I am a historical researcher interested in war and society, principally within the British Empire in the long 19c. I am a graduate of UCD (BA, 2008; MA 2009) and Queen’s University Belfast (2014) and is the author of The Crimean War and Irish Society (2015) (https://liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/products/60057).
To date I have presented his research around the theme of war and society at Cambridge, New York, Vancouver and a host of Irish, British and European academic and non-academic institutions. My research has been funded, for example, by Dublin City Council, Royal Historical Society and the British Association for Victorian Studies, and has been published by Liverpool University Press, Four Courts Press, Irish Economic and Social History, and British Journal for Military History, amongst others.
|Areas of expertise||
My expertise lies in the field of Crimean War studies, with a specialism in Ireland’s / Irish society’s relationship with the conflict. More generally I am a researcher of war and society in Britain and Ireland in the long nineteenth century and the immediate aftermath of the Great War, whereby I look at British and Irish societiesâ relationships with war and the military, during both peace and hostilities. My research interests and areas of publication comprise:
Crimean War; military charity; British Army wives; recruitment; war memorials; war and society
â˘ 2009-14, Queen’s University Belfast, PhD Modern History
PREVIOUS ACADEMIC POSITIONS
|Management & Administrative experience||
Academic Network Founder & Co-ordinator:
Conferences organised â History:
Historical Research Projects:
â˘ 2016-17, University of West London
â˘ 2010-15, Queenâs University Belfast
â˘ 2008-2012, Irish Reserve Defence Forces
|Committees & Associations||
â˘ IAPH Executive Member (2015-)
ACADEMIC PRIZES AND AWARDS
â˘ Media work: Experience to date conducting radio and television interviews in Ireland and the United Kingdom.
â˘ Conferencing: Papers presented on various aspects of Ireland and the Crimean War and the history of British military welfare and the army wife presented at conference in Ireland, the UK, Europe and North America.
â˘ Lecturing: Public talks given to Old Dublin Society and Crimean War Research Society in 2013; as part of Dublin City Council’s Festival of History in 2014; to the BDS Historical Society in 2015; at Valence House Museum, London and at Cranbrook (Private) School in 2016; and as part of Heritage Week (Laois) and Culture Night (Dublin) in 2017
2015, The Crimean War and Irish Society (Liverpool University Press)
â˘ Forthcoming, âWhen charities unite: the cooperative activities of the United Services Fund and SSAFA on behalf of ex-servicemenâs families, 1919-25â, in Alexia Moncrieff (ed) Care after the First World War (Manchester University Press)
|Peer Reviewed Journals||
â˘ 2021, âRecruiting the Royal Naval Coast Volunteers in Britain and Ireland, 1854â6â, Marinerâs Mirror,Â 107, 4 (Nov.), pp 420-34
â˘ 2020, âThe Story of Birrâs Russian Cannonâ, Offaly Heritage: Journal of the Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society, xi, pp 230-41
â˘ 2022, ‘The Routledge Handbook of the Crimean War’, Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research (tbc)