About me



Areas of expertise

1916 Rising, Decade of Centenaries, Commemorating conflict, exhibiting difficult subject matter in museum exhibitions, displaying death, material culture of death, cultural memory of the Irish Revolution, Commemorating the 1916 Rising and World War One in Northern Ireland, Irish museum sector, museum collections of the Irish Revolution, Irish art history, Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum, burial customs, Bloody Sunday in Croke Park (1920), Michael Hogan,


museums commemoration 1916 Easter Rising Decade of Centenaries Display culture Death provenance research national cultural institutions Gaelic Athletic Association memory studies Irish Revolution conflict national identity exhibitions collections representation cemeteries burial death customs Bloody Sunday Michael Collins sport history GAA sports tragedies martyrdom heroism Northern Ireland art history cultural memory

Member Details

Full Name

Siobhán Doyle

Membership Type

Professional Historian



PhD in Museums, Death and Commemoration, Technological University Dublin.

BA (Hons) Visual and Critical Studies (now called BA Contemporary Visual Culture), Dublin Institute of Technology.


Inventory Assistant, National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks. November 2020-Present.

Tutor, Technological University Dublin, March 2018-Present.


Occasional lecturer, Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media, Technological University Dublin, September 2020 – Present.
Teaching Assistant, Exhibiting Memory (BA module), Technological University Dublin, January 2018 – Present.

Teaching Assistant, Everyday Objects (BA module), Technological University Dublin, January 2017 – Present.

Teaching Assistant, Whose History? (BA module), Technological University Dublin, January 2017 – Present

Committees & Associations

Culture and Advisory Heritage Panel, Dublin City Council Culture Company, November 2018 – Present.

ACCESS Local Group, URBACT European group, November 2020 – Present.


Early Career Research Award, Digital Repository of Ireland, 2020.

Dean of School of Creative Arts & Tourism PhD Scholarship Award, Dublin Institute of Technology, 2016.

Best Original Thesis, Dublin Institute of Technology, 2014.


Book Chapters

“Contested Memories: Commemorating the First World War in the Ulster Museum, Belfast.” In Paul Cornish and Nicholas Saunders (eds) Curating the Great War. London: Imperial War Museum, forthcoming 2021.

“Funerary Traditions and Commemorative Practices in Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum.” In Grave Matters: Death and Dying in Dublin, 1500 to the Present, edited by Lisa-Marie Griffith and Ciarán Wallace, 150-158. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2016.

Peer Reviewed Journals

“The Bullet in the Brick: The Materiality of Conflict in Museum Objects.” Arms and Armour 16, no.1 (2019): 105-116.

“James Connolly’s Bloodstained Vest: Mediating Death and Violence in Commemorative Exhibitions.” Remembrance and Solidarity Studies Journal 6 (2018): 45-59.

Other Journals

“Annie Burke’s Glasses: A New Lens from which to View Bloody Sunday, 1920,” History Ireland 28, no.6 (2020): 37.

Electronic Publications

“Negotiating the Challenges of Working with Visual Material: Archives, Cultural Institutions and Digital Collections,” Digital Repository of Ireland, October 2020, https://dri.ie/negotiating-challenges-working-visual-material-archives-cultural-institutions-and-digital.

“Personalization of Modern Mourning in Museums and Public Spaces,” Social History Society Blog, September 2020, https://socialhistory.org.uk/shs_exchange/personalization-of-modern-mourning/.

‘How Christy Ring became Hurling’s Reluctant Superstar,’ RTÉ Brainstorm, December 2020, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/1214/1184286-christy-ring-cork-glen-rovers/.
‘A Short History of Protests and Activism in Sport,’ RTÉ Brainstorm, December 2020, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/1210/1183585-sport-protest/.
‘How GAA Managers have Changed the Landscape of the Game,’ RTÉ Brainstorm, December 2020, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/1208/1183055-gaa-managers-sean-boylan-brian-cody-mickey-harte-jim-mcguinness-davy-fitzgerald/.
‘Why was the GAA Uncomfortable Remembering Bloody Sunday Victims?,’ RTÉ Brainstorm, November 2020, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/1120/1179370-gaa-bloody-sunday-1920-civilian-victims/.
‘The Story of Bloody Sunday and Tipperary Football’s Rise and Fall,’ RTÉ Brainstorm, November 2020, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/1119/1179215-bloody-sunday-1920-tipperary-football/.
‘Debunking Some of the Myths Around Bloody Sunday,’ RTÉ Brainstorm, November 2020, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/1118/1178915-bloody-sunday-1920-croke-park-myths/.
‘Why Does Ireland have a Problem Preserving the Past?,’ RTÉ Brainstorm, November 2020, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/1102/1175491-ireland-preserving-history-buildings-achives-kilmainham-wood-quay-orahilly-mother-and-baby-homes/.
‘How a French Graphic Novel Tells the Story of Bloody Sunday, 1920,’ RTÉ Brainstorm, October 2020, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/1029/1174589-bloody-sunday-croke-park-1920-french-graphic-novel/.
‘Hurling, Football and Savage Winter Weather,’ RTÉ Brainstorm, October 2020, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/1020/1172729-gaa-championship-2020-weather-snow-rain-thunder-lightning/.
‘Why are GAA goal celebrations so low-key?,’ RTÉ Brainstorm, August 2020, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/0810/1158305-gaa-goal-celebrations/.
‘Is it time to bring Gaelic games back to the Olympics?,’ RTÉ Brainstorm, July 2020, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/0715/1153478-olympic-games-hurling-gaelic-football/.
‘The summer Garth Brooks didn't come to town.’ RTÉ Brainstorm, July 2020, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/0708/1152152-garth-brooks-croke-park-ireland-2014-five-shows-mexican-ambassador-liveline-joe-duffy/.
‘The winner takes it all: when losing streaks come to an end,’ RTÉ Brainstorm, June 2020, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/0626/1149739-sport-losing-streaks-liverpool/.
‘The stories behind 12 great GAA nicknames,’ RTÉ Brainstorm, May 2020, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/0519/1139310-gaa-nicknames-gooch-rock-pebbes-banty-pillar-babs-leper-bomber-brick/.
‘Answering Ireland's call: Is it time for a new national anthem?,’ RTÉ Brainstorm, May 2020, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/0429/1135501-ireland-national-anthem/.
‘9 times your favourite sports stars lost their cool,’ RTÉ Brainstorm, April 2020, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/0417/1132152-sports-temper-tantrums-hissy-fits-rows-fights/.
‘The mighty world of GAA fashion, beards and championship haircuts,’ RTÉ Brainstorm, May 2020, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/0407/1128979-gaa-fashion-beards-haircuts/.
‘A short history of GAA cancellations and postponements,’ RTÉ Brainstorm, March 2020, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/0318/1123837-gaa-cancellations-postponements/.
‘Match off: High profile sports and cancellations,’ RTÉ Brainstorm, February 2020, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/0226/1117701-sport-cancellations/.
‘A short history of shemozzles in the GAA,’ RTÉ Brainstorm, February 2020, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/0220/1116459-gaa-shemozzles/.
‘Why spontaneous shrines do more than remember the dead,’ RTÉ Brainstorm, February 2020, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/0213/1115035-spontaneous-shrines/.
‘No more Davy Fitz: should the GAA bring in silent sidelines?,’ RTÉ Brainstorm, January 2020, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/0120/1109634-no-more-davy-fitz-should-the-gaa-bring-in-silent-sidelines/.
‘Why Commemorating the Enemy is so Contentious,’ RTÉ Brainstorm, January 2020, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/0107/1104764-why-commemorating-the-enemy-is-so-contentious/.
‘’See Yiz in Coppers’: How to Make a Memorable GAA victory Speech,’ RTÉ Brainstorm, August 2019, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2019/0823/1070607-see-yiz-in-coppers-how-to-make-a-memorable-gaa-victory-speech/.
‘Why do we keep resurrecting the dead in popular culture?,’ RTÉ Brainstorm, August 2019, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2019/0808/1067660-why-do-we-keep-resurrecting-the-dead-in-popular-culture/.
‘Why are sports fans so fascinated by underdogs?,’ RTÉ Brainstorm, July 2019, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2019/0707/1060710-why-are-sports-fans-so-fascinated-by-underdogs/.
‘The many commemorative rituals of Glasnevin Cemetery,’ RTÉ Brainstorm, June 2019, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2019/0617/1055850-the-many-rituals-of-commemoration-in-glasnevin-cemetery/.
‘GAA Curses: Myth, Magic or Excuse?,’ RTÉ Brainstorm, May 2019, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2019/0528/1052114-gaa-curses-myth-magic-or-excuse/.
‘How sports photography tells a story about who we are as a nation,’ RTÉ Brainstorm, April 2019, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2019/0424/1045369-how-sports-photography-tells-a-story-about-who-we-are-as-a-nation/.


“The GAA must ensure Bloody Sunday is remembered appropriately,” Irish Times, September 16, 2020, p.10.