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Michael Adams Honorary Doctorate
At the winter commencement 16 December at Trinity College Dublin, the degree of Doctor in Letters honoris causa was conferred on Four Courts Press publisher Michael Adams in recognition of his contribution to academic publishing in the humanities.


Jim Herlihy appointment
Author Jim Herlihy was appointed to the College of Fellows of the Genealogical Society of Ireland by the president of the society, Mr Tony McCarthy, at a special commemorative service held on 25 October 2005 in recognition of his extensive scholarly research on the history of policing in Ireland.


The kingship and landscape of Tara launched
The kingship and landscape of Tara was officially launched at the Royal Irish Academy on 14 December by Dr Thomas O’Dwyer, Chairman of the Heritage Council. Speakers included Dr Brian Lacey, CEO of the Discovery Programme, and the editor Edel Bhreathnach. Among the large number of attendees was Former Taoiseach Dr Garrett FitzGerald.


Four Courts short-listed for Golden Spider award
The Four Courts website, four-courts-press.ie, has been short-listed for a prestigious Golden Spider award in the category - 'Best E-Commerce Site'. The winner, Argus Car Hire, was announced at a Gala Awards Dinner on Thursday, 1 December 2005 at the Burlington Hotel, Dublin.


Jon G. Crawford's A Star Chamber Court in Ireland was launched in Dublin Castle on 2 November by Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, professor of Modern History at Trinity College Dublin. This is the latest volume in the Irish Legal History Society series published by Four Courts Press. The next addition to the series, Wigs and guns: Irish barristers and the Great War, is expected to be published in late December.


Upcoming Launches and Events:

Recent and upcoming book launches include Medieval Trim: history and archaeology by Dr Michael Potterton, launched by the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, Noel Dempsey, in the historic Trim Castle on 11 November and The Diary of Nicholas Peacock edited by Marie-Louise Legg, launched by Professor Toby Barnard in Georgian House, No. 2 Pery Square, Limerick on 18 November. The IRB by Owen McGee, launched on 23 November at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin by Professor Tom Garvin. Red Hugh O'Donnell and the Nine Years War by Darren McGettigan, launched by Tadgh O'hAnnrachain on 29 November at the Royal Irish Academy. Dublin, 1745-1922: hospitals, spectacle & vice by Gary A. Boyd, will be launched by Dr. Edward McParland on 5 December at the Irish Architectural Archives, Merrion Square, Dublin. Michael Corcoran's Our Good Health: a history of Dublin's water and drainage will be launched on 12 December at City Hall. Trinity College Cambridge will host an event on 13 December to present Anglo-Saxons: studies presented to Cyril Roy Hart (his Festschrift) edited by Simon Keynes and Alfred P. Smyth.


FOUR COURTS PRESS BOOK WINS PRESTIGIOUS HISTORY PRIZE

'Civilizing' Gaelic Leinster: the extension of Tudor rule in the O'Byrne and O'Toole lordships has just been awarded the 2005 NUI Irish Historical Research Prize. This prize is offered in alternate years, for the best work of Irish historical research, published for the first time by any student or graduate of National University of Ireland.

Written by Christopher Maginn, currently an Associate Professor of History at Fordham University in New York and previously a lecturer in the Centre for Irish Studies at NUI, Galway, this book charts the extension of Tudor government into the independent Gaelic lordships of the O'Byrnes and O'Tooles (Wicklow, Kildare, Dublin) from the origins of this process of expansion in the late 15th century until the abortive attempt under the Elizabethan regime to transform both lordships into an English county.


Irish Film Censorship wins Choice award
Kevin Rockett’s Irish film censorship has been selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title (OAT) of 2005. The list of OATs will be published in the January issue of Choice.


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