I did my doctoral research at Maynooth University under the supervision of Professor R.V. Comerford. My thesis examined the response of Catholic priests to the use of political violence during the War of Independence (1919-21). A monograph based on the thesis was published in 2014 by Manchester University Press ('Freedom and the Fifth Commandment. Catholic priests and political violence in Ireland, 1919-21'). From 2010-2014 I researched a book on the modern history of the Augustinian order in the Netherlands, which was published in 2015 by Verloren ('Een kleine orde met allure. De augustijnen in Nederland, 1886-2006'/'A small order with a presence. The Augustinians in the Netherlands, 1886-2006').
|Areas of expertise||
-Religious history; modern Catholicism in Ireland and the Netherlands
Early twentieth-century Ireland; Irish Revolution; War of Independence; political violence; religious history; Catholicism; Roman Catholic Church; clergy; religious orders; Ireland and Europe; the Netherlands; Dutch history; mission history
Brian Heffernan (Professional Historian)
-PhD History (2011), Maynooth University
-Researcher for the Dutch province of the Order of St. Augustine (2010-2013); affiliated to Ruusbroec Institute, University of Antwerp, as postdoctoral researcher (2011-2013)
-Advisor for KRO (Dutch broadcasting corporation) for television documentary on clerical abuse (2010); interviewed on KRO Kruispunt radio programme (2009).
|Management & Administrative experience||
-Conference organising (co-organiser of Irish History Students' Association conference, Maynooth, and 'Life on the fringe? Ireland and Europe, 1800-1922' conference, Belfast, 2009)
-Tutor, Department of History, National University of Ireland, Maynooth (2007-2008)
|Committees & Associations||
-Member editorial board, 'Tijdschrift voor Nederlandse Kerkgeschiedenis' (Journal for Dutch Church History) (2011-2014)
-Government of Ireland Postgraduate Research Scholarship, IRCHSS (2008)
-Translator and editor (Dutch and English) for academics (mainly historians and theologians), Tilburg University, and for business clients (2004-present).
-Een kleine orde met allure. De augustijnen in Nederland, 1886-2006 ('A small order with a presence. The Augustinians in the Netherlands, 1886-2006') (Hilversum: Verloren, 2015)
-‘"Spiritus ordinis nostri paulatim reviviscere incepit". Augustinian revival in the Netherlands, 1886-1920’, in Luis Marín de San Martín (ed.), La ripresa dell’ordine. Gli agostiniani tra 1850-1920. Congresso dell’Istituto Storico Agostiniano, Roma 15-19 ottobre 2012 (Rome: Institutum Historicum Augustinianum, 2012), pp. 349-73.
-'Discerning the spirits. The Irish Jesuits and political violence, 1919-21', Studies. An Irish Quarterly Review, 103, 412 (2014/2015), pp. 552-61.