I joined the Department of History at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick in August 2017. Previously, I was NUI Research Fellow in the Humanities at An Foras Feasa, Maynooth University (2016‚Äď17), Associate Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Exeter’s Cornwall Campus (2015‚Äď16), a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History, Trinity College Dublin (2014‚Äď15), and a postdoctoral researcher with the ‘Letters of 1916’ project at TCD and Maynooth University (2013-14)
In 2018 I joined the committee of the IAPH and was appointed executive secretary in 2020 before being elected as Director in 2021.
|Areas of expertise||
My primary research interest lies in the impact of the Irish Revolution on individuals and communities and specifically the use of intimidation and coercion by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) at a local level. My PhD thesis examined violence, threat and punishment in terms of its nature, its victims and its influence on local popultions. By extension, it considered notions of civilian behaviour, popular support and loyalty during irregular war.
2014: PhD in Modern Irish History (TCD)
Lecturer, Department of History, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, 2017‚Äď
In 2014 I researched and wrote a short history of Abbottstown House in Dublin, commissioned by National Sports Campus Ireland.
I currently teach the following modules:
I also supervise theses at undergraduate and MA level and am supervisor or co-supervisor to four current PhD candidates.
In September 2018 I convened a free, one-day conference at Mary Immaculate College entitled ‘Limerick 1918‚Äď23: New Approaches’
I also devised and convened of ‘Southern Irish Loyalism in Context’, a free, public conference held at Maynooth University in July 2017 (funded by an IRC ‘New Foundations’ award).
Between January 2015 and August 2016 I worked as part of a team at An Foras Feasa, Maynooth University creating augmented reality applications and related tools based on the virtual world created as part of the ‘Contested Memories: The Battle of Mount Street Bridge’ project (mountstreet1916.ie), of which I was also a part. One set of tools will be used to teach secondary school children about the battle, the other will form be a ‘Walking Tour’ for the general public.
I have given talks and lectures to local histories societies, special interest groups, and public societies. During 2015 and 2016 I will be offering several more lectures to, among others, Fingal County Council, Dun Laoghaire 1916 Committee, the 1916 Clubs and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
In 2014 I was commissioned by National Sports Campus Ireland to produce a walking tour and publish a short history of Abbotstown House in Dublin for free circulation to the local public.
I have also taught history to adult learners through UCD Adult Education and the South County Dublin VEC.
|Committees & Associations||
Committee Member, IAPH (2018‚Äď)
*IRC New Foundations (Decade of Centenaries Strand) (‚ā¨14,523) for ‘Southern Irish Loyalism: Identities, Definitions, Experiences’
Research Assistant, Maynooth University, January-September 2016: ‚ÄėContested Memories: The Battle of Mount Street Bridge‚Äô: historical research as part a collaborative research project to create a virtual world visualation of one of the key engagements of the 1916 Rising.
*w ith √öna N√≠ Bhroim√©il and Benjamin Ragan (eds), Studying revolution: accounts of Mary Immaculate College, 1918‚ąí1923 (Limerick: Limerick City and County Council, December 2021)
*with Conor Morrissey (eds) Southern Irish loyalism, 1912‚Äď49 (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2020)
*¬†Dublin: the Irish Revolution, 1912-1923¬†(Dublin: Four Courts Press, forthcoming, 2024).
*with Fergus Robson (eds) Unconventional warfare from antiquity to the present day (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, 2017). [https://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9783319495255]
* Defying the IRA? intimidation, coercion, and communities during the Irish Revolution (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2016) [http://liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/collections/subject_category-history_irish-studies/products/80767]
* (ed) Eoin MacNeill: memoir of a revolutionary scolar (Dublin: Irish Manuscripts Commission, 2016) [http://www.irishmanuscripts.ie/servlet/Controller?action=publication_item&pid=161]
* 16 Lives: Michael Mallin (Dublin: O’Brien Press, 2012) [http://www.obrien.ie/michael-mallin]
* ‚ÄėSurvival and assimilation: the loyalist minority in interwar Ireland‚Äô in Emmanuel Dalle Mulle, Davide Rodogno, and Mona Bieling (eds), Sovereignty, nationalism, and the quest for homogeneity in interwar Europe (London: Bloomsbury, 2023).
* ‚ÄėIn his own words: Eoin MacNeill in autobiography and memoir‚Äô in Conor Mulvagh and Emer Purcell (eds), The lives of Eoin MacNeill: the pen and the sword (Cork: Cork University Press, 2022)
‚Äė17 August 1922: the disbandment of the Royal Irish Constabulary; revolutionary losers: southern Irish loyalist experiences of migration‚Äô in Fearghal McGarry and Darragh Gannon (eds), Ireland 1922: Independence, Partition, Civil War (Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 2022).
* ‚ÄėUnionists and loyalists in Limerick, 1922‚ąí1923‚Äô published in Se√°n William Gannon (ed.), ‚ÄėThe inevitable conflict‚Äô: essays on the Civil War in County Limerick¬†(Limerick: Limerick City and County Council, 2022)
* ‚ÄėThe September 1920 attack on Arva RIC barracks and its consequences‚Äô, in Brendan Scott (ed.), County Cavan and the revolutionary years, 1918‚ąí22 (Cavan: Cavan County Council, November, 2021)
* with Conor Morrissey, ‘Southern Irish loyalism, 1912‚Äď1949: an introduction’ in Hughes & Morrissey (eds), Southern Irish loyalism, 1912‚Äď49 (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2020)
* with Conor Morrissey, ‘Afterword: layers of loyalty’ in Hughes & Morrissey (eds), Southern Irish loyalism, 1912‚Äď49 (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2020)
*‚ÄėDefining loyalty: southern Irish Protestants and the Irish Grants Committee, 1926‚Äď31‚Äô, in Ian d‚ÄôAlton and Ida Milne (eds.), Protestant and Irish: the Protestant search for place in independent Ireland (Cork: Cork University Press, 2019).
*with Fergus Robson, ‚ÄėIntroduction: guerrillas and counterinsurgency in history‚Äô, in Brian Hughes and Fergus Robson (eds.), Unconventional warfare from antiquity to the present day (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming, June 2017).
*‚Äė‚ÄúThe entire population of this God-forsaken island is terrorised by a small band of gun-men‚ÄĚ: guerrillas and civilians during the Irish Revolution‚Äô in Brian Hughes and Fergus Robson (eds.), Unconventional warfare from antiquity to the present day (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming, June 2017).
*'”Well may we be proud of him”: living with the deaths of the leaders of the Easter Rising’ in Lisa Marie Griffith and Ciaran Wallace (eds), Grave matters: death and dying in Dublin 1500-2000 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2016)
* ‘Persecuting the Peelers’ in David Fitzpatrick (ed), Terror in Ireland, 1916-1923 (Dublin: Lilliput, 2012)
|Peer Reviewed Journals||
* ‘”Our own people”: The Southern Irish Loyalists Relief Association in interwar Britain and Ireland’,¬†Contemporary European History, published online 2023 [DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0960777322000789%5D
* ‚ÄėThe Southern Irish Loyalists Relief Association and Irish ex-servicemen of the Great War, 1922‚ąí1932‚Äô, War & Society, published online 2023¬†[https://doi.org/10.1080/07292473.2023.2245255]
* ‘The disbanded Royal Irish Constabulary and forced migration, 1922‚Äď31’, Irish Studies Review, Vol. 29, No. 2 (April 2021), pp 212-228.
*'”Make the terror behind greater than the terror in front”?: internal discipline, forced participation, and the I.R.A., 1919‚Äď21‚Äô, Irish Historical Studies, Vol. 42, No. 161 (May 2018), pp 64‚Äď86 [https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/irish-historical-studies/article/make-the-terror-behind-greater-than-the-terror-in-front-internal-discipline-forced-participation-and-the-ira-191921/7DFEB78F5B3EAC3B0C9F35A73DD12538]
*with Billy Campbell and Susan Schreibman, ‚ÄėContested memories: revisiting the Battle of Mount Street Bridge, 1916‚Äô, British Journal for Military History, Vol 4., No 1 (Nov. 2017) [http://www.bjmh.org.uk/index.php/bjmh/article/view/192]
*’Loyalists and loyalism in a southern Irish community, 1920-21′, The Historical Journal, 59/4 (December 2016), pp 1075‚Äď1105
* ‚ÄėOrganised loyalism in Cavan, 1912‚ąí1923‚Äô, Breifne (December, 2021)
*The Mallin family and the Army Pension, An Cosant√≥ir, 73:8 (October 2015)
*‚ÄėThe people‚Äôs war‚Äô, The Revolution Papers, 1 (December 2015); ‚ÄėDriving a wedge between the police and the people‚Äô, The Revolution Papers, 21 (May 2016); ‚ÄėPress review: an incendiary act‚Äô, The Revolution Papers, 37 (September 2016); ‚ÄėA charter for a new Ireland‚Äô, The Revolution Papers, 50 (December 2016); ‚Äė‚ÄúAn empty formula‚ÄĚ‚Äô, The Revolution Papers, 58 (February 2017); ‚ÄėIreland‚Äôs fascist future?‚Äô, The Revolution Papers, 67 (April 2017); ‚ÄėA destructive leader‚Äô, The Revolution Papers, 68 (April 2017).
* ‘”Penniless refugees’? the plight of southern Irish loyalists abroad, The Irish Revolution, 1919‚Äď21: a global history (History Ireland special edition, 2019)
*'”it might interest you – when this miserable business is all over”: John Dillon’s Easter Rising narrative’, Changed Utterly Blog (https://www.tcd.ie/library/1916/it-might-interest-you-when-this-miserable-business-is-all-over-john-dillons-easter-rising-narrative/)
*’Leaders of the Rising’, Inspiring Ireland Exhibition (http://inspiring-ireland.ie/1916/leaders-of-rising)
*Heroes or Traitors? Experiences of Southern Irish Soldiers Returning from the Great War, 1919‚Äď39. By Paul Taylor. Journal of Social History, 52/4 (2019) [https://doi.org/10.1093/jsh/shx130]
*County Louth and the Irish Revolution, 1912‚Äď1923. Edited by Donal Hall and Martin Maguire. Irish Historical Studies, 43/163 (2019)
* The Abbey rebels of 1916: a lost revolution. By Fearghal McGarry – Remembering 1916: the Easter Rising, the Somme and the politics of memory in Ireland. Edited by Richard S. Grayson and Fearghal McGarry. Irish Historical Studies, 42/162 (2018)
* Proclaiming a republic: Ireland, 1916 and the national collection . By Darragh Gannon – Making 1916: material and visual culture of the Easter Rising. Edited by Lisa Godson and Joanna Br√ľck, Irish Historical Studies, 42/162 (2018).
* Judging Redmond and Carson. By Alvin Jackson. Irish Literary Supplement (2018).
Seamus Mallin, Dictionary of Irish Biography (added December 2015.