About me




I currently lecture in modern British and Irish history at the University of Sheffield. Prior to taking up this role, I was Lecturer in Irish and British History at Northumbria University. I have also taught history at the University of Limerick, and the National University of Ireland Galway where I was an Irish Research Council Scholar. In 2017/2018, I was the National Library of Ireland/Irish Committee of Historical Sciences Research Studentship Holder.

My research examines the dynamics of political activism in modern Ireland, the development of party politics, the relationship with British rule, the Irish revolutionary period (1912-23), and commemoration. My first book, The Legacy of the Irish Parliamentary Party in Independent Ireland, 1922-1949, was published by Liverpool University Press in 2019 and was highly commended for the British Association of Irish Studies Book Prize.

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.


2020-Present Teaching Associate in Modern British and Irish History, The University of Sheffield
2019-20 Lecturer in Irish and British History, Northumbria University
2018-19 Lecturer, Department of History, University of Limerick
2017-18 National Library of Ireland Research Studentship Holder
2017-18 Occasional Lecturer, NUI Galway
2013-17 Module Tutor, NUI Galway

Management & Administrative experience

- Social Media Officer, Irish Association of Professional Historians, 2018-
- Academic Director, Parnell Summer School 2018-2019
- Convenor, IAPH History Publishing Workshop, National Library of Ireland, 13 October 2018
- Member of Postgraduate Programme Review Committee, Dept of History, University of Limerick, 2018-19
- 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.


2020-21 The University of Sheffield
Anarchy in the UK? Radical, Democrats and Revolutionaries, 1830-1886
The Northern Ireland Troubles and Peace Process
Imagining the Irish Republic: Irish Republicanism, 1798-1998

2019-20 Northumbria University
HI5041 Taking the King's Shilling: Ireland and the British Army, 1815-1945
HI6031 Recording the Past: Making Your Own History Documentary
HI4007 Making History
AD3022 Explorations in War and Conflict II
HI5009 Your Graduate Future

2018-19 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
HI4068 Ireland and the wider world, 1919-73

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

‘The wisest and most patriotic course’? The Irish Parliamentary Party and the War of Independence – South-East radio (Wexford), 26 October 2020
Interview on the career of Joe Devlin, journalist and politician, History Now, Northern visions television, https://www.nvtv.co.uk/shows/history-now-martin-o-donoghue/ 8 October 2020.
Guest, 'Talking History', Newstalk, 28 June 2020
'Independence and the shadow of home rule', Irish Times, 17 February 2020 https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/independence-and-the-shadow-of-home-rule-the-legacy-of-the-irish-parliamentary-party-1.4173743
‘The latest Parnell revival’, RTÉ Brainstorm, 18 September 2019 https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2019/0918/1076742-the-latest-parnell-revival/
Guest on History Now on Northern Visions television to discuss elections and propaganda with Dr Elaine Callinan (27 May 2019) http://www.nvtv.co.uk/shows/history-now-election-propaganda/
Guest on 'Wicklow This Week', East Coast FM August 2018 & 2019
‘A Wexford political tradition: John Redmond and his native county’, Wexford People, 11 August 2018. https://www.wexfordpeople.ie/news/a-wexford-political-tradition-john-redmond-and-his-native-county37189818.html
'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

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS)
Committee member of the Irish Association of Professional Historians
Committee member, Parnell Society
Member of the Irish Historical Society
Member of the American Conference of Irish Studies
Member of the British Association of Irish Studies
Editor of the Journal of the Old Tuam Society 2017


Awarded status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (United Kingdom) 2020
Visiting Fellowship, Arts and Humanities Institute, Maynooth University (2020)
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.



The Legacy of the Irish Parliamentary Party in Independent Ireland, 1922-1949 (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2019) https://www.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/books/id/51581/

Book Chapters

‘Vocational voices or puppets of the Lower House? Irish senators, 1938-48’ in Nikolaj Bijleveld, Colin Grittner, David E. Smith and Wybren Verstegen (eds), Reforming Senates: Upper Legislative Houses in North Atlantic Small Powers 1800-present (London: Routledge, 2020), pp 202-215.

‘“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), pp 42-64.

‘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

‘“Ireland’s Independence Day”: The 1918 election campaign in Ireland and the Wilsonian moment’, European Review of History, vol. 26, no. 5, (2019), pp 834-54. https://doi.org/10.1080/13507486.2019.1634008

‘"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 border, politics and the Commonwealth in interwar Ireland' History Matters blog, University of Sheffield, http://www.historymatters.group.shef.ac.uk/the-border-politics-and-the-commonwealth-in-interwar-ireland/
• A Parnellite in the Free State? Henry Harrison and the legacy of the Irish Parliamentary Party’, Liverpool University Press blog, 16 October 2019 ‘https://liverpooluniversitypress.blog/2019/10/16/a-parnellite-in-the-free-state-henry-harrison-and-the-legacy-of-the-irish-parliamentary-party/
- ‘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.


James Doherty, Irish Liberty, British Democracy? The Third Irish Home Rule Crisis, 1909-1914, History Ireland, (March/April 2020), pp 65-6.
Cormac O’Malley & Róisín Kennedy (eds) Nobody’s Business: The Aran Diaries of Ernie O’Malley, Irish Literary Supplement (September 2019).
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.