About me




The Irish Parliamentary Party, Home Rule, Irish Revolution, World War I, Political History, Irish Political Parties, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Popular and Political Cultures of Memory, Commemoration.

Member Details

Full Name

Martin O'Donoghue (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian



PhD, NUI Galway (2016)
'The Legacy of the Irish Parliamentary Party in Independent Ireland, 1922-49'. Supervisor – Dr. Mary N. Harris

M.A. (History), NUI Galway (2011) First Class Honours.
Dissertation: ‘Aspects of the reconstituted Seanad: Its origins, character and contribution (1938-48)’.

B.A., NUI Galway (2010) Double-First Class Honours.


2018- Department of History, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Limerick
2017-18 National Library of Ireland Research Studentship Holder
2017- Lecturer, NUI Galway
2013-17 Module Tutor, NUI Galway

Management & Administrative experience

- Academic Director, Parnell Summer School 2018-
- Social Media Officer, Irish Association of Professional Historians, 2018-
- Co-convenor in association with NUI Galway, GMIT and Galway County Council, Galway Centenary Conversations lecture series, July-August 2017.
- (with Conor McNamara and John Cunningham) ‘1917: Centenary Reflections Conference’ organised in association with NUI Galway and Roscommon County Council, Roscommon, 5-6 May 2017.
- Irish History Students’ Association Conference, NUI Galway, 19-21 February 2016.
- Treasurer of the Old Tuam Society 2015-2017
- ‘Researching the Irish Parliamentary Party in the Decade of Centenaries’ workshop held as part of NUI Galway’s commemorative programme, 4 September 2015.


Sept 2018 – Module coordinator, University of Limerick
HI4103 Imagining Ireland: from early modern to modern
HI6201 Introduction to public history: theory and practice
HI6191 Graduate seminar in Irish cultural history
HU8012 Digital humanities
HI6792 Public history internship
HI4102 Ireland: Revolution and Independence, 1898-1968

Sept – Dec 2017 Lecturer, History, School of Humanities, NUI Galway
HI 519 Sources and Resources, MA History
IS 104 Ideology, Politics and Society in Ireland, 1800-1921, MA Irish Studies

Sept 2017 – March 2018 Lecturer, Youth Academy, NUI Galway
A Time Traveller's Guide to Europe

Sept 2015-2017 Module Tutor, History, School of Humanities, NUI Galway

Sept 2013-2015 Tutor, History, School of Humanities, NUI Galway

Outreach activities

'Remembering 1918 in Ireland', RTÉ Brainstorm, 3 January 2018
Interviewed along with Ronan McGreevy, Dermot Meleady and John Redmond’s great-grandchildren for Wexford South-East FM ‘Redmond 100’ documentary, 26 February 2018.
‘A brief history of Irish party political labels’, RTÉ Brainstorm, 22 November 2017 https://www.rte.ie/eile/brainstorm/2017/1120/921482-a-brief-history-of-irish-political-party-names/
Radio interview with Shannonside FM, 4 May 2017 on the 1917 North-Roscommon by-election.
Interviewed for ‘The Irish History Show’ on Dublin’s Near FM/theirishstory.com podcast, 21 January 2017 http://www.theirishstory.com/2017/01/21/the-irish-parliamentary-party-after-1918-an-interview-with-martin-odonoghue/#.WRGsdSyGPIU
‘We may be about to abolish it, but how did the Seanad end up as it is’ – TheJournal.ie, 30 September, 2013.

In April 2016, I spoke at 1916 community commemorations in county Galway. I also provided outreach to a number of local secondary, vocational and primary schools in the run up to the centenary and gave a talk on the Rising to a chapter of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association.

Committees & Associations

Academic Director, Parnell Summer School, 2018
Committee member of the Irish Association of Professional Historians
Member of the Irish Historical Society
Member of the International Commission for the History of Representative Parliaments and Institutions
Editor of the Journal of the Old Tuam Society 2017


Irish Committee for Historical Sciences/National Library of Ireland Research Studentship 2017-18
Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholar 2013-16
Galway Doctoral Scholar 2012-13

Parnell Summer School Scholar, August 2014
T. D. Sinnott Scholar, Byrne-Perry Summer School 2014
NUI Galway University Scholar 2008 and 2009
Awarded NUI Galway History Department prize based on First Year History results 2008.
NUI Galway Entrance Scholarship winner 2007.

Other activities

War & Revolution in the West: Digital Humanities Project:
I worked with Dr Conor McNamara, Scholar in Residence at the Moore Institute, NUI Galway on a digital humanities project concerning new sources for the Irish revolutionary period covering familial and communal experience and memory in the west of Ireland and the United States. This project will launch in 2018.



The Legacy of the Irish Parliamentary Party in Independent Ireland (Liverpool University Press, under contract).

Book Chapters

‘“We should for the present stand absolutely aloof”: Home Rule Perspectives on the Treaty Debate’ in Liam Weeks and Mícheál Ó Fathartaigh (eds), The Treaty: Debating and Establishing Irish Independence (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2018).

‘The “humdrum little town”? – Tuam at Easter 1916’ in Marie Mannion (ed) Centenary Reflections on the 1916 Rising: Galway County Perspectives (Galway: Galway County Council, 2016), pp. 181-96.

Peer Reviewed Journals

‘"As Nearly Subservient’ as it Could be"? Vocationalism and Senatorial Speaking Behaviour in the Irish Senate 1938-45', Parliaments, Estates and Representation, Vol. 36, No. 2 (2016), pp. 211-231.

Other Journals

'1927- Tuam and North Galway in the year of two general elections', JOTS 12 (Journal of the Old Tuam Society), 2015.

‘“The renewal of a pledge of faith”? John Redmond Days in the south-east in the 1920s’, History Ireland, Vol. 23, No. 1 (January/February 2015). pp. 38-41.

Electronic Publications

• ‘The AOH and Home Rule decline in Four Nations’, Four Nations blog, King's College London, 24 July 2017.
• ‘“Colossal impudence”? Funding a political party’, NUI Galway – Discipline of History Blog, 26 January 2015.
• ‘The Conundrum of the Senate’, NUI Galway – Discipline of History Blog, 11 September 2013.


Síle de Cléir, Popular Catholicism in 20th-Century Ireland: Locality, Identity and Culture, British Catholic History, vol. 34, no. 2 (2018), pp 376-378.
Terence Dooley, Monaghan: The Irish Revolution, Irish Studies Review, vol. 26, no. 1 (February 2018).
Carla King, Michael Davitt after the Land League, Irish Economic and Social History, No. 20 (2017).
Úna Newell, The West Must Wait: County Galway and the Irish Free State, Journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society, 2017.


• Map of the Burning of Tuam, 20 July, 1920 in John Crowley, Dónal Ó Drisceoil and Mike Murphy (eds) The Atlas of the Irish Revolution (Cork: Cork University Press, 2017), p. 604.
• ‘A Sovereign State’, The Revolution Papers, No. 74, 30 May 2017.
• ‘From Cumann na nGaedheal to Fine Gael', The Revolution Papers, No. 67, 11 April 2017.