About me




I hold a Ph.D in History from the University of Limerick (UL – 2007). I also hold a BA in History, Political Science and Sociology from NUI Galway (2002), a H.Dip.Ed. from University College Dublin (2003) and an MA in History from UL (2004).
I currently work as a Historical Researcher for the Department of Children and Youth Affairs on a confidential historical research project.
My first monograph, Ireland's 'moral hospital': the Irish borstal system, 1906-1956 was published in 2009 by Irish Academic Press. My second monograph, Criminal Irish Drunkards in the Inebriate Reformatory System, 1900-1920 was published by The History Press in December 2014.
I am currently working on an account of a disastrous 1817 convict voyage between Cork and New South Wales – Mutiny or Murder will be published by The History Press Ireland in 2018.

Areas of expertise

Juvenile criminality and its punishment in twentieth century Ireland; the Irish penal system 1877-1921; social history of early twentieth-century Ireland; gender and drunkenness in Ireland 1900-1920; institutions in twentieth-century Ireland. I am also in training to become an accredited/professional Indexer and have already completed a number of commissions for academic works.


juvenile crime; punishment; penal history; prison history; institutions; habitual criminal; habitual drunkard; borstal system; inebriate reformatory; social history; women's history; gender history; indexer; indexing.

Member Details

Full Name

Conor Reidy (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian