About me

Email

gannonsw@tcd.ie

Areas of expertise

My doctoral research reconstructed and critically examined the history of Irish involvement in the policing of the British Palestine Mandate between 1922 and 1948 to provide the first detailed case-study of Irish involvement in the administration of the British Empire in the twentieth century. As part of this process, it re-examined and challenged the historiography on a series of related issues such as the policing of the Palestine Mandate; the causes of police brutality in revolutionary Ireland, the Palestine Mandate and wider British Empire; and the influence of the RIC on colonial policing in the twentieth century.

I am currently building on this case-study of Palestine to explore the more general question of Irish participation in the British imperial project after Irish independence in 1922. Focussing on the Colonial Service, the project aims to map the recruitment of Irishmen and women by the Service during this period, evaluate their contribution to the administration of a range of British overseas possessions, and assess the extent to which, if any, their ‘Irishness’ impacted on the personal and professional experience of Irish imperial servants and led to the creation of an distinct Irish imperial identity.

In addition to the history of Ireland and Empire, the British Palestine Mandate, and British colonial policing, my research interests include the fate of the ‘losers’ in the Irish Revolution (particularly the R.I.C. and the Coastguard), police counterinsurgency, Irish foreign policy, Irish-Jewish history, Irish-Israeli relations, and the history of Zionism and the Israeli state.

Keywords

Ireland and Empire, Royal Irish Constabulary, Colonial policing, Police counterinsurgency, Irish Revolution, British Palestine Mandate, Zionism, Israel Studies.

Member Details

Full Name

Seán William Gannon (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian

Experience

Employment

IRC Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Centre for Contemporary Irish History, TCD

Committees & Associations

Military History Society of Ireland
Oral History Network Ireland
British Palestine Police Association

Awards

IRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2016-17.
M.I.C. Doctoral Award, 2012-14.

Other activities

SEMINARS/CONFERENCES
* 'My Colonial Office pass would have proved a pass to the next world': Irish colonial servants and the Irish Revolution' (Southern Irish Loyalism in Context conference, Maynooth University, 21-22 July 2017).
* 'If an Irish "wrong-un" should ever slip through …': Colonial Service recruitment in Independent Ireland' (Trinity College, Centre for Contemporary Irish History: Seminar Series 2016-17, 5 Apr. 2017).
* 'A repeat of the Irish show?': The Black and Tans in Palestine, 1922-48 (Trinity College, Centre for Contemporary Irish History: Seminar Series 2014-15, 26 Nov. 2014).
* 'The Royal Irish Constabulary's Immediate Legacy?': Police brutality in the Palestine Mandate, 1922-48 (M.I.C. and University of Limerick, Centre for Historical Research: Seminar Series 2013-14, 25 Feb. 2014).
*'The Irish way of things': Force indiscipline in the British (Palestine) Gendarmerie, 1922-26 (NUIG, Moore Institute, History Postgraduate Forum, 16 Apr. 2012).

Publications

Book Chapters

* '"Black-and-Tan tendencies": policing insurgency in the Palestine Mandate, 1922-48' in Brian Hughes and Fergus Hoban (eds), Unconventional warfare from antiquity to the present day (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), pp 67-88.

Peer Reviewed Journals

* ‘The formation, composition and conduct of the British Section of the Palestine Gendarmerie, 1922-26’, Historical Journal, 56 (2013), 977-1006.

* ‘“Sure it’s only a holiday”: the Irish contingent of the British (Palestine) Gendarmerie, 1922-1926’, Australasian Journal of Irish Studies, 13 (2013), 64-85.

Other Journals

* 'Very cruel cases': the post-Truce campaign against the Royal Irish Constabulary in County Limerick (Old Limerick Journal, 51 (2016), pp 15-25.

* 'Schools of corruption': the sources for Sean South's Antisemitism (Old Limerick Journal, 44 (2010), pp 16-24.