Launch 7: Waterford Institute of Technology

Representations: Waterford IT Launch

Launched by: Simon Lewis (Poet, Author of Jewtown), Dr Barry Montgomery (Ulster University)

Time and Date: 1 February, 2017

Support Team Onsite: Kieran Cronin (Developmental Librarian), Peggy McHale (Student Support and Systems Coordinator)

Duration of Exhibition: 1 February – 6 March, 2017

Event Description

Contribution of Research Team:

An excellent display was provided on launch night 1 February, 2017 including details of the first Jewish couple married in Waterford in 1894. The launch also included talks from Dr Barry Montgomery and Mr Simon Lewis, author of Jewtown who spoke about his Jewish background and research. The launch was very well attended with over forty people attending including members of the Jewish community locally. The exhibition remained in Waterford until 6 March during which period it had large volumes of visitors including a number of school children who also contributed personal reflections on the exhibition as part of their experience.  One student remarked after her visit: ‘I never knew there were a lot of Jews once in Waterford. Sixty-Two – that’s a huge number because you never really hear about it nowadays.’

Launch 6: Linen Hall Library, Belfast

Representations: Linen Hall Launch

Launched by: Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh (NUI Galway) who presented on ‘Hyphenated Identities: Irish-Jewish Autobiographies’.

Time and Date: 6pm on 10 January, 2017

Support Team Onsite: Deborah Douglas (Programme Manager)

Duration of Exhibition: 10 – 31 January, 2017

Event Description

Contribution by Research Team:

The exhibition ran for the month of January and was launched by Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh to an audience of over twenty people. Research Associate, Dr Barry Montgomery also gave a special lecture ‘The Holocaust in 20th Century Irish Fiction and Poetry’ on Thursday 26 January, 2017 as part of Holocaust Memorial Day 2017 which was attended by a large audience including many members of the Jewish community. The exhibition was accompanied by a complementary display for the duration of the exhibition. This included a first edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses and the original keys to the first synagogue in Belfast.

Launch 5: James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway

Representations: NUI Galway Launch

Launched by: Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh (NUI Galway), Mr Stanley Price, author of Somewhere to Hang My Hat: An Irish-Jewish Journey

 Time and Date: 6pm on 6 December, 2016

Duration of Exhibition: 6 December – 27 January

Support Team Onsite: Ann Mitchell (Head of Operations)

Event Description

Contribution by Research Team:

Principal Investigator Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh officially launched the exhibition along with author Stanley Price who reflected on his Jewish background and writing. The exhibition also included the preparation and display of an extensive complementary display which featured alongside the exhibition.

Launch 4: Literary Festival, Coleraine Town Hall

Representations: Coleraine Launch

Launched by: Dr Frank Ferguson, Dr Barry Montgomery, Dr Marie-Claire Peters (Ulster University)

Time and Date: 1pm at 6 October, 2016

Duration of Exhibition: 6 – 31 October

Support Team Onsite: Sarah Carson (Coleraine Borough Council)

Event Description

Contribution by Research Team:

The exhibition was launched in Coleraine Town Hall by research team members’ Dr Frank Ferguson, Dr Barry Montgomery and Dr Marie-Claire who addressed an audience of twenty-five people including local people, university students and other academics on aspects of Irish-Jewish history and how the exhibition was created.

Launch 3: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Representations: PRONI Launch September

Launched by: Lord Mayor Brian Kingston, Dr Ruth Gilligan (University of Birmingham), Ms Bríd Ní Mhorain (Poet)

Time and Date: 11.30am on 2 September, 2016

Support Team Onsite: Stephen Scarth (Head of Public Services)

Duration of Exhibition: 2 September – 7 October

Event Description

This included a major launch on Friday 2nd September which included a lecture by Dr Ruth Gilligan (Birmingham University) on her new book Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan reflecting on her research on Irish-Jewish connections and a reading by award-winning poet Bríd Ní Mhorain of her poem entitled Juden which features in one of the bi-lingual panels within the exhibition. The launch was also attended by Lord Mayor Brian Kingston who spoke about the recent attacks on Jewish graves in Belfast City Cemetery and how significant the exhibition was in light of this.  A private tour of the exhibition with Rabbi David Singer and Finance Minister, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir (MLA) was also given by Exhibition Curator, Dr Marie-Claire Peters and an interview with Antrim Matters along with key researcher, Dr Barry Montgomery.

Launch 2: Armagh Public Library

Representations: Armagh Launch August 2016

Launched by: Very Revd. Gregory Dunstan (Keeper, APL), Mayor Garath Keating, Dr Frank Ferguson, Dr Barry Montgomery and Dr Marie-Claire Peters (Ulster University)

Time and Date: 11am on 11 August, 2016

Support Team Onsite: Carol Conlin (Head Librarian, Thirza Mulder (Archivist), Rachel Toner (Researcher)

Duration of Exhibition: 11 August – 5 September

Event Description

The exhibition was launched on 11 August by Lord Mayor Garath Keating and Reverend Gregor Dunstan, Keeper of Armagh Public Library, research team members also spoke at the event. It was attended by over 30 people and received wide spread press coverage including an interview with the research team for regional TV.  The library team prepared and planned launch onsite including a detailed display of artefacts and materials pertaining to the exhibition display including the 1714 pamphlet by Ulster-born philosopher, John Toland. The exhibition was planned in conjunction with European Heritage week which saw extensive footfall in the library to view the exhibition which ran until early September.

Inaugural Project Launch

Representations of Jews in Irish Literature- Launch June 2016

Inaugural Launch: Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin

Launched by: Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh (Registrar and Deputy President NUI Galway) presented ‘Hyphenated Identitities: Irish-Jewish Autobiographies’, Yvonne-Altman O’Connor (Vice Chair, Irish-Jewish Museum)

Time and Date: 6pm on 30 June, 2016

Support Team Onsite: Siobhán Fitzpatrick (Head Librarian), Dave McKeon (Library Assistant)

Duration of Exhibition: 30 June – 5 August, 2016

Event Description

The event launch on 30 June 2016 included an opening address on ‘Hyphenated Identities: Jewish Auto-biographies’ by Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh. Project team members’ Dr Barry Montgomery (Ulster University) and Dr Rióna Ní Fhrighil (NUI Galway) also delivered lunchtime lectures over the duration of the exhibition display which ran until 5 August. The exhibition included a detailed and impressive complementary display to accompany the exhibition including artefacts directly relating to the materials included on the exhibition panels. These artefacts included a first-edition of Edmund Spenser’s The Fairie Queene, The Annals of Inisfallen and a fourteenth-century manuscript adorned with a picture of a Menorah. The research team also provided an interview with the for RTE Radio’s for Inside Culture.