I am currently an IRC-Enterprise Partnership Scheme Fellow at DCU. This postdoctoral research, jointly funded by the Irish Research Council and An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta (COGG), is (provisionally) entitled Stair Ghluaiseacht na Gaelscolaíochta, 1973-2023 (The History of the Gaelscoil Movement, 1973-2023).
The project centers on the oral history of the activists involved in founding and promoting Gaelscoileanna throughout Ireland over the last fifty years and interrogates questions of class, language, nationalism and decolonisation.
Incorporating public history and the digital humanities, the end result will be an interactive digital map and archive, as well as a monograph, to coincide with the fiftieth commemoration of the founding of the organisation Gaelscoileanna, now Gaeloideachas, in 2023.
|Areas of expertise||
Social movements and revolution, Fenianism, Ribbonism,Gaelscoileanna,Gaeilge, Irish language,
Kerron Ó Luain (Professional Historian)
2018-2019 – Graduate classes in Political Science, Villanova
• IRC-EPS, Postdoctoral Researcher, 2021-2023
• 2019, privately commissioned by Deirdre Colgan, relative of Michael Colgan, IRA Volunteer, trade unionist, and later Labour and Fianna Fáil politician, to research his life.
|Management & Administrative experience||
Historical/Sociological talks or public events organised:
• History Tutor, UCD, 2019-2020.
• History Tutor, Queen’s University Belfast, 2012-2014
Media and public engagement:
|Committees & Associations||
Committee member, Irish Association of Professional Historians, 2021-
• 2021, IRC-EPS postdoctoral fellowship.
Conference papers and seminars
• ‘Rathcoole and the United Irish Rebellions, 1798-1803’ (Maynooth Local Studies Series, Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2019).
• ‘Expressions of joy among Catholic, Ribbon and Hibernian processionists during the long nineteenth century’ in Mary
|Peer Reviewed Journals||
• (Forthcoming) “Gaelscoil Activists as a Post-Colonial Subaltern and the Emergence of the Gaelscoileanna, c.1970”, in Radical History Review (May, 2022).
• ‘An Nathair/The Serpent’, poem published in Writing in Tongues: a Global Interdisciplinary Journal, no.2 (Spring, 2019).
• ‘Ireland’s Gaelic Athletic Association: a Vehicle for Social Solidarity or Social Consensus?’ in Counterpunch (6/08/2021).
• ‘Tom O’Donoghue agus Theresa O’Doherty, Irish Speakers and Schooling in the Gaeltacht, 1900 to the Present’, i ComharTaighde (Samhain, 2021)
Magazine or newspaper articles