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:

15 Dec 2015
Congratulations to Dr Vincent O'Connell (pictured centre with Dean AHSS Tom Lodge and Dean Teaching & Learning Fiona Farr) on this outstanding achievement. He received this award due to the wonderful impact he is having on teaching at UL and most importantly, on the engagement and learning of his students. Dr O'Connell provided detailed and exemplary evidence of his impact on student learning, and task force members agreed that he has a distinguished, engaging and innovative approach to teaching and we have much to learn from your use of a diversity of approaches, many of which make excellent and interactive use of technology.