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Ardnacrusha Memories Symposium with Deirdre McParland, Senior Archivist, ESB Archives and McKayla Stehr, History Instructor, Department of History & Political Science, Fresno City College, California
We will encourage attendees to contribute their stories and ask questions. Numbers are very limited to adhere to social distancing requirements.

 

Itinerary

1.30   Welcome & Introduction

           Dr Jill Cousins, The Hunt Museum

1.45    Keynote 1: Shedding Light on the Shannon Scheme and the Electrification of Ireland.    

            Deidre McParland, Senior Archivist, ESB

2:15    Q & A  – (largely from the audience in the room)

2:30.  Keynote 2.  “A Different Breed Altogether”: Defining Race and Identity Among Workers on                               the Shannon Scheme 

           Dr. McKayla Stehr, History Instructor, History Instructor, Department of History & Political    Science, Fresno City College, California 

3:00    Peggy Ryan, Hunt Museum Docent, Kicks off round of stories from delegates & final Q&A

3:30    Teas & Coffee in the Café

4:00 Close

 

 

Keynote 1: Shedding Light on the Shannon Scheme and the Electrification of Ireland.    

 Deidre McParland, Senior Archivist, ESB

 

The foundation of ESB was based on a vision to continuously improve the lives of Irish people. Join Deirdre McParland, Senior Archivist at ESB to hear about the story of the Shannon Hydroelectric Scheme, Ireland’s first national grid and the largest engineering project of its kind in Europe at that time. Discover the transformative impact of the Scheme on the social, economic and industrial development of Ireland all sourced from the rich heritage preserved in ESB Archives.

 

Keynote 2: “A Different Breed Altogether”: Defining Race and Identity Among Workers on                       the Shannon Scheme 

Dr. McKayla Stehr, History Instructor, History Instructor, Department of History & Political    Science, Fresno City College, California 

 

This presentation will focus on the racial attitudes and sense of Irish identity that were explored through work on the Shannon Scheme. With German engineers and laborers stationed near Limerick and men from Connemara to Cork employed on the project, opportunities for defining Irishness made the Scheme more than just a means to achieve national electrification—it assumed the power to illuminate much broader discussions about who the Irish were and their place in the world. Did the Shannon Scheme symbolize Irish political achievement, German brilliance in engineering, or a postcolonial victory in light of the obvious British absence? Europeans were at work at Ardnacrusha, but they were constructing far more than a hydroelectric dam on the River Shannon. 

 

1.30 – 4pm

Tickets 15 Euros (includes tea and coffee)

 

Bookings are essential. You can book your ticket online below or by phone at (061) 312 833.

 

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