From October 2023, I am Research Fellow in the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Prior to taking up this role, I held teaching appointments at the University of Sheffield, Northumbria University and the University of Limerick. I obtained my PhD in 2017 from the University of 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 first book, The Legacy of the Irish Parliamentary Party in Independent Ireland, 1922-1949, was published by Liverpool University Press. It was the co-winner of the NUI Publication Prize in Irish History and was highly commended for the British Association of Irish Studies Book Prize.
PhD, University of Galway (2017)
M.A. (History), University of Galway (2011) First Class Honours.
B.A., University of Galway (2010) Double-First Class Honours.
2023-Present Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory, Frankfurt
2020-23 Teaching Associate in Modern British and Irish History, The University of Sheffield
|Management & Administrative experience||
– Treasurer, Irish Association of Professional Historians, 2022-
– Member of the Department of History Unfair Means Panel, The University of Sheffield 2021-23
– Social Media Officer, Irish Association of Professional Historians, 2018-2022
2020-23 The University of Sheffield
The Transformation of the United Kingdom, 1800 to the Present
Making History Public
Imagining the Irish Republic: Irish Republicanism, 1798-1998 (MA)
Policing the Family: Welfare, Eugenics and Love in Early 20th Century Britain (MA)
Research Skills for Historians (MA)
Research Presentation for Historians (MA)
2019-20 Northumbria University
2018-19 Module coordinator, University of Limerick
Sept – Dec 2017 Lecturer, History, School of Humanities, University of Galway
Sept 2017 – March 2018 Lecturer, Youth Academy, University of Galway
Sept 2015-2017 Module Tutor, History, School of Humanities, University of Galway
Sept 2013-2015 Tutor, History, School of Humanities, University of 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 Countrywomenâs Association.
|Committees & Associations||
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS)
Visiting Fellowship, Arts and Humanities Institute, Maynooth University (2023)
Visiting Fellowship, Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory, Frankfurt 2022
National University of Ireland Publication Prize in Irish History 2021
University of Galway Entrance Scholarship winner 2007.
The Legacy of the Irish Parliamentary Party in Independent Ireland, 1922-1949 (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2019; Paperback, 2021) https://www.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/doi/book/10.3828/9781789620306
âVocational voices or puppets of the Lower House? Irish senators, 1938-48â 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.
ââWe should for the present stand absolutely aloofâ: Home Rule Perspectives on the Treaty Debateâ in Liam Weeks and MĂcheĂĄl Ă Fathartaigh (eds), The Treaty: Debating and Establishing Irish Independence (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2018), pp 42-64.
âThe âhumdrum little townâ? – Tuam at Easter 1916â in Marie Mannion (ed) Centenary Reflections on the 1916 Rising: Galway County Perspectives (Galway: Galway County Council, 2016), pp. 181-96.
|Peer Reviewed Journals||
â’Faith and Fatherland? The Ancient Order of Hibernians, northern nationalism and the partition of Irelandâ, Irish Historical Studies, vol. 46, no. 169 (May 2022), pp 77-100
â”As Nearly Subservientâ 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
‘Digitisation, democratisation and debate: archives and the Decade of Centenaries in Irelandâ, Irish Archives (2023; forthcoming)
âA notable personage and a freeman of the cityâ: The funeral of Richard Croker in revolutionary Irelandâ, History Ireland, vol. 30, no. 3 (May/June 2022), pp 22-5.
–Â âClaiming the parliamentary tradition? The legacy of the Irish home rule party and Anglo-Irish relations in the 1930sâ, History of Parliament blog, 25 October 2022 https://thehistoryofparliament.wordpress.com/2022/10/25/claiming-the-parliamentary-tradition-the-legacy-of-the-irish-home-rule-party-and-anglo-irish-relations-in-the-1930s/
– ‘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/
Daire Hogan and Patrick Maume (eds), The reminiscences of Ignatius O’Brien, Lord Chancellor of Ireland, 1913-18: A life in Cork, Dublin and Westminster, The Irish Jurist, (forthcoming)
Kenneth Shonk, Irelandâs New Traditionalists: Fianna FĂĄil Republicanism and Gender, 1926-1938, Irish Political Studies (2022; forthcoming)
Joep Leerssen (ed.), Parnell and His Times, Saothar: Journal of Irish Labour History, no. 47 (June 2022), pp 25-6
Elaine Callinan, Electioneering and propaganda in Ireland, 1917â21: votes, violence and victory, Irish Political Studies (2021) https://doi.org/10.1080/07907184.2021.1962161
Barry Whelan, Irelandâs 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.
â˘ Map of the Burning of Tuam, 20 July, 1920 in John Crowley, DĂłnal Ă Drisceoil and Mike Murphy (eds) The Atlas of the Irish Revolution (Cork: Cork University Press, 2017), p. 604.