About me




Caoimhe is a literary historian whose research focuses on Irish historiography and pays particular attention to literary representations of Ireland and the Irish.

Currently she is a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Research Fellow at the Trinity Long Room Hub, Arts and Humanities Research Institute at Trinity College Dublin examining the history of the Irish Diaspora.

In 2018 she completed a two-year Irish Research Council Research Fellowship at the Trinity Medieval History Research Centre on the earliest English-language literature in medieval Ireland.

Her PhD research explored the late medieval vernacular translation, reception and circulation of the history, Expugnatio Hibernica/Conquest of Ireland, by the most influential of medieval writers on Ireland, Giraldus Cambrensis/Gerald of Wales.


medieval Ireland; medieval historiography; early modern historiography medieval manuscripts; Gerald of Wales; Irish Writing Middle English Irish abroad

Member Details

Full Name

Dr Caoimhe Whelan

Membership Type

Professional Historian



PhD, Trinity College, the University of Dublin, Department of History, School of Histories and Humanities 2010-2015

Master of Arts 2008-2009, School of English, University College Cork: First Class Honours

Bachelor of Arts, University College Cork, 2005-2008: First Class Honours (English and History Joint Degree)

Management & Administrative experience

Friends of Medieval Dublin Honorary Secretary (2015-present)

Organiser of numerous high-profile academic and public conferences:

Academic coordinator 'Invasion 1169' the 3rd Trinity Medieval Ireland Symposium, 2019.
Administrator 'The Irish Scottish-World in the Middle Ages' the 2nd Trinity Medieval Ireland Symposium, 2015.
Administrator, 'The Geraldines in Medieval Ireland' the inaugural Trinity Medieval Ireland Symposium, 2014.

Co-organiser, annual Medieval Dublin Symposia, Trinity College Dublin.

Previous Conferences:

Co-organiser, 'Women in Medieval Irish History', Department of History and Centre for Gender Studies, TCD, 2015.

Administrator, 'Ireland and Empire' workshop, TCD 2014.

Administrator, 'War, Enslavement and Chivalry in Irish and European History presented by Professor John Gillinhgam, Inaugural James Lydon Lectures in Medieval History.

Organiser, with Dr Greg Hulsman, 'Borderlines XVII: Occupying Space' Interdiciplinary Postgraduate Conference, Department of History and School of English, TCD, 2013.

Co-administrator, 'Medieval Artifacts: Making and Meaning c.500-1500' Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Colloquium, Department of History and Art History, TCD, 2012.

Committees & Associations

FMD (Friends of Medieval Dublin, Hon. Secretary)
WHAI (Women's History Association of Ireland)
FMRSI (Forum for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Ireland)
MCS (Medieval Chronicle Society)


2016-2018: Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship Funding, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin
2012: Daniel O'Connell Scholarship Award, Irish Research Council
2011-2014: IRCHSS Doctoral Postgraduate Funding
2008-2009: CACSS Scholarship Award, University College Cork
2008-2009: College Scholar Award, University College Cork
2007-2008: College Scholar Award, University College Cork
2006-2007: College Scholar Award, University College Cork

Travel Funding
2018: ‘Mirador Digital Humanities Workshop’ travel stipend from the Medieval Academy of America and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University Library, New Haven, Connecticut, USA, July, 2018.
2013: Grace Lawless Lee Travel Fund, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin