About me


Following a BA and an MLitt, Coleman wrote a PhD entitled ‘An administrative and legal history of the Irish parliament, 1613-89’. After a brief break, he then moved to the Institute of Criminology and took an LLM in criminology and criminal justice, writing on sexual offences in Irish law. He was an IRC Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow for four years at UCD, seconded to University College London (2014 – 2016). His project was entitled ‘Competing jurisdictions: appellate justice in the Dublin and Westminster parliaments, 1603 – c.1730’.

Dr Dennehy has previously taught at Maynooth, Limerick, and University College London, and was a visiting scientific researcher at Das Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte in Frankfurt-am-Main, and a visiting professor at Das Institut für Rechts- und Verfassungsgeschichte at the Faculty of Law, University of Vienna.

He is interested in early modern history, the history of representative assemblies, appellate legal history, and the history of crime and punishment.

He is the Reviews Editor for Parliaments, Estates & Representation / Parlements, États & Représentation, is 2nd Secretary-General of the International Commission for the History of Representative & Parliamentary Institutions, and is also a Councillor of the Irish Legal History Society. He was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

He has published many articles and chapters, and has four books to his name: Restoration Ireland: Always settling and never settled; The Irish parliament, 1613-89: The evolution of a colonial institution; Law and revolution in Seventeenth-Century Ireland; Henry Bennet, Earl of Arlington, and his world: Restoration court, politics and diplomacy (with Robin Eagles).
He is contracted to write or edit a number of books in the coming years, in particular an edition of the diaries of the 2nd earl of Cork / 1st earl of Burlington (with Patrick Little) and a book on crime and punishment in early modern Ireland.

Areas of expertise

Legal History
Administrative History
Parliamentary History
Criminal Justice History
History of Pain & Suffering
Early Modern Ireland
Early Modern Britain


law crime pain violence parliament Ireland courts justice early modern administration government

Member Details

Full Name

Coleman A. Dennehy (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian



1999 B.A. (General history)
2002 M.Litt. (Parliamentary political history)
2011 Ph.D. (Legal, administrative, parliamentary history)
2013 LL.M. (Criminology & criminal justice)


I have taught at Maynooth University, University of Limerick, University College Dublin, The Liberties College, University College London and University of Vienna.

Management & Administrative experience

I have considerable experience of university administration, particularly examinations and international education, and private sector side of international education.


I have taught mostly early modern Ireland, early modern Britain, the restoration period, parliamentary history, legal history, and the history of crime and punishment.

Committees & Associations

*2nd Secretary General – International Commission for the History of Representative & Parliamentary Institutions

*Fellow – Royal Historical Society

*Councillor – Irish Legal History Society

*Member – Irish Historical Studies



*Earl of Cork & Burlington Diaries, 1650-73, as editor with P. Little (2021)

*Crime and punishment in early modern Ireland: developing a colonial institution (2021)

*Sir Henry Bennet, earl of Arlington, and his World: Restoration court, politics and diplomacy, as editor with R. Eagles (New York, 2020)

*Law and revolution in seventeenth-century Ireland (Dublin, 2020), as editor

*The Irish parliament, 1613-1689: The evolution of a colonial institution (Manchester, 2019)

*Restoration Ireland: Always Settling and Never Settled (Aldershot, 2008), as editor

*History Matters – Published papers from the UCD Combined Departments of History Postgraduate Conference (Dublin, 2004) – Co-Editor with M.S. O’ Neill & C. Cullen

Book Chapters

*‘Introduction’ with Robin Eagles, C.A. Dennehy & R. Eagles (eds), Sir Henry Bennet, earl of Arlington, and his world: Restoration court, politics and diplomacy (New York, 2020)

*‘The earl of Arlington and restoration Ireland’, C.A. Dennehy & R. Eagles (eds), Sir Henry Bennet, earl of Arlington, and his world: Restoration court, politics and diplomacy (New York, 2020)

*‘Appointments to the Restoration Irish bench’, C.A. Dennehy (ed.), Law and revolution in seventeenth-century Ireland (Dublin, 2019)

*‘The Irish parliament after the rising’, P. Little (ed.), Ireland in crisis: war, politics and religion, 1641-50 (Manchester, 2019)

*‘Institutional history and the early modern Irish state’, V. Carey, S. Covington and V. McGowan-Doyle (eds), Early modern Ireland: Sources, methods, perspectives (New York, 2018)

*‘Representation in later medieval and early modern Ireland’ in M. Damon, J. Haemers, A. Mann (eds), Political representation: Communities, ideas and institutions in Europe (Brill, 2018)

*‘Sir Winston Churchill and Restoration Ireland’, in R. McNamara (ed.) The Churchills and Ireland: Connections and Controversies from the 1660s to the 1960s (Dublin, 2012)

*‘Privilege, organisation and aristocratic identity in the seventeenth-century Irish house of lords’ in Francesco Soddu & Annamari Nieddu (eds), Assemblee rappresentative, autonomie territoriali, culture politiche (Sassari, 2011)

*‘The Restoration Irish Parliament, 1661-6’, in C.A. Dennehy, ed., Restoration Ireland: Always Settling and Never Settled (Aldershot, 2008)

*‘Petitioning in the Irish Parliament: The evidence from 1661-6’ in M.S. O’ Neill, C. Cullen, & C.A. Dennehy, History Matters – Published papers from the UCD Combined Departments of History Postgraduate Conference – 2001-3 (Dublin, 2004)

Peer Reviewed Journals

*‘Parliamentary committees in Ireland and the dispatch of business’, M.B. Castella Pujols (ed.), special edition of Parliaments, Estates and Representation

*‘Speakers in the seventeenth-century Irish parliament’ in P. Seaward (ed.) The Speakership: Presiding officers and the management of business from the middle ages to the twenty-first century (Oxford, 2010)
(Special volume of Parliamentary History)

*‘Surviving sources for Irish parliamentary history in the seventeenth century’ in Parliaments, Estates & Representation, 30/2010

*‘Dependency and subservience: The Irish parliament as a ‘small-state parliament’ – Czasopismo Prawno-Historyczne, 61 / 2 (2009)

Other Journals

*‘An inconvenient institution – parliament and the court of claims, 1663’ – History Review vol. xi

*History Review vol xii – Co-Editor with N. Giffney

*History Review vol xiii – Co-Editor with N. Giffney


*Cromwell’s house of lords: Politics, parliaments and constitutional revolution, 1642-1660 by Jonathan Fitzgibbons in The Seventeenth Century

*The Cambridge history of Ireland, vol. II: 1550-1743 by J. Ohlmeyer (ed.) in Saothar: Journal of the Irish Labour History Society

*Popular protest and policing in ascendancy Ireland, 1691-1761 by Timothy D. Watt in Irish Historical Studies

*Essays on the history of parliamentary procedure in honour of Thomas Erskine May by Paul Evans (ed.) in Parliaments, Estates & Representation

*Early Stuart Irish warrants, 1623-1639: the Falkland and Wentworth administrations by M. Empey (ed.) in Irish Historical Studies

*Royalists at war in Scotland and Ireland, 1638 – 1650 by B. Robertson in Irish Historical Studies

*The acts of James II’s Irish parliament of 1689 (Dublin, 2016), by J. Bergin & A. Lyall (eds) in Parliaments, Estates, Representation

*The last cavalier: Richard Talbot (1631-91) (Dublin, 2014), by P. Lenihan, in Irish Historical Studies

*The life and times of Sir Frederick Hamilton, 1590-1647 (Dublin, 2013) by D. Rooney in Irish Historical Studies

*Contempt of parliament (Dublin, 2012), by K. Wood in Parliaments, Estates & Representation

*A short history of parliament: England, Great Britain, The United Kingdom, Ireland and Scotland (Woodbridge, 2009), ed. C Jones in Scottish Historical Review

*The eighteenth-century composite state: Representative institutions in Ireland and Europe, 1689 – 1800 (Basingstoke, 2010), ed. D.W. Hayton, J. Kelly, and J. Bergin in Parliaments, Estates & Representation

*Government, war and society in medieval Ireland: Essays by Edmund Curtis, A.J. Otway-Ruthven and James Lydon (Dublin, 2008), ed. P. Crooks in Parlements, États & Représentation

*Parliament at Work: Parliamentary Committees, Political Power and Public Access in Early Modern England (Woodbridge, 2002), ed. C.R. Kyle and J. Peacey in History Review

*Lord Broghill and the Cromwellian union with Ireland and Scotland (Woodbridge, 2004) by P. Little in History Review