Clubs and societies in eighteenth-century Ireland

James Kelly & Martyn J. Powell, editors

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May 2010. 496pp.

Clubs and societies emerge as a distinct feature of the Irish social landscape from the end of the seventeenth century. The most notable early organization was the Dublin Philosophical Society founded in the 1680s. But it was merely the first manifestation of a phenomenon that produced a vast array of clubs and societies shaping social, political and intellectual life in the eighteenth century.

Some – the Hellfire Club, the Free Masons, the Friendly Brothers of St Patrick, the Royal Dublin Society – have left a rich legacy, but there is a far greater number of philanthropic and charitable bodies, intellectual societies, political bodies such as the Aldermen of Skinners Alley, dining and drinking clubs, sports and hunting clubs, and many more that have been all but forgotten. This collection will reveal the richness of the associational impulse in eighteenth-century Ireland.

James Kelly is Cregan professor of history at St Patrick’s College, DCU. Martyn J. Powell is senior lecturer in history at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Contributors: Johanna Archbold (TCD), Toby Barnard (Oxford), Allan Blackstock (U Ulster), Michael Brown (U Aberdeen), David A. Fleming (U Limerick), Ultán Gillen (U London), Lisa Marie Griffith (TCD), Bob Harris (Oxford), Jacqueline Hill (NUI Maynooth), Jams Kelly (St Patrick’s College, DCU), Jennifer Kelly (NUI Maynooth), Eoin Magennis (ind.), Petri Mirala (U Helsinki), Martyn J. Powell (Aberystwyth), David Ryan (ind.), Patrick Walsh (UCD).