03 May 2016

Volume 16 of UL’s postgraduate history journal, History Studies, was launched last week by co-editors and history PhD candidates, Gerald Maher and John Harrington, with the support of the Department of History. This year’s edition marked the commemoration of the 1916 Rising as part of the Department of History’s centenary programme. History Studies is kindly funded by the Department of History, AHSS, Postgraduate Student’s Union and the President’s office. Call for papers for Volume 17 is now open. For further information, contact the editors:

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15 Mar 2016

Congratulations to history PhD student Rita McCarthy who has been awarded the Anna Parnell Travel Grant by the Women’s History Association of Ireland

The title of Rita's PhD is 'A comparative study of Irish women's emigration to Britain and the US, 1945 to 1970'.

The Women’s History Association of Ireland (WHAI), is the premier professional society for the study of the history of women in Ireland. It is an all-island body whose membership is international and it is affiliated to the International Federation for Research in Women's History.  The WHAI sponsors the Anna Parnell Grant which is an open competition. Ms Rita McCarthy, year two PhD in the Department of History is the recipient of the prestigious award in 2016.  Rita's supervisor is Professor Bernadette Whelan, Department of History.

The Anna Parnell Travel grant was established in 2011 to promote research among early stage scholars in Irishwomen’s and Gender History.

Anna Parnell was the fifth of eleven children born to John Henry Parnell, an Irish Protestant landowner, and Delia Tudor Stewart Parnell. Michael Davitt’s proposal to establish an Irish Ladies’ Land League led him to propose Anna as its organiser as he had previously worked alongside Anna Parnell in New York and recognised her administrative ability. Anna Parnell’s life provides a vivid illustration of the immense difficulties faced by intelligent and energetic women in the nineteenth to find a role and have their voices heard.

The travel grant is named in her honour to reflect her vigorous campaigning which saw her travel widely and her intellectual and political contributions which were largely ignored in her lifetime.  One travel grant is awarded per year.

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)