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||
Social movements and revolution, Fenianism, Ribbonism,
Kerron Ó Luain (Professional Historian)
2018-2019 – Graduate classes in Political Science, Villanova
• Fulbright Scholar, Villanova University, 2018-2019
• 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.
|Management & Administrative experience||
Historical/Sociological talks or public events organised:
• Irish language teacher and occasional history lecturer, Villanova University, 2018-2019.
• History Tutor, Queen's University Belfast, 2012-2014
Media and public engagement:
|Committees & Associations||
The Four Districts Remembers 1916 Centenary Committee: acted as secretary and general organiser/manager of seminar series and Easter commemoration.
• 2019, International Celtic Congress travel funding.
Conference papers and seminars
• (Forthcoming) 'Rathcoole and the United Irish Rebellions, 1798-1803' (Maynooth Local Studies Series, Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2019).
• (Forthcoming) 'Expressions of joy among Catholic, Ribbon and Hibernian processionists during the long nineteenth century' in Mary
|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, (May 2019).
• 'An Nathair/The Serpent', poem published in Writing in Tongues: a Global Interdisciplinary Journal, no.2 (Spring, 2019).
• 'Na Gaeil agus "Beartas Úr Glas" Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez' in Nós (https://nos.ie/gniomhaiochas/teanga/na-gaeil-agus-beartas-ur-glas-alexandria-ocasia-corte/) – (20/02/2019).