Researchers at UCD


Diarmaid Ferriter

Full Professor of Modern Irish History

School Of History
Newman Building
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168377


Graduate of UCD, BA (1991), PhD (1996). Lecturer in Modern Irish History at UCD 1996-1998. Researcher  and writer with Dictionary of Irish Biography 1998-1999. Senior lecturer in Irish History at St Patrick's College, DCU, 1999-2008. Appointed Professor of Modern Irish History at  UCD in 2008. Visiting Burns Library Scholar at Boston College 2008-2009.

 Main research interests: the social, political and cultural history of twentieth century Ireland.


Honours and Awards

Year: 2007.
Title: Irish Book Awards
Year: 2006.
Title: Staff Research Fellowship


Association: Expert Advisory Group on the decade of centenaries, Function/Role: Member
Association: National Library of Ireland, Function/Role: Board Member, 2010-2012
Association: Women's History Association of Ireland, Function/Role: Committee member
Association: Irish Historical Society, Function/Role: Secretary, 2001-4, Committee Member 2001-present
Association: Irish Military Archives, Function/Role: Member of advisory committee on the Military Service Pensions files

Conference Contributions

Diarmaid Ferriter (2015) Commemorating 1916. [Invited Lecture], London Irish Centre conference on commemoration, London Irish Centre , 02-SEP-15 - 02-SEP-15.
Diarmaid Ferriter (2015) Childhood in Ireland 1916-2016: A Historical Overview. [Keynote Address], National Child Protection and Welfare social work biennial conference, University College Cork , 23-OCT-15 - 24-OCT-15.
Diarmaid Ferriter (2015) The Historian and Public History: The Commemoration of the 1916 Rising. [Keynote Address], James Fintan Lalor Annual Conference, Laois , 09-OCT-15 - 10-OCT-15.
Diarmaid Ferriter (2010) A Republic of the Irish Mind? The challanges of writing Irish cultural history. [Plenary Lecture], Clifden Arts Festivals, Clifden, Galway , 25-SEP-10 - 25-SEP-10.
Diarmaid Ferriter (2011) Historians and the decade of commemorations. [Keynote Address], British-Irish Association annual conference, Clare College, Cambridge , 16-SEP-11 - 16-SEP-11.
Diarmaid Ferriter (2010) Sexuality in twentieth century Ireland. [Keynote Address], Self, Selves and Sexualities, Dublin City University , 01-MAR-10 - 01-MAR-10.
Diarmaid Ferriter (2009) From Cullen to Connell: The Rise and Fall of the Catholic Church in Ireland. [Keynote Address], Merriman Summer School, Ennis, Clare , 27-AUG-09 - 27-AUG-09.
Diarmaid Ferriter (2009) Occasions of Sin: Writing the sexual history of modern Ireland. [Keynote Address], Parnell Summer School, Avondale, Wicklow , 20-AUG-09 - 20-AUG-09.
Diarmaid Ferriter (2011) The Historian, media and civic engagement: reacting to the Irish Crisis. [Keynote Address], John Coffin memorial lecture, University of London , 06-MAY-11 - 06-MAY-11.
Diarmaid Ferriter (2012) Deviance in modern Irish History. [Keynote Address], Deviance in modern Irish History, University of Limerick , 03-MAR-12 - 03-MAR-12.
Diarmaid Ferriter (2012) The Politics of commemorating the Irish Revolution. [Keynote Address], Historians and Public History, Royal Hospital Kilmainham , 22-JUN-12 - 22-JUN-12.
Diarmaid Ferriter (2012) Ambiguous Republic: Ireland in the 1970s. [Invited Lecture], Royal Irish Academy Public Discourse, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin , 12-DEC-12 - 12-DEC-12.
Diarmaid Ferriter (2012) Commemorating the past: what is worth preserving?. [Plenary Lecture], The Burren Law School, Clare , 05-MAY-12 - 05-MAY-12.
Diarmaid Ferriter (2013) John Moriarty Memorial Lecture: Change and Crisis: Ireland since 1960. [Invited Lecture], Clifden Arts Festival, Clifden, Galway , 14-SEP-13 - 14-SEP-13.
Diarmaid Ferriter (2013) Scrambling for the bones of the Patriot Dead. [Keynote Address], EFACIS annual conference 2013: Towards 2016: Old and New Irelands, University College Galway , 07-JUN-13 - 07-JUN-13.
Diarmaid Ferriter (2013) Commemorating the Irish Revolution, 1913-23. [Keynote Address], History Teachers Association of Ireland annual conference, Ballinasloe, Galway , 04-OCT-13 - 04-OCT-13.
Diarmaid Ferriter (2014) Michael Hartnett Memorial Lecture: Remembering and Commeorating the Irish Revolution. [Invited Lecture], Eigse Michael Hartnett Literary and Arts Festival, Newcastlewest, Limerick , 12-APR-14 - 12-APR-14.
Diarmaid Ferriter (2014) Ireland in 1914: Loyalty, Living and Longing. [Keynote Address], Ireland and the First World War, Waterford City Library , 30-AUG-14 - 30-AUG-13.


Committee : National Archives Advisory Council
Committee : National Library of Ireland Board
Committee : Expert Advisory Group on Commemmorations


Year 1992 Institution: UCD
Qualification: BA (First Hons., Grade 1) Subject: History
Year 1996 Institution:
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 1991 Institution:
Qualification: BA Subject:

Outreach Activities

Weekly Irish Times Columnist
Contributor to weekly History Slot on Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk Radio
Regular broadcaster with RTE Radio and Television on historical matters
Presenter of What if? RTE Radio One, 2003-2007
Presenter of the History Show on RTE Radio One, 2011-2012
Presenter and author of The Limits of Liberty, a three part history of twentieth century Ireland on RTE television, June 2010
Regular lecturer for local history societies
Regular visitor to second level schools for history talks and School History weeks 
Contributor to the Dublin History Festival in 2013 and 2014
Contributor to the Kilkenny Arts Festival, 2011-2013
Contributor to the Little Museum of Dublin annual lecture programme, 2012-14
Contributor to the Westport Rolling Sun Arts Festival, 2013 

 I have reviewed over one hundred books in the following journals and newspapers:

History Today, Irish Historical Studies, Irish Review, Irish Literary Supplement, Irish Studies Review, Irish Times, Irish Book Review, Sunday Business Post, Sunday Tribune, The Guardian, Saothar, Tipperary Historical Journal, Journal of Irish Economic and Social History, Times Literary Supplement, Catholic Historical Review

I have written an extensive range of history articles for The Irish Times, Irish Independent and Irish Examiner newspapers.

I have reviewed book manuscripts for Irish Academic Press, Oxford University Press and Manchester University Press and acted as external examiner for PhDs at Queen's University Belfast, Limerick University and Hertford College, Oxford University.

Contributor to the Little Museum of Dublin annual lecture programme, 2012-2014



Diarmaid Ferriter (2015) A Nation and Not a Rabble: The Irish Revolutions, 1913-23. London: Profile. [Details]
Diarmaid Ferriter (2012) Ambiguous Republic: Ireland in the 1970s. London: Profile Books. [Details]
Diarmaid Ferriter; (2009) Occasions of Sin: Sex and Society in Modern Ireland. London: Profile Books. [Details]
Diarmaid Ferriter; (2007) Judging Dev: A reassessment of the life and legacy of Eamon De Valera. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. [Details]
Diarmaid Ferriter; (2006) What if? Alternative Views of Twentieth century Ireland. Dublin: Gill and MacMillan. [Details]
Diarmaid Ferriter; (2004) The Transformation of Ireland, 1900-2000. London: Profile Books. [Details]
Diarmaid Ferriter; (2001) Lovers of Liberty? Local Government in Twentieth Century Ireland. Dublin: National Archives of Ireland. [Details]
Diarmaid Ferriter and Colm Toibin; (2001) The Irish Famine: A Documentary. London: Profile Books. [Details]
Diarmaid Ferriter; (1999) A Nation of Extremes: The Pioneers in Twentieth Century Ireland. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. [Details]
Diarmaid Ferriter; (1999) Cuimhneach Ar Luimneach: A History of Limerick County Council, 1899-1999. Limerick: Limerick County Council. [Details]
Diarmaid Ferriter; (1996) Mothers, Maidens and Myths: A History of the Irish Countrywomen's Association. Dublin: Fás. [Details]

Book Chapters

Diarmaid Ferriter (2016) 'Twenty First Century Ireland' In: Richard Bourke and Ian McBride (eds). The Princeton History of Modern Ireland. Princeton: Princeton University Press. [Details]
Diarmaid Ferriter (2016) 'Patrick Pearse and James Connolly' In: Eugenio Biagini (eds). The Shaping of Modern Ireland. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. [Details]
Diarmaid Ferriter (2015) 'Drink and Society in twentieth century Ireland' In: Elizabeth FitzPatrick and James Kelly (eds). Food and Drink in Ireland. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. [Details]
Diarmaid Ferriter (2015) 'Social Life and the GAA in a time of upheaval in Ireland' In: Gearóid O Tuathaigh (eds). The GAA and Revolution in Ireland 1913-1923. Cork: The Collins Press. [Details]
Diarmaid Ferriter (2014) 'John McGahern and the Historian of Modern Ireland' In: John Kenny (eds). John McGahern Yearbook Vol.5. Galway: NUI Galway. [Details]
Diarmaid Ferriter (2014) 'Always in danger of Finding Myself with Nothing at all: The Military Service Pension and the battle for material survival, 1925-1955' In: Catriona Crowe (eds). Guide to the Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection. Dublin: Oglaigh na hEireann. [Details]
Diarmaid Ferriter (2013) 'Liberty Hall in Irish History' In: D.R.O'Connor Lysaght (eds). 100 years of Liberty Hall. Dublin: ITGWU. [Details]
Diarmaid Ferriter (2012) ''No good Catholic can be a true socialist': The Labour Party and the Catholic Church, 1922-52' In: Paul Daly, Ronan O'Brien and Paul Rouse (eds). Making the Difference? The Irish Labour Party 1912-2012. Cork: Collins Press. [Details]
Diarmaid Ferriter (2011) ''Sex and the Archbishop': John Charles McQuaid and social change in 1960s Ireland' In: Thomas Hachey (eds). Turning Points in Twentieth Century Irish History. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. [Details]
Diarmaid Ferriter (2014) 'De Valera's Ireland, 1932-58' In: Alvin Jackson (eds). The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish History. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
Diarmaid Ferriter; (2009) ''The Stupid Propaganda of the calamity mongers': The Middle Class and Irish Politics, 1945-1995' In: Diarmaid Ferriter; (eds). Politics, Society and the middle-class in Ireland. London: Palgrave. [Details]
Diarmaid Ferriter; (2007) ''A figurative scramble for the bones of the patriot dead': Commemmorating the Rising, 1922-65' In: Diarmaid Ferriter; (eds). 1916 in 1966. Dublin: Royal irish Academy. [Details]
Diarmaid Ferriter; (2006) ''For God's sake send me a packet of fags': St Patrick's College 1922-45' In: Diarmaid Ferriter; (eds). A History of St Patrick's College, Drumcondra. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
Diarmaid Ferriter; (2003) ''Sobriety and Temperance in the twentieth century'' In: Diarmaid Ferriter; (eds). Alcohol, Society and the Law. Surrey: Barry Rose. [Details]
Diarmaid Ferriter; (2003) ''Bringing books to the remotest hamlets and the hills' The post-war public library service' In: Diarmaid Ferriter; (eds). The University of the People. Dublin: RTE. [Details]
Diarmaid Ferriter; (2003) ''Suffer the little children? The historical validity of memoirs of Irish childhood'' In: Diarmaid Ferriter; (eds). Childhood and its Discontents: The First Seamus Heaney Lectures. Dublin: Liffey Press. [Details]
Diarmaid Ferriter; (2001) ''Local Government, public health and welfare in twentieth century Ireland'' In: Diarmaid Ferriter; (eds). County and Town: One Hundred Years of Local Government in Ireland. Dublin: Institute of Public Administration. [Details]

Edited Books

Diarmaid Ferriter and Susannah Riordan (Ed.). (2015) Years of Turbulence: The Irish Revolution and its aftermath. Dublin: University College Dublin Press. [Details]

Other Journals

Diarmaid Ferriter (2008) 'Women and Political Change Since 1960' Eire-Ireland XLIII (Spring/Summer 2008) :179-205. [Details]
Diarmaid Ferriter (editor) (2008) 'Ireland Since 1960' Eire-Ireland XLIII (Srping/Summer 2008) :5-239. [Details]

Published Reports

Diarmaid Ferriter (2009) Report for the Commission to Inquire Into Child Abuse: historical perspectives on child abuse. Official State Publication (The Ryan Report), Dublin. [Details]


Research Interests

The social, cultural and political history of twentieth century Ireland. Irish Women's History, the history of Irish sexuality, the Irish and alcohol, the distribution of power in twentieth century Ireland, local government, Ireland in the 1970s, the life and legacy of Eamon de Valera, the revolutionary period 1913-23.

Research Projects

Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : Remembering Rebellion
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-15 / 31-MAR-16
Sponsor : Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
Title : Women, Crime and Punishment: Female Convicts in Nineteenth Century Ireland
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-11 / 30-SEP-13
Sponsor : Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
Title : Why Foreign Aid? Irish Development Assistance 1975-1995
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-09 / 30-SEP-12
Sponsor : Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
Title : Why Foreign Aid?
Start Date / End Date : 14-FEB-11 / 13-FEB-12
Sponsor : Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
Title : Transforming Fine Gael: the impact of the Just Society
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-09 / 30-SEP-10


Teaching Philosophy

The social, political and cultural history of twentieth century Ireland