About me



Areas of expertise

Eighteenth-century Ireland; Irish popular culture; political literature in Irish; Irish historical consciousness.


eighteenth century; early modern; popular culture; Irish language; historical memory.

Member Details

Full Name

Vincent Morley (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian



● B.A. in history from UCD (1989)
● M.Phil. in Irish studies from UCD (1992)
● Ph.D. in history from the University of Liverpool (1999)


I was a researcher with the RIA's Dictionary of Irish Biography in 2000, a temporary lecturer in history at NUIG in 2001 -2, and a post-doctoral fellow at the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute, UCD, in 2003-4. I have worked in the public service since 2004.

Committees & Associations

Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society.



● 'An Crann os Coill: Aodh Buí Mac Cruitín, c.1680-1755' (Coiscéim, 1995).

● 'Irish Opinion and the American Revolution, 1760-1783' (Cambridge University Press, 2002).

● 'Washington i gCeannas a Ríochta: Cogadh Mheiriceá i Litríocht na Gaeilge' (Coiscéim, 2005).

● 'Ó Chéitinn go Raiftearaí: Mar a Cumadh Stair na hÉireann', (Coiscéim, 2011).

● 'Aodh Buí Mac Cruitín' (Field Day Publications, 2012).

● 'The Popular Mind in Eighteenth-century Ireland' (Cork University Press, 2017).

● 'Cúrsaí Staire: Aistí ar an Stair, ar Staraithe, agus ar Scríobh na Staire' (Coiscéim, 2018).

Book Chapters

● 'Views of the past in Irish vernacular literature, 1650-1850' in Tim Blanning and Hagen Schulze (eds), 'Unity and Diversity in European Culture c. 1800' (Oxford University Press, 2006).

● 'Catholic disaffection and the oath of allegiance of 1774' in James Kelly, John McCafferty, Charles Ivar McGrath (eds), 'People, Politics and Power: Essays on Irish history 1660-1850 in honour of James I. McGuire' (University College Dublin Press, 2009).

● 'The earls in popular memory' in David Finnegan, Marie-Claire Harrigan, Éamonn Ó Ciardha (eds), 'The Flight of the Earls: Imeacht na nIarlaí' (Guildhall Press, 2010).

● 'The penal laws in Irish vernacular literature' in John Bergin, Eoin Magennis, Lesa Ní Mhunghaile, Patrick Walsh (eds), 'New Perspectives on the Penal Laws' (Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society, 2011).

● 'The popular influence of "Foras Feasa ar Éirinn" from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century' in James Kelly and Ciarán Mac Murchaidh (eds), 'Irish and English: Essays on the Irish linguistic and cultural frontier, 1600–1900' (Four Courts Press, 2012).

● 'Homology, analogy and the perception of Irish radicalism' in John Kirk, Andrew Noble and Michael Brown (eds), 'United Islands? The Languages of Resistance' (Pickering & Chatto, 2012).

● 'The Irish language' in Richard Bourke and Ian McBride (eds), 'The Princeton History of Modern Ireland' (Princeton University Press, 2016).

● 'Príosúnacht Aodha Bhuí Mhic Cruitín' in Liam Mac Mathúna and Regina Uí Chollatáin (eds), 'Saothrú na Gaeilge Scríofa i Suímh Uirbeacha na hÉireann, 1700-1850' (National University of Ireland, 2016).

● 'Irish Jacobitism, 1691-1790' in James Kelly (ed.), 'The Cambridge History of Ireland', volume III (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Peer Reviewed Journals

● 'Aodh Buí Mac Cruitín: file Gaeilge in arm na Fraince' in 'Eighteenth-Century Ireland; Iris an Dá Chultúr', 8 (1993).

● '"Tá an cruatan ar sheoirse" – folklore or politics?' in 'Eighteenth-Century Ireland; Iris an Dá Chultúr', 13 (1998).

● 'George III, Queen Sadhbh and the historians' in 'Eighteenth-Century Ireland; Iris an Dá Chultúr', 17 (2002).

● 'Do shagartaibh agus do mhinistirí – léargas ar mheon na Rightboys' in Eighteenth-Century Ireland; Iris an Dá Chultúr, 19 (2004).

● 'The idea of Britain in eighteenth-century Ireland and Scotland' in 'Studia Hibernica', 33 (2004-5).

● 'Irish political verse and the American revolutionary war' in 'Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies', 1 (2007).

● 'The continuity of disaffection in eighteenth-century Ireland' in 'Eighteenth-Century Ireland; Iris an Dá Chultúr', 22 (2007).

● 'Amhrán poblachtach ón mbliain 1795' in 'Eighteenth-Century Ireland; Iris an Dá Chultúr', 28 (2013).


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