Archive for October 6th, 2009

Pue’s 100th Post

6 October 2009

Sanzio - Plato and AristotleBy Juliana Adelman, Lisa-Marie Griffith and Kevin O’Sullivan

We like to think of this as one of those rare ‘win-win’ situations. For those of you who have joined us more recently, it’s a chance to take a highlight some of the posts and debates you might have missed out on. For those of you who have been reading a little longer, it’s an occasion to look back on some of the highlights of our first century. And for us, the editors, it offers an opportunity to thank our contributors and you, our readers, for all that you have added to its success, and to set down a marker for all that’s to come. We look forward to hearing more from you over the next hundred posts.

We have started some great debates on the blog (with particular thanks to those of you who commented on our articles), from Juliana’s assertion that Irish historians are ‘bad at sharing’, to Lisa’s review of Diarmaid Ferriter’s appearance at Electric Picnic that asked, now that history has expanded to meet popular demand, ‘does this compromise what we do?’ We’ve also posted some great reviews: Kevin’s piece on the history students oblivious to events at Srebrenica in July 1995 and the book they need to read; Brian Hanley’s scathing review of RTÉ’s ‘If Lynch had invaded’; and Christina Morin’s brilliant post-turned-regular contributions on the novels we should be reading from the eighteenth century and beyond.

Pue’s Occurrences has also hosted some timely articles, whether it’s Ida Milne’s post on the parallels between the outbreak of A(H1N1) in Mexico in May and the spread of ‘Spanish’ flu in Ireland in 1918, or Ciarán Wallace’s personal investigation of the new phenomenon of DNA genealogy. And don’t forget our regular columns: our monthly recommendations, our events page, our contributors’ PhD diaries from the coalface of new research, and our series of interviews with those who work across the history ‘industry’ (in its various guises) in Ireland.

These are just some of the highlights. Our list of contributors on the right-hand side of your page testifies to the quality of writing that’s set the standard for the blog to date. If you think that you have something to offer, drop us an email ( or have a look at our guidelines for contributors. In the meantime, happy reading and, as always, we look forward to reading your comments and hearing your feedback.