I am Lecturer in History and Director of the MA in Public History & Cultural Heritage at the University of Limerick. I am a cultural historian working on Irish history (mid-1700s to mid-1900s), music histories, country houses and landed estate histories, and contemporary public history. I welcome enquiries from potential MA and PhD students, as well as postdoctoral colleagues, interested in working on these topics.
My research interests lie in the cultural and social history of Ireland in the long nineteenth and twentieth centuries, focusing on processes of individual and collective identity formation. I have a particular interest in socio-economic and political aspects of music history, particularly the roles that music has played in Irish nation-building. I also explore the social life and musical culture of country houses and landed estates in Ireland, work that has been supported by the Irish Research Council and the Royal Irish Academy.
As well as contributions to local and national radio and television programmes, my work includes public history and heritage interpretation projects with the Office of Public Works including a travelling exhibition on pioneering Victorian Irish photographer W.D. Hemphill, and the Bryce House restoration project at Garinish Island in Co. Cork, specifically its reinterpretation as a historic house museum. I am a member of the international Sound Heritage network leading the Irish Research Council-funded Sound Heritage Ireland project an inter-sectoral forum for communication and collaboration on issues concerning the sounding' of historic properties with a particular focus on music in country houses.
MA theses recently supervised
- Collaboration, trust and publichistory in the digital age: a critical analysis of the National Museum of Ireland's IrishCommunity Archive Network (iCAN) initiative
- Democratising access to thepast through digital public history: digital archives, digital interpretationand the creation of the enslavement to citizen project
- Public history in Ireland'soldest city: heritage, tourism and the evolution of Waterford's Vikingtriangle as a shared cultural resource
- Exhibiting late nineteenth-century cultural nationalism in Irelandand Catalonia: digital public history interpretation in a cross-nationalcontext
- History, heritage or hyperreality?Irish tweed and hand-knit heritage fashion imagery as cultural reworking ofhyperreal rural Ireland, 1895-2020
- Reimagining the Tipperary Tower Ballroom 1940-1969: a public historyperspective
- Girls of the dangerous and perishing classes':The institutionalisation of female youth in Irish industrial and reformatory schools1871-1911
- Teachers and Training in Mayo National Schools 1825-1925
- Planters to patriots: the Hunt/De Vere family of Curraghchase, Co. Limerick, 1761-1904
- Heterogeneous lives: the tenant-family experience on the Coote estate, Co. Roscommon, 1818-1881
PhD theses examined
- Ticking the box? An investigation of visitor research in Irish museums and galleries post-recession through the lived experience of staff, 2015-2017
I coordinate and contribute to a range of survey and elective modules on Irish, cultural and social history at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
I am also Director of the MA Public History and Cultural Heritage. This unique online MA is offered as a one year full-time or two-year part-time online/blended postgraduate degree programme, and aims to provide a structured academic approach to the practice and performance of history in the public domain: https://www.ul.ie/gps/course/public-history-cultural-heritage-online-ma
- 2016 - IRC New Foundations Grant Awardee
- 2015 - Royal Irish Academy Charlemont Research Scholar
- 2010 - IRC Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow
- 2014 Office of Public Works -
- E A E R N: Eighteenth-century Arts Education Research Network - International Collaboration Type - University of Glasgow -Scotland
- Sound Heritage - International Collaboration Type - University of Southampton -England
Music and dancing at Castletown, Co. Kildare, 1759-1821
Expanding the narrative: public history, music, and the Irish country house
Sound Heritage: Making Music Matter in Historic Houses
No accomplishment so great for a lady': women and music in the Irish country house
Women and Music in Ireland (IMS 13)
Music masters' and 'musicianers': census records and Irish music history, 1821-1911
Documents of Irish music history in the long nineteenth century (IMS 12)
'What do we mean by Irish music?': the politics of state-sponsored music publication in independent Ireland'
Music Preferred: Essays in Musicology, Cultural History and Analysis in honour of Harry White
Useless and extravagant? The consumption of music in the Irish country house'
The country house: material culture and consumption
French horns playing at every meal: musical activity at Carton, 1747-1895'
Aspects of Irish aristocratic life: the FitzGeralds and Carton House
Persevering post-PhD: contemporary issues for early career academics'
Restating the value of Humanities in contemporary contexts
Hemphill's world: Clonmel and beyond'
William Despard Hemphill, Irish Victorian Photographer
The Music in the Irish Country House project: origins and objectives'
The Irish country house: its past, present and future
Forging a musical culture: state, nation and music in Ireland, 1922-1932
Musical Culture and Memory
Treasure island [on Ilnacullin/Garinish island, Co. Cork]
Irish Arts Review
'An 'Italian palace' in Co. Roscommon: the creation of Rockingham House, Boyle'
Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society Journal
Tríd an Lionsa (Through the Lens), episode 1
What was St Patrick's Day like in 1918?
Ireland's National Anthems: from God Save the King to The Soldier's Song
Cultural nexus: the country house in Ireland
Bryce House Museum, Co. Cork
The FitzGeralds in Ireland
Silent Exposure: The photography of William Despard Hemphill
Larkin' About: Topical humour from the Weekly Irish Times'
The Big House in Ireland
Visit Maynooth: Heritage Interpretation Strategy
Tailteann Games [Aonach Tailteann]
Encyclopeadia of Music in Ireland
Music and the Irish Country House
Peer Reviewed Journal
Review: Emer Crooke, White elephants: the country house and the state in independent Ireland, 1922-73 (Dublin, 2018)
Irish Historical Studies DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/ihs.2019.85
Review: Helen Berry, The castrato and his wife (Oxford, 2011)
Eighteenth Century Ireland
'Irish country house music collections: Birr Castle, Co. Offaly'
Brio: Journal of the International Association of Music Libraries, UK and Ireland Branch
Spacious and splendid': music, dancing and social life at Glin Castle, 1781-1854
Irish Architectural And Decorative Studies
Review: Patrick Walsh and A.P.W. Malcomson (eds), The Conolly Archive (Irish Manuscripts Commission, Dublin, 2010)
Précis: State, nation and music in independent Ireland, 19221951: Ph. D. thesis, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 2008
Irish Economic And Social History DOI: https://www.jstor.org/stable/24338752