part-time in the Department of Physics and also spends part of his time at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Munich. He has interests in local history, and has contributed a recent entry to the Dictionary of Irish Biography on the Buttevant-born novelist and journalist William Bernard Guinee. He is also a singer in the sean-nós style, and is recorded along with others from the Muscraí singing tradition on the 2013 CD “An Móinfhéar Garbh” (AC Fódhla 004)

Paul Dooley is one of the leading exponents of the Irish harp in its historical form and style – using a metal-strung harp, playing with the fingernails and damping unwanted string resonance with the fingertips. He has studied the construction of medieval Irish harps in Dublin during the early 1980s and has built several harps. He began his performing career on the harp in 1986 and has since appeared on numerous CD recordings and television programmes. His repertoire consists mostly of traditional Irish dance music, which for the most part has been learned from players of other traditional instruments – flute, fiddle, pipes. This music is a real challenge for any type of harp and consequently has not been explored to any great extent on the instrument. Paul has also spent the past two decades working on the Robert ap Huw manuscript, the oldest collection of harp music in existence. In the more recent past he has resumed harp making, building a variety of small harps, reproductions of the surviving medieval harps and researching string-making techniques. Paul is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Limerick; the title of his thesis is ‘Harp Tuning Practice in Medieval Ireland and Wales’.

Photography by Daithi Mac an Bhiocaire

Re-enactors: thanks to Satya O’Rafferty, Ryan O’Sullivan Keating, Dominic Mobius, Willow Liao, Riley Liao, Sean Buckley, Trixi Faerber, Glyn Redworth, John Hayes and Eddie Stapleton and all the other the volunteers assisting with the pageant.

Big thanks also to An Garda Síochána in Kinsale for Traffic Management.


Speakers during the afternoon:


Alain Servantie is co-ordinator of the European routes of Emperor Charles V, one of the Cultural Routes of Europe approved by the Council of Europe. Based in Brussels, h retired from the European Commission in 2012. Born in Bordeaux (France), where he graduated in Law, Political Sciences and Sociology, he joined the European Commission in 1971. His functions within the Commission included: Department of Relations with the Mediterranean Countries (1971-74); Deputy Head of the EEC Information Office, Ankara (1975-81); Desk Officer for Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Euro-Arab Dialogue, Directorate of Relations with the Mediterranean Countries (1981-83); Administrator in the Intergovernmental Cooperation between the Member States Division, Secretariat-General of the European Commission (1983–87); Private Assistant to Director General for Telecommunications, Information Industries and Innovation (1987– 92). Between 1993 and 2000, Alain Servantie was Head of the Unit ‘International Regulatory Aspects of Communications Services’, in the Directorate General Information Society. Between 2002 and 2012 he was as Advisor and Head of Unit in DG Enlargement in charge of interinstitutional issues.

Javier Lopez Martin graduated in History, Faculty of Geography and History, Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 1992 and took his PhD in 2008. He specialises in the military history of the Modern period and worked for ten years at both the Army Museum and Naval Museum (Madrid), where he attempted to combine historical research with museum collections of material culture. His current research project focuses on the voyage of Charles of Habsburg to Spain in 1517 and the wreck of the Angel, the warship that carried him the following year. Based in Melilla, he is a committee member of the European routes of Emperor Charles V one of the Cultural Routes of Europe run by the Council of Europe.

Hiram Morgan (born Belfast 1960) was educated at St Catharine’s College Cambridge and now teaches at University College Cork. He has written Tyrone’s Rebellion (Royal Historical Society, 1993) and has edited Political Ideology in Ireland, 1541-1641 (Dublin, 1999), Information, Media and Power through the Ages (Dublin, 2001) and The Battle of Kinsale (Bray, 2004). More recently he has brought out scholarly texts: Great Deeds in Ireland (Cork, 2013) with John Barry and Ireland 1518: Archduke Ferdinand’s visit to Kinsale and the Dürer Connection (Cork, 2015) with Dorothy Convery. He was a founder in 1992 of History Ireland, Ireland’s illustrated history magazine and its co-editor until 2002. He is currently director of CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts of Ireland, the largest and best-known Irish Studies website in the world. He is working on a biography of Hugh O’Neill, earl of Tyrone, for publication by the Royal Irish Academy.

Katy Bond is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Basel where she is investigating aspects of Renaissance visual and material culture. She previously completed a Masters degree at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and submitted her PhD dissertation at the University of Cambridge in 2017. Her research into Renaissance costume albums and global dress customs has emphasized cross-cultural encounter and exchanges of ethnographic knowledge that took place in the early modern world.

Mary Raines is a PhD student in the School of History at University College Cork. In the course of undergraduate study at UCC, Mary came across a passage from Cicero’s Orations where he defends a Roman colonial official against accusations by Gauls of embezzlement. Cicero argued that it could be seen from the foreign dress of the Gauls, their cloaks and breeches, as well as their language, that they were ferocious barbarians and liars. This prompted her interest in how colonisers use culture and clothes to vilify the colonised for political purposes. Her research focuses on the use of adverse cultural propaganda by the English in the struggle to defeat and colonise Ireland during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Irish history provides many examples of this process in contemporary English polemics and accounts of Ireland and in records of Irish resistance to the imposition of foreign dress and manners.

Regina Sexton is a food historian, food writer, broadcaster and cook. She has been researching and publishing in the area of Irish food and culinary history since 1993. Her research interests include food and identity, food and tradition and food in the Irish country house. She has published widely at academic and popular levels. Her publications include A Little History of Irish Food (Gill and Macmillan, 1998) and Ireland’s Traditional Foods (Teagasc, 1997). Regina holds a post-graduate degree from the Department of History, University College, Cork and a Certificate in Food and Wine from the Ballymaloe Cookery School (2002). Between 1995 and 2008, she wrote a weekly food column with the Irish Examiner; and in 1997, for work therein, she was short-listed for the Glenfiddich Regional Writer of the Year Award. Her publications have won her awards. In 1999, she won the Jeremy Round Award, for the most promising first time author for A Little History of Irish food, presented by the British Guild of Food Writers. Following the success of this publication, Radio Telefis Éireann (RTÉ) commissioned Regina to research, write and present an eight-part television documentary, also called A Little History of Irish Food. Most recently, Regina has contributed to the award winning Atlas of the Great Irish Famine published by Cork University Press in 2012.  Regina has worked as food history consultant with Bord Bia, Teagasc, Fáilte Ireland, RTÉ and the Irish Heritage Trust. She has worked as historical food stylist for a number of television productions including ‘The Big House’, a Big Mountain Production for TV 3, 2013 and ‘Lords and Ladles’, a Mind the Gap Production for RTÉ 1.  At University College Cork, she lectures in the area of food history with the School of History, the Food Industry Training Unit and Adult Continuing Education.

Chairs of sessions:

Glyn Redworth, University of Oxford & Francis Kelly, University College Cork


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