About me



Areas of expertise

Modern Irish History, Queer History, History of Gay Rights Activism in Ireland, Social and Political History


Queer History, Activism, Ireland, Social History, Resistance.

Member Details

Full Name

Patrick McDonagh

Membership Type

Professional Historian



> PhD, History, European University Institute, Florence, 2019.
> MRes, History, European University Institute, Florence, 2015.
> M.A. History of Totalitarianism, University College Dublin, 2013, First Class Honours.
> B.A. International (History & German), National University of Ireland, Galway, 2011. Second Class Honours, Grade 1.


> 2018 Society for the Social History of Medicine Bursary.

> 2018 Women’s History Association of Ireland Bursary

> 2014-2018 Irish Government/EUI Florence fully funded-scholarship (€66,000)

> 2015 Birkbeck, University of London Bursary.


Book Chapters

> ‘Cherishing all the Children of the Nation Equally: Gay Youth Organisation and Activism in Ireland’, co-written with Páraic Kerrigan, in Queer Youth Histories, Daniel Marshall, Palgrave Macmillan, in press.

> ‘It’s poppycock to say homosexuals can be excused’ – Rethinking the gay and lesbian movement in Republic of Ireland 1970s-1990s’, in Same-Sex Relationships in History: International Perspectives since 1789, Sean Brady & Mark Seymour (eds.), Bloomsbury Academic, June 2019.

Peer Reviewed Journals

> ‘Abortion, Gay Rights and the National Gay Federation in Ireland, 1982-1983’, in Journal of the History of Sexuality, Vol 29, no. 1, 2020.

> ‘Homosexuality is not a problem – it doesn’t do you any harm and can be lots of fun’: Students and Gay Rights Activism in Irish Universities, 1970s-1980s’, in Irish Economic and Social History, published online 12 September 2019.

> ‘Homosexuals are Revolting’ – Gay & Lesbian Activism in Republic of Ireland 1970s-1990s, Studi Irlandesi: Journal of Irish Studies, Vol. 7, 2017.


> 'Remembering the Hirschfeld Biograph: Ireland's first LGBT+ cinema', Gay Community News, March 2020, https://gcn.ie/hirschfeld-biograph-irelands-first-lgbt-cinema/

> ‘Law of the Land’, Gay Community News, February 2020, Issue 362.

> ‘“Don’t be stupid, don’t be silly, put a condom on your willy”, Early HIV/AIDS Activism in Ireland’, in Gay Community News, https://gcn.ie/put-condom-willy-early-hiv-aids-activism-ireland/, 29 November 2019.

> ‘“Do you think it might help you to meet up with gay people?” Tel-A-Friend: the Republic of Ireland’s first telephone befriending service for homosexual men and women’, in Gay Community News, https://gcn.ie/lgbt-history-month-irelands-first-lgbt-helpline-tel-a-friend/, 11 October 2019.

> ‘The journey to Pride: 40 years since Ireland’s first Pride Week’, in Gay Community News, https://gcn.ie/40-years-irelands-first-pride-week/, 27 June 2019.

> ‘How the Hirschfeld Centre transformed Ireland’s gay scene’, in RTÉ Brainstorm, https://www.rte.ie/eile/brainstorm/2019/0304/1034183-how-the-hirschfeld-centre-transformed-irelands-gay-scene/ , 4 March 2019.

> ‘Refusing to succumb: Students and LGBTQ Activism on Irish Universities, 1970s-1990s’, Gay Times, Issue 493, March 2019.

> ‘Queering Northern Ireland during the ‘Troubles’, in Writing the History of the Troubles, 18 February 2019.https://writingthetroublesweb.wordpress.com/2019/02/18/queering-the-troubles/#more-366