Researchers at UCD


Conor Mulvagh

School of History



Current: Lecturer in modern Irish history, UCD (Jan. 2014 to present)

Previous: Editorial assistant, Royal Irish Academy (Documents on Irish Foreign policy), Apr.-Dec. 2013
Occasional lecturer (History and Irish Studies), UCD, Sept. 2012-Apr. 2013
Tutor (History), UCD, Jan. 2010-Dec. 2012.

PhD (UCD, 2012) IRCHSS funded and UCD postgraduate scholarship
M.Phil. in modern Irish history (TCD, 2008)
BA, Mode I (UCD, 2007)

Home Rule, constitutional nationalism, the Irish revolution, British and Irish parliamentary and party politics, the Irish land question.

Currently research project: UCD and the Irish Revolution (2018)


Honours and Awards

Year: 2013.
Title: 2014 O Donnell Fellowship in Irish Studies
Year: 2007.
Title: Maureen Wall Memorial Book Prize
Year: 2006.
Title: Second Year Arts Scholarship
Year: 2005.
Title: Françoise Henry Memorial Prize (History of Art, 2nd place)
Year: 2004.
Title: Entrance Scholarship (Arts)
Year: 2007.
Title: Patrick Semple Medal (History)
Year: 2007.
Title: Third Year Arts Scholarship
Year: 2007.
Title: UCD Postgraduate scholarship
Year: 2008.
Title: Texts, Cultures, Contexts (TCC) Longroom Hub Scholarship
Year: 2008.
Title: Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship
Year: 2012.
Title: Oireachtas Library and Research Service (Irish Parliament) Research Bursary


Association: Universities Ireland, Function/Role: Committee member
Association: Irish Historical Society, Function/Role: Committee Member (Committee of Seven)

Conference Contributions

Conor Mulvagh (2014) Parnell Lecture, 2014. [Keynote Address], Parnell Summer School, Avondale, Co. Wicklow , 12-AUG-14 - 15-AUG-14.
Conor Mulvagh (2015) [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Universities in Revolution and State Formation, University College Dublin , 05-JUN-15 - 06-JUN-15.


Committee : Northern Ireland's 2016 Research Network


Year 2012 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 2009 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: MPhil Subject:
Year 2007 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: BA Subject:



Outreach Activities

Coordinator and contributor to the Irish Independent's 1916 Commemorations supplements. 10 Special editions published Autumn 2015-Spring 2016 as a collaborative initiative between University College Dublin and the Irish Independent
Contributor: RTÉ radio and television

I feature on a monthly commemorative slot on the RTÉ History Show as well as making less frequent appearances on Today Sean O'Rourke where I discuss history and policy. I have also made several television contributions across news and current affairs programming
Archives editor:
I am editor of 'From the Archives', a monthly post showingcasing the collections of UCD Archives and featuring a short contextualising essay. 
I am also a co-editor (with Dr Sarah Campbell) of's 'History and Policy' papers series of which I have also authoured two papers. These papers aim to link history to current affairs as well as broader contemporary socio-political issues. I have also contributed podcasts and videos to the site.
Contributor: Century Ireland
Since its launch in 2012, I have contributed a range of written, audio, and video pieces to Century Ireland, a collaboration between RTÉ and Boston College and funded by the Department of Arts Heiritage and the Gaeltacht.
Century Ireland provides a real-time news digest, with accompanying insight and analysis, of events in Ireland and the world 100 years ago.
UCD Adult Education: lecturer and course coordinator
I have lectured and directed two previous courses on Irish history in collaboration with the UCD Adult Education Centre and the National Library of Ireland. These are:

HN 122: Uncovering 1916

HN 232: The Irish War of Independence and Civil War (with Dr Richard McElligott)

Most recently I designed and established a new module: Themes in Irish History: from Rising to Republic (1916-49) which will run at the National Library of Ireland in Autumn 2014 as a team-taught module featuring members of the modern Irish history staff at UCD with interdisciplinary collaboration via UCD Law (Dr Thomas Mohr).



Conor Mulvagh (2016) Irish Days, Indian Memories: V. V. Giri and Indian Law Students at University College Dublin, 1913-1916. Sallins, Co. Kildare, Ireland: Irish Academic Press. Available Online [Details]
Conor Mulvagh (2016) The Irish Parliamentary Party at Westminster, 1900-1918. Manchester: Manchester University Press. Available Online [Details]

Book Chapters

Conor Mulvagh (2017) 'The Decline and fall of the Redmond Empire' In: John Gibney, Tommy Graham, Georgina Laragy (eds). 1916-18: Changed Utterly Ireland after the Rising. Ireland: History Publications Ltd. Available Online [Details]
Conor Mulvagh (2015) 'A SOURING OF FRIENDSHIPS? Internal divisions in the leadership of the Irish parliamentary party in the aftermath of the Easter rising' In: Diarmaid Ferriter and Susannah Riordan (eds). Years of Turbulence: The Irish Revolution and Its Aftermath. Dublin: UCD Press. Available Online [Details]
Conor Mulvagh (2014) 'The Murnaghan memos: Catholic concerns with the third Home Rule bill, 1912' In: Gabriel Doherty (eds). THE HOME RULE CRISIS 1912¿14. Cork, Ireland: Mercier Press. Available Online [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

McCafferty, J Mulvagh, C (2016) ''My experiences in the 1916 Rising' by Father Columbus Murphy OFSC, 29 July 1916'. Analecta Hibernica, 47 :165-230. [Details]
Fu-San Huang, Sam Huang, Conor Mulvagh (2012) 'Lin Hsien-Tang¿s Taiwanese Home Rule Movement as Inspired by the Irish Model'. Taiwan in Comparative Perspective, 4 :65-88. Available Online [Details]

Other Journals

Conor Mulvagh (2016) 'The Irish Convention, July to September 1917' The Revolution Papers (9) . Available Online [Details]
Conor Mulvagh (2017) 'The Belfast Blitz, 1941' The Revolution Papers (78) . Available Online [Details]
Conor Mulvagh (2008) 'Reading between the lines: reinterpreting print as propaganda during the Confederation of Kilkenny, 1643-8' Trinity College Dublin Journal of Postgraduate Research 7 :23-35. [Details]
Conor Mulvagh (2007) 'Amicable in tone yet fruitless in result: politicians, press and public and the Buckingham Palace Conference, 1914' History Studies 8 :77-93. Available Online [Details]

Published Reports

Conor Mulvagh (2012) Lobbying and the land question: Dublin Castle pamphlets and landlord responses to the land war. Oireachtas Library and Research Service, Dublin. [Details]

Newspaper Articles

Conor Mulvagh (2013) Reformed Seanad would produce worthwhile upper House. Dublin, Ireland: Newspaper Articles Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Conor Mulvagh (2013) One bloody day in the War of Independence. Dublin, Ireland: Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]


Conor Mulvagh, Michael Liffey, Elva Johnston, Eamon O'Flaherty, Meidhbhín Ní Úrdail (2014) Commemorating Clontarf: 1014 through the Ages. Video/TV Available Online [Details]

Electronic Publication

Conor Mulvagh (2014) Germany before 1914: social reform and British emulation (Working Papers in History and Policy No. 1 2). Electronic Publication Available Online [Details]
Conor Mulvagh (2013) Other voices: historical precedents and modern propositions for Ireland¿s upper house (Working Papers in History and Policy No. 10). Electronic Publication Available Online [Details]

Book Reviews

Conor Mulvagh (2015) The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916¿1918. By John Borgonovo. Cork: Cork University Press. 2013. 327 pp. ¿39, £35 hbk. ISBN 978 1 909005 82 2. Book Reviews Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Conor Mulvagh (2015) Parnell Reconsidered, ed. Pauric Travers and Donal McCartney (Dublin: U.C. Dublin P., 2013; pp. 214. ¿28). Oxford University Press: Book Reviews Available Online [DOI] [Details]


Research Interests

I research several aspects of nineteenth and twentieth century Irish history including Home Rule, the Irish land question, unionism, constitutional nationalism, the Irish revolution, and party and parliamentary politics. My work on Irish history stresses the all-island context of Irish topics, especially my work on Irish MPs at Westminster which considers them from a whole-parliament perspective. More recently I have worked on Taiwanese and Indian interactions with Irish nationalism stressing the outward looking and globally connected nature of Irish nationalism, especially the constitutional tradition and Home Rule.

I am in the early stages of researching the history of UCD during the Irish revolution. This project will focus on staff, students, and the institution itself as well as working to combine the history of the university in the First World War and the Irish social and political change in the years 1912-23. I have begun this project by investigating Indian law students at UCD (1913-16) with a special focus on V.V. Giri, who later became the fourth president of India (1969-74).


Research Projects

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Globalising the Rising: 1916 in context [Conference: 5 & 6 February 2016, Decade of Centenaries]
Start Date / End Date : 20-OCT-14 / 31-DEC-16
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Universities in revolution and state formation: cross-national comparisons [Conference: 5 & 6 February 2015, Decade of Centenaries]
Start Date / End Date : 20-OCT-14 / 31-DEC-16
Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : Universities in Revolution and State Formation [Conference, 5-6 June 2015]
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAR-15 / 30-NOV-15
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Globalising the rising : 1916 in context
Start Date / End Date : 21-OCT-14 / 31-DEC-16

Recent Postgraduates

Ciara Stewart (2016): Re-examining the Ladies' Land League: composition, influence and legacy

Shane Browne (MA 2015) Colonel Maurice Moore and the decline of the National Volunteers, August 1914-December 1915

Caelan Moreland (MA 2015): Swing seat and the politics of the street: Orange riot and reaction in west Belfast, 1885-87

Fergus O'Farrell (MA 2015): Cathal Brugha: Peter the Painter, Candlestick Maker, 1916-21

Andrew Walsh (MA 2015): Great hatred and little room: border security and Anglo-Irish relations, 1969-1975

Karl Daly (MA 2014):  Starvation and Subversion: Political Prisoners in Mountjoy Prison and Belfast Jail, 1917-19

John Kelehan (MA 2014): Feminists on the Frontline: Female Military Service and Gender Discrimination in the 1916 Easter Rising

Aaron Haughey (MA 2013): Newspapers and the Ulster Crisis, 1913-14



Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

A core principle of my pedagogical methodology is to incorporate interdisciplinarity and statistics into the teaching of history. My final year BA course on Commemoration and Memory brings in multiple disciplinary approaches and also takes a wide sampling of national and regional case studies. In teaching Ireland and the nineteenth century (MA module) and through postgraduate supervision I introduce students to the use of quantitative methods to the study of history as a means of bringing my own research interests into my teaching.