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Coleman Dennehy

Irish Research Council Marie SkłOdowska-Curie Elevate Fellow

School of History
John Henry Newman Building
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4
Republic of Ireland

Tel: +353 1 716 8354
Email: coleman.dennehy@ucd.ie

Biography

Dr Dennehy was educated at University College Dublin, taking a BA in medieval and modern history (Mode I). Following this, he took an MLitt entitled 'Parliament in Ireland, 1661-6' and then a PhD, 'An administrative and legal history of the Irish parliament, 1613-89'. Following a brief break, he then moved to the Sutherland School of Law - Institute of Criminology and took an LLM in criminology and criminal justice, writing on the Irish sex industry. 

He is an Irish Research Council Marie Skłodowska-Curie Elevate Fellow, and was seconded to University College London (2014 - 2016). He is researching a project entitled 'Competing jurisdictions: appellate justice in the Dublin and Westminster parliaments, 1603 - c. 1730'.

He is interested in early modern history, the history of representative assemblies (parliaments in particular), appellate legal history, and the history of crime and punishment. Dr Dennehy has formerly taught at Maynooth University and University College London, and is spending this summer as a visiting fellow at Das Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, followed by a semester as a visiting professor at Institut für Rechts- und Verfassungsgeschichte at the Faculty of Law, University of Vienna.

He is the Reviews Editor for Parliaments, Estates & Representation / Parlements, États & Représentation, is 2nd Secretary-General of the International Commission for the History of Representation & Parliamentary Institutions, and is also a Councillor of the Irish Legal History Society.

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2014.
Title: ELEVATE: Irish Research Council International Career Development Fellowship: co-funded by Marie Cure Actions
Year: 2014.
Title: Muriel McCarthy Research Fellowship
Year: 2001.
Title: Eoin O'Mahony Bursary

Associations

Association: International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions, Function/Role: 2nd Secretary-General
Association: Irish Legal History Society, Function/Role: Councillor
Association: Royal Historical Society, Function/Role: Member
Association: Irish Historical Society, Function/Role: Member
     

Conference Contributions

C.A. Dennehy (2017) Precendent setting and precedent following in early modern Irish parliaments. [Oral Presentation], ICHRPI Annual Conference, Orleans, France , 05-SEP-17 - 08-SEP-17.
C.A. Dennehy (2017) Seventeenth-century appellate jurisdiction over Irish cases. [Oral Presentation], British Legal History Conference, London , 05-JUL-17 - 08-JUL-17.
C.A. Dennehy (2017) Plucking the Duke of Ormond's cherry: Some thoughts on criminal justice in Tipperary & Kilkenny during the Restoration. [Oral Presentation], Sutherland School of Law (UCD) Staff Seminar, Dublin , 26-APR-17 - 26-APR-17.
C.A. Dennehy (2017) Contending Appellate Jurisdictions: Westminster v Dublin in the 17th and 18th Centuries. [Oral Presentation], Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies, Belfast , 25-APR-17 - 25-APR-17.
C.A. Dennehy (2017) The bishops bench in the seventeenth-century Irish House of Lords. [Oral Presentation], Church of Ireland Historical Society, Armagh , 01-APR-17 - 01-APR-17.
C.A. Dennehy (2017) Irish cases at an English court: Appellate jurisdiction at Westminster, 1692-1730. [Oral Presentation], Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London , 24-MAR-17 - 24-MAR-17.
C.A. Dennehy (2016) Nisi per legale judicium parium suorum: Parliament and the right to trial by peers in early modern Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Magna Carta in Ireland, Dublin , 25-NOV-16 - 26-NOV-16.
C.A. Dennehy (2016) Arlington and Ireland. [Oral Presentation], The Earl of Arlington and his World, London , 19-NOV-16 - 19-NOV-16.
C.A. Dennehy (2016) Early modern Irish criminal legislation in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], British Crime Historians Symposium, Edinburgh, Scotland , 07-OCT-16 - 09-OCT-16.
C.A. Dennehy (2016) Lawyers in Parliament - Counsel pleading at the bar of the House of Lords. [Oral Presentation], 68º Congreso de la Comisión Internacional para el estudio de la Historia de las Instituciones Representativas y Parlamentarias - 80º aniversario de la fundación de la CIHIRP, Palma de Mallorca, Spain , 05-SEP-16 - 09-SEP-16.
C.A. Dennehy (2016) Parliament after the Rising. [Oral Presentation], Ireland in the 1640s Workshop, Trinity College Dublin , 03-SEP-16 - 03-SEP-16.
C.A. Dennehy (2016) Lawyers in Parliament: Examining legal counsel on Irish cases at the Westminster Parliament. [Oral Presentation], Tudor & Stuart Ireland, Galway , 19-AUG-16 - 20-AUG-16.
C.A. Dennehy (2016) Dublin, Westminster, and appellate jurisdiction in early modern Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], Parliaments, Politics, and People Seminar, Institute of Historical Research , 02-FEB-16 - 02-FEB-16.
C.A. Denehy (2015) Irish Appellate Cases at the Dublin and Westminster Parliaments. [Oral Presentation], North American Conference for British Studies, Little Rock, AR, USA , 12-NOV-15 - 15-NOV-15.
C.A. Dennehy (2015) Parliamentary judicature: Ireland, England, and a shared judicial authority. [Oral Presentation], Le XXIIème Congrès International des Sciences Historiques, Jinan, China , 23-AUG-15 - 29-AUG-15.
C.A. Dennehy (2015) Irish appellate cases between in the Dublin and Westminster parliaments. [Oral Presentation], 14th International Congress for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands , 27-JUL-15 - 31-JUL-15.
C.A. Dennehy (2015) Assize justice in Restoration Clonmel. [Oral Presentation], British Legal History Conference, University of Reading, UK , 09-JUL-15 - 11-JUL-15.
C.A. Dennehy (2015) Nisi per legale judicium parium suorum: Parliament and the right to trial by peers in early modern Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Making Constitutions, Building Parliaments: Constructing representative institutions, 1000-2000 , House of Parliament, Westminster, UK , 01-JUL-15 - 04-JUL-15.
C.A. Dennehy (2015) A progress report on appellate jurisdiction of Irish causes in London - some thoughts from the printed Cases at Lincoln¿s Inns. [Oral Presentation], Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society Annual Conference, University College Cork , 12-JUN-15 - 14-JUN-15.
C.A. Dennehy (2015) Appointments policy in early Restoration Ireland: the judiciary considered. [Oral Presentation], Britain in the 17th century Seminar - Institute of Historical Research, London , 22-JAN-15 - 22-JAN-15.
C. A. Dennehy (2014) Appointments to the judicial bench in the early Restoration period. [Oral Presentation], Law & Revolution: Law and lawyers before, during, and after the Cromwellian Interregnum, Dublin, Ireland , 27-NOV-14 - 28-NOV-14.
C.A. Dennehy (2014) The rump Irish parliament, 1642-48. [Oral Presentation], Parliaments & War Conference, Vienna, Schallaburg , 03-SEP-14 - 06-SEP-14.
C.A. Dennehy (2013) The role of the judges in early modern Irish parliaments. [Oral Presentation], ICHRPI Annual Conference, Dublin, Belfast , 04-SEP-13 - 07-SEP-13.
C.A. Dennehy (2013) Parliamentary representation in late medieval and early modern Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Prelates, nobles and patricians: the composition of representative institutions, Stirling , 29-AUG-13 - 30-AUG-13.
C.A. Dennehy (2012) Legal officers in the seventeenth-century Irish parliament. [Oral Presentation], ICHRPI Annual Conference, Cadiz , 05-SEP-12 - 08-SEP-12.
C.A. Dennehy (2011) Precedent and the development of procedure in the early modern Irish parliament. [Oral Presentation], ICHRPI Annual Conference, Messina , 08-SEP-10 - 11-SEP-10.
C.A. Dennehy (2009) The Irish Nobility in the House of Lords. [Oral Presentation], Nobility in Early Modern Ireland, Galway , 14-MAY-09 - 15-MAY-09.
C.A. Dennehy (2009) Sir Winston Churchill and Restoration Ireland. [Oral Presentation], The Churchills and Ireland, Belfast , 17-JUN-09 - 18-JUN-09.
C.A. Dennehy (2008) Surviving the Fires: Manuscript survivors of Irish parliamentary sources. [Oral Presentation], 59th Conference of the International Commission for the History of Parliamentary and Representative Institutions, Alghero , 09-JUL-08 - 12-JUL-08.
C.A. Dennehy (2008) The Irish Parliament as a small Parliament. [Oral Presentation], Parlamentarismus in Kleinstaaten ¿ Parlamentarismus und Monarchie, Bendern, Breganz, St Gallen , 12-JUN-08 - 13-JUN-08.
C.A. Dennehy (2008) Colonel Thomas Blood: Seventeenth-century Irish spy. [Oral Presentation], Graiguenamanagh Readers¿ and Writers¿ Weekend, Graiguenamanagh , 10-MAY-08 - 10-MAY-08.
C.A. Dennehy (2008) Written public access to Parliament. [Oral Presentation], Writing in Seventeenth Century Ireland: The times they are a-changing, Dublin , 09-MAY-08 - 09-MAY-08.
C.A. Dennehy (2008) Petitioning the Irish Parliament in the Seventeenth Century. [Oral Presentation], Parliament, Representation and Society Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, London , 17-JUN-14 - 17-JUN-08.
C.A. Dennehy (2007) Parliamentary Petitioning. [Oral Presentation], 58th Conference of the International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions, Edinburgh, St Andrews , 05-SEP-07 - 08-SEP-07.
C.A. Dennehy (2006) The implementation of Poynings¿ Law in the Seventeenth Century. [Oral Presentation], 57éme Congrès de la Commission Internationale pour l¿Histoire des Assemblées d¿Etats, Paris , 06-SEP-06 - 09-SEP-06.
C.A. Dennehy (2004) Parliament in Ireland, 1661-6. [Oral Presentation], Restoration Ireland, c.1660-85, Conference, Dublin , 07-SEP-04 - 08-SEP-04.
C.A. Dennehy (2004) Officers and servants of parliament. [Oral Presentation], UCD Postgraduate History Seminar, Dublin , 14-OCT-03 - 14-OCT-14.
C.A. Dennehy (2003) Land-related legislation in Ireland in the 1660s. [Oral Presentation], UCD Postgraduate History Seminar, Dublin , 10-MAR-04 - 10-MAR-03.
   

Education

Year 2013 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: LLM Subject:
Year 2011 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 2002 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: M Litt Subject:
Year 1999 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: BA Subject:
   

Outreach Activities

Radio Documentary, 
Bloods Plot - 26 July 2005, Anna Livia 103.2fm
 

Journals Edited

Parliaments, Estates And Representation: Co-Editor.

Other Activities

November 2016     Co-convenor - Henry Bennet, earl of Arlington and his world c.1640-1685
This was an international conference held at University College London with speakers from the Ireland, the UK, Europe, and the US. It was on the topic of the influential secretary of state of England in the seventeenth century.

November 2014         
Convenor: - Law and revolution: Law & Lawyers before, during, and after the Cromwellian Interregnum.
This two-day conference was held in conjunction with the Irish Legal History Society and the proceedings are to be published as part of their publishing programme.
Papers podcast at:
http://www.ucd.ie/humanities/events/podcasts/2014/law-and-revolution-in-ireland-cromwellian-interregnum/
September 2013
Convenor - International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions (ICHRPI) annual conference in Ireland.
This was a major, tri-lingual international conference which usually has at least three simultaneous panels running over four days. The commission is the major international conference for historians and political scientists interested in representative assemblies (www.ichrpi.org). The commission is affiliated to the International Committee of Historical Sciences. The conference was held in Stormont in Belfast and also in Leinster House in Dublin, as well as some other locations in Dublin such as Marshs Library and also the old Parliament House on College Green. I am currently working on a substantial collection of essays published as proceedings of this conference.
September 2004     
Co-convenor - Restoration Ireland, c.1660-85
This was an international conference on later seventeenth century history, with a full complement of international historians at postgraduate and post-doctoral level, and more established academics, held over two days in both UCD and Trinity College Dublin.

Publications

 

Book Chapters

C.A. Dennehy (2017) 'Representation in later medieval and early modern Ireland' In: M. Damon, J. Haemers, A.J. Mann (eds). Political representation: communities, ideas and institutions in Europe (c. 1200 - c. 1650). Brill: Brill. [Details]
C.A. Dennehy (2012) 'Sir Winston Churchill and Restoration Ireland' In: Robert McNamara (eds). The Churchills and Ireland: Connections and Controversies from the 1660s to the 1960s. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. [Details]
C.A. Dennehy (2011) 'Privilege, organisation and aristocratic identity in the seventeenth-century Irish house of lords' In: Francesco Soddu & Annamari Nieddu (eds). Assemblee rappresentative, autonomie territoriali, culture politiche. Sassari: Edes. [Details]
C.A. Dennehy (2008) 'The Restoration Irish Parliament, 1661-6' In: C.A. Dennehy (eds). Restoration Ireland: Always settling and never settled. Aldershot: Ashgte. [Details]

Edited Books

C.A. Dennehy (Ed.). (2018) Law and revolution in seventeenth-century Ireland. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
C.A. Dennehy (Ed.). (2008) Restoration Ireland: Always settling and never settled. Aldershot: Ashgate. Available Online [Details]
M.S. O¿ Neill, C. Cullen, & C.A. Dennehy (Ed.). (2004) History Matters: Published papers from the UCD Combined Departments of History Postgraduate Conference, 2001-3. Dublin: Combined Departments of History. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

C.A. Dennehy (2010) 'Speakers in the seventeenth-century Irish parliament - Special edition also published as: The Speakership: Presiding officers and the management of business from the middle ages to the twenty-first century, ed. P. Seaward'. Parliamentary History, . [Details]
C.A. Dennehy (2010) 'Surviving sources for Irish parliamentary history in the seventeenth century'. Parliaments, Estates and Representation, . Available Online [Details]
C.A. Dennehy (2009) 'Dependency and subservience: The Irish parliament as a small-state parliament'. Czasopismo Prawno-Historyczne, . [Details]

Other Journals

C.A. Dennehy (2004) 'Petitioning in the Irish Parliament: The evidence from 1661-6' History Matters ¿ Published papers from the UCD Combined Departments of History Postgraduate Conference - 2001-3 . [Details]
                                                     

Reviews

C.A. Dennehy (2016) Review - 'The acts of James II's Irish Parliament of 1689' by John Bergin & Andrew Lyall. Reviews [Details]
C.A. Dennehy (2015) Review - The last Cavalier: Richard Talbot (1631-91) by Pádraig Lenihan. Dublin: Reviews [Details]
C.A. Dennehy (2014) Review - The life and times of Sir Frederick Hamilton, 1590-1647 - The Bragger (Dublin, 2013) by D. Rooney. Dublin: Reviews [Details]
C.A. Dennehy (2013) Review - Contempt of parliament (Dublin, 2012), by Kieron Wood. Reviews [Details]
C.A. Dennehy (2012) Review - A short history of parliament: England, Great Britain, The United Kingdom, Ireland and Scotland (Woodbridge, 2009), ed Clyve Jones. Reviews [Details]
C.A. Dennehy (2012) Review - The eighteenth-century composite state: Representative institutions in Ireland and Europe, 1689 ¿ 1800 (Basingstoke, 2010), ed D.W. Hayton, J. Kelly, & J. Bergin. Reviews [Details]
C.A. Dennehy (2009) Review - Government, war and society in medieval Ireland: Essays by Edmund Curtis, A.J. Otway-Ruthven and James Lydon (Dublin, 2008), ed P. Crooks. Reviews [Details]
                                                                                 

Research

Research Interests

Dr Dennehy is interested in legal history and the history of parliaments. He is primarily interested in the administrative organization of courts, legal systems, and representative assemblies. He also takes an interest in the history of crime and punishment in the early modern world, and early modern history generally.
     

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Dr Charles Ivar McGrath

External Collaborators

Prof Jason Peacey (University College London)
Dr Robin Eagles (History of Parliament Trust / Institute of Historical Research)
Dr Patrick Little (History of Parliament Trust / Institute of Historical Research)