Periodically, as and when resources can be found, the Partnership will commission special pieces of preliminary research, aimed at mapping out particular fields of study.
In 2009 two graduate students, David Gent from the University of York, and Des Konopka from the National University of Ireland Maynooth undertook a scoping exercise entitled ‘Yorkshire-Irish Connections, 1660-1930’. The authors surveyed the primary sources relating to Yorkshire families with connections to Ireland, covering the principal repositories in England and Ireland. The 56-page document is available as a Word document.
As a result of this work one PhD was begun through the Dept of History at the University of York, researching the Earls Fitzwilliam at Coollatin, Co Wicklow, the Earls of Rosse at Birr Castle, Co. Offaly, and the Gascoigne family at Castle Oliver, Co. Limerick. A second PhD has been started in the History Dept at NUI Maynooth.