About me




I am a PhD candidate in the School of Histories and Humanities, Trinity College Dublin, having previously earned my B.A. in English and History, as well as my M.A. in Medieval Studies, at University College Dublin. My doctoral research examines chroniclers’ and historians' attitudes towards Ireland and its people during Plantagenet rule in England, c. 1169–c. 1272.

In addition to my doctoral research, I am currently academic researcher on a feature documentary examining the Irish political organisation the Society of United Irishmen.

Aside from my historical research, I am interested in academic governance, pedagogy, and public outreach.

Areas of expertise

My primary area of expertise is Anglo-Irish relations and history in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Additionally, I have specialist knowledge in a number of auxilliary areas including the history of interactions between the various peoples of medieval Ireland and Britain; and the intellectual thought which influenced the represention of foreigners within the contexts of twelfth- and thirteenth-century Europe.

I am also an experienced researcher in later periods of Irish history, including the seventeenth, eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries (see my 'Experience' section for further details). As a historical consultant, I have completed extensive archival work on Henry Sheares (1753–1798) and John Sheares (1766–1798), United Irishmen and barristers who were executed for high treason on 14 July 1798.


Ireland; England; Britain; medieval; identity; Angevins; Plantagenets; Anglo-Irish

Member Details

Full Name

Daryl Hendley Rooney

Membership Type

Graduate Historian



Present – PhD, Trinity College Dublin
2016 – MA Medieval Studies, University College Dublin (NUI)
2015 – BA English and History, University College Dublin (NUI)


Research Assistant, 'Widows in 17th Century Ireland' Project (PI: Prof. Jane Ohlmeyer), Trinity Long Room Hub, TCD

Corrector in Leaving Certificate English, The Institute of Education, Leeson St Lower

Consultancy work

Academic Researcher, The United Irishmen Project (feature-length documentary)

Private Commission, Singapore

Management & Administrative experience

Editorial Assistant, Early Medieval Europe (Academic journal, an imprint of John Wiley)


Tutor, Trinity Access Programmes Writing Resource Centre, TCD

Lead Tutor, Trinity Access Programmes Writing Resource Centre, TCD;
Tutor in Medieval History, 'Kingship and Warfare: Ireland, 1000-1315', TCD

Demonstrator in Applied Writing, DIT (now Technological University Dublin) Access Programme

Outreach activities

Freiraum Ambassador, Trinity Access Programmes and the Goethe-Institut Irland

Tutor, Scholars Ireland Programme, Trinity Access Programmes, TCD

Committees & Associations

Committee Member, Friends of Medieval Dublin;
Graduate Member, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland;
Member, Forum for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Ireland;
Graduate Member, Irish Association of Professional Historians;
Committee Member, CARMEN Medievalists Network Annual Meeting

Organising Committee Member, CARMEN Medievalists Network Annual Meeting, TCD

Organising Committee Member, Borderlines XXIII: Sound and Silence in the Medieval and Early Modern World;
Organising Committee Member, Trinity HistoryCon 2.0

Organising Committee Member, Trinity HistoryCon

Marketing Advisor and Committee Member, Research to Empower Educational Leaders (REEL), Drumcondra Education Centre, DCU St Patrick's Campus

Organising Committee Member, Early Medieval Archaeology Student Symposium


2020/21 – Cluff Memorial Studentship
2019/20 – Cluff Memorial Studentship
2018/19 – Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute Residency 2018/19
2018 – Dean's Leadership Award in Volunteering
2017 – International Medieval Congress Travel Bursary
2015/16 – Erasmus Mundus Action II Israel Scholarship


Other Journals

'A letter from John Sheares to his sister', Journal of the Cork Historical & Archaeological Society 125 (2020), pp. 39–49.

Electronic Publications

'A Heroine of Irish Public Health: Dorothy Stopford Price and the BCG vaccination', Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute COVID-19 Crisis Blog, access here: https://www.tcd.ie/trinitylongroomhub/media/news/articles/2020-09-16-DHR-Blog.php

‘A Return to 1169: The Seedbed of the Anglo-Irish Relationship’, researchMATTERS, access here: https://www.tcd.ie/research/researchmatters/daryl-hendley-rooney.php;

‘The Irish flag and identity politics during COVID-19’, IrishCentral, 29 April 2020, access here: https://www.irishcentral.com/opinion/others/irish-flag-identity-politics-covid-19