The idea of the IAPH was first conceived of by Roisín Higgins and Kelly Fitzgerald in the summer of 2013. Both felt that the large number of qualified historians that have emerged from the academy, particularly in Ireland over the last ten years, warranted the formation of an association that would link these professionals, regardless of whether they work inside or outside the academy. They envisaged an association that would facilitate greater interaction between historians and the wider community, as well as enabling collaboration amongst members who have a variety of expertise and skills.
The IAPH was supported from the outset by Minister Jimmy Deenihan and was directly assisted with seed funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Roisín and Kelly invited a number people to join IAPH’s inaugural committee, and they have been working since the summer of 2013 to establish the association. The current committee includes:
Dr Robert Armstrong (Advisory Board)
Robert Armstrong is Head of the Department of History and Senior Lecturer at Trinity College Dublin. His research focuses on early modern Ireland and Britain, particularly the religious, political and intellectual history of the seventeenth century. At present Robert’s main areas of study are Protestant religious dissent, peace-making efforts in England and in Ireland during the seventeenth-century conflicts, and the reign of James II. His ongoing interest in the history of imperial Britain is reflected in his undergraduate teaching. Robert is one of the Principal Investigators on the Insular Christianity Project sponsored by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, which looks at the shaping of religious communities in sixteenth- to eighteenth-century Britain and Ireland. He is also a co-editor of Irish Historical Studies.
Robert’s publications include Protestant war: the British of Ireland and the wars of the three kingdoms (Manchester, 2005); Intelligence, statecraft and international power (Ed. with Eunan O’Halpin and Jane Ohlmeyer; Dublin, 2006) and Community in early modern Ireland (Ed. with Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin; Dublin, 2006).
Dr Liam Chambers (Advisory Board)
Liam studied at NUI, Maynooth, and completed a PhD there in 2002. He joined the Department of History at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick as a Lecturer in 2000 and was appointed Senior Lecturer and Head of Department in 2011. Liam’s research examines eighteenth-century Irish history and the history of Irish migration to continental Europe (especially France) in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. His publications include Rebellion in Kildare, 1790-1803 (Dublin, 1998); Michael Moore, c.1639-1726: Provost of Trinity, Rector of Paris (Dublin, 2005); Power in history: from medieval Ireland to the post-modern world (Historical Studies XXVII) (ed. with Anthony McElligott, Ciara Breathnach and Catherine Lawless; Dublin, 2011); a Special Issue of Irish Historical Studies on ’Power, the State and Institutions in Ireland’, vol. xxxviii, no. 149 (May 2012), edited with Ciara Breathnach and Anthony McElligott. He is currently working on a study of Irish Colleges, students and clergy in Paris from the late sixteenth century to the late twentieth century and Irish Catholic politics in the mid-to-late eighteenth century, among other projects. Liam held an IRCHSS Government of Ireland Research Fellowship in 2005-2006. He is a committee member of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society.
Dr John Jeremiah Cronin (Executive Secretary)
A Clareman by birth and inclination, John Jeremiah Cronin initially graduated MA from NUI Galway. He was later awarded a PhD by the European University Institute, Florence. Amongst other things, John has contributed to the Cambridge History of Ireland, worked on the Irish-government sponsored “Irish Battlefields Project”, focussing on early-modern military actions. He has also worked as a teaching assistant in NUI Galway, on the Oscail programme of Dublin City University and the Liberal Arts programme of the City of Dublin Education and Training Board. He has likewise lectured in Carlow College, Mary Immaculate College of Education (University of Limerick), and in University College Dublin. Furthermore, he has acted as a consultant to bodies such as the Epic Ireland Visitor Experience and the Redemptorist Library Project. His research, which principally focuses on Irish elites, have been published in Belgium, Canada, Britain, the US and Ireland.
Dr Elizabeth Dawson (Advisory Board)
Elizabeth is a graduate of University College Dublin where she completed a PhD in early medieval Irish history. Having held an IRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Royal Irish Academy, and lectured at the Department of Theology, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, she currently lectures in Queen’s University Belfast. Her scholarship focuses on conversion to Christianity in the Medieval West, the cults and Lives of early Christian saints, and the development of the Patrician cult from the fifth to twelfth century. She has published a variety of articles on these topics and is currently preparing a monograph on St Patrick, due for publication in 2018.
Elizabeth has worked with a number of institutes including the Discovery Programme, the UCD Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute and the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland. She has been involved in a variety of research projects including the Irish government-sponsored Louvain 400 celebrations. Elizabeth is a former Executive Secretary of IAPH.
Dr Kelly Fitzgerald (Advisory Board)
Dr Kelly Fitzgerald lectures in Irish Folklore and Celtic Civilisation in University College Dublin. Her work has focused on the development of folkloristics and folklore studies in Ireland as well as on the creative process behind the verbal arts. She is a Director of Fondúireacht Bhéaloideas Éireann and is a Hon Gen Secretary to the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland. She also works as an ethnographer and oral historian for Anu Productions of which she is the Company Director.
Prof Peter Gray
Peter Gray took his undergraduate and doctoral degrees at the University of Cambridge before holding research fellowships at the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s, and at Downing College, Cambridge. He taught Irish and British history at the University of Southampton 1996-2005, before returning to Belfast to take up the position of Professor of Modern Irish History. In 2004 Professor Gray was the Burns Library Visiting Professor in Irish Studies at Boston College, Massachusetts. He was chair of the Royal Irish Academy’s National Committee for Historical Sciences 2007-10, and became Head of the School of History and Anthropology in 2010. He was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2013.
Peter’s research specialism is in the history of British-Irish relations c.1800–70, especially the political history of the Great Famine of 1845–50 and the politics of poverty and land in the nineteenth century. He has recently completed a history of the origins and implementation of the 1838 Irish Poor Law Act. He has interests in the history of nineteenth-century political economy and social thought, in comparative imperial history (especially nineteenth-century Ireland and India), in historical memory and commemoration, and in the history of the Irish lord lieutenancy. His publications include The Irish lord lieutenancy c.1541-1922 (ed. with Olwen Purdue, Dublin, 2012), Poverty and welfare in Ireland 1838-1948 (ed. with Virginia Crossman, Dublin, 2011), The making of the Irish poor law 1815-43 (Manchester, 2009), Famine, land and politics: British government and Irish society 1843–1850 (Dublin, 1999) and The Irish Famine (London, 1995).
Dr Roisín Higgins (Advisory Board)
Roisín Higgins is a Senior Lecturer in History at Teesside University. She did her PhD at the University of St Andrews and has worked in universities in Ireland, Scotland and England. Her somewhat peripatetic career led Roisín to understand the importance of creating an association that would provide a community for all professional historians
Dr Paul Huddie
Paul Huddie is a post-PhD researcher who holds a BA and MA from University College Dublin and a PhD from Queen’s University Belfast. He was the recipient of a Four-Year Higher Education Studentship from 2009-13 and completed his doctoral research at QUB in 2014. He is the author of several peer-reviewed publications, including The Crimean War and Irish Society, published by Liverpool University Press in 2015. His research focuses on war and society in Ireland and Britain in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and this includes the topics of army wives and military charities; Ireland and imperial warfare; and war memorialisation. He has given particular attention to both the Crimean War and the First World War. He was also the recipient of the Society for Army Historical Research’s Independent Researcher Grant in 2018 and Crimean War Research Society’s President’s Trophy in 2013, and a dozen other research grants in between.
Dr Eoin Kinsella (Director)
Eoin Kinsella is a researcher and historical consultant. He has previously worked on major historical projects for the Department of the Taoiseach, the Central Bank of Ireland, the Office of the Attorney General, the Oireachtas Library and Research Services, the Royal Irish Academy, the Irish Independent and the Commissioners of Irish Lights. He is currently working as a historical consultant for Leopardstown Park Hospital, Dublin, researching and writing a book to mark the hospital’s centenary in 2017. Between 2012 and 2014 he held an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at the School of History in UCD, where he also completed his PhD as a Micheal O Cleirigh Institute scholar. In 2011 he co-founded the annual Tudor and Stuart Ireland conference and has taught undergraduate history at UCD since 2004.
Dr Mary McAuliffe (Advisory Board)
Mary holds a Ph.D from the School of History and Humanities, Trinity College Dublin. She lectures on Irish Women’s and Gender History on the UCD Women’s Studies Masters and undergraduate Programmes. Her research interests include early modern social and political history, Irishwomen’s social and political histories and oral histories and she has published in these areas. Her most recent publication is the Fanny Taylors (1867) Irish Homes and Irish Hearts (UCD Press, Classics series, 2013) which she has edited and introduced. She was President of the Women’s History Association of Ireland (2011-2014) and continues as a member of its committee; she is also a member of the National Archives Advisory Committee (NAAC). She co-ordinated the centenary commemorations of the founding of Cumann na mBan including a major conference held on 4th/5th April, 2014 at Collins Barracks Dublin. As well as providing a valuable database of professional historians Mary regards the professional training workshops, which the IAPH will facilitate, as vitally important for all its members into the future.