We look forward to welcoming the following authors. Click on the images below for a short biography.
Andy Bielenberg, who teaches at UCC, has wide-ranging interests in Irish economic and social history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His major published work includes the monograph Ireland and the Industrial Revolution and the text book An economic history of Ireland since 1920. He has a specialist interest in the War and revolution in Co. Cork 1914-1923, and in this sphere has been engaged in the debate on the Bandon valley massacre He has also made a major contribution to the debate on conflict migration and the Protestant exodus from the south of Ireland 1919-1923.
Catriona Crower was senior archivist at the National Archives and manager of the Irish Census Online Project). She is also the author of Dublin 1911, an examination of the capital city in that pivotal census year. In addition to her many scholarly, journalistic and broadcasting achievements Catriona is also a member of the Royal Irish Academy and Chair of the Irish Theatre Institute, as well as a member of numerous boards in the cultural sector.
Frank Cogan is a retired diplomat (Ambassador to Iran, Italy, Libya among other postings) an amateur musician, a Joyce enthusiast and one of the foremost historians of County Meath. He is a regular contributor to Ríocht na Midhe and has written a number of articles on the War of Independence in the county . He is President of the Meath Archaeological and Historical Society, a member of the Mount Merrion Historical Society and the Military History Society, and a Committee member of the Parnell Society. He is the nephew of Seamus Cogan, a senior figure in the Meath IRA and one of only three IRA volunteers to be killed in action in the county.
John Borgonovo is best-known for his work on the Irish Revolutionary period, which includes monographs, edited collections, book chapters, and journal articles. His work, , such as The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918 often uses events in Cork city and county as a lens through which to view the entire period. He has engaged with some of the most heavily contested areas of the revolutionary era, including the Kilmichael Ambush debate, the killing of suspected civilian informers, and the so-called 'Bandon Valley Massacre.' The latter issue was the subject of a journal article in Éire-Ireland', co-written with his UCC colleague Andy Bielenberg, which attracted national media attention. John was also the associate editor of the award-winning Atlas of the Irish Revolution, which is among the all-time highest selling academic history books in Irish publishing history.
Leitrim-born Liam McNiffe is a former educator and is a Kells-based historian and author. His History of the Garda Síochána is an invaluable addition to the historiography of the Irish police service. Dr. Liam Mc Niffe will explore one of the most vicious and controversial IRA killings of a civilian, John Harrison, during the War of Independence.
Linda Connolly is a sociologist and social historian with a particular interest in gender studies and Irish history. She joined the Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute as Director in July 2016. She is Professor of Sociology and her research includes gender, Irish society, family studies, migration and Irish studies. She is the author of a number of books and articles including ‘Sexual violence a dark secret of War of Independence and Civil War.’
Liz Gillis is the author of May 25: The Burning of the Custom House and an acknowledged expert on the history of the Irish War of Independence. She is also the author of Revolution in Dublin and The Fall of Dublin. She has a degree in Irish History and works as researcher with the RTE Radio 1 History Show. She has worked as a researcher on numerous publications, participated in many conferences focusing on the Irish revolution and has also developed a 'Revolutionary' walking tour of her native Liberties. Liz is co-organiser of the annual conference on the burning of the Custom House in 1921.
Myles Dungan is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster and is also Programme Director of the annual Hinterland Festival in Kells, Co. Meath. He currently presents the weekly RTE Radio 1 programme The History Show, writes a weekly column (‘Fake Histories’) for the RTE Radio 1 Drivetime programme. He is the author of more than a dozen books on Irish and American history (including Irish Voices from the Great War, How the Irish Won the West and Mr. Parnell’s Rottweiler). He is currently writing a work on the Irish War of Independence in the north midlands entitled Four Killings.
Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc
Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc is originally from Co. Clare and is one of the country’s acknowledged experts on the Irish War of Independence and Civil War. He was a major contributor to the recent ten-part RTE Radio 1 History Show series on the conflict. His first book was Blood on the Banner: The Republican Struggle in Clare 1913–1923 and he has contributed to the Mercier Press Military History of the Irish Civil War series with The Battle for Limerick City. His best-known book on the War of Independence is Truce: Murder, Myth and the Last Days of the Irish War of Independence. He is currently engaged in research on the ‘Disappeared’ of the Anglo Irish conflict.
Ultan Courtney is a prolific historian of County Meath whose recent focus has been on the role played by the county in the Irish War of Independence. He is the author of The Blinding Light (2014) which tells the story of the war from the perspective of the Courtneys of Kilmainhamwood and The Tin Hats (2018) which views the conflict from an entirely different angle, that of the experience of the South Wales Borderers in Meath from 1920-21. His most recent work Mapping the Revolution: Maps, Mayhem and Murder in Meath, 1916-1921 (2019),as the title suggests, uses maps as a narrative source for outlining the story of Meath during the revolutionary period.