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Frank Rynne (Professional Historian)

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Professional Historian



BA (hons), PhD, Trinity College Dublin.



Frank Rynne and Adam Pole (Eds.), La grande famine en Irlande 1845-1851, Atlande/Belin, Paris 2015.
Series Editor Charles Giry-Deloison
The books includes
Brian Casey
-"The Great Famine, 1845-47"
-"Reorganized Ireland: After the Famine."
Aine Foley
-Medieval Ireland, 1034-1534.
John Gibney
-"Early Modern Ireland"
Christophe Gillissen
Ian Miller
-"Impact: Population, Mortality and Emigration".
Maureen O. Murphy
-"The Great Irish Famine and the Arts"
Adam Pole co-editor
-"Landlords and Tenants"
-"Relief Responses to the Famine"
-"The Great Irish Famine, 1847-52"
co-authored with Frank Rynne:
-"The Famine in Memory"
-" Legislation: The Legacy and Consequences of the Great Famine."
Frank Rynne co-editor
-"Politics 1780-1852"
co-authored with Adam Pole
-"The Famine in Memory"
-"Legislation: The Legacy and Consequences of the Great Famine."
The book also includes
Primary Sources

Book Chapters

Frank Rynne and Adam Pole (Eds.), La grande famine en Irlande 1845-1851, Atlande/Belin, Paris 2015.
2/Politics, 1780-1852,
co-authored with Adam Pole
3/The Famine in Memory
4/Legislation: The Legacy and Consequences of the Great Famine.

Bevant, Yann (Ed.) La Grande Famine en Irlande
1845-1850. Histoire et représentations d'un désastre humanitaire, Presses universitaires de Rennes, (Rennes, 2014).
Chapter: Maignant, Catherine and Rynne, Frank, "The Historiography of the Irish Famine" in pp. 15-47.

Bevant, Yann (Ed.) La Grande Famine en Irlande
1845-1850. Histoire et représentations d'un désastre humanitaire, Presses universitaires de Rennes, (Rennes, 2014).
Chapter title: The Famine in Nationalist and Republican political discourse and propaganda, pp.175-191.

Casey, Brian (Ed.), Defying the Law of the Land, Agrarian Radicals in Irish History, (Dublin, 2013), pp 133-53.
Chapter title: Redressing historical imbalance: the role of grassroots leaders Richard Hodnett and Henry O’Mahony in the Land League revolution in West Cork 1879-82 This chapter focuses on individuals who though barely mentioned in previous historiography played a pivotal role in the organisation of the Land League and the Irish Republican Brotherhood in West Cork in the 1870s and 1880s. It examines two individuals, one a shopkeeper and uniquely a Poor Law Guardian, Richard Hodnett and a returned American, Henry O’Mahony. Both were incarcerated more than once under special laws which allowed for the suspension of habeas corpus or which penalised political activism. The two men’s work both together and separately is examined. The role of the USA based Clan-na-Gael and other Fenian organisations is placed in a local context as O’Mahony is shown to be a conduit for funds to dynamitards. It examines landlord and tenant relations, policing, courts, revolutionaries, Nationalism and the role of parliamentarians in the Land War.

McConnell, James & McGarry, Fearghal (Eds.), The Black Hand of Republicanism, Irish Academic Press, London, 2009, pp 55-71
Chapter Title : "Permanent revolutionaries: the I.R.B. and the Land War in West Cork, 1879-1882” This chapter gives an overview of an early stage of my doctoral research and illustrates the importance of grassroots activists in the Land War as well as highlighting the phenomenon of “returned Americans” in Ireland who were in fact agents sent from the USA to organize revolutionary cells. The targeting of magistrates, MPs, and justices of the peace is examined and in conclusion it is shown that much of the violence during the Land War was not directed towards the harshest landlords, but rather, against government officials and their employees. The targeting of the latter two, alongside the operation of “Land League Courts”, which usurped the local administration of justice, and the electoral take-over of of local taxing bodies such as the Poor Law Boards by revolutionaries proves that the UK government’s concern that the Land League was merely a front for separatists was well held in areas where the IRB was strongest such as Co. Cork and Co. Mayo.

Peer Reviewed Journals

de Bouvier , Anne-Catherine et Gillissen, Christophe, (Eds.) La Revue Française de Civilisation Britannique, La Grande Famine en Irlande (1845-1851), Vol 19.2 , 2014
Article title: "Young Ireland and Irish Revolutions", pp. 105-124.
Special edition on The Great Irish Famine.

Electronic Publications

November/December 2005: History Ireland, Vol. 13. No. 6, pp.41-46
Titre de l’article : “Focus on the Fenians: The Irish People Trials November 1865-January 1866” This article is an introduction to archival sources for the Fenian movement and the Special Commission trials of members of that movement covering the period 1858-1866. As well as government reports and police records it examines the evidence amassed by the police for the Special Commission. Particular attention is paid to photographic archives as by 1865 the Dublin Metropolitan police had begun to photograph all suspected revolutionaries when they were arrested.

November-December 2008: History Ireland, Vol. 16, No. 6, pp 38-41
Titre de l’article : “‘This extra parliamentary propaganda’ Land League Posters” An examination of printed posters for Land League meetings which were unearthed in evidence boxes for the trial Queen v. Parnell and others which took place from late 1880 – early 1881. It shows how Land League propaganda was sophisticated and varied throughout the island to take account of the religious adherence of the audience. In places where there was a majority or a significant protestant population the use of Nationalist separatist slogans was absent, while in other areas it was the posters most prevalent feature.


Faith, Fenians and Filibuster’ Irish Literary Supplement (22 September 2011), pp 23-4 Critique d’ouvrage : John Sarsfield Casey, A Mingling of Swans: Edited by Mairead Maume, Patrick Maume and Mary Casey. (Dublin, 2010) J.F.X O'Brien, For the Liberty of Ireland at Home and Abroad (Dublin, 2010), Edited By Jennifer Regan-Lefebvre A critical review of two works by 1860s Fenians which were recently published by University College Dublin Press giving a detailed critique of the respective editor’s approaches and a critical assessment of the value of these two primary sources in the wider historiographical context.