About me


I am working as a post-doctoral researcher at University College Cork (UCC) on the interdisciplinary Irish Research Council-funded project 'Deep Maps: West Cork Coastal Cultures', led by Prof Claire Connolly (School of English) and Dr. Rob McAllen (School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences).

I completed a PhD in 2017 under the supervision of Dr. Laurence Geary, School of History, UCC. My thesis examined 'Place, Community and Organisation on the Courtown Estates, 1649-1977'. I received 4 years of funding via PRTLI 5 to undertake this structured PhD in Digital Arts and Humanities, during which time I learned how to apply new media and computer technologies, in particular Geographical Information Systems (GIS), to historical research.

Areas of expertise

Landed estates, C19th history, environmental history, local history, the history of family, digital and spatial humanities.

Member Details

Full Name

Rachel Murphy

Membership Type

Professional Historian



PhD History & Digital Humanities (University College Cork)

MA History of Family (University of Limerick)

BA English Language and Literature (University of Oxford)

H.Dip. Geographical Information Systems (University College Cork)

Adv.Dip. Local History (University of Oxford)

Certificate in Genealogy (University College Dublin)


Postdoctoral Researcher, Deep Maps: West Cork Coastal Cultures, University College Cork

Research Assistant, Deep Maps: West Cork Coastal Cultures, University College Cork

GIS Research Assistant, Irish Historic Towns Atlas, Maynooth University

Consultancy work

Researcher, Irish Historic Towns Atlas, Royal Irish Academy (2013-current)

Intern, Cultura Project, Trinity College Dublin (July-September 2013)

Management & Administrative experience

Organised the 3rd symposium of the Irish Modern Urban History group, University College Cork, May 2018.

Prior to undertaking my PhD I worked for 20 years in management and marketing roles for companies including Eneclann, eBay, PayPal, Accenture and Lloyds of London


MA Irish Literature and Film, University College Cork (February-March 2018)
EN6050 – Space and Place
I delivered two 2-hour seminars: Spatial Humanities and Deep Mapping, and Travel Writers and Ireland.

MA History of Family, University of Limerick (February 2018)
HI6062 – People on the Move
I delivered three 2-hour seminars (i) Immigration and Ireland, a survey (ii) Ireland and Assisted Emigration in the nineteenth century (iii) Irish Emigration to Britain in the nineteenth century

MA Local History UCC
Workshop: Digital Tools and Technologies for Local Historians
Module HI6031 Local History Research: Sources and Methods
seminar on Land, Politics and Society: 1850-1901

Outreach activities

'West Cork Fisheries, 1700-1920'
Cork Harbour Festival 2017
St. Peter's Church, Cork (June 2017)

Committees & Associations

Member of Irish Historic Towns Atlas Editorial Committee, Digital Working Group (January 2015 – current)

Student representative, Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland (2013-2015)


4-year PRTLI 5 funded PhD studentship (2011-2015)

Group for the study of Irish Historic Settlement Student Bursary (2014)

Travel bursary of US$ 1,000 to attend workshop ‘Taking TEI Further: Transforming and Publishing TEI’ at Brown University, USA (2012)

Other activities

Project Manager, The Digital Atlas of Fethard (this is a community project organised with the Fethard Historical Society, and for which we received funding from the Heritage Council in April 2018). The project runs from April – November 2018.


Book Chapters

'Lady Charlotte Stopford: A Lady of Leisure?' in Leann Lane and William Murphy (eds.), Leisure and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century (Liverpool University Press, 2016)

Peer Reviewed Journals

Ronan Foley and Rachel Murphy 'Visualising a Spatial Archive: GIS, Digital Humanities, and Relational Space' in Breac, a Digital Journal of Irish Studies, October 2015

Electronic Publications

‘Digital History – Some Tools and Techniques’
in Digital Arts and Humanities: Scholarly Reflections
(ed. James O’Sullivan), 2012


​Review of Maria Luddy and James M. Smith (eds.) 'Children, Childhood and Irish Society, 1500 to the Present' in Children & Society, Volume 30, Issue 4, July 2016, pp 335–336

Review of Vandra Costello, 'Irish demesne landscapes, 1660–1740' in Eighteenth Century Ireland, Volume 30 (2015)


'Space, Place and Community on the Courtown Estate, 1650-1931' in Newsletter of the Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement, No. 19, 2014-15

‘Griffith’s Valuation as a Source for Irish Family History‘
in Irish Roots, No.3 2011