About me




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UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4

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Lecturer/ Assistant Professor in Gender Studies at UCD Women's Studies, School of Social Policy/Social Justice. I hold a Ph.D from the School of History and Humanities, TCD. I lecture on Irish Women’s and Gender history at UCD Women's Studies, UCD. My research interests include social history, Irish women and politics, memory and history, gender and Irish biography, war/military history and oral history. My most recent books are (co-author) 'Richmond barracks 1916; We were There-77 Women of the Easter Rising' (2016) and as co-editor on 'Kerry 1916; Histories and Legacies of the Easter Rising' (2106). Other publications include Fanny Taylors (1867) Irish Homes and Irish Hearts (UCD Press, Classics series, 2013) which I edited and introduced. I also co-edited the Palgrave Advances in Irish History (2011) and have published a biography on Senator Kathleen Browne 1876-1943. I was President (2011-2014) and remain a committee member of the Women's History Association of Ireland and sit on the National Archives Advisory Committee (NAAC). In 2014 I co-ordinated the centenary commemorations of the founding of Cumann na mBan, including a national commemoration at Glasnevin cemetery and a major conference held at Collins Barracks Dublin. I am a committee member and treasurer of the Irish Association of Professional Historians (IAPH).

Areas of expertise

Gender History, Women, War, Violence in Ireland, Irish Women’s History, Cumann an mBan, Radical Histories, Political and Social history in 19th and 20th century Ireland, Irish Revolution, 1916-1923; Feminism; Politics and Society in the Irish Free State; Politics and activism in modern Ireland; Memory and History, History of Kerry


1916 women and 1916 1919-1923 Ireland Cumann na mBan gendered violence in war sexual violence in war radical histories gender history memory social history Irishwomen's history feminism women, violence, war warfare revolution and women oral history military history biography twentieth century Ireland revolution Kerry

Member Details

Full Name

Mary McAuliffe (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian



BA (Hons) in History, Trinity College, Dublin
Ph.D, School of History and Humanities, Trinity College, Dublin.


Assistant Professor in Gender Studies, UCD Gender Studies
Board Member of the UCD Centre for Gender, Feminisms and Sexualities

Consultancy work

Consultancy on and contributions to Documentaries

2020 – contributor and consultant for Forefront productions for the TG4/RTE documentary 'The War on Women / Cogadh ar Mhna' broadcast on 23/09/2020

Contributor to the Award-winning Doc on One 'In Shame, Love, In Shame' https://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/2018/0807/983666-shame-love-in-shame/
Since first broadcast, In Shame, Love, In Shame has won Gold at Ondas, AIB Media, IMRO Awards including first prize at the International Documentary category at the 14th International Radio Festival of Iran. As well as a finalist certificate at the 2019 New York Festivals and 2nd at 2019 Prix Italia. While also being shortlisted at Sandford St. Martin.


I have teach the following undergraduate, postgraduate and extra mural modules:

Gender, War and Violence (MA in Gender Studies option module)
Sexualities (Level 3)
Exploring Gender (Level 1)
Writing Irishwomen's Lives: Methods and Contexts for Writing Biography (MA option module)
Research Methodologies; Feminist and Egalitarian Theories (Contributing lecturer, MA core module)
Gender, Power and Politics; Historical perspectives in Ireland 1850-1990 (Level 2)
Feminism in the Contemporary World (Level 2)
Women, the Body and Sexuality-1700-1990 (Level 3)

Diploma and Certificate Modules in Women's History (Outreach)
Women in Irish History, 1850-1990
Introduction to History of Sexuality

Outreach activities

I have been involved in a number of public history projects including the 1916 exhibitions and commemorative quilt project at Richmond Barracks and 1916 centenary exhibition at the Royal College of Surgeons. I coordinated the 2014 commemoration conference of the centenary of the founding of Cumann na mBan (1914) in association with the Dept of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the WHAI. I was a member of the National Museum of Ireland Decade of Centenaries Commemoration Advisory Committee.
I continue my work with the Richmond Barracks heritage project, working on 2018 commemorative projects on the gaining of the female franchise in Ireland #Votail100been

I deliver the introduction to Irishwomen's History modules on the UCD Women's Studies Outreach programme.
I am a volunteer on the Stoneybatter and Smithfield People's History Project
I contributed to the campaign to name the Rosie Hackett Bridge and am on the Irish Women Worker's Union Commemorative Committee.
2017 – co-organisor of the Richmond Barracks 'Interrogating Markievicz @ Richmond Barracks; Gender, class and activism; 1918-2018' conference.

Committees & Associations

Member of National Museum of Ireland 1916 Exhibition Advisory Committee
President of the Women’s History Association of Ireland (WHAI) 2011-2014
Committee Member, National Archives of Ireland Advisory Council (NAAC)
Committee member, Women’s History Association of Ireland (WHAI)
Committee Member/Treasurer, Irish Association of Professional Historians
Member, IWWU Commemoration Committee
Member, Deviance History Network
Member, Oral History Network of Ireland (OHNI)
Member, Women on Ireland Research Network (WOIRN)
Member, Women’s History Network
Member, Royal Society of Antiquarians
Member, Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society


Historical Consultant and contributor on 2015 IFTA Award winning Documentary – Cumann na mBan/Mná na Réabhlóide (for TG4)

Recent funding
2018 – UCD seed funding for CGFS first annual conference
2017 – UCD seed funding for a gender and citizenship seminar/conference
2015 – Dublin City Council Decade of Centenaries Award for 77 women of the Easter Rising project at Richmond Barracks – €6,000
2014 Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) – €100,000 for one hour documentary on Cumann na mBan. Historical consultant and contributor.
2014 Dept of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht – €7,000
2013 UCD Seed Funding – €1,450
2012 UK Feminist Review Trust – €11,500
2011 Community Foundation of Northern Ireland: VOICES Fund – €8,000

Student Awards
Grace Lawless Lee Fund – PhD research and travel support (TCD)
Reid Sizarship – Undergraduate Entrance Award (TCD)

Other activities

Historical consultant
Richmond Barracks 2018 commemorative events
Historical Consultant on two major 2016 projects
1. The '77 women project' at Richmond Barracks
2. The Royal College of Surgeons 2016 Commemorative Exhibition

Member of the Academic Advisory Group for the National Museum of Ireland 2016 Exhibition

Recent Conference and Seminar Organising
April 2014 – Chair of Organizing Committee – in collaboration with the Dept of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the WHAI – Centenary Commemoration Conference on the founding of Cumann na mBan (1914)
April 2013 – Co-Organiser – WHAI Spring Seminar –Professor Karen Hunt, Keele University – ‘Dora Montefiore and the 'Save the Kiddies' scheme, 1913’.
March 2013 – Co-organiser of the Irish Women’s Workers Union Centenary commemoration Conference, Liberty Hall, Dublin
May 2012- Co-organiser of the 2012 WHAI annual conference 1912: Irishwomen before the Revolution
Dec. 2011- WHAI Autumn Seminar – Historians on Historians; the gender issue!
Feb. 2011- UCD Women’s Studies in association with the University of Brighton conference– Revolting: Bodies, Politics, Gender
Oct. 2010 – The Women’s History Association of Ireland (WHAI) and the Irish Labour History Society (ILHS) – Joint Conference Bread and Roses: Irishwomen, Class and Working Lives, Dublin
Sept. 2009 Organiser, WHAI- Women’s History Association of Ireland- seminar held in honour of Margaret MacCurtain and Mary Cullen
2008 - Organisor WHAI seminar ‘Why not a women’ Feminism and Irish Politics



Doing My Bit for Ireland; Margaret Skinnider (UCD Press, 2020)
Kerry 1916;Histories and Legacies of the Easter Rising. A Centenary Record (Irish Historical Publications, 2016)
We were there: Seventy-seven Women of the Easter Rising, 1916 (Dublin Public Libraries/Four Courts Press, 2016)
Surgeons and Insurgents: The Royal College of Surgeons and 1916 (RCSI, 2016)
'Rosie': Essays in Honour of Rosanna 'Rosie' Hackett (1893-1976) Revolutionary and Trade Unionist (Dublin: Arlen Hse/Syracuse University Press) 2015
co-edited Sexual Politics in Modern Ireland Dublin: IAP, 1025
co-edited Irish Feminisms: Past, Present and Future (Dublin: Arlen Hse, 2015)
Irish Hearts and Irish Homes (1867) Fanny Taylor – re-issued by UCD Press Classics Series. edited and introduced(UCD Press, Nov. 2013)
Senator Kathleen A. Browne, 1876-1943; Patriot, Politician and Practical Farmer: (Roscrea Publication, 2009)
co-edited Palgrave Advances in Irish History: (London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
co-edited Histories of Sexualities Volume I. (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008)
co-edited Histories of Sexualities Volume II. (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009)
Fifty years a Growing; the History of the Kerry Association in Dublin: (Dublin, Blackwater press, 2002)

Book Chapters

Mary McAuliffe ‘An Idea Has Gone Abroad that All the Women Were Against the Treaty’: Cumann na Saoirse and Pro-Treaty Women, 1922-1923' in Mícheál Ó Fathartaigh and Liam Weeks (Eds.)The Treaty: Debating and Establishing the Irish State http://irishacademicpress.ie/product/the-treaty-establishing-irish-independence/
Mary McAuliffe and Sinead Kennedy ‘Defending Catholic Ireland’ in Roman Kuhar, David Paternotte (eds) Anti-Gender Campaigns in Europe: Mobilizing against Equality (Rowan and Littlefield International, 2017)
Blood on the Walls’ Gender, History and Writing the Armagh Women’ in Gillian McIntosh and Diane Urquhart ‘Irishwomen at War; The Twentieth Century’; Dublin, Irish Academic Press, 2010
‘Irish Histories; Gender, Women and Sexualities’ in Palgrave Advances in Irish History: London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008
‘Gender, History and Witchcraft in Early Modern Ireland; A re-reading of the Florence Newton Trial’ in Maryann Valulis (ed) Gender and Power in Irish History, Dublin Irish academic Press, 2008
‘The Kiss of Death; Women, Contagion and Desire in 17th Century Ireland’ in Histories of Sexualities Volume I. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007.
‘The Lady in the Tower – the political and military role of women in the 14th and 15th centuries’ in Katherine Meek & Christine Simms (eds) The Fragility of her Sex; Medieval Irish women in their European Context: Dublin, Four Courts Press, 1995

Peer Reviewed Journals

'Forgetting and Remembering -Uncovering Women's Histories at Richmond Barracks: A Public History Project' Studies in Arts and Humanities, Vol 2 /Issue 1/2016
'From Inghinidhe na héireann to the Irish Citizen Army: Women, Radical Politics & the 1916 Rising' Saothar 40, Journal of the Irish Labour History Society, 1916 special Edition
'Our Struggle Too; Ireland’s revolutionary women made the fight for emancipation their own', Jacobin, https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/06/irish-women-struggle-easter-rising-cumann-na-mban/
'O'Connor Kerry of Carrigafoyle: History and Memory in Iraghticonor' in Bealoideas 82 (2014)
‘The Irish woman worker and the Conditions of Employment Act, 1936: Responses from the women senators’ in Saothar 36, Journal of the Irish Labour History Society, December 2011
‘From Alice Kyteler to Florence Newton; Witchcraft in Medieval Ireland’ The History Review, June 2001
‘The use of fastnesses in the Desmond Rebellions 1564-1583’ The Kerry Historical and Archaeological Journal, 1994
‘War and the Tower House in the 15th and 16th centuries’ The Irish Sword, 1993

Other Journals

‘Mary Anne Cusack, The Nun of Kenmare; Historian and Visionary’ An Riocht, 1998
‘Exhibitionist Figure / Sheela-na-Gigs in Munster’ An Riocht, 1997
‘Women and War in Medieval Kerry’ An Riocht, 1996

Published reports

'Justice for Magdalens; Towards Restorative Justice' in VOICES; Participation for Social Justice, Feb 2011

Electronic Publications

Mary McAuliffe 'No Country for Women: "Margaret Skinnider was never one to stand back from a fight"' Brainstorm, RTE, https://www.rte.ie/eile/brainstorm/2018/0620/971929-no-country-for-women-she-never-stood-back-from-a-fight/
Mary McAuliffe 'ANALYSIS: Lá na mBan, 9 June 1918' Century Ireland, https://www.rte.ie/centuryireland/index.php/articles/analysis-la-na-mban-9-june-1918
The Martin Diary – Women and War introduction for the M.Phil in Digital Humanities and Culture (TCD) Digital edition of the Mary Martin Diary, 2013
The Martin Diary – Memories of Everyday Life Introduction for the M.Phil in Digital Humanities and Culture (TCD) Digital edition of the Mary Martin Diary, 2012


Lucy McDermid At Home in the Revolution: What Women said and Did in 1916' History Ireland, April/May, 2016
Ann Mathews 'Renegades: Irish Republican Women 1900-1922' & Dissidents: Irish Republican Women, 1923-1941' in History Ireland, Jan/Feb 2014
Maria Luddy’s Matters of Deceit; Breech of Promise to marry cases in nineteenth and twentieth century Limerick’ Bealoideas; the journal of the Folklore of Ireland society, vol 80, 2012
Toby Barnard’s ‘Improving Ireland; Protectors, Prophets and profiteers, 1641-1786’ in The Irish Literary Supplement’ A Review of Irish Books, Vol. 29, Num. 1, Fall 2009
‘Women’s Writing 1945-1960- a review’ The Feminist Review, Nov. 2007
‘Art and Devotion in the Middle Ages, Rachel Moss (et all) (eds)’ Artefact – art history Ireland journal, 2007


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