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Dr. Martin O'Donoghue


My research examines the home rule movement, the Irish revolution, the development of party politics in independent Ireland, and commemoration in the twentieth century. My first book, The Legacy of the Irish Parliamentary Party in Independent Ireland, will be published by Liverpool University Press. Before coming to UL, I was the recipient of the National Library of Ireland Research Studentship held in conjunction with the Irish Committee of Historical Sciences for 2017/18. In this role, I worked on the estate papers of the Levinge family of Knockdrin Castle, Co Westmeath, and the papers of the O'Donel family, Newport House, Co Mayo. I was formerly an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Scholar at NUI Galway where I completed my doctoral thesis. I also taught history at NUI Galway at undergraduate and postgraduate level as well as teaching on the university's outreach Youth Academy programme. My research has been featured on a number of media platforms, and I have led and contributed to a range of public history initiatives. I have contributed articles to RTÉ Brainstorm, and The Revolution Papers and I serve on the committees of the Irish Association of Professional Historians and the Parnell Society.

Research Interests

Modern Irish and British history; the Irish Parliamentary Party; the Irish revolution; political history; public history and commemoration