10 Mar 2016

The Department of History is offering full-time PhD Teaching Fellowships in the following areas:

i)   Urban history of the Middle East/Mediterranean Basin Late 19th century - early 20 century (the period of WW1 is preferable but not a limitation). Interest in developing a project on the urban development of one or more cities in the region in any of the following themes: comparative approach; minorities; war and conflict, violence, economic development, colonialism, urban planning.

Candidates should have completed or be in the process of completing a Masters degree in history or in a relevant discipline and are able to demonstrate an interest in empirical research and oral histories, diaries and memoirs. They must also demonstrate knowledge of a foreign language.

Further particulars from Dr Roberto Mazza ( )

ii)   Early Modern German history. Proposals for projects in the following areas are particularly encouraged: history of education, history of print culture, Reformation history, urban history. Candidates should have completed or be in the process of completing a Masters degree in History or in a relevant discipline.Advanced reading knowledge of German is required.

The successful candidate will benefit from the expertise of the cluster of early modern specialists in the Department of History and the University of Limerick more generally and will be attached to the new Centre for Early Modern Studies.

Further particulars from Dr Richard Kirwan (,

The duration of both awards is for a maximum of three years commencing September 2016. The continuation of the award after the first year will be subject to a successful review of progress. The award will take the form of a tax free stipend of €15,000 per annum plus a waiver of EU fees to the value of €4,321 per year. The recipients of the full-time bursaries will lead tutorials with undergraduate students up to a maximum of six hours per week during teaching semester.

iii)   In addition and in conjunction with the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Department is offering two three-year fee-waivers only in any area of post-1500 History ( Recipients of the fee waivers will lead tutorials with undergraduate students to a maximum of three hours a week.  The successful candidates will contribute to the vibrant research, teaching and postgraduate cultures of the Department of History. Visit

Informal enquiries can be made to the Head of Department Professor Anthony McElligott An application form can be downloaded at

If you are applying for either of the PhD Teaching Fellowships, you will need to submit a detailed proposal in not more than 1,500 words in addition to the University’s application form

The deadline for applications is 29th April 2016. Applications should be submitted via email to the Department of History Administrator at

04 Mar 2016

Congratulations to Dr Ruan O’Donnell whose book Patrick Pearse was launched by O’Brien Press in the GPO, Dublin, on 29 February 2016. This is the final volume in the acclaimed ’16 Lives’ series of which Dr O’Donnell is Co-General Editor. The book is heavily indebted to newly available primary sources, as well as hitherto unknown private papers held in Ireland and the United States, and presents a far more nuanced and authoritative perspective on a leading historical figure.  (Pictured: L-R  Chief Justice Susan Denham, Lorcan Collins, Michael O'Brien, Meda Ryan and Ruan O'Donnell)

09 Feb 2016

Dr Ruan O'Donnell will feature in The 1916 Irish Rebellion documentary series commencing on


Wednesday next,10th February at 9:30pm on RTE 1

This is a three part Notre Dame University/RTE/PBS 1916 documentary co-production led by the Ex-RTE Director General Cathal Goan, it will run for 3 consecutive weeks..

This feature length version of ‘The 1916 Irish Rebellion’ forms part of the Irish Government official commemoration and will be shown worldwide

22 Jan 2016

The department is happy to announce the award of two PhD’s at the Winter Conferrals: Niamh Lenihan and Julia Balla photographed with their supervisors Professor Bernadette Whelan and Professor Anthony McElligott. The title of Niamh’s topic is: 'At the service of all who want them: the work of the Little Company of Mary in Ireland, 1888-1980'; while Julia’s is 'Between triumph and resistance: Dr Denes Csanky and Hungarian cultural policy during the Second World War'. In addition to our two PhDs, nine students graduated from the MA History, two students from the MA History of the Family, and one each from MA Local History and MA History of Art & Architecture programmes – all with flying colours!

Every year UL awards a medal for excellence in teaching to a member of the campus faculty for innovative and engaged learning. This year we are proud to announce that our colleague Dr Vincent O’Connell (pictured centre) has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to the student experience.  He brings his students to a deep and motivated level of engagement that has had an extraordinary impact in a very short space of time. As an active historian who shares his love of his subject with passion and with skill, Vincent brings out the very best in his students, challenging them to achieve insight and understanding of complex historical ideas and identities.

11 Jan 2016

History PhD Student, Rita McCarthy researched and presented two radio documentaries

on the history of Scattery Island from the 6th Century to present day and broadcast on Clare FM on 31 December 201 and 1 January 2016

Links to the documentaries funded by the BAI using the TV licence fee below: