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Biographies of Speakers

Eoghan O hAnnrachain

Native of Clohane, Caheragh, West Cork; Eoghan O hAnnrachain studied at Ard Scoil Fhachtna (Saint Fachtna’s High School), Skibbereen, and University College, Dublin. He worked in the Irish Land Commission which settled the ownership of the homesteads of Ireland, the service of the Revenue Commissioners and in the Budget section of the Department of Finance. In 1974, he was recruited to the secretariat of the European Parliament where he worked in the Budgets and Budgetary Control Committees. He was Financial Controller of the European Parliament from 1986 to 2002.

He has written extensively in Irish, French and English for Irisleabhar Mha Nuad, Carnets de la Sabretache, Valentiana, Hémecht, North Munster Antiquarian Journal, Riocht na Midhe, Seanchas Ard Mhacha, The Irish Sword, Journal of the Cork Historical Society, Decies, Tipperary Historical Journal, Old Kilkenny Review, Duiche Néill, The Journal of the Galway Archaelogical and Historical Society, Seanchas Bhreifne and several other periodicals on Irish historical subjects. He is co-author of More than a Sporting Experience, the story of the Irish in Luxembourg.

Eoghan O hAnnrachain lives in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

Liam Chambers

Liam Chambers is Lecturer in the Department of History at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. He works on the history of Irish migration to continental Europe in the early modern period. He is the author of two books: Rebellion in Kildare 1790-1803 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1998) and Michael Moore c. 1639-1726: Provost of Trinity, Rector of Paris (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005). He is currently working on a monograph, provisionally titled: The Irish Colleges in Paris, 1578-2000: Migration, Religion, and Education, for which he was awarded an IRCHSS Government of Ireland Research Fellowship in 2005-2006.


Eamon O Ciosain

Eamon O Ciosain lectures in French at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, near Dublin, and has also taught a beginners’ course in Breton at the University. He taught English, Irish and Irish Studies in Université de Rennes2 – Haute-Bretagne for six years. He subsequently went on to be awarded a doctorate in history by Université de Rennes 2

for research on Irish migration to France, 1590-1685 and has published extensively on the subject of Irish migration to France 1590-1790 in history and literature. In 2006 and 2009 he assisted Alain Le Noac’h with two volumes in the series on Irish migrants in the 17th and 18th century parish registers in Brittany. He is currently preparing a book based on the doctoral thesis, to be published in French. Among other publications are a parallel-text edition of modern Irish-language poetry in French, Une Ile et d’Autres Iles (1984), translations of Breton poetry in Irish and Irish-language poetry in Breton. He was joint author with Loeiz Andouard of the Irish-Breton dictionary Focloir Gaeilge-Briotainis/Geriadur Iwerzhoneg-Brezhoneg (1987).

Thomas O’Connor

Thomas O’Connor, doctorate of history at the Sorbonne (1993) is senior lecturer in history at the National University of Ireland at Maynooth. Since 1997 he has directed the research project “The Irish in Europe” and in 2000 was named Director of the historical review Archivium Hibernicum. He is a member of the Irish Foundation. In 2008 he published Irish Jansenists in Europe: politics and religion in Flanders, France, Ireland and Rome. In 2009 he was named Dean of the Faculty of Letters and since November 2009 is Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.