About me

Email

CIARAN.MCCABE@mu.ie

Bio

I have recently worked as an occasional lecturer and tutor in the School of History, UCD and Department of History, Maynooth University. In 2015-16 I was an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland postdoctoral fellow at NUI Galway; this fellowship was awarded to allow me focus on publishing a monograph based on my doctoral research.

I was awarded my PhD in 2015 for my thesis, which examined perceptions of and responses to begging and alms-giving in pre-Famine and Famine Ireland, with particular focus on charities and religious denominations.

Areas of expertise

* Nineteenth-century Ireland
* Urban history
* History of poverty and welfare
* Charitable societies
* Church history

Keywords

poverty poor charity urban social history

Member Details

Full Name

Ciaran McCabe (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian

Experience

Education

PhD: 2015, Maynooth University.
Thesis title: ‘Begging and alms-giving in urban Ireland, 1815-1850'. Supervisor: Dr Jacinta Prunty.

MA in the Social and Cultural History of Medicine: 2011, UCD. Thesis title: ‘The impact of the 1817-19 and 1826-27 fever epidemics on the Cork Street Fever Hospital Dublin’. Supervisor: Dr Catherine Cox. Grade: First Class Honours.

Higher Diploma in Irish History: 2006, NUI Maynooth.

BA (History and Economics): 2005, NUI Maynooth.

Employment

Most recently, I taught a module on 'Travel and Tourism in Irish History' as part of the Maynooth University International Summer School 2017.

I am presently (autumn 2017) teaching a course in Dublin city on the history of the Great Irish Famine to students from Mount St Mary's University in Maryland, USA.

In Semester II, 2016-17 I delivered a third-year module ('Medicine, Culture and Society') in UCD's School of History, as well as tutoring on first- and second-year survey modules ('Ireland's English Centuries (1460-1800)' and 'The Irish Experience' respectively).

In July-August 2016, I taught a module on 'Travel and Tourism in Irish history' as part of the Maynooth University International Summer School; the 24 students were from American and Canadian universities.

In July 2015, I taught a module on the Great Irish Famine as part of the Maynooth University International Summer School; my class comprised 28 American students.

I have also tutored third-years and delivered the following two modules at Maynooth University:
BA (Local Studies): Research Methods for Historians
BA: Practising History II: case study of the First World War.

Consultancy work

Researcher, Dublin City Council 'Tenement Museum Dublin (No. 14 Henrietta Street)', Dec. 2016-Feb. 2017

Contributor, ‘Documentary on One: Tearoom, Taylor, Saviour, Spy’, RTÉ Radio One , 9 July 2016
[documentary on Margaret Kearney Taylor]

Management & Administrative experience

Joint organiser of the An Foras Feasa symposium ‘Postgraduate research: scholarly challenges in the humanities’, NUI Maynooth, 8 March 2013.

Teaching

My teaching experience to date includes delivering modules at UCD and Maynooth University, on BA and Summer School programmes:
UCD
Semester II, 2016-17: 'Medicine, Culture and Society'

Maynooth University
International Summer School 2016: 'Travel and Tourism in Irish history'

International Summer School 2015: 'The Great Irish Famine'
Designed for American students, the delivery of this course involved providing a general overview of the Famine, its legacy and historians' varied interpretations, while setting the lectures and assignments to a level appropriate for students largely unfamiliar with Irish history. The delivery of this module involved, in addition to the normal preparation of lectures, the organisation of a number of field trips.

BA (Local Studies): Research Methods for Historians
This module equipped students with the 'tools of the trade' for the historian's craft. Individuals lectures were devoted to particular themes: primary sources; secondary sources; historiographical debates; using maps in historical research; referencing and bibliographies.

BA: Practising History II: case study of the First World War
This module aimed to develop students' ability to critically engage with primary and secondary sources, through a study of the First World War. There was a distinct focus on using the internet for historical research.
I have also tutored second- and third-year BA students at Maynooth.

Outreach activities

Co-Editor and contributor, Holinshed Revisited history blog (http://holinshedrevisited.wordpress.com/)

PUBLIC LECTURES
‘“Saving a populous nation from pestilence”: the impact of the 1817-19 fever epidemic in Dublin city’, The Brendan Prenderville Memorial Lecture, Edward Worth Library, Dr Steevens's Hospital, Dublin, 28 Sept. 2017

‘The Cork Street Fever Hospital and fever epidemics in pre-Famine Dublin’, ‘Tell Me About’ Civic Engagement Public Lecture Series, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 28 April 2016.

‘A history of the Quakers in Ireland’, paper to the Westmeath Archaeological and Historical Society, 17 February 2016

‘“For ye always have the poor with ye”: a history of the Strangers' Friend Society, Dublin’, Dublin Central Mission seminar, Christ Church, Sandymount, Dublin, 12 November 2015.

‘Poverty and charity in pre-Famine Connaught’, paper to the Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, 9 June 2015.

‘Charity in Connaught during the Great Famine’, Strokestown Park House Winter Lecture Series, 4 February 2015.

‘Suppressing street begging in pre-Famine Ireland: a case study in the use of parish vestry minute books’, paper to the Church of Ireland Historical Society biannual conference, Armagh, 5 April 2014.

‘Uncovering a local murder story: the Rogan murders at Ballinadrimna in 1892’, paper to the St Mochua Historical Society, Timahoe, Co. Kildare, 2 October 2013.

‘The poor and the provision of relief in pre-Famine Carbury’, paper to the Edenderry Historical Society, Edenderry, Co. Offaly, 27 September 2013.

‘Methodist attitudes towards the poor in nineteenth-century Ireland: the case of the Strangers’ Friend Society’, paper to the Methodist Historical Society of Ireland, Dublin, 16 May 2013.

“Are you mad also?”: The murder of Sergeant Rogan and his family in Ballinadrimna, Co. Kildare in 1892’, paper delivered to the Kill Historical Society, Kill, Co. Kildare, 25 June 2012.

‘The Rogan murders in Ballinadrimna RIC barracks in 1892’, paper delivered to the Edenderry Historical Society, Edenderry, Co. Offaly, 23 March 2012.

‘The Cork Street Fever Hospital in pre-Famine Dublin’, talk in Kevin Street Library, Dublin, as part of National Heritage Week, 24 August 2011.

“Are you mad also?’: The murder of Sergeant Rogan and his family in Ballinadrimna, Co. Kildare in 1892’, paper delivered to Leixlip History Club, Leixlip Library, Leixlip, Co. Kildare, 17 February 2011.

Committees & Associations

Committee member, Irish Association of Professional Historians, 2017-present.

Compiler and member of management committee, Irish History Online (www.irishhistoryonline.ie), hosted by the Royal Irish Academy Library, February 2013 – present.

Member of 'Histories of Welfare' reading group, NUI Galway, June 2016-present.

Postgraduate representative and secretary, NUI Maynooth History Department Student-Staff Committee, 2012-13.

PhD representative, An Foras Feasa Student-Staff Committee, 2012-13.

Member of the Irish Association of Professional Historians

Member of the Irish Historical Society.

Member of the Methodist Historical Society of Ireland.

Awards

Irish Research Council Government of Ireland postdoctoral fellowship, 2015-16

Irish Research Council Government of Ireland postgraduate scholarship, 2012-14

Diarmuid Whelan Prize in Political and Intellectual History, 2014

Maynooth University History Forum Prize for Excellence in Graduate Research, 2014, for paper ‘The virtuous silent suffering of the poor in the language of charity in nineteenth-century Ireland’.

Church of Ireland Historical Society Prize 2013

Other activities

CONFERENCE AND SEMINAR PRESENTATIONS
‘Humane societies in Ireland and the transatlantic world’,
History of Science, Technology and Medicine Network annual conference, Dublin City University, 12 November 2016.

'"Disseminating contagion" in pre-Famine Ireland :
beggars and the ‘Perfect Storm’ of 1816-18', paper read at 'The year without summer (1816): climate, class and culture in pre-Famine Ireland' conference, NUI Galway, 8 October 2016

‘Practising religion in Ireland during the 1817-19 typhus fever epidemic’, Religion and Medicine: healing the body and soul from the Middles Ages to the Modern Day conference, Birkbeck, University of London, 15 July 2016.

‘Women, alms-giving and begging in pre-Famine Ireland : rural / urban distinctions’, Women’s History Association of Ireland annual conference, Queen’s University Belfast, 12 March 2016.

‘The mendicity society movement and the suppression of street begging in pre-Famine Ireland’, NUIG Department of History postgraduate seminar, 27 January 2016.

‘Everyday experiences of begging in pre-Famine Ireland’, Economic and Social History Society of Ireland annual conference, University of Limerick, 27 November 2015.

“Contagion is supposed to have been introduced from the country” : civil and charitable responses to the 1817-19 fever epidemic in Dublin city’, Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland (CHOMI), UCD seminar series, 5 November 2015.

‘“Apparently very decent and deserving”: Quaker relief efforts among the Famine poor of Dublin city’, Strokestown Park House Fourth International Famine Conference, 20 June 2015.

‘Waterloo, demobilisation and the post-war surge in vagrancy levels in Ireland’, Waterloo Bicentenary conference, Maynooth University, 6 June 2015.

‘“Your family in future are to be the poor of Jesus Christ": the Religious Sisters of Charity and poor relief in early-nineteenth-century Dublin’, paper to the annual History of Women Religious in Britain and Ireland conference, Maynooth University, 13 May 2015.

‘“In the promotion of our mutual object”: mendicity societies and the suppression of begging in pre-Famine Ireland’, paper to the Poverty and Public Health in Belfast (QUB) conference, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, 17 April 2015.

‘Begging and alms-giving in urban Ireland, 1815-50: the case of the mendicity societies’, paper to the Maynooth University History Forum Third Annual Conference, 11 October 2014.

“Silent unobtrusive distress’: the language of charity in nineteenth-century Ireland’, paper read to the Irish History Students’ Association annual conference, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, 1 March 2014.

‘Attitudes to poverty and alms-giving in nineteenth-century Ireland: negotiating Protestant-Catholic distinctions’, paper to the NUIM Dept. of History Research Seminar, 27 Feb. 2014

“The silent endurance of these poor creatures’: the perceived virtue of silent suffering of the poor in nineteenth-century Ireland’, paper to the NUIM History Forum, 7 Feb. 2014.

“Debilitating environments’: slums and child beggars in Ireland, c. 1800 – c. 1850’, paper read at the Economic and Social History Society of Ireland annual conference, NUI Galway, 23 November 2013.

‘Attempting history from below with sources from above: the case of urban begging in pre-famine Ireland’, paper read to An Foras Feasa postgraduate symposium, ‘Postgraduate research: scholarly challenges in the humanities’, NUI Maynooth, 8 March 2013.

‘The Church of Ireland parish and beggars’ badges in early-nineteenth-century Ireland’, paper delivered to the Irish History Students’ Association annual conference, Queen’s University Belfast, 2 March 2013.

‘Church of Ireland responses to mendicancy in pre-Famine Ireland’, paper delivered at the Strokestown Park International Famine Conference, co-hosted by the Department of History, NUIM, OPW/NUIM Archive and Research Centre and Strokestown Park House, County Roscommon, at Strokestown Park House, 13 September 2012.

‘The suppression of street begging in early-nineteenth-century Dublin’, paper delivered to the Irish History Students’ Association annual conference, NUI Galway, 2 March 2012.

‘Cork Street Fever Hospital: extracting the patient’s experience’, paper delivered at ‘The History of Science, Technology and Medicine’ conference at Collins Barracks, Dublin, 19 April 2011. Organised by the Historical Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy.

‘The Cork Street Fever Hospital, Dublin, and pre-Famine fever epidemics’, paper presented to the Irish History Students’ Association annual conference, University College Cork, 26 February 2011.

Publications

Books

Begging, charity and religion in pre-Famine Ireland (Liverpool University Press, under contract).

The register of the Strangers’ Friend Society, Dublin, 1794-99 (Irish Manuscripts Commission, forthcoming).

Peer Reviewed Journals

‘The diary of Alicia Walshe (Mother Catherine), Religious Sister of Charity, 1812-25’ in Archivium Hibernicum, lxx (forthcoming, 2017).

Other Journals

‘Poor relief in pre-Famine Roscommon: the case of parish vestries’ in Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society Journal (2016), pp 28-29.

‘ “Surely this monstrous inconvenience is not of an insurmountable nature”: responding to street begging in pre-Poor Law Dublin’ in Austin Stewart (ed.), Maynooth University History Forum third annual conference, 11 October 2014: papers (Maynooth, 2016), pp 3-14.

‘The early years of the Strangers’ Friend Society, Dublin: 1790-1845’ in Bulletin of the Methodist Historical Society, xviii, no. 35 (2014), pp 65-93.

“Are you mad also?’: The murder of Sergeant Michael Rogan and his family in
Ballinadrimna, Co. Kildare in 1892’ in Journal of the County Kildare Archaeological Society, xx, part ii (2010-2011), pp 159-72.

Electronic Publications

‘Parochial Officers of Health in pre-Famine Dublin’, guest contribution to History of Medicine in Ireland blog, February 2016 (http://historyofmedicineinireland.blogspot.ie)

Various pieces, contributed to ‘Holinshed Revisited’ history blog, available at http://holinshedrevisited.wordpress.com/

Reviews

Review of Ciarán Ó Murchadha, Figures in a Famine landscape (London and New York : Bloomsbury, 2016) in Social History, 42:2 (2017), pp 294-5.