I am a social historian of Ireland and Britain in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with particular interest in the history of poverty and welfare, women’s history and urban history. I am a Humanities Institute Research Associate at UCD, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a freelance copy editor; most recently, I taught in the school of History & Geography, Dublin City University. My monograph (Begging, Charity and Religion in Pre-Famine Ireland) was published in Liverpool University Press’s ‘Reappraisals in Irish History’ series in 2018 and received a Special Commendation Award in the NUI Publication Prize in Irish History 2019. Between 2018-20, I was an Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Scheme Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of History, UCD. My project (associated with Dublin City Council and 14 Henrietta Street museum) examined the survival strategies of women in Dublin’s tenements (mid-19th to mid-20th c). I currently serve as copy editor of Irish Historical Studies.
Prior to my current position at DCU, I worked as an occasional lecturer and tutor in the School of History, UCD and Department of History, Maynooth University. In 2015-16 I was an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland postdoctoral fellow at NUI Galway.
I was awarded my PhD in 2015 for my thesis, which examined perceptions of and responses to begging and alms-giving in pre-Famine and Famine Ireland, with particular focus on charities and religious denominations.
|Areas of expertise||
* Nineteenth-century Ireland
* Church history
* Legal history
Ciaran McCabe (Professional Historian)
PhD: 2015, Maynooth University.
MA in the Social and Cultural History of Medicine: 2011, UCD. Thesis title: ‘The impact of the 1817-19 and 1826-27 fever epidemics on the Cork Street Fever Hospital Dublin’. Supervisor: Dr Catherine Cox. Grade: First Class Honours.
Higher Diploma in Irish History: 2006, NUI Maynooth.
BA (History and Economics): 2005, NUI Maynooth.
OTHER QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING:
Professional Certificate in Teaching and Learning, Maynooth University, 2015.
25 May 2018: ‘Ethics and Oral History’ training workshop, Pearse Street Library, Dublin. Run by the Oral History Network of Ireland.
16 May 2018: ‘Introduction to Oral History’ training workshop, British Library, London. Run by the Oral History Society (UK).
2006 & 2016: Safe Pass Course.
In the academic years 2020-21 & 2021-22, I taught in the School of History and Geography at DCU.
In 2017 I taught a module on the Great Irish Famine to students of Mount St Mary’s University, Maryland, USA, during their autumn semester in Dublin city.
In July 2017 I delivered a course on ‘Travel and Tourism in Irish History’ as part of the Maynooth University International Summer School.
In Semester II, 2016-17 I delivered a third-year module (‘Medicine, Culture and Society’) in UCD’s School of History, as well as tutoring on first- and second-year survey modules (‘Ireland’s English Centuries (1460-1800)’ and ‘The Irish Experience’ respectively).
In July-August 2016, I taught a module on ‘Travel and Tourism in Irish history’ as part of the Maynooth University International Summer School; the 24 students were from American and Canadian universities.
In July 2015, I taught a module on the Great Irish Famine as part of the Maynooth University International Summer School; my class comprised 28 American students.
I have also tutored third-years and delivered the following two modules at Maynooth University:
I previously worked (2006-12) as a journalist and court reporter for the Liffey Champion newspaper in Leixlip, County Kildare, and regularly covered sittings of Kilcock and Naas District Courts. I also have experience working as a copy-editor and proof-reader.
October 2020 – March 2022
Consultant historical researcher, Cleaver Fulton Rankin law firm, Belfast
Role: provided an expert witness report in Fermanagh & Omagh District Council vs Dalradian Gold & Ors, re: alleged right of way case.
February 2020 – present
Copy-editor, Irish Historical Studies (Cambridge University Press)
November 2020 – May 2021
Research Assistant, NUI Galway / Irish Manuscripts Commission: ‘The Italian Correspondence of Paul Cullen’
October – December 2019
Data inputter, Irish History Online, Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin
Researcher, Dublin City Council ‘Tenement Museum Dublin (No. 14 Henrietta Street)’, Dec. 2016-Feb. 2017
Contributor, ‘Documentary on One: Tearoom, Taylor, Saviour, Spy’, RTÉ Radio One , 9 July 2016
|Management & Administrative experience||
Convenor of UCD Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland Seminar Series, 2018-20
Organiser, Oral History Network of Ireland networking event, Mullingar, 23 March 2019.
Fixtures Secretary, Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society.
Joint organiser (with Dr John Cronin) of ‘Archivists and Historians’ conference (under auspices of the IAPH), Maynooth University, 27 October 2017.
Joint organiser of the An Foras Feasa symposium ‘Postgraduate research: scholarly challenges in the humanities’, NUI Maynooth, 8 March 2013.
My teaching experience to date includes delivering modules at UCD and Maynooth University, on BA and Summer School programmes:
International Summer School 2015: ‘The Great Irish Famine’
BA (Local Studies): Research Methods for Historians
BA: Practising History II: case study of the First World War
Contributor, ‘The History Show’, RTE Radio One, 13 January 2019.
Co-Editor and contributor, Holinshed Revisited history blog (http://holinshedrevisited.wordpress.com/)
‘Jonathan Binns and the Poor Inquiry in Philipstown, King’s County, November 1835’, guest contribution to Offaly History blog, September 2019 (https://offalyhistoryblog.wordpress.com/2019/09/21/jonathan-binns-and-the-poor-inquiry-in-philipstown-daingean-kings-county-november-1835-by-ciaran-mccabe)
‘Poverty in pre-Famine Offaly (King’s County)’, guest contribution to Offaly History blog, January 2019 (https://offalyhistoryblog.wordpress.com/2019/01/05/poverty-in-pre-famine-offaly-kings-county-by-ciaran-mccabe).
‘Parochial Officers of Health in pre-Famine Dublin’, guest contribution to UCD History of Medicine in Ireland blog, February 2016 (http://historyofmedicineinireland.blogspot.ie)
‘Charwomen and paid work in Dublin, 1870-1920’, Dublin Festival of History, Walkinstown Library, 16 October 2019
‘Poverty and poor relief in pre-Famine King’s County (Offaly)’, lecture to Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society, Tullamore, 23 September 2019.
‘Working Women in Dublin in 1918′, talk to senior citizens’ group, MACRO Building, Dublin, 2 November 2018.
‘The Mendicity Institution and Dublin’s Beggars in the Nineteenth Century’, Dublin Festival of History, Pearse Street Library, Dublin, 27 September 2018.
‘Humane societies and the international exchange of medical knowledge in the late-eighteenth century’, paper to Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 14 February 2018.
‘“Saving a populous nation from pestilence”: the impact of the 1817-19 fever epidemic in Dublin city’, The Brendan Prenderville Memorial Lecture, Edward Worth Library, Dr Steevens’s Hospital, Dublin, 28 Sept. 2017
‘The Cork Street Fever Hospital and fever epidemics in pre-Famine Dublin’, ‘Tell Me About’ Civic Engagement Public Lecture Series, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 28 April 2016.
‘A history of the Quakers in Ireland’, paper to the Westmeath Archaeological and Historical Society, 17 February 2016
‘“For ye always have the poor with ye”: a history of the Strangers’ Friend Society, Dublin’, Dublin Central Mission seminar, Christ Church, Sandymount, Dublin, 12 November 2015.
‘Poverty and charity in pre-Famine Connaught’, paper to the Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, 9 June 2015.
‘Charity in Connaught during the Great Famine’, Strokestown Park House Winter Lecture Series, 4 February 2015.
‘Suppressing street begging in pre-Famine Ireland: a case study in the use of parish vestry minute books’, paper to the Church of Ireland Historical Society biannual conference, Armagh, 5 April 2014.
‘Uncovering a local murder story: the Rogan murders at Ballinadrimna in 1892’, paper to the St Mochua Historical Society, Timahoe, Co. Kildare, 2 October 2013.
‘The poor and the provision of relief in pre-Famine Carbury’, paper to the Edenderry Historical Society, Edenderry, Co. Offaly, 27 September 2013.
‘Methodist attitudes towards the poor in nineteenth-century Ireland: the case of the Strangers’ Friend Society’, paper to the Methodist Historical Society of Ireland, Dublin, 16 May 2013.
“Are you mad also?”: The murder of Sergeant Rogan and his family in Ballinadrimna, Co. Kildare in 1892’, paper delivered to the Kill Historical Society, Kill, Co. Kildare, 25 June 2012.
‘The Rogan murders in Ballinadrimna RIC barracks in 1892’, paper delivered to the Edenderry Historical Society, Edenderry, Co. Offaly, 23 March 2012.
‘The Cork Street Fever Hospital in pre-Famine Dublin’, talk in Kevin Street Library, Dublin, as part of National Heritage Week, 24 August 2011.
“Are you mad also?’: The murder of Sergeant Rogan and his family in Ballinadrimna, Co. Kildare in 1892’, paper delivered to Leixlip History Club, Leixlip Library, Leixlip, Co. Kildare, 17 February 2011.
|Committees & Associations||
Fellow, Royal Historical Society.
Committee member, Irish Association of Professional Historians, 2017-19.
Member of management committee and compiler, Irish History Online (www.irishhistoryonline.ie), hosted by the Royal Irish Academy Library, 2013 – present.
Member of Steering Committee and Finance Sub-Committee, Oral History Network of Ireland, 2018-19.
Committee member, Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society, 2019-present
Postgraduate representative and secretary, NUI Maynooth History Department Student-Staff Committee, 2012-13.
PhD representative, An Foras Feasa Student-Staff Committee, 2012-13.
Member of the Irish Association of Professional Historians
Member of the Irish Legal History Society.
Member of the Economic and Social History Society of Ireland.
Member of the Irish Historical Society.
Member of the Methodist Historical Society of Ireland.
Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland Inaugural Essay Prize, 2020.
Recipient of Special Commendation Prize, NUI Publication Prize in Irish History 2019 (for my monograph Begging, Charity and Religion in Pre-Famine Ireland (Liverpool University Press, 2018)).
College of Arts and Humanities Research Activity Award, 2019 (for ‘Dublin and the Great Famine’ workshop, forthcoming, June 2019).
Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Scheme Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2018-20 (UCD / Tenement Museum Dublin)
Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2015-16 (NUI Galway)
Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship, 2012-14 (Maynooth University)
Diarmuid Whelan Prize in Political and Intellectual History, 2014
Maynooth University History Forum Prize for Excellence in Graduate Research, 2014, for paper ‘The virtuous silent suffering of the poor in the language of charity in nineteenth-century Ireland’.
Church of Ireland Historical Society Prize 2013
CONFERENCE AND SEMINAR PRESENTATIONS
‘The impact of the Famine on voluntary charity societies in Dublin city’, ‘Dublin and the Great Famine: Interdisciplinary Perspectives’ workshop, UCD, 21 June 2019.
‘“To find out deep retired distress”: the relief register of the Strangers’ Friend Society, Dublin, 1794-95’, Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society annual conference, Queen’s University Belfast, 14 June 2019.
‘“There is scarcely a greater plague that can infest society than swarms of beggars”: the rise and fall of the mendicity society movement in Ireland, 1815-45’, Maynooth University Dept. of History research seminar, 14 Feb. 2019.
‘Dublin’s second-hand clothes markets and public health in early-twentieth-century Dublin’, Dublin History Research Network conference, Dublin, 26 January 2019.
‘Charwomen and Dublin city’s secondary labour force, c. 1880-1930’, Irish Economic and Social History conference, QUB, 1 December 2018.
‘Humane societies and the international exchange of medical knowledge in the late-eighteenth century’, paper to UCD History Society, UCD, 30 January 2018.
‘Humane societies in Ireland and the transatlantic world’,
‘”Disseminating contagion” in pre-Famine Ireland :
‘Practising religion in Ireland during the 1817-19 typhus fever epidemic’, Religion and Medicine: healing the body and soul from the Middles Ages to the Modern Day conference, Birkbeck, University of London, 15 July 2016.
‘Women, alms-giving and begging in pre-Famine Ireland : rural / urban distinctions’, Women’s History Association of Ireland annual conference, Queen’s University Belfast, 12 March 2016.
‘The mendicity society movement and the suppression of street begging in pre-Famine Ireland’, NUIG Department of History postgraduate seminar, 27 January 2016.
‘Everyday experiences of begging in pre-Famine Ireland’, Economic and Social History Society of Ireland annual conference, University of Limerick, 27 November 2015.
“Contagion is supposed to have been introduced from the country” : civil and charitable responses to the 1817-19 fever epidemic in Dublin city’, Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland (CHOMI), UCD seminar series, 5 November 2015.
‘“Apparently very decent and deserving”: Quaker relief efforts among the Famine poor of Dublin city’, Strokestown Park House Fourth International Famine Conference, 20 June 2015.
‘Waterloo, demobilisation and the post-war surge in vagrancy levels in Ireland’, Waterloo Bicentenary conference, Maynooth University, 6 June 2015.
‘“Your family in future are to be the poor of Jesus Christ”: the Religious Sisters of Charity and poor relief in early-nineteenth-century Dublin’, paper to the annual History of Women Religious in Britain and Ireland conference, Maynooth University, 13 May 2015.
‘“In the promotion of our mutual object”: mendicity societies and the suppression of begging in pre-Famine Ireland’, paper to the Poverty and Public Health in Belfast (QUB) conference, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, 17 April 2015.
‘Begging and alms-giving in urban Ireland, 1815-50: the case of the mendicity societies’, paper to the Maynooth University History Forum Third Annual Conference, 11 October 2014.
“Silent unobtrusive distress’: the language of charity in nineteenth-century Ireland’, paper read to the Irish History Students’ Association annual conference, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, 1 March 2014.
‘Attitudes to poverty and alms-giving in nineteenth-century Ireland: negotiating Protestant-Catholic distinctions’, paper to the NUIM Dept. of History Research Seminar, 27 Feb. 2014
“The silent endurance of these poor creatures’: the perceived virtue of silent suffering of the poor in nineteenth-century Ireland’, paper to the NUIM History Forum, 7 Feb. 2014.
“Debilitating environments’: slums and child beggars in Ireland, c. 1800 – c. 1850’, paper read at the Economic and Social History Society of Ireland annual conference, NUI Galway, 23 November 2013.
‘Attempting history from below with sources from above: the case of urban begging in pre-famine Ireland’, paper read to An Foras Feasa postgraduate symposium, ‘Postgraduate research: scholarly challenges in the humanities’, NUI Maynooth, 8 March 2013.
‘The Church of Ireland parish and beggars’ badges in early-nineteenth-century Ireland’, paper delivered to the Irish History Students’ Association annual conference, Queen’s University Belfast, 2 March 2013.
‘Church of Ireland responses to mendicancy in pre-Famine Ireland’, paper delivered at the Strokestown Park International Famine Conference, co-hosted by the Department of History, NUIM, OPW/NUIM Archive and Research Centre and Strokestown Park House, County Roscommon, at Strokestown Park House, 13 September 2012.
‘The suppression of street begging in early-nineteenth-century Dublin’, paper delivered to the Irish History Students’ Association annual conference, NUI Galway, 2 March 2012.
‘Cork Street Fever Hospital: extracting the patient’s experience’, paper delivered at ‘The History of Science, Technology and Medicine’ conference at Collins Barracks, Dublin, 19 April 2011. Organised by the Historical Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy.
‘The Cork Street Fever Hospital, Dublin, and pre-Famine fever epidemics’, paper presented to the Irish History Students’ Association annual conference, University College Cork, 26 February 2011.
Begging, Charity and Religion in Pre-Famine Ireland (Liverpool University Press, 2018).
Dublin and the Great Famine: interdisciplinary perspectives, co-edited with Emily Mark-Fitzgerald and Ciarán Reilly (forthcoming, UCD Press).
‘Defining poverty’ in Brent Ruswick (ed.), A cultural history of poverty in the age of empire (1800-1920) (Bloomsbury, forthcoming, 2022): volume five of Bloomsbury’s six-volume ‘Cultural History of Poverty’ series.
‘Poverty, caritas and social action’ in Carmen Mangion and Susan O’Brien (eds),
Oxford History of British and Irish Catholicism: volume IV, 1830–1913 (Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2022).
‘Charitable societies and the welfare landscape in pre-Famine Belfast’
in Olwen Purdue (ed.), To do the needful: Belfast Charitable Society and its place in the emerging city 1752–1880 (forthcoming, Irish Academic Press, August 2022).
‘The impact of the Famine on voluntary charity societies in Dublin city’ in Ciarán McCabe, Emily Mark-Fitzgerald and Ciarán Reilly (eds), Dublin and the Great Famine: interdisciplinary perspectives (forthcoming, UCD Press, 2022).
‘Christmas in the poor house’ in Salvador Ryan (ed.), Christmas and the Irish: a miscellany (forthcoming, Dublin: Wordwell, 2023).
|Peer Reviewed Journals||
‘Charwomen and Dublin’s secondary labour force in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries’ in Social History, 45:2 (May 2020), pp 193-217
‘Strangers’ Friend Society register of relief recipients, 9 May 1794 – 27 December 1799’ in Analecta Hibernica, 50 (2019), pp 91-268.
‘The Humane Society Movement and the Transnational Exchange of Medical Knowledge in the Late-Eighteenth and Early-Nineteenth Centuries’ in Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 49:2 (2019), pp 158-64.
‘ “The going out of the voluntary and the coming in of the compulsory”: the impact of the 1838 Irish Poor Law
‘The diary of Alicia Walshe (Mother Catherine), Religious Sister of Charity, 1812-25’ in Archivium Hibernicum, 70 (2017), pp 132-173.
‘“The last of the shanachies” and the professor: Thady McMahon, Eugene O’Curry and singing beggars in mid-nineteenth-century Dublin’ in History Ireland, 27:2 (March-April 2019), pp 20-23.
‘Poor relief in pre-Famine Roscommon: the case of parish vestries’ in Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society Journal (2016), pp 28-29.
‘ “Surely this monstrous inconvenience is not of an insurmountable nature”: responding to street begging in pre-Poor Law Dublin’ in Austin Stewart (ed.), Maynooth University History Forum third annual conference, 11 October 2014: papers (Maynooth, 2016), pp 3-14.
‘The early years of the Strangers’ Friend Society, Dublin: 1790-1845’ in Bulletin of the Methodist Historical Society, xviii, no. 35 (2014), pp 65-93.
“Are you mad also?’: The murder of Sergeant Michael Rogan and his family in
‘Parochial Officers of Health in pre-Famine Dublin’, guest contribution to History of Medicine in Ireland blog, February 2016 (http://historyofmedicineinireland.blogspot.ie)
Various pieces, contributed to ‘Holinshed Revisited’ history blog, available at http://holinshedrevisited.wordpress.com/
Contributions to other blogs:
‘Parochial Officers of Health in pre-Famine Dublin’, guest contribution to History of Medicine in Ireland blog, February 2016 (http://historyofmedicineinireland.blogspot.ie)
Review of Richard J. Butler, Building the Irish courthouse and prison: a political history, 1750-1850 (Cork, 2020) in Urban History (forthcoming).
Review of William Cornish et al., Law and society in England 1750-1950 (2nd ed., London, 2019), in Journal of Legal History (forthcoming).
Review of Virginia Crossman, Poverty and the Poor Law in Ireland, 1850-1914 (Liverpool University Press: 2019, paperback ed.) in Family and Community History, forthcoming (2020).
Review of Mary Phelan, Irish speakers, interpreters and the courts, 1754-1921 (Four Courts Press: Dublin, 2019) in The Irish Jurist, 62 (2019), pp 177-9.
Review of Fergus Darcy, Raising Dublin, raising Ireland: a friar’s campaign. Father John Spratt, O. Carm. (1796-1871) (Dublin, 2018), in Irish Economic and Social History (forthcoming).
Review of Ciara Boylan, The life and career of Archbishop Richard Whately: Ireland, religion and reform (Dublin : Four Courts Press, 2018) and Thomas J. Morrissey, The life and times of Daniel Murray, Archbishop of Dublin 1823-1852 (Dublin : Messenger Publications, 2018) in Irish Economic and Social History, (forthcoming).
Review of Guido Alfani and Cormac Ó Gráda (eds), Famine in European history (Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017) in International Review of Social History, 63:2 (Aug. 2018), pp 335-7.
Review of Ciarán Ó Murchadha, Figures in a Famine landscape (London and New York : Bloomsbury, 2016) in Social History, 42:2 (2017), pp 294-5.
‘Unending Dialogue’ weekly local history column, Liffey Champion newspaper, 2006-12 (c. 500 columns on north Kildare and Lucan history).