About me




Martin graduated from the University of Limerick in 2016. His PhD titled Waging war against immorality: The role of social purity organisations in the campaigns against immorality in England and Ireland, 1869-1939, took a comparative, transnational approach to the campaigns against immorality by Irish and English social purity groups at the end of the nineteenth and the turn of the twentieth century. Martin’s research interests lie in the social history of nineteenth and twentieth-century modern Ireland and England. He is particularly interested in the ideas of nation-building through the ordering of the working-classes by middle-class social purists. In addition, he is currently researching the campaigns by social purity groups against immorality amongst British soldiers’ stationed in Ireland and Malta from 1869 to1922. Martin is also working on a commissioned biography provisionally titled ‘Richard Devane S.J.: Social Commentator and Activist, 1876-1951.

Areas of expertise

Working-class entertainment 1890s to 1960s
Censorship of Irish Films and literature in the early decade of the twentieth century
Campaigns against immorality by Irish and English social purity groups
Irish social history 1920s to 1960s


social history gendered history women's history working-class history Irish English

Member Details

Full Name

Martin Walsh (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian



2012 to 2016 PhD in History, University of Limerick
2009 to 2010 Master of Arts in History (First class honours), University of Limerick
2005 to 2009 Bachelor of Arts (Public Admin., Sociology, History), University of Limerick
1997 to 1999 Diploma in First Line Management, Nat. College of Ireland
1994 to 1996 Certificate in Marketing, Marketing Institute of Irl.


August 2017 to date Depart of History, University of
Casual teaching hours
August 2016- August 2017 Independent Researcher

September 2012-2016 Department of History, University of
Part-time Lecturer/Tutor

Consultancy work

Independent Researcher


I have taught the following modules at the University of Limerick

Europe: Enlightenment and Revolution, 1688-1815
Europe: Society and Governance, 1890-1990
Ireland: 1750-1850
Ireland: Revolution and Independence, 1898-1968

Outreach activities

2017 Nelly's Corner Limerick: 'Hidden history of a Limerick Skating Rink'
2011 Castleconnell Historical Society: ‘Campaign against ‘evil literature’ in Ireland 1911-1929’
2009 Adare and District Historical Society: ‘History of Limerick Cinema, 1896-1976’

Committees & Associations

Member of the Women's History Association of Ireland
Member of the Irish Association of Professional of Historians



Currently writing a commissioned biography provisionally titled ‘Richard Devane S.J.: Social Commentator and Activist, 1876-1951, which will be published by the Messenger Publication in 2018.

Other Journals

‘Richard Devane S.J.: Social commentator in the Free State, 1920-51’, Studies, an Irish Quarterly Review, (Winter 2014/15), vol. 103, no. 412, pp. 562-73.

‘Hidden History of Limerick Skating Rink’, Old Limerick Journal, (December, 2011), vol. 45, pp. 52-5.


Book Reviews
Paul Huddie, The Crimean War and Irish Society