Dr Coleman Dennehy, FRHistS

Dr Coleman Dennehy, FRHistS
Academic Staff
Room: C1091

Dr Coleman A. Dennehy, FRHistS, was educated at UCD in both law and history. Taking two research degrees in history, writing on the Restoration Irish parliament and then a legal and administrative history of the early modern Irish parliament, afterwards he moved to the Institute of Criminology where he undertook research on Kvinnofrid legislation in contemporary Ireland. A Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, he spent a few years based at University College London researching mostly at parliament in Westminster, followed by a stint at Das Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte in Frankfurt, and has spent time in recent years teaching law at the University of Vienna.

Coleman is interested in early modern history, the history of representative assemblies, appellate legal history, and the history of crime and punishment. He is the Reviews Editor for Parliaments, Estates & Representation / Parlements, États & Représentation, is 2nd Secretary-General of the International Commission for the History of Representative & Parliamentary Institutions, and is also a Councillor of the Irish Legal History Society. He is currently writing a history of crime and punishment in early modern Ireland for Bloomsbury and also editing the six-volume diary of the first earl of Burlington for the Irish Manuscripts Commission.

Current teaching

HI 4142 Games of Thrones

HI 4083 Making Ireland British

Office Hours - Tuesday 3-4pm; Wednesday 2-3pm.  Outside of Term:  by appointment


Select recent & forthcoming publications:


Restoration Ireland: always settling and never settled (ed.)

Parliament in Ireland, 1613-89: the evolution of a colonial institution

Law and revolution in seventeenth-century Ireland (ed.)

Sir Henry Bennet, earl of Arlington, and his World (co-ed.)

Articles & Chapters:

‘Nisi per legale judicium parium suorum: Parliament and the right to trial by peer in early modern Ireland’, P. Crooks & T. Mohr (eds), Magna Carta and the idea of liberty

‘The Irish parliament after the rising’, P. Little (ed.), Ireland in the 1640s

‘Appointments to the Restoration Irish bench’, C.A. Dennehy (ed.), Law and revolution in seventeenth-century Ireland

‘Parliamentary committees in Ireland and the dispatch of business’, M.B. Castella Pujols (ed.), special edition of Parliaments, estates and representation

‘Arlington and Ireland’, C.A. Dennehy & R. Eagles (eds), Sir Henry Bennet, earl of Arlington, and his World

‘Speakers in the seventeenth-century Irish parliament’ in P. Seaward (ed.) The Speakership: presiding officers and the management of business from the middle ages to the twenty-first century (Special volume of Parliamentary History)

‘Surviving sources for Irish parliamentary history in the seventeenth century’ in Parliaments, estates & representation

‘Dependency and subservience: The Irish parliament as a “small-state parliament”’ in Czasopismo prawno-historyczne

‘Institutional history and the early modern Irish state’, V. Carey, S. Covington and V. McGowan-Doyle (eds), Early modern Ireland: sources, methods, perspectives

‘Representation in later medieval and early modern Ireland’ in M. Damon, J. Haemers, A. Mann (eds), Political representation: communities, ideas and institutions in Europe

‘Sir Winston Churchill and Restoration Ireland’, in R. McNamara (ed.), The Churchills and Ireland: connections and controversies from the 1660s to the 1960s

‘Privilege, organisation and aristocratic identity in the seventeenth-century Irish house of lords’ in F. Soddu & A. Nieddu (eds), Assemblee rappresentative, autonomie territoriali, culture politiche

‘The Restoration Irish Parliament, 1661-6’, in C.A. Dennehy, ed., Restoration Ireland: always settling and never settled