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.


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
- Member of Research Advisory Panel for PhD student Brian Daly, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology 2017-
- 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 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 – Lecturer, Youth Academy, NUI Galway
A Time Traveller's Guide to Europe

Sept 2015-2017 Module Tutor, History, School of Humanities, NUI Galway
I worked as one of a number of tutors leading small group modules for undergraduates – ‘Skills for Historians’. These modules guide students on primary source analysis, research and academic writing. Students are also given guidance on oral presentation, teaching and working on group projects. Students are marked on this module using continuous assessment, including essay assignments, online resource reports, and presentations in each semester.

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

I taught across a range of themes and periods including ‘Ireland 1912-23’; ‘Europe in the Age of the Great War’; ‘Ireland and Europe in the Age of the French Revolution’; ‘Ireland and Europe in the long nineteenth century’ and ‘Ireland and Europe from the Medieval to the Early Modern Age’.

Outreach activities

‘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/
‘We may be about to abolish it, but how did the Seanad end up as it is’ – TheJournal.ie, 30 September, 2013.

Co-author of 'Guide to the Ecclesiastical Sites of Tuam' map published by the Old Tuam Society (July 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
Editor of the Journal of the Old Tuam Society 2017
Member of the Irish Association of Professional Historians
Member of the International Commission for the History of Representative Parliaments and Institutions
Member of the Political Studies Association of Ireland


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 have 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.


Book Chapters

‘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.

'Seventy Years of the Old Tuam Society, 1942-2012’ in JOTS 9 (Journal of the Old Tuam Society), November 2012.

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.


• Úna Newell, The West Must Wait: County Galway and the Irish Free State, Journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society, 2017 (forthcoming).
• Carla King, Michael Davitt after the Land League, Irish Economic and Social History, No. 20 (2017).
• Terence Dooley, Monaghan: The Irish Revolution, Irish Studies Review, vol. 26, no. 1 (February 2018).


• 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.

• Radio interview with Anne Norris for ‘Let’s Talk’, Shannonside FM, 4 May 2017 on the 1917 North-Roscommon by-election.

I was interviewed by John Dorney 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/#.WIX71CxvjIU