About me

Email

b.griffin1907@gmail.com

Areas of expertise

I have a broad interest in the social history of nineteenth and early twentieth-century Ireland.
My main interests are the Royal Irish Constabulary and Dublin Metropolitan Police, Fenianism, and sport (especially cycling).
Current research projects include Percy French and cycling, the RIC barracks as domestic space, billiards in the nineteenth century, cigarette advertisements, the rabbit industry in the nineteenth century and crime from c.1870-c.1920.

Member Details

Full Name

Brian Griffin

Membership Type

Professional Historian

Experience

Education

Milverton National School, 1967-68
Balrothery National School, 1968-74
St Fintina's Vocational School, Longwood, 1974-79
St Patrick's College, Maynooth 1979-83
Loyola University of Chicago, 1983-91

Employment

Temporary tutor, NUI Maynooth, 1982-83

Teaching assistant, Loyola University of Chicago, 1983-86

Temporary full-time lecturer, Maynooth,1987-88, 1990-91

Junior Research Fellow, Irish Studies Institute, Queen's University Belfast, 1991-1992

Temporary lecturer and tutor, Maynooth, 1992-93

Reviewer, H.W. Wilson Publishing Company, Dublin, 1994-1995

Senior lecturer in History, Bath Spa University, September 1995-January 2020

Consultancy work

Consultant for Mo High Nelly Álainn, a documentary programme on the impact of the "High Nelly" pushbike on Irish society in the first half of the twentieth century, broadcast on TG4 on Sunday 14 November 2012 and Monday 15 November 2012

Consultant for Cycling Ireland's Hall of Fame, which was inaugurated on 2 November 2013

Consultant for Black’ 47, a film set in Ireland during the Great Famine, which was released in Irish cinemas in September 2018

Manuscript reader for Liverpool University Press and Cork University Press

Referee for articles in Irish Historical Studies, Irish Studies Review, Eire-Ireland, Journal of British Studies, International Journal for the Study of Sport, Canadian Review of Studies in Nationalism and ICON (Journal of the International Committee for the History of Technology)

Referee for Economic and Social Research Council

Reviewer for Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Reviewer, NUI Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships in the Humanities

Management & Administrative experience

Conferences organised:

'Ireland and the Union: Questions of Identity', annual conference of the Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland, Bath Spa University College, 9-11 April 1999

'Margins, Mainstreams and Moving Frontiers', biennial conference of British Association for Irish Studies, Bath Spa University College, 10-12 September 1999 (co-organiser)

'Irish Literature: Borders and Border Crossings', International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, Bath Spa University College, 24-29 July 2000 (co-organiser)

First Annual Postgraduate Irish Studies in Britain conference, Bath Spa University, 12 November 2005

Second Annual Postgraduate Irish Studies in Britain conference, Bath Spa University, 18 November 2006

Third Annual Postgraduate Irish Studies conference, Bath Spa University, 17 November 2007

‘Leaving in Irish History, Politics and Culture’, part of Taking French Leave: The 11th Percy French Festival, Castlecoote House, Co. Roscommon, 10th-12th July 2019

Outreach activities

Conference papers/public talks

‘Leaving the Irish Police: The Dublin Metropolitan Police and Royal Irish Constabulary’, Leaving in Irish History, Politics and Culture, Castlecoote House, Co. Roscommon, 10 July 2019
‘Sport in Ireland during the Great Famine’, Meath Archaeological and Historical Society, Trim Library, Meath, 8 July 2018
‘Before the High Wheel: Hobby-Horses, Quadricycles, Tricycles and Velocipedes in Ireland, 1819-1869’, The Future from the Past: 29th International Cycle History Conference, City of London Guildhall, 15 June 2018
‘The Country House and Sport and Leisure during the Great Famine’, The Country House and Leisure: The 16th Annual Historical Houses Conference, Maynooth University, 9 June 2018
‘Percy French: A Sceptical Observer of His World? As Seen through the Lens of his Cycling Journalism’, Towards a Third Republic, Percy French Festival, Castlecoote House, Co. Roscommon, 7 July 2017
‘Cycle Camping in Ireland in the Victorian and Edwardian Eras’, 28th International Cycling History conference, Technoseum, Mannheim, 30 May 2017
‘Sport and Class in Ireland during the Great Famine’, The Great Famine and Social Class: Conflicts, Responsibilities, Representations conference, Queen’s University of Belfast, 20 April 2017
‘Percy French: A Portrait of the Artist as a Cycling Journalist’, Percy French Festival, Castlecoote House, Co. Roscommon, 6 July 2016

‘The Irish and the Prevention of Terrorism Acts’, Muslims as the ‘New Suspect Communities’: Historical Perspectives, Contemporary Considerations, Red Brick Building, Glastonbury, 2 March 2016

‘Sport in Ireland during the Great Famine’, International Sport and Leisure History Symposium, Manchester Metropolitan University Cheshire campus, 27 February 2016

'Anti-Catholicism in Nineteenth-Century Bath: From Catholic Emancipation to Papal Infallibility', Benedectine Bath conference, Bath Guildhall, 10 July 2015

'Percy French: A Portrait of the Artist as a Cyclist', 10th Sports History Ireland conference, St Patrick's College, Drumcondra, 20 September 2014

'Cyclists' Travel Accounts in Late Victorian and Edwardian Ireland', Life-Writing Study Day, Bath Spa University, 31 May 2014

'Irish Cycling History: Before and After Dunlop', Ulster Museum, Belfast, 7 May 2014

'Irish Crime and Violence as depicted in the Illustrated Police News, 1867-1900', Crime, Violence and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century: 19th annual conference of the Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland, University of Northumbria, 27 June 2013

'Battling Anti-Christ: Anti-Catholicism in Bath from the 1820s to the 1860s', Holburne Museum, Bath, 23 April 2013

'The Cycling Tour in Victorian Ireland', Leisure and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century, Eighteenth Annual conference of the Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland, Mater Dei Institute of Education, Dublin City University, 28 June 2012

'The Big House at Play: Archery in Nineteenth-Century Ireland', Seventh Annual Sports History Ireland conference, Hunt Museum, Limerick, 10 September 2011

'The Big House at Play: Archery in Nineteenth-Century Ireland', Irish Elites in the Nineteenth Century: 17th International Conference of the Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland, University of Liverpool, 1 July 2011

‘Punch and the Fenians in the 1860s’, The Black Hand of Republicanism: The Fenians and History conference, Queen’s University of Belfast and University of Ulster, 20-21 June, 2008

‘Irish Cycling Clubs, 1869-1901’, Associational Culture in Ireland and the Wider World c.1750-c.1940 conference, NUI Maynooth, 16-18 May 2008

‘An Illusory Freedom? Women and Cycling in Nineteenth-Century Ireland’, Irish Lecture Series, Bath Spa University, 20 February 2008

‘The Development of Bicycle Racing in Victorian Ireland’, Fourth Annual Sports History Ireland conference, Boston College-Ireland, Dublin, 16 February 2008

‘The Devil on Wheels? Cycling’s Impact on Nineteenth-Century Ireland’, Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 28 January 2008

‘Women and the Cycling Boom in Victorian Ireland: Image and Reality’, Women, Sport and Leisure, Women’s History Network (Midlands Region) conference, University of Worcester, 12 May 2007

‘Fiction and Cycling in Victorian Ireland’, Representing Sport: Exploring the Literary Turn in Sport History, International Centre for Sport History, De Montfort University, 5 May 2007.

‘Cycling and Women in Victorian Ireland: Image and Reality’, Women in Irish History and Culture conference, University College Dublin, 22 October 2006

‘Discovering Ireland: Cycling and the Irish Countryside in the Nineteenth Century’, Irish Lecture Series, Bath Spa University, 1 March 2006

‘The Romance of the Wheel: Cycling Fiction in Victorian Ireland’, Second Sports History Ireland conference, NUI Maynooth, 18 February 2006

'The Cycling Craze in Victorian Ireland', Sports History Ireland inaugural conference, University College Dublin, 18 February 2005

'Cycling and the Irish Countryside in the 1880s and 1890s', symposium in Museum of Rural History, University of Reading, 15 June 2004

'The Wheels of Commerce? Cycling agents and Manufacturers, and the Irish Cycling Craze of the late Nineteenth Century', The State of Play: Sports History in Britain and Ireland, Past, Present and Future, University of Ulster, Belfast campus, 22 November 2003

‘A Provincial Perspective on the Irish Literary Revival: Katherine Frances Purdon’s Portrayal of Rural Meath’, Themes in Irish Literature and Culture, Bath Spa University, 13 July 2003

'The Irish Cycling Craze of the late Nineteenth Century', Postgraduate History Symposium, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 6 February 2003.

'The Revival at the Local Level: Katherine Frances Purdon's Portrayal of Rural Ireland', The Irish Revival Reappraised, All Hallows College, Dublin, 29 June 2002.

'Ireland and Terrorism': part of a panel discussion and question-and-answer session on 'Perspectives on Terrorism' organised by Mid-Somerset Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Wells Town Hall, 12 November 2001

'Irish Cycling Agents and Retailers in the 1880s and 1890s', The Commercial World: International Approaches to the History of Retailing and Distribution, 1500-2000, University of Wolverhampton, 13 September 2001

'The Gendered World of Irish Cycling, 1880-1900', Victoria's Ireland? Irishness and Britishness, 1837-1901, University of Southampton, 20 April 2001

'Oppressed, or Willing Oppressors?': Ireland and the Empire', Humanities Research Seminars, Bath Spa University College, 15 November 2000

'"Frightening the Horses": Irish Women Cyclists, 1880-1900', Heartlands and Peripheries in Women's History, Ninth Annual Women's History Network Conference, University of Bath, 16 September 2000

'"As Happy as Seven Kings": Cycling in late Nineteenth-Century Ireland', British Society for Sport History, Liverpool University, 30 April 2000

'Holy War in Belfast: Policing the Sectarian City', Humanities Research Seminars, Bath Spa University College, 15 March 2000

'The Offspring of Prostitutes? The Police in Nineteenth-Century Ireland', University of Southampton, 23 November 1999

'On the Margins? The Fenians in Ulster in the 1860s', Margins, Mainstreams and Moving Frontiers: Biennial Conference of the British Association for Irish Studies, Bath Spa University College, 11 September 1999

'Mad Dogs and Irishmen: Rabies in Ireland 1700-1900', Animals in History and Culture, Bath Spa University College, 3 July 1999

'Popular or Pariahs? The Police in Nineteenth-Century Ireland', Policing in Ireland seminar, Open University, Milton Keynes, 12 February 1999

'Bikers, Beards, and Butch Broads in Bloomers: Cycling in Nineteenth-Century Ireland', Humanities Research Seminars, Bath Spa University College, 22 April 1998

'The Royal Irish Constabulary: Pariahs or Good Neighbours?', plenary, Police, Peelers and Civic Guards: 200 Years of Irish Policing, Cahir Castle, 4 September 1997

'The Crimean War and Irish Identity', War and Identity conference, University of Huddersfield, 12 April 1997

'Ireland and the Crimean War', Irish Encounters: Annual Humanities conference, Bath Spa University College, July 1996

'Ireland and the Crimean War: Participation and Opinion', Irish Military History Society, Griffith Barracks, Dublin, April 1995

'Police and Crime in Nineteenth-Century Kildare', Tadhg Hayden Memorial Lecture, Kildare, June 1994

'Relations between the Police and Public: Dublin 1838-1913', Old Dublin Society, February 1994

'"Before the Peelers": Policing Belfast, 1800-1865', Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University of Belfast, February 1992

'Life in the Irish Police, 1836-1914', Economic and Social History of Ireland annual conference, Maynooth, September 1987

'Social Dimensions of Fenianism in Leinster and Connacht', Midwest Regional Conference of the American Committee for Irish Studies, University of Minnesota, October 1985

'A New Look at the Fenians', Irish History Students Association, Youghal, March 1983

Committees & Associations

Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland, member
British Association for Irish Studies, member
Economic and Social History Society of Ireland, member
Meath Archaeological and Historical Society, member
British Society for Sports History, member
Veteran-Cycle Club, member
Sports History Ireland, committee member
Editorial Board, Irish Studies Review, May 2011-present

Other activities

"Whizzing in all Directions: A History of Cycling in Ireland"https://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/history/social-economic-history/whizzing-all-directions-history-cycling-ireland

Publications

Books

Monographs:

Cycling in Victorian Ireland (Dublin: Nonsuch, 2006)

Sources for the History of Crime in Ireland 1801-1921 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005)

The Bulkies: Police and Crime in Belfast, 1800-1865 (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1997)

Edited collections:

(with Ellen McWilliams), Irish studies in Britain: New Perspectives on History and Literature (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2010)

New Voices in Irish Studies: Essays on History and Literature (Bath: Bath Spa University Press, 2009)

Book Chapters

‘Sport during the Famine’, in Mike Cronin and John Crowley (eds), Atlas of Irish Sport (Cork: Cork University Press, forthcoming)

‘Cycling in Ireland (1850-1918)’, in Mike Cronin and John Crowley (eds), Atlas of Irish Sport (Cork: Cork University Press, forthcoming)

‘Women and Cycling (1850-1918)’, in Mike Cronin and John Crowley (eds), Atlas of Irish Sport (Cork: Cork University Press, forthcoming)

‘Archery in Ulster in the 1860s and 1870s’, in Mike Cronin and John Crowley (eds), Atlas of Irish Sport (Cork: Cork University Press, forthcoming)

‘Bicycle Polo in Victorian and Edwardian Ireland’, in Mike Cronin and John Crowley (eds), Atlas of Irish Sport (Cork: Cork University Press, forthcoming)

‘Banishing Ennui, Blue Devils and Thoughts of Bad Potatoes: The Country House and Sport and Leisure during the Great Famine’, in Terence Dooley and Christopher Ridgway (eds), Sport and Leisure in the Irish and British Country House (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2019), pp 132-149

'The Early History of Cycling in Ireland: Hobby-Horses, Tricycles, Quadricycles and Other Velocipedes', in Gary Sanderson, Thomas Baker and Phillip P. Sanderson (eds), Cycle History 29: 29th International Cycling History Conference, London, England, 2018 (Verona: ICHC Publications Committee, 2019), pp 116-121

‘”Bad Roads Will Absolutely Nip in the Bud the New Development”: Cycling Tourism in Ireland in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries’, in Leeann Lane and William Murphy (eds), Leisure and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2016), pp 187-206

'The Big House at Play: Archery as an Elite Pastime from the 1830s to the 1870s', in Ciaran O’Neill (ed), Irish Elites in the Nineteenth Century (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2013), pp 153-171

‘Introduction’, in Irish studies in Britain: New Perspectives on History and Literature (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2010), pp 2-6

'Irish Cycling Clubs, 1869-1901' in Jennifer Kelly and R.V. Comerford (eds), Associational Culture in Ireland and Abroad (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2010), pp 105-127

‘Introduction’, in New Voices in Irish Studies: Essays on History and Literature (Bath: Bath Spa University Press, 2009), pp 9-14

‘Prevention and Detection of Crime in Nineteenth-Century Ireland’, in Norma M. Dawson (ed), Reflections on Law and History (Dublin: Four Courts Press/irish Legal History Society, 2006), pp 99-125

‘The Revival at Local Level: Katherine Frances Purdon's Portrayal of Rural Ireland' in Betsey Taylor FitzSimon and James H. Murphy (eds), The Irish Revival Reappraised (Dublin: Fouir Courts Press, 2004), pp 175-186

‘Luby, Thomas Clarke’, in H.G.C. Matthew and Brian Harrison (eds), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, 2004), pp 659-660

Entries on the Irish army, the Royal Irish Constabulary and policing in Ireland in Lelia Ruckenstein and James A. O'Malley (eds), Everything Irish: The History, Literature, Art, Music, People, and Places of Ireland from A-Z (New York: Ballantine Books, 2003)

Entries on Dublin Metropolitan Police, Royal Irish Constabulary, James Stephens, Thomas Clarke Luby and Irish involvement in the Crimean War in Brian Lalor (ed), The Encyclopaedia of Ireland (Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, 2003)

‘Irish Identity and the Crimean War’, in Bertrand Taithe and Tim Thornton (eds), War: Identities in Conflict 1300-2000 (Stroud: Sutton Publishing, 1998), pp 113-124

'"Such Varmint": The Dublin Police and the Public, 1838-1913', in Sarah Briggs, Paul Hyland and Neil Sammells (eds), Reviewing Ireland: Essays and Interviews from "Irish Studies Review" (Bath: Sulis Press, 1998), pp 57-65

'The Irish Police: Love, Sex and Marriage in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries', in Margaret Kelleher and James H. Murphy (eds), Gender in Nineteenth Century Ireland: Public and Private Spheres (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1997), pp 168-78

‘Religion and Opportunity in the Irish Police Forces, 1836-1914', in R.V. Comerford et al (eds), Religion, Conflict and Coexistence in Ireland: Essays presented to Monsignor Patrick J. Corish (Dublin, 1990), pp 219-34

‘Gaelic Culture', in Sally Mitchell (ed), Victorian Britain: An Encyclopedia (New York, 1988), pp 317-18

Peer Reviewed Journals

‘Cycle Camping in Victorian and Edwardian Ireland’, Irish Studies Review, vol. 27, no. 3 (August 2019), pp 377-401

(with John Strachan),‘Introduction: Sport in Ireland from the 1880s to the 1920s’, Irish Studies Review, vol. 27, no. 3 (August 2019), pp 299-308

‘”The More Sport the Merrier, Say We”: Sport in Ireland during the Great Famine’, Irish Economic and Social History, vol. 45, issue 1 (2018), pp 90-114

‘The Tourist Gaze: Cycling Tourists’ Impressions of Victorian and Edwardian Ireland’, Irish Studies Review, vol. 25, no. 3 (August 2017), pp 283-315

'All Colours of the Rainbow, including Black and Gold: Making and Selling Bicycles in Ireland in the 1880s and 1890s', Irish Historical Studies, vol. xxxviii, no. 152 (November 2013), pp. 620-642

'Anti-Catholicism in Bath from 1820 to 1870', Recusant History, vol. 31, no. 4 (October 2013), pp. 593-611

'Sporting Policemen: Sports and the Police in Victorian and Edwardian Ireland', Éire-Ireland, vol. 48, numbers 1&2 (Spring/Summer 2013), pp. 54-78

'The Romance of the Wheel: Cycling, Fiction and Late Nineteenth-Century Ireland', Sport in History, vol. 29, no. 2 (June 2009), pp. 277-295

‘Cycling and Gender in Victorian Ireland’, Éire-Ireland, vol. xli, numbers 1 and 2 (Spring/ Summer 2006), pp 213-241

'"Scallions, Pikes and Bog Oak Ornaments": The Irish Republican Brotherhood and the Chicago Fenian Fair, 1864', Studia Hibernica, no.29 (1995-97), pp 85-97

'"Such Varmint": The Dublin Police and the Public, 1838-1913', Irish Studies Review, no.13 (Winter 1995), pp 21-25

'Social Aspects of Fenianism in Leinster and Connacht, 1858-1870', Éire-Ireland, vol.xxi, no.1 (spring 1986), pp 16-39

Other Journals

'Selling Bicycles in Meath in the Late Victorian and Edwardian Eras', Ríocht na Midhe (forthcoming)
‘Cycling in Waterford in the Victorian and Edwardian Eras’, Decies: Journal of the Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society, vol. 75 (2019), pp 59-85

‘William Millar Woodside (1860-1890): Coleraine’s Forgotten Cycling Champion”, The Bann Disc: The Journal of Coleraine Historical Society, vol. 24 (2018), pp 25-34

‘Robert Cromie’s Writings in the Cycling Press in the 1880s’, Lecale Review, no. 16 (2018), pp 47-52

‘Count Konstantin Norbert Stadnicki, Poland’s Irish Cycling Champion’, The Boneshaker, vol. 21, no. 205 (Winter 2017), pp 4-13

‘Cecilia Betham (1843-1913): Ireland’s First Female International Sports Star’, History Ireland, vol. 24, no. 3 (May-June 2016), pp 30-33

'"As Happy as Seven Kings": Cycling in Nineteenth-Century Ireland’, History Ireland, vol. 22, no.1 (January-February 2014), pp. 32-35

'The Bicycle and the British Army in Victorian Ireland', The Irish Sword, vol. xxix, no. 116 (Winter 2013), pp. 163-178

'The Fenians and Irish History', New Perspective on Modern History, vol. 17, no. 1 (September 2011), pp. 1-5

‘The Fenians in Ulster, 1858-1867’, The Irish Sword, vol. xxv, no. 101 (Summer 2007), pp 281-310

'A Forgotten Meath Author: Katherine Frances Purdon', Ríocht na Midhe, vol.xvi (2005), pp 142-169

‘The Early History of Cycling in Meath and Drogheda', Ríocht na Midhe, vol.xv (2004), pp 123-151

'An Irishman's Proposal for Aerial Bombing during the Crimean War', The Irish Sword, vol.xxii, no.90 (Winter 2001), pp 427-431

'Ireland and the Crimean War', The Irish Sword, vol.xxii, no.89 (Summer 2001), pp 281-312

'"Some Intriguing Parson, Who Wishes to Attract Attention": Reverend Richard Ryan', Ríocht na Midhe, vol.xi (2000), pp 106-23

'A Force Divided: Policing Ireland, 1900-1960', History Today, vol.49, no.10 (October 1999), pp 25-31

‘An Agrarian Murder and Evictions in Rathcore', Ríocht na Midhe, vol.ix, no.1 (1994-95), pp 88-103

"Mad Dogs and Irishmen": Dogs and Rabies in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries', Ulster Folklife (1994), pp 1-15

Electronic Publications

"Whizzing in All Directions: A History of Cycling in Ireland"https://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/history/social-economic-history/whizzing-all-directions-history-cycling-ireland

Reviews

Oliver Whelan, Landholding in the new English settlement of Hacketstown, Co. Carlow, 1635-1875 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2019); Kerron Ó Luain, Rathcoole and the United Irish rebellions, 1798-1803 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2019); Mary Breen, Waterford port and harbour, 1815-42 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2019); Suzanne Leeson, The Kirwan murder case, 1852: a glimpse of the Protestant middle class in the mid-nineteenth century (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2019); Fergus O’Ferrall, John Ferrall: master of Sligo workhouse, 1852-66 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2019), forthcoming in Irish Economic and Social History

Kyle Hughes and Donald M. MacRaild (eds), Crime, Violence, and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century (Liverpool, 2017), in Irish Studies Review, vol. 27, no. 4 (November 2019), pp 583-585

Elizabeth Robins Pennell and Joseph Pennell, Cycling: A Canterbury Pilgrimage/An Italian Pilgrimage (ed. David Buchanan) (Edmonton, 2015), in Sport in History, vol. 38, no. 2 (June 2018), pp 246-248

Mark Radford, The Policing of Belfast 1870-1914 (London, 2015), in Irish Studies Review, vol. 24, no. 4 (November 2016), pp 473-474

Gillian O’Brien, Blood Runs Green: The Murder that Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago (Chicago, 2015), in Irish Literary Supplement (Autumn 2016), pp 18-19

Paul Rouse, Sport in Ireland: A History (Oxford, 2015), in Reviews in History, on-line journal of the Institute of Historical Research (May 2016)
https://reviews.history.ac.uk/review/1937

David Toms, Soccer in Munster: A Social History 1877-1937 (Cork, 2015), in Irish Studies Review, vol. 24, no. 1 (February 2016), pp 105-106

James Kelly, Sport in Ireland, 1600-1840 (Dublin and Portland, OR., 2014), in Irish Studies Review, vol. 23, no. 3 (August 2015), pp 364-365

Michael Carragher, San Fairy Ann? Motorcycles and British Victory 1914-1918 (Brighton, 2013), in The Irish Sword, vol. xxx, no. 119 (Summer 2015), pp 115-116

Elaine Farrell, ‘A Most Diabolical Deed’: Infanticide and Irish Society, 1850-1900 (Manchester and New York, 2013), in Irish Studies Review, vol. 22, no. 4 (November 2014), pp 529-530

David P. Nally, Human Encumbrances: Political Violence and the Great Irish Famine (Notre Dame, 2011), in Irish Studies Review, vol. 21, no. 2 (May 2013), pp 228-229

Máirtín Seán Ó Catháin, Irish Republicanism in Scotland 1858-1916: Fenians in Exile (Dublin and Portland, Or., 2007), in The Irish Sword, vol. xxvi, no. 106 (Winter 2009), pp 458-459

Tom Hunt, Sport and Society in Victorian Ireland: The Case of Westmeath (Cork, 2007), in Irish Studies Review, vol. 17, no. 4 (November 2009), pp 525-526

Paul Rosen, Peter Cox and David Horton (eds), Cycling and Society (Aldershot, 2007), in Contemporary British History, vol. 22, no. 3 (September 2008), pp 429-431

Elizabeth Malcolm, The Irish Policeman 1822-1922: A Life (Dublin, 2005), and Joost Augusteijn (ed.), The Memoirs of John M. Regan: A Catholic Officer in the RIC and RUC, 1908-48 (Dublin, 2007), in Irish Studies Review, vol. 16, no. 3 (August 2008), pp 345-347

Jim Herlihy, Royal Irish Constabulary Officers: A Biographical Dictionary and Genealogical Guide, 1816-1922 (Dublin, 2005), in Irish Studies Review, vol. 15, no. 1 (February 2007), pp 92-94

Alan Bairner (ed), Sport and the Irish: Histories, Identities, Issues (Dublin, 2005), in Irish Studies Review, vol. 14, no. 3 (August 2006), pp 390-392

Alan F. Parkinson, Belfast’s Unholy War: The Troubles of the 1920s (Dublin, 2004), in Irish Studies Review, vol. 14, no. 2 (May 2006), pp 281-282

Stephen Randolph Gibbons, Captain Rock, Night Errant: The Threatening Letters of Pre-Famine Ireland, 1801-1845 (Dublin, 2004), in Irish Studies Review, vol.13, no. 2 (May 2005), pp 242-244

Thomas Fennell (ed. Mary Fennell), The Royal Irish Constabulary: A History and Personal Memoir (Dublin, 2003) in Irish Economic and Social History, vol. xxxi (2004), pp 160-161

Joost Augusteijn (ed), The Irish Revolution, 1913-1923 (Basingstoke, 2002) in Irish Studies Review, vol.11, no.3 (December 2003), pp 353-354

Catherine Hirst, Religion, Politics and Violence in Nineteenth-Century Ireland: The Pound and Sandy Row (Dublin, 2002) in Irish Studies Review, vol.11, no. 2 (August 2003), pp 209-210

Joost Augusteijn and Mary Ann Lyons (eds), Irish History: A Research Yearbook. Number 1 (Dublin, 2002), in Irish Studies Review, vol. 11, no.1 (April 2003), pp 93-94

Jim Herlihy, The Dublin Metropolitan Police: A Short History and Genealogical Guide (Dublin, 2001); Jim Herlihy, The Dublin Metropolitan Police: A Complete Alphabetical List of Officers and Men, 1836-1925 (Dublin, 2001), in Irish Studies Review, vol.10, no.2 (August 2002), pp 212-214

Bernard Share, Slanguage – A Dictionary of Irish Slang (Dublin, 1997), in International Journal of Lexicography, vol.13, no.4 (December 2000), pp 337-339

Dermot P.J. Walsh, Bloody Sunday and the Rule of Law in Northern Ireland (Basingstoke, 2000), in Reviews in History, on-line journal of the Institute of Historical Research, (November 2000)
https://reviews.history.ac.uk/review/149

Jim Herlihy, The Royal Irish Constabulary: A Complete Alphabetical List of Officers and Men, 1816-1922 (Dublin, 1999); Donal J. O'Sullivan, The Irish Constabularies 1822-1922: A Century of Policing in Ireland (Dingle, 1999); Stephen Ball (ed), A Policeman's Ireland: Recollections of Samuel Waters, RIC (Cork, 1999), in Irish Economic and Social History, vol. xxvii (2000), pp 145-47

Mike Cronin, Sport and Nationalism in Ireland: Gaelic Games, Soccer and Irish Identity since 1884 (Dublin, 1999), in Irish Studies Review, vol.8, no.2 (August 2000), pp 259-60

Oliver P. Rafferty, The Church, the State and the Fenian Threat 1861-65 (Basingstoke, 1999), in Irish Studies Review, vol.8, no. 1 (April 2000), pp 107-109

Jim Herlihy, The Royal Irish Constabulary: A Short History and Genealogical Guide (Dublin, 1997), in Irish Studies Review, vol.6, no.1 (April 1998), pp 78-80

Liam McNiffe, A History of the Garda Síochána: A Social History of the Force 1922-52, with an Overview for the Years 1952-97 (Dublin, 1997), in Irish Studies Review, no.19 (Summer 1997), pp 46-47

Virginia Crossman, Politics, Law and Order in Nineteenth-Century Ireland (Dublin, 1996), in Irish Studies Review, no.17 (Winter 1996-97), pp 46-47

Donald Harmon Akenson, The Irish Diaspora: A Primer (Toronto and Belfast, 1993), in Canadian Review of Studies in Nationalism, vol. xxiii, nos. 1-2 (1996), pp 142-143

Other

(with John Strachan), "Leaving in Irish History, Politics and Culture", pp 2-9 of brochure of 11th Percy French Festival, Taking French Leave: Leaving in Irish History, Politics and Culture (Roscommon, 2019)
https://www.percyfrench.ie/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/percy-french-festival-2019-brochure.pdf
'Betham, Cecilia Maria Eleanor', entry to Dictionary of Irish Biography online, December 2017
https://dib.cambridge.org/viewReadPage.do?articleId=a9937&searchClicked=clicked&quickadvsearch=yes