Researchers at UCD

Fionnuala Walsh

Teaching Fellow

School Of History



 I completed my PhD at Trinity College Dublin in 2015, under the supervision of Professor David Fitzpatrick. My thesis examined the impact of the Great War on women in Ireland, 1914-1919. It was funded by the Irish Research Council. From 2015-2016 I held the research studentship in the National Library of Ireland where I catalogued the papers of Field Marshall Hugh Gough. 
In 2016 I returned to Trinity College Dublin to take up a twelve month Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship with the primary purpose of producing publications from my PhD thesis. I also contributed to teaching and supervision on the MPhil in Modern Irish History and organised an international symposium on gender, citizenship and subjectivity in Ireland and Europe, 1917-1923.   This was funded through an Irish Research Council New Foundations grant. 

In summer 2017 I worked as a lecturer for IES Abroad in Dublin, delivering an undergraduate module on Irish history, 1798-1922.

In September 2017 I took up a teaching fellowship in University College Dublin where I currently lecture in medical history and social history in the School of History. 

I have been a member of the Executive Committee of the Women's History Association of Ireland since 2015 and am currently its membership secretary. In October 2016 I organised the WHAI Writing Women's History symposium, held in association with the Irish Historical Society.  


Honours and Awards

Year: 2013.
Title: Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship
Year: 2016.
Title: Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship
Year: 2016.
Title: Irish Research Council New Foundations Award


Association: Women's History Association of Ireland, Function/Role: Membership secretary
Association: Irish Association of Professional Historians, Function/Role: Member


Year 2016 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 2011 Institution: NUI Maynooth, IRL
Qualification: BA (Hons) Subject:

Outreach Activities

I consider public outreach and knowledge exchange activities to be very important for those working in historical research. I was an invited speaker at the Dublin Festival of History in 2014 and 2016, and the 2016 Belfast International Arts Festival. I have also been invited to present my research to local groups, libraries and museums across Ireland, as well as the 2016 plenary session of the British and Irish Parliamentary Assembly. I am committed to bringing historical research beyond the academy and creating opportunities to increase the impact of our research. For example, in July 2017 I delivered a workshop to primary school teachers in the Marino Institute of Education in Dublin on teaching the Irish Revolution. I have also acted in an advisory capacity to the Luton Irish Forum who are developing a seminar series on Women and the First World War for their community. I have been interviewed for the national print and broadcast media in Ireland, including the RTE History Show and the Irish Independent, and contributed articles for Century Ireland and Revolutionary Papers. I also featured as an expert commentator in the National Library of Ireland World War I Exhibition and advised the curator on sourcing and selecting material for the exhibition relating to everyday life in 1917.   




Book Chapters

Fionnuala Walsh (2017) 'Every human life is of national importance¿: The impact of the First World War on attitudes to maternal and infant health' In: David Durnin and Ian Miller (eds). Medicine, health and Irish experiences of conflict 1914-1945. Manchester: Manchester University Press. , pp.15-30 [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Fionnuala Walsh (2017) 'We work with shells all day and night: Irish female munitions workers during the First World War'. Saothar, 42 :19-30. [Details]

Other Journals

Fionnuala Walsh (2013) 'The impact of the First World War on Celbridge, Co. Kildare' Journal of the Kildare Archaeological Society 20 (3) :287-300. [Details]
Fionnuala Walsh (2016) 'Everyday life in 1916 Ireland' Revolutionary Papers 1 (4) . [Details]
Fionnuala Walsh (2018) 'Viscount Hugh Gough: An illustrious Irishman and controversial British military commander' History Ireland . [Details]



Modules Coordinated

201700   HIS31310     History: Madness and Civilisation
201700   HIS31460     History: Medicine, Culture and Society