About me

Email

heleneokeeffe@yahoo.co.uk

Bio

I am currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the School of History, UCC, coordinating the Atlas of the Irish Revolution Schools Outreach Programme. I was also a researcher for that publication, forthcoming with Cork University Press in March 2017.

In 2009 I was awarded a PhD in Modern Irish History from University College. My doctoral research examined the formative influences on the collective memory of Robert Emmet. My recent book, To Speak of Easter Week, a study of second-generation memory of the 1916 Rising, was published in October 2015.

Areas of expertise

The politics of commemoration with particular emphasis on collective memory, oral history and tradition
The theory of "Post-Memory" and how it applies to the second-generation memory of the 1916 Rising.
Other areas of expertise include Robert Emmet and the 1803 Rebellion; Oral History and Tradition.

Keywords

Late nineteenth century Ireland; early twentieth century Ireland; 1916 Easter Rising; Irish Revolution; Robert Emmet; Commemorations; Tradition; Oral History; Collective Memory

Member Details

Full Name

Helene O'Keeffe (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian

Experience

Education

2009: PhD in Modern Irish History (UCC)
2003: MA in Irish Media History (UCC)
2000: Higher Diploma in Education (UCC)
1999: BA (Joint Hons) History and English (UCC)

Employment

2016: Post-doctoral research fellow at the School of History, UCC, coordinating the Atlas of the Irish Revolution Schools Outreach Programme.
2015: Researcher on "The Atlas of the Irish Revolution" forthcoming with Cork University Press
2008-2014: Consultant and researcher for http://www.irishlifeandlore.com
2006-2014: Teacher and Programme Coordinator, St Angela's College Cork

Management & Administrative experience

Programme Coordination, St Angela's College Cork

Committees & Associations

Member, Irish Association of Professional Historians

Awards

Research Grant, Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht 2014
UCC Graduate Scholarship 2001-2003

Other activities

Public Talks and Presentations:
• “Thomas Ashe on the Centenary of his Death: an oral record”, Irish Military Seminar’, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, June 2017
• “Mothers, Sisters, Soldiers, Spies”: generational memory, oral history and the Irish Revolution, Cork City Library, April 2017
• “Once Removed from Revolution”: second generation memory of the 1916 Rising’, UCC Autumn Public Lecture Series, UCC, October 2016
• ‘To Speak of Easter Week Part 1: Remembering the Battle of Ashbourne’, RTE Reflecting the Rising, DIT, March 2016
• ‘To Speak of Easter Week Part 3: ‘Mobilisation and Engagement’, RTE Reflecting the Rising, DIT, March 2016
• ‘To Speak of Easter Week Part 4: ‘Surrender, Imprisonment and Execution’, RTE Reflecting the Rising, DIT, March 2016
• ‘Family memories of the Irish Revolution’, Carbra Library as part of the Dublin City Council's Centenary Programme, February 2016
• ‘Letters in the Classroom’, Letters of 1916 Cork Launch, UCC, November 2015
• ‘Understanding the Value of Oral History’. RDS Library Speakers Series, October 2015
• ‘Second and Third Generation Memories of the 1916 Rising and its Aftermath’. Commemoration: Contexts and Concepts Conference, UCC, September 2015
• ‘Oral History as the Source and Subject of Study'. All Hallows College, Dublin, August 2015
• 'Mining the Layers of Memory’: An examination of the oral history of female participation in the 1916 Rising. Cumann na mBan 100 Conference, Collins Barracks, April 2014

Publications

Books

'To Speak of Easter Week: Family Memories of the Irish Revolution", Mercier Press Ltd, Cork (Oct 2015)

Book Chapters

‘Thomas Ashe”, “The O’Rahilly”, ‘Fionán Lynch” “Patrick O’Connor”, “Michael Mulvihill” and “Patrick Shortis”, in Rebel Kerry, (forthcoming with Mercier Press, 2017)