Pictured at the NUI Awards Ceremony 2013, Dr Maurice Manning, Chancellor of the University , Dr John Cunningham (Winner of the NUI Publication Prize in Irish History), Br Colmán Ó Clabaigh OSB (Winner of the NUI Irish Historical Research Prize) and Dr Attracta Halpin, Registrar of the University
This prestigious prize is offered in alternate years for the best work of original Irish historical research, by a graduate of the National University of Ireland. The Selection Panel for the prize was drawn from the community of historians in the NUI Universities. Br Colmán’s work surveys the history, lifestyle and impact of the friars in Ireland from the arrival of the Dominicans in 1224 to the Henrican campaign to dissolve the religious houses in 1540. It constitutes the first attempt to examine the mendicant phenomenon as a whole rather than focusing on individual orders and friaries.