Dr Martin O'Donoghue


Department of History

Teaching Associate in Modern British and Irish History

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Wednesday 12.00-13.00 and Thursday 14.00-15.00

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Dr Martin O'Donoghue
Department of History
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA

I joined the Department of History in 2020 having previously held appointments at Northumbria University and the University of Limerick. In 2017-18, I was the recipient of the National Library of Ireland Research Studentship held in conjunction with the Irish Committee of Historical Sciences. I was awarded my PhD in 2017 from the National University of Ireland, Galway where my research was funded by the Irish Research Council.

My research examines the dynamics of political activism in modern Ireland, the development of party politics, Irish-British relations, the Irish revolutionary period (1912-23), and commemoration. My first book, The Legacy of the Irish Parliamentary Party in Independent Ireland, 1922-1949, was published by Liverpool University Press in 2019 and was highly commended for the British Association of Irish Studies Book Prize.


BA, MA, PhD (NUI, Galway)

Research interests

I am interested in the political and social history of modern Ireland, and have published on a range of topics in this area including the legacy of the Irish Parliamentary Party, the Anglo-Irish Treaty, Ireland and the First World War, and the influence of vocationalism in the history of the Irish senate. My current research interests include focus on both grassroots activism in Ulster c. 1912-1925, and political thought and activism in independent Ireland as the new state negotiated its relationship with Britain. 

I am currently working on grassroots political activism in Ulster as the partition of Ireland was proposed, debated and fiercely contested through the lens of fraternal organisations. In my work on post-independence Ireland, I examine individuals from non-revolutionary backgrounds who provided contrary voices to the progression from Free State to republic including debates on Irish unity, Anglo-Irish relations, and the state’s role in the Commonwealth. In the longer term,  I am interested in developing this work to explore Irish political ideas in the in the interwar period and how the relationship with the Commonwealth was understood and conceptualised — by advocates and opponents alike — in a state where such a connection was ignored and finally served by governments in the 1930s and 40s.



  • O'Donoghue M (2020) The Legacy of the Irish Parliamentary Party in Independent Ireland, 1922-1949. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


  • O'Donoghue M (2019) ‘Vocational voices or puppets of the Lower House? Irish senators, 1938-48’ In Verstegen W, Smith DE, Grittner C & Bijleveld N (Ed.), Reforming Senates Upper Legislative Houses in North Atlantic Small Powers 1800-present Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • O'Donoghue M (2018) ‘“We should for the present stand absolutely aloof”: Home Rule Perspectives on the Treaty Debate’ In Weeks L & Ó Fathartaigh M (Ed.), The Treaty Debating and Establishing the Irish State RIS download Bibtex download
  • O'Donoghue M (2016) ‘The “humdrum little town”? - Tuam at Easter 1916’ In Mannion M (Ed.), Centenary Reflections on the 1916 Rising Galway County Perspectives RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching activities

HST 31032 Anarchy in the UK? Radical, Democrats and Revolutionaries, 1830-1886
HST 2510 The Northern Ireland Troubles and Peace Process
HST 6082 Imagining the Irish Republic: Irish Republicanism, 1798-1998

Professional activities

Royal Historical Society – Fellow

Higher Education Academy – Fellow

Irish Association of Professional Historians – Committee member

Parnell Society – Committee member

British Association of Irish Studies – Member

Irish Historical Society - Member

Public Engagement

I have worked extensively with community and non-university groups in Ireland and Britain. I was Academic Director of the Parnell Summer School in 2018 and 2019 — an annual public event attracting senior politicians, journalists and academics from Ireland and Britain. I have also worked with local authorities and community groups in the organisation of events marking the centenaries of key events in the First World War and the Irish revolution.

I have written about a range of historical subjects for a number of blogs, including The Revolution Papers project, the Four Nations History Network  and the NUI Galway - Discipline of History Blog