I currently teach modern British and Irish history at the University of Sheffield. Prior to taking up this role, I was Lecturer in Irish and British History at Northumbria University. I have also taught history at the University of Limerick, and the National University of Ireland Galway where I was an Irish Research Council Scholar. In 2017/2018, I was the National Library of Ireland/Irish Committee of Historical Sciences Research Studentship Holder.
My research examines the political and social history of modern Ireland, the dynamics of political activism in modern Ireland, Anglo-Irish relations and attitudes to the Commonwealth, the Irish revolutionary period (1912-23), and commemoration. My first book, The Legacy of the Irish Parliamentary Party in Independent Ireland, 1922-1949, was published by Liverpool University Press in 2019 and was highly commended for the British Association of Irish Studies Book Prize.
PhD, NUI Galway (2016)
M.A. (History), NUI Galway (2011) First Class Honours.
B.A., NUI Galway (2010) Double-First Class Honours.
2020-Present Teaching Associate in Modern British and Irish History, The University of Sheffield
|Management & Administrative experience||
– Social Media Officer, Irish Association of Professional Historians, 2018-
2020-22 The University of Sheffield
The Easter Rising: Living, Fighting and Dying in Ireland, 1916
The Northern Ireland Troubles and Peace Process
Historians and History
Research Skills for Historians (MA)
2019-20 Northumbria University
2018-19 Module coordinator, University of Limerick
Sept – Dec 2017 Lecturer, History, School of Humanities, NUI Galway
Sept 2017 – March 2018 Lecturer, Youth Academy, NUI Galway
Sept 2015-2017 Module Tutor, History, School of Humanities, NUI Galway
Sept 2013-2015 Tutor, History, School of Humanities, NUI Galway
In April 2016, I spoke at 1916 community commemorations in county Galway. I also provided outreach to a number of local secondary, vocational and primary schools in the run up to the centenary and gave a talk on the Rising to a chapter of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association.
|Committees & Associations||
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS)
Awarded status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (United Kingdom) 2020
The Legacy of the Irish Parliamentary Party in Independent Ireland, 1922-1949 (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2019; Paperback, 2021) https://www.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/books/id/51581/
‘Vocational voices or puppets of the Lower House? Irish senators, 1938-48’ in Nikolaj Bijleveld, Colin Grittner, David E. Smith and Wybren Verstegen (eds), Reforming Senates: Upper Legislative Houses in North Atlantic Small Powers 1800-present (London: Routledge, 2020), pp 202-215.
‘“We should for the present stand absolutely aloof”: Home Rule Perspectives on the Treaty Debate’ in Liam Weeks and Mícheál Ó Fathartaigh (eds), The Treaty: Debating and Establishing Irish Independence (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2018), pp 42-64.
‘The “humdrum little town”? – Tuam at Easter 1916’ in Marie Mannion (ed) Centenary Reflections on the 1916 Rising: Galway County Perspectives (Galway: Galway County Council, 2016), pp. 181-96.
|Peer Reviewed Journals||
‘“Ireland’s Independence Day”: The 1918 election campaign in Ireland and the Wilsonian moment’, European Review of History, vol. 26, no. 5, (2019), pp 834-54. https://doi.org/10.1080/13507486.2019.1634008
‘”As Nearly Subservient’ as it Could be”? Vocationalism and Senatorial Speaking Behaviour in the Irish Senate 1938-45′, Parliaments, Estates and Representation, Vol. 36, No. 2 (2016), pp. 211-231.
‘1927- Tuam and North Galway in the year of two general elections’, JOTS 12 (Journal of the Old Tuam Society), 2015.
‘“The renewal of a pledge of faith”? John Redmond Days in the south-east in the 1920s’, History Ireland, Vol. 23, No. 1 (January/February 2015). pp. 38-41.
– ‘Between Truce And Violence: Nationalist Politics And The Birth Of Northern Ireland’, History Matters blog, University of Sheffield,http://www.historymatters.group.shef.ac.uk/birth-northern-ireland/
– ‘The border, politics and the Commonwealth in interwar Ireland’ History Matters blog, University of Sheffield, http://www.historymatters.group.shef.ac.uk/the-border-politics-and-the-commonwealth-in-interwar-ireland/
Elaine Callinan, Electioneering and propaganda in Ireland, 1917–21: votes, violence and victory, Irish Political Studies (2021) https://doi.org/10.1080/07907184.2021.1962161
Barry Whelan, Ireland’s Revolutionary Diplomat: A Biography of Leopold Kerney, Parliaments, Estates and Representation (2020) https://doi.org/10.1080/02606755.2020.1848496
James Doherty, Irish Liberty, British Democracy? The Third Irish Home Rule Crisis, 1909-1914, History Ireland, (March/April 2020), pp 65-6.
• Map of the Burning of Tuam, 20 July, 1920 in John Crowley, Dónal Ó Drisceoil and Mike Murphy (eds) The Atlas of the Irish Revolution (Cork: Cork University Press, 2017), p. 604.