About me


phughes34 [at] qub [dot] ac [dot] uk

Areas of expertise

Research interests:
19th/20th century Irish, British and American social and political history; the Irish Revolution; diplomatic history; political philosophy; the career of Laurence Ginnell (1852-1923).

Member Details

Full Name

Paul Hughes (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian



BA (History and English): Maynooth University, 2004
MA (History): Maynooth University, 2005. Thesis: 'The Irish Revolution in King's County (Offaly), 1913-21'
PhD (History): Queen's University, Belfast, 2018. Thesis: 'The Irish republican activism of Laurence Ginnell, 1916-23'.


– Journalist/sports editor and history columnist with the Westmeath Examiner, 2007 to present
– Journalist, Westmeath Topic newspaper, 2005-2007


Taught an eight-week adult education course at Mullingar Community College (January to April 2016) under the auspices of Longford and Westmeath Education and Training Board, entitled 'The Irish Revolution, 1913-23: local and national perspectives'.

Outreach activities

– Editor of and contributor to the joint Westmeath Examiner/Westmeath Independent 1916 centenary publication, 'Iarmhí ag Éirí' (published April 2016, supported by Westmeath County Council and Ireland 2016; 32 pages)

Committees & Associations

– Member, Irish Association of Professional Historians
– Member, National Union of Journalists
– Member of the Laurence Ginnell Commemorative Committee

Other activities

May 2014
– QUB History Postgraduate seminar: '"A damn nuisance": Laurence Ginnell and anti-Treaty activism in the United States, 1922-23' (Queen's University Belfast, 16 May 2014)

April 2016
– Spoke, along with Dr Michael Kennedy (DIFP), at the launch of the Laurence Ginnell commemorative exhibition in Westmeath County Buildings, Mullingar (15 April 2016); escorted the Argentine Ambassador, H.E. Dr Laura Bernal, on a tour of the exhibition
– Paper, '"Anxious to be native": the Irish language and the radicalisation of Laurence Ginnell' (inaugural Westmeath Archaeological and Historical Society Decade of Centenaries conference, 9 April 2016)

September 2016
– Paper, 'Irish anti-war rhetoric, 1914-17: the case of Laurence Ginnell' (Voices of the Home Fronts Conference, UK National Archives, Kew, 10 September 2016; jointly organised by the UK National Archives and the Everyday Lives in War Engagement Centre (University of Hertfordshire)).

October 2018
– Meath Archaeological and Historical Society lecture, 'Dissent and reaction: Laurence Ginnell, World War I and the Irish Question' (Annebrook House Hotel, Mullingar, 28 October 2018).

November 2019
– Paper, '"An Irish Commonwealth" in context: Crompton Llewelyn Davies and Sinn Féin's "middle way"' (‘Labour, Gender, and Class in the Struggle for Irish Independence, c. 1918-24’ conference, 9 November 2019, NUI Galway, organised by the Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour and Class (NUIG)).
– Discussant, History Ireland Hedge School 'Longford and the Global Irish Revolution', Backstage Theatre, Longford, 21 November (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exH5elCZwjU)


Other Journals

‘Prelude to rebellion: the 1916 “Tullamore affray” in context’ in Ciarán Reilly (ed.), Offaly Heritage 9 (Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society; Tullamore, 2016), pp 89-109.

Electronic Publications

‘The MP for Ireland: Laurence Ginnell and 1916’, available at Century Ireland


– 'Thomas Fitzpatrick and the "Leprachaun Cartoon Monthly", 1905-1915' (Dublin, 2015) by James Curry and Ciarán Wallace, Irish Literary Supplement (Boston, Fall 2016), p. 26.

– 'Irish days, Indian memories: V. V. Giri and Indian law students at University College Dublin, 1913–16' (Dublin, 2016) by Conor Mulvagh, Irish Studies Review, 25(4), pp 513–514

– 'War and revolution in the west of Ireland: Galway, 1913-1922' (Dublin, 2018) by Conor McNamara, Irish Studies Review, 27(1), pp 145-147.

– 'Ernest Blythe in Ulster: the making of a double agent?' (Cork, 2018) by David Fitzpatrick, Irish Studies Review, 27(3), pp 450-452.

– Hughes, P. (2019). Kilkenny in times of revolution, 1900–1923. By Eoin Swithin Walsh. Pp xx, 372, illus. Newbridge: Merrion Press. 2018. £17.99. Irish Historical Studies, 43(163), 163-164. doi:10.1017/ihs.2019.37