About me

Email

heleneokeeffe@yahoo.co.uk

Bio

Currently Head of Education and Communications at the Heritage Council, Helene completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the School of History, UCC, coordinating the Atlas of the Irish Revolution Schools Outreach Programme in 2017. She was also a researcher for that publication, published by Cork University Press in September 2017.

Awarded a PhD in Modern Irish History from University College in 2009, her doctoral research examined the formative influences on the collective memory of Robert Emmet. She published 'To Speak of Easter Week', a study of second-generation memory of the 1916 Rising, 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; the Irish Revolutionary Period, 1912-1923; 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

2017: Head of Education and Communications, The Heritage Council, Kilkenny
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

Consultancy work

Irish Life and Lore Oral History archive

Management & Administrative experience

Head of Education and Communications, The Heritage Council
Programme Coordination, St Angela's College Cork

Outreach activities

Coordinator, Atlas of the Irish Revolution Schools Outreach programme
Coordinator National Heritage Week 2018

Committees & Associations

Member, Irish Association of Professional Historians

Awards

Member of the UCC Research Team of the Year 2017
Research Grant, Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht 2014
UCC Graduate Scholarship 2001-2003

Other activities

Public Talks and Presentations:
• ‘The Atlas of the Irish Revolution’ panellist, Dublin Festival of History, October 2018
• ‘Mapping Revolutionary Ireland and Making the Atlas of the Irish Revolution’, panellist, American Conference for Irish Studies 2018, University College, Cork, June 2018
• "Using the Atlas of the Irish Revolution in the Classroom", HTAI annual conference, Killarney, October 2017
• “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)

Other Journals

'The Life and Legacy of Tomas Ashe', in The Old Kerry Journal, Vol. 4, September 2017