About me

Email

g.madden2@nuigalway.ie | gerardmadden413@gmail.com

Address

Moore Institute
National University of Ireland, Galway
Galway
Co. Galway

Bio

I submitted my thesis at NUI Galway in October 2017, and am currently awaiting my viva. My PhD thesis seeks to increase understanding of the politics and society of mid-twentieth century Ireland by exploring the political and cultural impact of the Cold War between 1945 and 1965, with a specific focus on the Irish Catholic Church.

More broadly, I am interested in transnational aspects of 19th and 20th century Irish history.

Areas of expertise

Nineteenth and twentieth-century Irish political, social and cultural history. Ireland in transnational perspective, histories of religion in late modern Ireland, Cold War history, histories of left and labour movements, working class history, Northern Ireland.

Member Details

Full Name

Gerard Madden (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian

Experience

Management & Administrative experience

I have organised and co-organised several conferences and seminars held by the Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour and Class (ICHLC) in NUI Galway. I was the lead organiser of the ICHLC seminar ‘Aspects of anti-communism in 20th century Ireland’ held in the Moore Institute, NUI Galway on 14 April, 2016. I spoke alongside invited speakers Dr. Dianne Kirby of the University of Ulster and Dr. John Mulqueen of Trinity College Dublin. I was also a co-organiser of the ICHLC conference ‘Ireland and the Wobbly World’, held in NUI Galway on 11-12 November 2016.

In addition, I have also promoted other events held by the organisation through the group’s Facebook and Twitter pages and by assisting in designing and putting up posters.

Teaching

In 2015-16, I was a tutor in Dr. John Cunningham’s final year undergraduate course, ‘Labour in Irish society & politics, 1760-1960’. As a tutor, I helped choose suitable primary and secondary sources to engage participants in the classes in reflection and discussion. In both 2016-17 and 2017-18, I contributed two seminars to the team-taught module ‘Divided Ireland: politics and society since 1921’ in NUI Galway’s MA in Irish Studies. These seminars were designed by myself again based on my doctoral research. I was also an examiner for the module.

Outreach activities

Papers presented:

‘The Irish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, 1958-1963’, Cold War Home Fronts conference, University of Sheffield, 26-27 January 2018.

‘“Oh Jesus, not another bloody encyclical”: Dublin’s Catholic Workers’ College, 1951-1966’, New Perspectives on Catholic Archives seminar, Franciscan Friary, Merchants’ Quay, Dublin, 6 May 2017.

‘From Howth to Warsaw: The Rev. Canon Harry Armstrong’s 1950 journey to communist Poland’, Irish Association for Russian, Central and East European Studies annual conference, NUI Galway, 5 May 2017.

‘Women’s activism and Irish Catholic anti-communism during the Cold War: the case of the Irish Housewives’ Association’, Women’s History Association of Ireland annual conference, NUI Galway, 22 April 2017.

‘Irish Catholic anti-communism, the Cold War, and the Irish Housewives’ Association’, Irish History Students’ Association annual conference, Trinity College Dublin, 25 February 2017.

Sibéal, Revolutionary Genders conference, ‘Archbishop John Charles McQuaid of Dublin, anti-communism, and the Irish Housewives Association’, NUI Galway, 7-8 October 2016.

Transnational Ireland, Transnationalism in Practice workshop, Maynooth University, 12 September, 2016.

Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions, “Monitoring suspected ‘revolutionaries’: John Charles McQuaid and the Marine, Port and General Workers’ Union”, University College Cork, 16-17 June, 2016.

Spanish Association for Irish Studies Annual Conference, “Monitoring suspected ‘revolutionaries’: John Charles McQuaid and the Marine, Port and General Workers’ Union” University of Zaragoza, 26-28 May 2016.

Aspects of anti-communism in 20th Century Ireland, ‘Catholic anti-communism and the Irish in post-war Britain’, NUI Galway, 14 April, 2016.

Irish History Students’ Association Conference, ‘Catholic anti-communism, the Cold War, and peace and nuclear disarmament campaigns in Ireland’, NUI Galway, 19-20 February, 2016.

Remembering Noël Browne, 1915-97: Reflections on Radicalism Welfare & Social Change in Modern Ireland, ‘Catholic anti-communism, the Cold War, and peace and nuclear disarmament campaigns in Ireland, 1945-1968’, NUI Galway, 13-14 November, 2015.

'The National union of Journalists and Catholic Anti-Communism in mid-Twentieth Century Ireland', to the Irish History Students' Association Conference, Jim Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, 14 March 2015.

'The National union of Journalists and Catholic Anti-Communism in mid-Twentieth Century Ireland', to the Irish Centre for the histories of Labour and Class's 'Labour & Society in 20th century Ireland' workshop, Hardiman Building, NUI Galway, 27 January 2015.

'Bishop Michael Browne of Galway and anti-communism in mid-twentieth century Ireland', to the Political Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Galway Bay Hotel, Galway, 18 October 2014.

‘Catholic anti-communism in mid-twentieth century Galway, 1931-1949’, to the ‘Outsiders in independent Ireland, 1922-1949’ conference, Iontas Building, Maynooth University, 5 September 2014.

'Bishop Michael Browne of Galway and anti-communism in mid-twentieth century Ireland', to the NUI Galway History Graduate Seminar Series, Moore Institute, 5 February 2014.

'Bishop Michael Browne of Galway and anti-communism, 1937-1976', to the inaugural conference of the Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour and Class, NUI Galway, 21 November 2013.

Committees & Associations

2016- Member of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions.
2014- Member of the Irish Association for Professional Historians.
2014- Member of the Irish Labour History Society.
2014- Founding member of the Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour and Class, NUI Galway.

Awards

October 2014-September 2017 Recipient of a Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship, awarded by the Irish Research Council (IRC), 16,000 euro per annum.

Other activities

Participant in annual Culture Night talks organised by Dr. John Cunningham and Dr. Sarah-Anne Buckley in Galway City museum, 2013 and 2016. My talk at the 2016 event was recently published in Growing up in Galway: Histories and Memories (2017).

News editor of Scoláire Staire magazine, June 2013 – April 2014.

Until its closure, I was news editor of a free online Irish history magazine, Scoláire Staire, founded and edited by Dr. Adrian Grant of the University of Ulster. I collaborated with an editorial team of history post-grads and post-docs from across Ireland in creating each issue.
Scoláire Staire gave history post-grads and post-docs a platform to showcase their research in an easy and accessible manner. The readership was made up of peers, academic historians and the general public. It was sent to around 600 subscribers and viewed around 5000 times per issue.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

‘Responses in the west of Ireland to political change in Northern Ireland, 1968-1972’, Irish Historical Studies, vol. 41, no. 159, May 2017.

‘Bishop Michael Browne of Galway and anti-communism, 1937-1976’, Saothar, journal of the Irish Labour History Society, no. 39, 2014.

Other Journals

McCarthyism, Catholicism and Ireland’, History Ireland, vol. 25, no. 23, May/June 2017.

‘Defending the faith’, Jacobin, no. 21, Spring 2016.

Published reports

‘Locked Out: a century of Irish working class life’ by Dr. David Convery (ed.), Scoláire Staire, vol. 3, no. 4, October 2013,
http://irishhistoryreview.com/wp/2013/10/28/locked-out/

Electronic Publications

Blogposts

‘Catholic anti-communism from a four nations history perspective’, Four Nations History Network, 21 March 2016,
https://fournationshistory.wordpress.com/2016/03/21/catholic-anti-communism-from-a-four-nations-history-perspective/

‘Archive of Connolly Association’s Irish Democrat now online’, Hatful of History, 27 August 2015,
https://hatfulofhistory.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/archive-of-connolly-associations-irish-democrat-now-online/

Reviews

‘Seán Murray, Marxist-Leninist and Irish socialist republican’ by Dr. Seán Byers, Socialist History, no. 49, Spring 2016.

‘The Howth gun-running and the Kilcoole gun-running: recollections and documents’ by Dr. F. X. Martin (ed.), The Irish Story, October 2014, http://www.theirishstory.com/2014/10/08/book-review-the-howth-gun-running-and-the-kilcoole-gun-running-recollections-and-documents/#.WjJ5BN9l_cs

‘Conference report: Class, conflict and culture, National University of Ireland, Galway, 21/22 November 2013’ co-written with Dr. David Convery, History Workshop Journal, no. 78, Autumn 2014.

‘Locked Out: a century of Irish working class life’ by Dr. David Convery (ed.), Scoláire Staire, vol. 3, no. 4, October 2013,
http://irishhistoryreview.com/wp/2013/10/28/locked-out/

‘Making the difference: the Irish Labour Party 1912-2012’ by Paul Daly, Rónán O’Brien and Dr. Paul Rouse (eds.), Saothar, journal of the Irish Labour History Society, no. 38, 2013.

‘The Men will talk to me: Galway interviews by Ernie O'Malley’ by Cormac K. H. O’Malley and Cormac Ó Comhraí (eds.), Journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society, vol. 65, 2013.