I recently received my PhD in history from QUB. The thesis examined popular collective action in Ulster and its various forms (Ribbonism, Fenianism, the Confederate Clubs and agrarian and sectarian mobilisation). Prior to that I completed both my BA (History, Irish) and MA in History at the National University of Ireland, Galway. I am fully fluent in Irish.
My interests are primarily 19th and 20th century Irish history, most specifically; secret societies, revolutionary nationalism and popular protest.
My undergraduate dissertation addressed pre-Famine Ribbonism, while my MA dissertation was entitled ‘Rathcoole and the United Irish Rebellions’, which examined the impact of the 1798 and 1803 rebellions in politicising locals and polarising communal relations in my home town.
My PhD thesis traced the hitherto downplayed influence of the early Fenians in Ulster, while also looking at older, more localised conspiratorial groupings such as the Ribbon Societies and the role they may have played in stunting or facilitating the growth of the newly emergent working-class republicanism.
|Areas of expertise||
Early Ulster Fenianism
Social movements and revolution, Fenianism, Ribbonism,
Kerron Ó Luain (Professional Historian)
2011-2016 – PhD at Queen's University Belfast
Office Assistant, ESB International
Data entry and filing. Microsoft Office and Excel.
|Management & Administrative experience||
Seminar series organiser, Queen's University Belfast
Chairing seminars and arranging funding/reimbursement for travelling speakers.
History Tutor, Queen's University Belfast
Tutoring second year undergraduates in different aspects of 19th century Irish history. This included assessing student contributions, advising on assignments, and providing appropriate feedback.
|Committees & Associations||
The Four Districts Remembers 1916 Centenary Committee: acted as secretary and general organiser/manager of seminar series and Easter commemoration.
Conference papers and seminars:
• (Forthcoming) 'Rathcoole and the United Irish Rebellions, 1798-1803' (Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2018).
• (Forthcoming) 'The Four Districts and the Irish Revolution, 1916-23' in Journal of the Kildare Archaeological Society, October 2017.
• 'The Ribbon Societies of Louth and Armagh, 1848-1864' in Seanchas Ard Mhacha: Journal of the Armagh Diocesan Historical Society, Volume 25, 2014
• 'Ulster's Forgotten Fenians: the dog that didn't bark in 1867' in History Ireland, March/April 2017.