About me




I am an independent researcher and historical consultant, and currently serve as an Executive Secretary to the Irish Association of Professional Historians. I have worked on major historical projects for several institutions, including the Department of the Taoiseach, the Central Bank of Ireland, the Office of the Attorney General and the Royal Irish Academy.


I am currently working as a consultant for the Leopardstown Park Hospital, Dublin, for whom I am preparing a book to mark their centenary in 2017. In 2015 I worked with RTE Radio as a researcher and historical consultant for their 'Reflecting the Rising' programme of events, planned for 28 March 2016. In October 2015 I completed a 10 month research project for the Commissioners of Irish Lights, during which I researched and curated an exhibition on the history of Irish Lights, and of Irish lighthouses, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


Between 2012 and 2014 I held an Irish Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the School of History and Archives in UCD, where I also undertook my doctoral studies as a Micheal O Cleirigh Institute for the Study of Irish Civilisation Doctoral Scholar. My dissertation was completed in 2011.


Prior to completing my studies, I was employed as Documents Editor for the Royal Irish Academy's Origins of the Irish Constitution, 1928-1941 project (published 2012); as an Editorial Assistant for volume VII of the Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series (published 2011); and as a researcher for Diarmaid Ferriter's Judging Dev: A Reassessment of the Life and Legacy of Eamon de Valera (published 2007). Between January and September 2012 I was employed as a researcher on the IRCHSS-funded 'Daniel O'Connell, Ireland and the Rhetoric of Empire, 1820-41' project. I have also worked as a researcher with RTÉ; Oireachtas Library Research Services; the Irish Independent; Inquest Research; the Department of the Taoiseach; and Blinder Films/Quango Productions.


In 2010-11 I was a part-time lecturer at the School of History and Archives (University College Dublin) and also taught a course as part of UCD's Adult Education Open Access programme. I acted as co-ordinator of an Irish Studies module for the College of Arts and Celtic Studies at UCD between August 2010 and August 2012, while in 2013-14 I will be co-ordinating the Debates in History module in the School of History and Archives. I have also previously been employed by the School of History and Archives as an undergraduate tutor.


I am a co-convener of the annual Tudor and Stuart Ireland Conference, which was held at University College Dublin in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and at NUI Maynooth in 2014 and 2015. Podcasts of the majority of the papers presented at the 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015 conferences can be found at http://www.tudorstuartireland.com and on iTunes.

Areas of expertise

Irish history, 1600 – 2000
Decade of Commemorations (1912 – 1922)
Irish constitutional history


early modern; Ireland; Britain; sport; social history; political history; commemorations

Member Details

Full Name

Eoin Kinsella (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian



• Ph.D. (Early Modern Irish History), University College Dublin, 2012. ‘The articles of surrender and the Williamite settlement of Ireland: a case study of Colonel John Browne (1640–1711)’
• B.A. (History; Greek and Roman Civilisation), University College Dublin, Honours 2.1, 2002


Academic/Teaching Positions

• Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012–2014
Navigating the Penal Laws: Catholic and Convert Society in Ireland, 1701–1760
• Lecturer & module co-ordinator, School of History and Archives, University College Dublin, Jan. – May 2011; Sept. 2013 – May 2014; Sept. 2014 – May 2015
• Module Co-ordinator, Irish Studies Programme, College of Arts and Celtic Studies, University College Dublin, Sept. 2010 – Aug. 2012
• Tutor, UCD Adult Education Centre, Jan. – May 2011

Research Positions

Employer: I.R.C.H.S.S./Prof. Maurice Bric, University College Dublin, Jan. – Sept. 2012
Post: Researcher, Daniel O’Connell, Ireland and the Rhetoric of Empire, 1820–45 project

Employer: Professor Seán McConville, Queen Mary College, University of London, Aug. 2011 – Jan. 2012
Post: Part-Time Researcher, Irish Political Prisoners project

Employer: Oireachtas Library and Research Services/Inquest Research Co., Nov. 2011
Post: Researcher, Assessment of the Oireachtas Library’s archival holdings

Employer: Irish Independent newspaper, Oct. – Nov. 2011
Post: Researcher and feature writer for magazines commemorating the visit of John F. Kennedy to Ireland, the 75th anniversary of the Irish Presidency and the Rolling Back The Years series

Employer: Royal Irish Academy, Aug. 2009 – Mar. 2010
Post: Editorial Assistant, Documents on Irish Foreign Policy, Vol. VII (published 2010)

Employer: Royal Irish Academy, Jan. 2008 – Mar. 2010
Post: Documents Editor, Origins of the Irish Constitution, 1928–1941 (published 2012)

Employer: RTÉ/Inquest Research Co., Feb. – November 2007
Post: Researcher, RTÉ Elections 2007 (Northern Assembly and Irish general elections); Setanta Sports Television

Employer: Royal Irish Academy/Professsor Diarmaid Ferriter, Oct. 2006 – Feb. 2007
Post: Research Assistant, Judging Dev: A Reassessment of the Life and Legacy of Eamon de Valera (published 2007)

Employer: Department of the Taoiseach, Mar. – Apr. 2006
Post: Researcher, 1916 Commemorations, 90th Anniversary

Consultancy work

During the last two years I have acted as a consultant for historical exhibitions and in the deposit of private archival material in the Library of Trinity College Dublin.

I am currently a consultant historian with Leopardstown Park Hospital, Dublin, researching and writing a history of the hospital to mark their centenary year in 2017.

In 2012 I assisted Mayo County Council in its assessment of early modern material among the Jackie Clarke Collection. I advised the curator as to which items should be selected for the exhibition attached to this unique collection and assisted in the writing of associated information panels (http://www.clarkecollection.ie/home/).

My experience with the Jackie Clarke Collection led to my employment as a researcher and consultant for an exhibition to mark the 40th anniversary of Ireland’s accession to the European Economic Community. The exhibition was displayed at Collins Barracks and Dublin Castle and was brought on a national tour of local libraries in the latter half of 2013, and is also available online (http://tinyurl.com/khbddfh).

In July 2013 I obtained permission from Lady Kilmaine of Shelfield House, Warwickshire, to consult her private family papers. While there I advised Lady Kilmaine regarding the donation of these papers to an Irish archive and acted as liaison between Lady Kilmaine and the library of Trinity College Dublin. The Kilmaine papers, which consist of the records of the Brownes of The Neale, Co. Mayo, and span the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries, have since been donated to the university and will be made available to scholars once they have been catalogued.


• School of History and Archives, U.C.D., Sept. 2014 – May 2015
Lecturer and module co-ordinator for Early Modern Europe: Religion and Warfare, 1517 – 1789, a module for evening BA students.
• School of History and Archives, U.C.D., Sept. 2013 – May 2014, Sept. 2014 – May 2015
Lecturer and module co-ordinator for Debates in History, a compulsory module for all third year undergraduates (310 students)
• College of Arts and Celtic Studies, U.C.D., Sept. 2010 – August 2012
I helped to design and co-ordinated an Irish Studies module (Ireland Uncovered) for international students, which addressed Irish history, culture and society in an interdisciplinary and interactive manner
• School of History and Archives, U.C.D., Jan. – May 2011
I designed and taught a third year undergraduate course, Catholic Politics and Society in Ireland, 1660–1702
• Adult Education Centre, U.C.D., Jan. – May 2011
I developed and taught an Open Learning Course, From Plantations to Peace Process: A History of Ireland, 1534–1998
• Quinn School of Business/College of Arts and Celtic Studies, U.C.D., 2009–13
I have delivered guest lectures to Irish Studies courses on the Gaelic Athletic Association; on land confiscation in Ireland in the seventeenth century; and on the 1937 Constitution
• School of History and Archives, U.C.D., Sept. 2002 – April 2005; Sept. – Dec. 2007; Sept. 2010 – May 2011
As a tutor I provided teaching support to day and evening students on a variety of courses, ranging from early modern to twentieth-century Irish and European history

Outreach activities

• Researcher and Curator, Safety at Sea through War and Upheaval: Irish Lights 1911–1923 (2016)
• Consultant, Jackie Clarke Collection (Permanent exhibition), Ballina, Co. Mayo (2012)
• Researcher and consultant, ‘Ireland’s Accession to the EEC’ (January – May 2013). Exhibited in the National Museum, Collins Barracks and nationally, June – December 2013

Committees & Associations

Member, Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society
Member, Irish Historical Society
Committee Member, Irish Committee of Historical Sciences
Executive Secretary, Irish Association of Professional Historians


• Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012–2014
• University College Dublin Research Seed Fund, 2012
• Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute Doctoral Scholar, University College Dublin
• Ireland–Japan Association Bursary, 2000



• Gerard Hogan, The Origins of the Irish Constitution, 1928–1941, documents editor Eoin Kinsella (Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 2012).

Book Chapters

• ‘“Dividing the Bear’s Skin Before She Is Taken”: Irish Catholics and Land in the Late Stuart Monarchy, 1683–1691’ in Coleman A. Dennehy (ed.), Restoration Ireland: Always Settling and Never Settled (Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2008), pp 161–78.

• ‘Riotous Proceedings and the Cricket of Savages: Hurling and Football in Early Modern Ireland’ in Mike Cronin, William Murphy and Paul Rouse (eds), The Gaelic Athletic Association, 1884–2009 (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2009).

Peer Reviewed Journals

• ‘Hurling Matches in London (1733–1818) and New York (1781–2)’, with John Bergin, in Archivium Hibernicum, lxviii (2015), pp 139–67.
• ‘In Pursuit of a Positive Construction: Irish Catholics and the Williamite Articles of Surrender, 1690–1701’ in Eighteenth-Century Ireland/Iris an Dá Chultúr, xxiv (2009), pp 11–36.


• Review of James Kelly, Sport in Ireland, 1600—1840 (Dublin, 2014). Eighteenth-Century Ireland, xxx (2015), pp 168–70.


• Mark Duncan, Eoin Kinsella and Paul Rouse, National College of Ireland: Past, Present and Future (Dublin: Liffey Press, 2007).
• Biographical Entry on Denis Daly (c.1638–1721) in James McGuire and James Quinn (eds), Dictionary of Irish Biography (9 vols, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009).