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John McCafferty

Professor

School Of History
Newman Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168285
Email: john.mccafferty@ucd.ie

Biography

I was educated in UCD where I did VIIIb 'pure' History.  Following the award of a First Class Honours degree, I embarked on an edition of the only surviving ecclesiastical 16th century 'Act Book' for Ireland.  This is a Latin text of some 150 folios.  After that I spent some years in Cambridge first as a benefactor's scholar and then as a fellow of St. John's College.  Since returning to UCD my work has increasingly focused on church history and the history of belief in Ireland in the period from 1500-1700.  As Director of the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute I work in a unique partnership with the Irish Franciscans whose transfer of manuscripts and rare books has been one of the most significant donations ever made to an Irish university.


BA (NUI) 1990
MA (NUI) 1991
PhD (Cantab.) 1996

Director of the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute, http://www.ucd.ie/mocleirigh/index.htm

Member of the Irish Manuscripts Commission since 2006.

I was awarded a UCD President's Research fellowship for 2010-2011.  The project entitled Making Ireland European, Making Europe Irish: the Irish Franciscan project 1600-1690 involves intensive study of early modern libraries in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Ireland and Italy. 

 

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 1989.
Title: Maureen Wall prize and medal
Year: 1989.
Title: Denis Bethell medal and prize
Year: 1990.
Title: T. D. Wllliams medal and prize
Year: 1990.
Title: R. D. Edwards memorial essay prize
Year: 1991.
Title: Robert Gardiner Memorial Fund Scholar
Year: 1994.
Title: Blackman Prize

Associations

Association: Irish Historical Studies, Function/Role: Joint editor
Association: Faculty of History, University of Cambridge, Function/Role: External Examiner, BA degree
Association: Irish Manuscripts Commission, Function/Role: Member
Association: Calendar of Papal Registers, Britain and Ireland, Function/Role: Member of editorial board
     

Conference Contributions

McCafferty, John (2015) A habit of return: Irish Franciscan friaries 1539 - 1650. [Invited Oral Presentation], 5th Tudor & Stuart Ireland Conference, Maynooth, Maynooth University , 28-AUG-15 - 29-AUG-15.
McCafferty, John (2015) Winter Island? Translating Emotion on the 17th-Century Irish Mission. [Invited Lecture], Ecclesiastical History Society 54th Summer Conference, University of York , 28-JUL-15 - 30-JUL-15.
McCafferty, John (2015) Recycling an Island's past for a global Catholicism: Irish Franciscans in the 17th century. [Invited Lecture], Early Modern catholics in the British Isles & Europe: Integration or Separation?, Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University , 01-JUL-15 - 03-JUL-15.
McCafferty, John (2015) ¿Looking for New Spain in New France: Franciscans and Hurons¿. [Invited Lecture], Les Recollets en Amerique: traces et memoires, Ecole d'architecture de l'université Laval, Québec , 11-JUN-15 - 13-JUN-15.
McCafferty, J (2015) Why the Irish saints were so important to the Irish Franciscans. [Invited Lecture], Scoil Mhíchíl Uí Chléirigh/ Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Summer School 2015, Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal , 15-MAY-15 - 17-MAY-15.
McCafferty, John (2015) Catholic archives in Ireland. [Invited Lecture], Scotland's Catholic Archives, University of Aberdeen , 09-MAY-15 - 09-MAY-15.
McCafferty, John (2015) A mundo valde alieni: Irish Franciscan responses to dissolution. [Invited Oral Presentation], Society for Reformation Studies, 22nd Conference: Continuity & Discontinuity in the Reformation, Westminster College, Cambridge, England , 08-APR-15 - 10-APR-15.
McCafferty, John (2014) A single witness: Ireland and Europe through the eyes of a small man with a big nose (Nicholas Archbold's Histories). [Plenary Lecture], 4th Tudor and Stuart Ireland Conference, NUI Maynooth , 29-AUG-14 - 30-AUG-14.
John McCafferty (2012) Donatus Mooney's De Provincia Hiberniae (1617) and the once and future glory of the Irish Franciscans. [Invited Oral Presentation], Oxford theology faculty: Religion in the British Isles, 1400-1700, Oxford , 11-MAY-12 - 11-MAY-12.
McCafferty, John; (2010) Church of Ireland bishops, their biographers and the experience of revolution, 1656-1686. [Invited Lecture], Church of Ireland Historical Society, Armagh , 24-APR-10 - 24-APR-10.
McCafferty, John; (2009) Living the rule through Irish: seventeenth century translations of the Franciscan Rule. [Invited Lecture], Living the Rule, International Franciscan Study Centre, Canterbury , 04-SEP-09 - 06-SEP-09.
McCafferty, John; (2008) International Summer School. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Exiles and emigrants, Ireland & Europe, Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Louvain, Belgium , 14-MAY-08 - 17-MAY-08.
McCafferty, John; (2007) International Summer School. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Louvain 400: The Irish in Europe, 400 years, Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Louvain, Belgium , 21-MAY-07 - 25-MAY-07.
McCafferty, J.; (2006) Paper on hagiography. [N/A], Oxford History and Theology seminar, Oxford , 11-MAY-06 - 11-MAY-06.
McCafferty, J.; (2006) Oxford History and Theology seminar. [Other], Oxford History and Theology seminar, Oxford , 01-JAN-06.
McCafferty, J.; (2006) Lives and afterlives III: the cult of St. Columba. [Other], Lives and afterlives III: the cult of St. Columba, UCD , 01-JAN-06.
McCafferty, J.; (2006) Paper on early modern interpretations of the saint's cult. [N/A], 'Lives and afterlives III: the cult of St. Columba', UCD , 23-APR-06 - 24-APR-06.
John McCafferty; (2002) Why Ireland never became Protestant. [Invited Lecture], British Historians Conference, Windsor , 08-SEP-02.

Committees

Committee : Calendar of Papal Registers, Britain and Ireland, editorial committee
Committee : Research Policy and Operations Board
Committee : UCD-OFM partnership
Committee : UCD Press (editorial)
Committee : UCD Seed funding
Committee : Dept Marine, Communications etc
Committee : UCD Communications Board
Committee : Irish Manuscripts Commission
 

Education

Year 1990 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: BA Subject:
Year 1991 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: MA Subject:
Year 1996 Institution: University of Cambridge
Qualification: PhD Subject:
   

Outreach Activities

Rossnowlagh Co, Donegal

Scoil Mhíchíl Uí Chléirigh/ Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Summer School 17 May 2014 

Scoil Mhíchíl Uí Chléirigh/ Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Summer School 15-17 May 2015

Member of steering committee and speaker 
   

Publications

Books

McCafferty, J. (2005) Protestant prelates or godly pastors? The dilemma of the early Stuart episcopate. : Cambridge University Press. [DOI] [Details]
McCafferty, J. (2011) Irish bishops, their biographers and the experience of revolution, 1656â¿¿1686. : Cambridge University Press. [DOI] [Details]
Ford, A. and McCafferty, J. (2005) The origins of sectarianism in early modern Ireland. : Cambridge University Press. [DOI] [Details]
McCafferty, John & Ford, Alan (2012) The origins of sectarianism in early modern Ireland (paperback reprint). UK: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
McCafferty, John (2010) The reconstruction of the Church of Ireland (paperback reprint). UK: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
McCafferty, J; (2007) The reconstruction of the Church of Ireland: Bishop Bramhall and the Laudian reforms 1633-1641. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Available Online [Details]
Mc Cafferty, J. edited with Alan Ford; (2005) The Origins of Sectarianism in Early Modern Ireland. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

McCafferty, John (2017) 'Ireland and Scotland, 1534-1663' In: Milton, Anthony (eds). The Oxford History of Anglicanism Vol I:Reformation & Identity. Oxford: Oxford University Press. , pp.243-265 [Details]
McCafferty, John; (2011) 'Irish bishops, their biographers and the experience of revolution, 1656-1686' In: Braddick, Michael J & Smith, David L (eds). The Experience of Revolution in Stuart Britain and Ireland. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. , pp.253-269 Available Online [Details]
McGrath, C. I., Kelly, James, & McCafferty, John; (2009) ''Introduction'' In: Kelly, James, McCafferty, John, & McGrath, C. I (eds). People, Politics and Power: Essays on Irish History 1660-1850 in Honour of James I. McGuire. Dublin: UCD Press. , pp.1-12 [Details]
Bhreathnach, Edel, Mac Mahon, Joseph, McCafferty, John; (2009) 'Introduction' In: Bhreathnach, Edel, Mac Mahon, Joseph, McCafferty, John (eds). The Irish Franciscans 1534-1990. Dublin: Four Courts. , pp.xv-xvii Available Online [Details]
John McCafferty; (2009) 'Venice in Cavan: the career of William Bedell, 1572-1642' In: Brendan Scott (eds). Culture and Society in Early Modern Breifne/Cavan. Dublin: Four Courts Press. Available Online [Details]
John McCafferty; (2009) 'John Bramhall's second Irish career, 1660-1663' In: James Kelly, John McCafferty, Ivar McGrath (eds). People, politics and power: essays on Irish history, 1660-1850. Dublin: UCD Press. , pp.16-27 Available Online [Details]
John McCafferty; (2008) 'The churches and peoples of the three kingdoms, 1603-1641' In: Jenny Wormald (eds). The Short Oxford History of the British Isles: The Seventeenth Cantury. Oxford: Oxford University Press. , pp.51-80 [Details]
McCafferty, J.; (2006) 'The communion of saints and Catholic reformation in early seventeenth-century Ireland' In: Robert Armstrong & Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin (eds). Community in Early Modern Ireland. Dublin: *. , pp.199-214 [Details]
Ford, A. and McCafferty, J.; (2005) 'Protestant prelates or Godly pastors? The dilemma of the early Stuart episcopacy' In: Ford, A. and McCafferty, J.; (eds). The Origins of Sectarianism in Early Modern Ireland. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. , pp.54-72 [Details]
McCafferty, J.; (2003) 'Precedent covenants: Daniel Maclises Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife and the writers of Irish history' In: H.B.Clarke, J.Devlin (eds). European Encounters. Essays in memory of Albert Lovett. Dublin: *. , pp.270-281 [Details]
John McCafferty; (2002) 'When reformations collide' In: Allan Macinness and Jane Ohlmeyer, eds.(Dublin) (eds). The Stuart Kingdoms in the Seventeenth Century. *: *. [Details]
McCafferty, J.; (2001) 'To follow the Late Precedents of England. The Irish Impeachment Proceedings of 1641' In: D. Greer and N. Dawson (eds). Mysteries and Solutions in Irish Legal History. Dublin: *. [Details]
John McCafferty; (1996) 'God bless your free Church of Ireland: Wentworth, Laud, Bramhall and the Irish Convocation of 1634' In: J. F. Merritt (eds). The Political World of Thomas Wentworth. Cambridge: *. [Details]

Edited Books

Edel Bhreathnach, Joe MacMahon, John McCafferty (Ed.). (2009) The Irish Franciscans, 1534-1990. Dublin: Four Courts Press. Available Online [Details]
James Kelly, John McCafferty, Ivar McGrath (Ed.). (2009) People, politics and power: essays on Irish history, 1660-1850. Dublin: UCD Press. Available Online [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

McCafferty, John (2017) 'A mundo valde alieni: Irish Franciscan Responses to the Dissolution of the Monasteries, 1540¿1640'. Reformation and Renaissance Review, 19 (1):50-63. [DOI] [Details]
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]
McCafferty, John; MacMahon, Jospeph (2013) 'The Wadding Library of Saint Isidore's College Rome, 1622-1700'. Archivum Franciscanum Historicum, 106 (2013) (106):97-118. [Details]
McCafferty, J.; (1998) 'St Patrick for the Church of Ireland: James Usshers Discourse'. Bullan, 3 (Winter 1997/Spring 1998) (No. 2):87-102. [Details]

Other Journals

McCafferty, John (2011) 'Franciscan Rules printed in the Spanish netherlands in the seventeenth century' Canterbury Studies in Franciscan history . [Details]
McCafferty, John; (2007) 'Preface' Journal of the Irish Society for Archives 14 (Autumn) :3-4. [Details]

Conference Publications

McCafferty, J (2015) The College of St. Anthony at Louvain . In: McAuley, B eds. Scoil Mhíchíl Uí Chléirigh/ Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Summer School 2014 Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal, , 15-MAY-15 - 15-MAY-15 , pp.75-95 [Details]
 

Catalogue

McCafferty, JOhn (2014) Exile and the Irish Franciscan Tradition. Dublin: Catalogue [Details]
                           

Book Reviews

McCafferty, J (2010) THE ULSTER EARLS AND BAROQUE EUROPE. Book Reviews [Details]
McCafferty, J (2002) Dr Bedell and Mr King: The making of the Irish Bible. Book Reviews [Details]
McCafferty, J (2000) History of the Catholic Diocese of Dublin. Book Reviews [Details]
McCafferty, J (2000) History of the Diocese of Derry from earliest times. Book Reviews [Details]
McCafferty, J (1998) Devoted people: Belief and religion in early modern Ireland. Book Reviews [Details]
McCafferty, J (1998) The reformations in Ireland: Tradition and confessionalism, 1400-1690. Book Reviews [Details]
McCafferty, J (1998) Uniting the kingdom? The making of British history. Book Reviews [Details]
McCafferty, J (1998) Conquest and union: Fashioning a British state, 1485-1725. Book Reviews [Details]
           

Consultancy

McCafferty, John (2014) Leuven as a centre for Irish religious, academic and political thought. Brussels: Consultancy Link to full text [Details]
McCafferty, John; (2007) Leuven, Lobháin, Louvain 1607. Dublin: Consultancy [Details]
                         

Published Case Studies

McCafferty, John (2015) In the footsteps of long ago saints: Irish Capuchins in the Rhineland. Dublin: Published Case Studies [Details]
McCafferty, John (2013) Nicholas Archbold OFMCap: the small man with the big nose. Dublin: Published Case Studies [Details]
McCafferty, John (2013) Donatus Mooney's De Provincia Hiberniae (c. 1617): Ireland the Franciscan island. Dublin: Published Case Studies [Details]
                                     

Research

Research Interests


- Perceptions of the medieval past in the early modern period
- Irish Franciscan networks in early modern continental Europe
- Religious autobiographies and biographies
- The Church of Ireland in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
- Three Kingdoms history.

Recent Grant Activity

2011: Mellon Foundation grant for an assessment of the Franciscan archive - USD 42,000
2010: UCD President's Fellowship for study of Irish Franciscan libraries
2005: Grant of 223,000 from IRCHSS for project into material culture of the friars in Ireland.
2006: Donation of 500,000 for MÓC from private donor
2007: 400,000 from Irish government for Louvain 400 programme
 
 

Research Projects

Sponsor : The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (AMF)
Title : "An Image of Ireland and the world".
Start Date / End Date : 01-JUL-11 / 31-AUG-12
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Making Ireland European, making Europe Irish: the Irish franciscan project 1600-1690
Start Date / End Date : 01-SEP-10 / 31-AUG-11
Sponsor : Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
Title : Mendicant Orders in late medieval and early modern Ireland: Material heritage in its historical context
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-06 / 31-DEC-07

Recent Postgraduates

Coleman Dennehy, BA, MLitt

Mark Empey, B.A.
Philomena Gorey, BA