I am a native of Stacks Mountain, Kilflynn in North Kerry and hold a PhD in modern Irish history from University College Dublin (UCD).
Between September 2008 and August 2011, I completed my PhD in the UCD School of History. Previously, I was awarded an MA in Early Modern Irish History from UCD in 2006. In 2004, I graduated with a BA in History and Archaeology from UCD.
My PhD research concentrated on the political, social and cultural impact of the GAA on wider Irish society between 1884 and 1924.
Between January 2012 and May 2015, I worked as an Occasional Lecturer and Teaching Assistant with the School of History lecturing courses on Anglo-Irish relations, 1798-1998 and 19th & 20th Century Irish history.
Since September 2015, I have been employed as a historical researcher for the Irish Government.
My first book, Forging a Kingdom: The GAA in Kerry, 1884-1934, was published in October 2013 by the Collins Press. It was nominated as one of the Irish Times' Sports Books of the Year.
Since then my research on the impact of the GAA, and sport generally, on Irish society, particularly during the Gaelic Revival and the Irish Revolutionary period, has been published in several books and in a number of prestigious, internationally-recognised, peer-reviewed journals including, Eire/Ireland, Irish Economic and Social History and Sport in Society.
I am a regular contributor to the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Irish Examiner, the Kerry's Eye and Ireland's Own. I have written articles for the Irish Times’ ongoing ‘Century: The Years That Shaped Modern Ireland’ supplements and between September 2015 and March 2016, I was a lead contributor to the UCD/Irish Independent’s ten-part ‘1916 Collection’ of collaborative supplements. During the Easter Rising centenary celebrations I was a special contributor and analyst for the Irish Independent, providing historical context to the commemoration.
I am the former Chairman of the Sports History Ireland Society, which was set up to organise conferences on the history of sport and encourages academic and popular study of the subject in Ireland.
I am currently working on a project to examine the intersection of sport, politics and society in Ireland during the Irish Revolutionary period between 1912 and 1924.
|Areas of expertise||
Modern Irish History, Irish Sports History, Modern Irish Political,Social, Cultural and Leisure History, Associational Culture, Irish Studies, Military History, Napoleonic history, Modern European History
Richard McElligott (Professional Historian)
Sept 2008 – Aug 2011 University College Dublin, Dublin
Thesis Title: Forging a Kingdom: The Establishment and Development of the Gaelic Athletic Association in Kerry, 1884-1924.
My PhD research focused on the origins and broad development of the GAA in Kerry between 1884 and 1924. Through this regional study, the socio-economic, cultural and political factors which led to the GAA becoming the most popular sporting and cultural organisation in Ireland, in this period, were assessed.
My thesis passed without corrections in November 2011.
Sept 2004 – Oct 2005 University College Dublin, Dublin
I have a Master’s degree in early modern European history, which covered social, cultural and political history, as well as historiography. My thesis examined the 1798 Rebellion in Ireland and contrasted its course and suppression with Napoleon’s invasion of Spain and the subsequent Peninsular War.
Sept 2001 – May 2004 University College Dublin, Dublin
September 2015 – Present
Historical Researcher for Irish Government Commission of Investigation
September 2013 – Present
Module Co-ordinator UCD Access Learning Centre, Modern Irish History Programme
Module Co-ordinator Life Long Learning Centre, UCD, History Programme
January 2012 – May 2015
Occasional Lecture and Teaching Assistant, School of History, UCD
In August 2017, I was appointed as an expert curator for RTÉ’s National Treasures project. This was a national crowd-sourcing campaign which culminated in four public roadshows where I helped select objects for an exhibition on the social history of Ireland since 1917 which is being held in the National Museum of Ireland: Country Life. This led to my appearance, each week, on the major four-part RTÉ One television programme, based on the roadshows, which aired in April 2018.
2017-2018: Historical consultant and advisor to Hammerson Group Management Ireland on the 1916 Moore Street battle site redevelopment
|Management & Administrative experience||
Curator and advisor for the National Museum of Ireland: Country Life, National Treasures exhibition.
Conference Organiser for Annual Sports History Ireland Society Conference, 2011 – 2015
Module Co-ordinator (School of History, UCD)
IRST 30150 – ‘Ireland Uncovered’: An inter-disciplinary module which examines the historical, cultural and societal forces which created the modern Irish nation.
Module Co-ordinator (Access Learning Centre, UCD)
Module Co-ordinator (Lifelong Learning Centre, UCD)
HN 232 – ‘The Irish War of Independence’: This course is run in conjunction with the National Library of Ireland (NLI) and explores the origins, development, course, impact, legacy and commemoration of the Irish independence struggle from 1918-23.
HN 122 – ‘Uncovering 1916’: This course is also run conjunction with the NLI and examines the context, development, course and aftermath of the rebellion as well as issues surrounding its interpretation and commemoration.
HN 193 – ‘Ireland and the Great War, 1914-1918’: Also run in conjunction with the NLI and based on my own research on the influence of the Great War on Irish society, this course examines the complex impact of the Great War on Irish politics and life as well as its commemoration and legacy in the modern Irish state.
HN 187 – ‘A Fatal Influence? Anglo-Irish Relations 1798-1998’: This module focuses on the key political developments and controversies between the governments of Britain and Ireland in these two hundred years.
Modules Lectured on (School of History/School of English, Drama and Film, UCD)
‘Ireland, History and Culture’, UCD American Summer High School Programme: A two week introductory course to modern Irish history and culture.
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|Committees & Associations||
Chairman of the Sports History Ireland network and society/manager of the society’s social media platforms
Member of the Irish Committee for Historical Sciences
Member of the Editorial Board of the Sport in Society Journal
Member of the Irish Association of Professional Historians
Member of the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society
2014 Shortlisted for interview for the NUI’s Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities for my project; ‘In Sport and War: Sport, Society and the Great War in Ireland, 1914-18’ Assessment rating: 96.6%
Conference Funding Awards
Peer Reviewer, Irish Economic and Social History Journal
McElligott, Richard and David Hassan (eds), A Social and Cultural History of Sport in Ireland (Oxford: Taylor and Francis, 2016)
McElligott, Richard, Forging a Kingdom, The Gaelic Athletic Association in Kerry, 1884-1934 (Cork: Collins Press, 2013)
McElligott, Richard. ‘“An Abundance of First Class Recruits”: The GAA and the Irish Vol-unteers– 1913-1915’, in John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil and Mike Murphy (eds), Atlas of the Irish Resolution (Cork: Cork University Press, 2017), pp. 177-180.
McElligott, Richard. ‘Sport and Cultural Identity in Ireland, 1890-1906’, in Richard McElli-gott and David Hassan (eds), A Social and Cultural History of Sport in Ireland (Oxford: Routledge, 2016), pp. 6-30.
McElligott, Richard. ‘Rebellion and Revolution: The Kerry GAA, 1914-1918’ in Mary McAuliffe, Bridget McAuliffe and Owen O’Shea (eds), Kerry 1916-Histories & Legacies: A Centenary Record (Dublin: Irish Historical Publications, 2016), pp. 45-54.
McElligott, Richard. ‘The GAA, the 1916 Rising and its Aftermath to 1918’, in Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh (ed.), The GAA and Revolution in Ireland: 1913-1923 (Cork: Collins Press, 2015), pp. 129-152.
McElligott, Richard. ‘‘Every Interest Being Catered For’: Clubs, Societies and Associational Life in Kerry, 1880-1914’, in Maurice Bric, William Nolan and Teresa Nolan (eds), Kerry: History and Society (Dublin: Geography Publications, 2018).
|Peer Reviewed Journals||
McElligott, Richard. ‘Contesting the Fields of Play: The Gaelic Athletic Association and the Battle for Popular Sport in Ireland, 1890-1906’, in Sport in Society: Special Issue, Sport in Ireland – Social and Historical Perspectives, Vol. XIX, No. 1 (January, 2016), pp.3-24.
McElligott, Richard. ‘Quenching the Prairie Fire: The Collapse of the GAA in 1890s Ireland’, in Irish Economic and Social History, Vol. XLI (2014), pp. 54-73.
McElligott, Richard. ‘1916 and the Radicalisation of the GAA’, in Eire-Ireland, Vol. XLVIII, No. 1-2 (Spring/Summer, 2013), pp. 95-111.
McElligott, Richard. ‘Richard Blake and the Resurrection of the GAA’, in Ríocht na Midhe, Records of the Meath Archaeological and Historical Society, Vol. XXIV (2013), pp. 256-69.
McElligott, Richard. ‘Politics or Play? The Tralee GAA Sports of 1885 and the Fight for Irish Athletics’, in Journal of the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society, Series II, Vol. X (2010), pp. 148-62.
McElligott, Richard. ‘The Radicalisation of the GAA after 1916’, in History Ireland: 1916-18 Changed Utterly, Ireland After the Rising (2017), pp. 53-57.
McElligott, Richard. ‘The GAA and the Irish Volunteers’, in The Irish Story, 23 May 2014.
McElligott, Richard. ‘A Good Ship Going Down with the Tide, The Collapse of the GAA in the 1890s’, in Scolaire Staire, Volume II, Issue I (Spring, 2012), pp. 8-14.
McElligott, Richard. ‘Degenerating, from Sterling Irishmen into Contemptible West Britons: The GAA and Rugby Football in Kerry, 1885-1905.’, in History Ireland, Vol. XIX, No. IV (July/August, 2011), pp. 28-31.
McElligott, Richard, ‘The GAA and the Irish Volunteers’, The Irish Story, 23 May 2014.
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