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The National University of Ireland, 1908-2008
Centenary Essays

Tom Dunne (editor)
John Coolahan (editor)
Maurice Manning (editor)
Gearoid O Tuathaigh (editor)
Publication date:
15th September 2008

Author Biography

Tom Dunne is Emeritus Professor of History at University College Cork, where he also served as Dean of Arts and on Governing Body. He was a member of Senate, 1997-2007, and Chair of its Sub-Committee on the future of the NUI. He won the Ewart Biggs Prize in 2005 for Rebellions: Memoir, Memory and 1798.


The National University of Ireland has played a key role in Irish life since its foundation in 1908. This beautifully illustrated book celebrates its centenary by looking at its origins in the Royal University, and further back in the Queen's Colleges, the Catholic University and St Patrick's College, Maynooth. A distinguished group of conributors examines formative influences, especially the role of the Irish language movement and the campaign to include women; the relationship between the NUI and its Constituent Colleges (more recently Constituent Universities); the contribution of the four Chancellors that have presided over its affairs, and the evolving roles of the Senate, the Registrar, the Recognised Colleges and the graduates body, or Convocation.The challenges posed by the transformation of Irish education since 1967, and particularly by the 1997 Universities Act are analysed. The valuable NUI Archive is listed and a series of Appendices provide details of office-holders, members of Senate, and of NUI Awards and Scholarships.