About me




I am currently researching the transnational history of the Catholic and nationalist fraternal organisation, The Ancient Order of Hibernians. In 2017-2018 I taught history in UCD. Afterwards, I worked as historical consultant on a documentary on the IRB entitled Cogadh Faoi Cheilt for TG4. For the 2018/2019 academic year I am on a Fulbright Scholarship in Villanova University, PA.

I received my PhD in history from QUB in 2016. 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. Tá mé go hiomlán líofa sa Ghaeilge – I am fully fluent in Irish.

My interests are primarily 19th and 20th century Irish history, most specifically; secret societies, revolutionary nationalism and popular mentalities, as well as exploring the potential to utilise hitherto overlooked Irish language sources in historical analysis

Areas of expertise

Young Ireland in Ulster
Anti-Orange Catholic collective action 1848-1867
The Tenant League and the agrarian disturbances of 1849-1852


Social movements and revolution, Fenianism, Ribbonism,
Social history, Politicisation, Irish Associational Culture, Irish Republicanism, Gaeilge, Irish language, 19th Century History, Irish Nationalism, Modern History, 1798, United Irishmen, Agrarian violence,Young Ireland, Communal violence in Ulster, Hiberniansim, Ancient Order of Hibernians

Member Details

Full Name

Kerron Ó Luain (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian



2011-2016 – PhD at Queen's University Belfast
2009-2010 – MA at National University of Ireland, Galway
2006-2009 – BA at National University of Ireland, Galway


• Tutor, UCD, 2017-2018
• Editorial Assistant, Fiontair & Scoil na Gaeilge, DCU, 2017.
• Heritage Officer, Saggart Heritage Centre, 2017.
• Tutor, QUB, 2012-2014
• Archival Assistant, ESB International, 2007-2009.

Consultancy work

• 2018, consultancy work for Baker’s Bar, 47-48 Thomas Street, Dublin. Funded research into ascertaining the date of the public house’s establishment as well as its history.
• 2017-2018, for Dearcán Media, TG4. Consultation with regards the IRB.

Management & Administrative experience

Historical/Sociological talks or public events organised:
• Tour to Cloughjordan Eco-Village, hosted by Professor Peadar Kirby and with talks given by Dr. John Walsh and Dr. Finbarr Bradely, 13 May 2017.
• ‘Frongoch and the Birth of the IRA’ with Lyn Ebenezer, author and historian, The Ireland Institute, 25 April 2016
• ‘Scotland and the 1916 Rising’ with Stephen Coyle, author and historian, The Ireland Institute, 24 March 2016
• ‘Josie: a brief Flame’ with Mícheál Ó Doibhilín, author and historian, 12 March 2016
• ‘Poet Patriot: Thomas McDonagh and the Easter Rising’ with Dr. Shane Kenna, Saggart Heritage Centre, 27 February 2016
• ‘The Role of Women in the Irish Revolution’ with Liz Gillis, author and historian, Rathcoole Community Centre, 7 February 2016
• Various historical film showings, Club Scannán an Phiarsaigh, The Ireland Institute, 2016
• Seminar series organiser, Queen's University Belfast, 2013.


• Irish language teacher and occasional history lecturer, Villanova University, 2018-2019.
• History Tutor, UCD, 2017-2018.
The Making of Modern Europe
The Russian Revolution
Union to Bailout
The Irish Experience

• History Tutor, Queen's University Belfast, 2012-2014
Politics and Society in 19th Century Ireland

Outreach activities

Media and public engagement:
• 14 November 2018: Fulbright Irish Language Night, Corr Hall, Villanova University, PA.
• 16 September 2018: Part of panel discussion with Dr. Breandán Mac Suibhne on post-Famine adjustment in the Irish Arts and Cultural Center, Philadelphia, PA.
• 11 August 2018: Part of RnaG radio panel for Murach Gur Tharla programme which discussed the IRB from 1905-24 and Partition
• 7 March 2018: Gave evidence and discussed recommendations concerning the amendment to the Official Languages Act (2003) at the Oireachtas Joint Committee for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands.
• 26 November 2017: Interviewed by Adare Productions on history of WW2, Irish Neutrality and the Glencree German War Cemetery for TG4 program Beidh Mé Ar Ais which looked at lesser known heritage and historical sites.
• 22 November 2017: Discussed language planning issues and sociolinguistic problems in the Connemara Gaeltacht on Iris Aniar on Raidió na Gaeltachta
• 29 August 2017: Discussed civil rights, international relations and the role of the Irish government in the case of Ibrahim Halawa’s imprisonment in Egypt on Raidió na Life.
• 2016: Discussed the challenges facing young people in 21st century Ireland on Raidió na Life.
• 24 June, 2016: Discussed the historical background and implications of Brexit on Cormac@5 on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.
• March and May, 2016, 'The Four Districts and the Irish Revolution, 1916-23', talks given to local audiences in Rathcoole and Brittas Community Centers.

Experise inquiries:
• 2017, Edward Pomeroy, student sitting A-levels, sought assistance with regards question on history of Irish nationalist discontent from 1886-1998.
• 2017, Amanda Gale, 10th grade student at Claremont high school. Consulted me with regards the Irish Revolution, 1916-23.
• 2017, Dan Martucci, writing history thesis at Colgate University, New York. Consulted me with regards history of Irish pub culture.
• 2017, South Dublin County Council. Advised on history and location of important buildings in locality for erection of historical information sign.
• 2016, Jerome Devitt, historian. Advised on aspects of Ribbonism for a play set in nineteenth-century Ireland.
• 2016, Rathcoole Community Centre. Advised on history of Irish Revolution in south-west Dublin to be used during centenary and for the erection of a memorial stone.
• 2015, Michael McCartan, amateur historian, County Down. Advised on history of Ribbonism and the Battle of Dolly’s Brae 1849.
• 2015, Jessie Melia, journalism student at DIT. Held interview on current state of history in educational institutions and wider society.

Genealogical Inquiries:
• 2016: Neil Curran, descendent of family who lived in locality during time of Easter Rising. Inquiry originated in talk I gave during centenary.
• 2014: Paul Magill, amateur historian and descendant of Belfast Fenian Frank Roney. Provided information which helped elaborate on Roney’s role during Belfast riots of 1857 and 1864.

• 2016-2017: Filed application with South Dublin County Council for erecting historical signage on 1798 Rebellion in Rathcoole, Co. Dublin. In constant consultation with local councillor. Awaiting outcome.
• 2016: Was part of committee which erected historical monument to 1916 Rising at Courthouse in Rathcoole.

Committees & Associations

The Four Districts Remembers 1916 Centenary Committee: acted as secretary and general organiser/manager of seminar series and Easter commemoration.


• 2018, Graduate conference travel funding, Villanova.
• 2018, Fulbright FLTA Scholarship.
• 2018, Colm Cille Ireland-Scotland Grants Scheme.
• 2016, Seachtain na Gaeilge Support Bursary.
• 2014, Foras na Gaeilge Annual Sponsorship.
• 2013, Student Led Initiative funding, QUB.
• 2012, Conference and travel funding, QUB.

Other activities

Conference papers and seminars
• “‘Syndacalistic madness’: the AOH and the Great Dublin Lockout of 1913’, ACIS Mid-Atlantic Conference, Villanova University, PA, November 2018.
• ‘Ireland’s Traveller ethnicity: a history of exclusion’, invited seminar lecture, Race and Ethnicity in American Politics graduate class, Villanova University, PA, November 2018.
• 'The Gaeltacht in 2018 and neoliberal ideology: transitioning into oblivion?', ACIS Mid-Western Conference, University of St Thomas, Minneapolis, MN, October 2018.
• ‘The joy of defying triumphalism? Ribbonite and Hibernian processions in the long nineteenth century', SSNCI conference: Happiness in the Nineteenth Cenutry, TCD, Dublin, July 2018
• ‘The Ancient Order of Hibernians in the US and Ireland: a transnational exploration of Irish identity and upward social mobility', annual conference of the Economic and Social History Society of Ireland, Central Bank of Ireland, Dublin, November 2017
• 'Forléargas ar Éireann, 1916-2016', Ceardlann Cruthaitheach de chuid Teacht Aniar, Béal Feirste, Feabhra 2017.
• 'The Four Districts and the Irish Revolution, 1916-23', Rathcoole and Brittas Community Centers, March and May, 2016.
• 'The persistence of nationalist and anti-state sentiment in Ulster, 1848-67', IHS Conference, Galway, February 2016.
• 'Ribbonmen, Fenians and lower-class nationalism in 19th century urban Ulster', SSNCI Irish urban spaces in the nineteenth century conference, Queen's University Belfast, June 2014
• 'Ribbonism & Fenianism; conflict and conformity within working-class Irish nationalism', Minority Histories & other Republicanisms conference, Queen's University Belfast, May 2014
• 'Ribbonism & Fenianism; conflict and conformity within working-class Irish nationalism', annual Irish History Students (IHS) conference, MIC Limerick, March 2014
• 'Post-Famine Ribbonism', TCD post-graduate seminar series, January 2014
• 'Ribbonism in the 1850s; a spent force?', annual conference of the Economic and Social History Society of Ireland, NUI Galway, November 2013
• 'The agrarian disturbances of 1849-1852; landlord/tenant conflict on the South Ulster borderlands', Landlords, Tenants and their Estates in Ireland: 1600-2013 conference, Moore Institute NUI Galway, September 2013
• 'Secret Societies in the South Ulster Borderlands, 1849-1852: a transitional period in Ribbonism?' SSNCI Crime, Violence and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century conference, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, June 2013
• 'Post-Famine Ribbonism in Ulster', post-graduate seminar series at Queen's University Belfast, April 2012



• (Forthcoming) 'Rathcoole and the United Irish Rebellions, 1798-1803' (Maynooth Local Studies Series, Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2019).

Peer Reviewed Journals

• (Forthcoming) ‘“Craven subserviency had vanished. Bitter hostility had arrived”: Agrarian violence and the Tenant League on the Ulster borderlands, 1849-52’ in Irish Historical Studies, 2019.
• 'Young and Old Ireland: Repeal politics in Belfast, 1846-1848’ in New Hibernia Review, xxii, no.2, 2018 (https://muse.jhu.edu/article/704885)
• 'The Ribbon Societies of Louth and Armagh, 1848-1864' in Seanchas Ard Mhacha: Journal of the Armagh Diocesan Historical Society, Volume 25, 2014

Other Journals

• 'The Four Districts and the Irish Revolution, 1916-23' in Journal of the Kildare Archaeological Society, October 2017.
• 'Ulster's Forgotten Fenians: the dog that didn't bark in 1867' in History Ireland, March/April 2017.

Electronic Publications

• 'Captain Moonlight Revived: Ireland's New Land War?' in Counterpunch

• 'Creeping Neo-Fascism in Ireland and the "Open Borders" Question' in Counterpunch (https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/11/30/creeping-neo-fascism-in-ireland-and-the-open-borders-question/) – (30/11/2018).

• ‘Poppy fascism and the English education system’ in Counterpunch (https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/11/12/poppy-fascism-and-the-english-education-system/) – (12/11/2018).

• 'Ireland’s Gaeltacht Regions: Transitioning Into Oblivion?' in Counterpunch
(https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/11/02/irelands-gaeltacht-regions-transitioning-into-oblivion/?fbclid=IwAR2HHijuJa51KRJJAUkWbcyL9CQFk9oIuDW0LNZ_sfN0fKeUgJFpcr0Oi4A) – (2/11/2018)

• '"Calculated to excite the minds of the public": South Ulster and the Young Ireland Rebellion, 1848' in The Irish Story
(http://www.theirishstory.com/2018/06/21/calculated-to-excite-the-minds-of-the-public-south-ulster-and-the-young-ireland-rebellion-1848/#.WyzGL6dKjIU) – (21/06/2018)

• ‘To get up an anti-Fenian society in this country’: Ribbonism and republicanism in Ulster, 1850-1867’ in The Irish Story
(http://www.theirishstory.com/2018/05/11/to-get-up-an-anti-fenian-society-in-this-country-ribbonism-and-republicanism-in-ulster-1850-1867/#.WyzG-6dKjIU) – (11/05/2018).

• ‘“A policy of Passive Resistance”: Sinn Féin and abstentionism – an historical overview’ in The Irish Story
(http://www.theirishstory.com/2017/07/04/a-policy-of-passive-resistance-sinn-fein-and-abstentionism-an-historical-overview/#.WyzHPqdKjIU) – (4/07/2017).


Magazine articles
• ‘An tOideachas Tríú Leibhéil faoi ionsaí: cén leigheas?' i Mionlach: irisleabhar de chuid Misneach, uimhir. 10 (Lúnasa, 2018).
• ‘Language Planning Committees move to form national organisation’ in Carn: a link between the Celtic nations, no. 171 (Summer/Autumn, 2018).
• ‘The Sleeping Beauty awoken: EU militarisation and the further erosion of Irish neutrality’ in Carn: a link between the Celtic nations, no. 170 (Spring, 2018).
• ‘Bliain na Gaeilge: Gimic mhargaíochta nó deis dúshlán a thabhairt?' i Mionlach: irisleabhar de chuid Misneach, uimhir. 9 (Mí Feabhra, 2018).
• ‘Fenianism forgotten? A commentary on the IRB on its 150th anniversary’ in Carn: a link between the Celtic nations, no. 169 (Winter, 2017).
• ‘Fightback begins against attacks on Irish language: An Comhrá Mór' in Carn: a link between the Celtic nations, no. 168 (Autumn, 2017).
• 'Tost i ndiaidh torthaí an daonáirimh' i Mionlach: irisleabhar de chuid Misneach, uimhir.7 (Mí Bealtaine, 2017).
• 'An pobal ag déanamh neamhaird ar an stát' i Mionlach: irisleabhar de chuid Minseach, uimhir.6 (Mí Feabhra, 2017).
• 'Picking at the carcass: the Irish state and foreign vulture funds' in Carn: a link between the Celtic nations, no. 167 (Spring, 2017).
• 'Peadar O'Donnell Forum – a way forward for the Left in Ireland?' in Carn: a link between the Celtic nations, no.166 (Winter, 2016).
• 'Misneach: ag dul ó neart go neart' i Mionalch: irisleabhar de chuid Misneach, uimhir.5 (Samhain, 2016).
• 'The Apple tax saga' in Carn: a link between the Celtic nations, no.165 (Autumn, 2016).
• 'Celtic League 1916 commemorative program' in Carn: a link between the Celtic nations, no.164 (Summer 2016).
• 'Éirí Amach na Cásca agus gluaiseacht luath na Gaeilge: Liam Ó Maolruanaidh, 1873-1901' i Mionlach: irisleabhar de chuid Minseach, uimhir.3 (Samhain, 2015).
• 'Debates within Irish language movement' in Carn: a link between the Celtic nations, no.163 (Winter, 2015).
• 'Athneartú phobal Gaeilge Bhrí Chualann' i Mionlach: irisleabhar de chuid Misneach, uimhir.2 (Bealtaine, 2015).
• 'Irish Famine as comedy' in Carn: a link between the Celtic nations, no. 161 (Spring, 2015).
• 'Cymdeithas yr Iaith: ár macasamhail féin sa Bhreatain Bheag' in Mionlach, uimh. 1 (Eanáir, 2015).