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, Sport in Society and Irish Studies Review.
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, History of the Irish Revolutionary Era, Associational Culture, History of Irish Childhood, History of Morality, Sexuality, Gender and the Family, Irish Church/State Relations, History of Irish State Institutions, Irish Studies, Military History, Napoleonic history, Modern European History
Ireland Modern Irish History Irish Social, Cultural and Political History Irish Sports History Sports History History of the GAA History of the Irish Revolution 1916 Rising Irish War of Independence Irish Civil War History of Irish Childhood Church/State Relations Irish State institutions Kerry GAA
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.
‘Dublin in 1918’, Near FM, May 2018
‘“God Save Ireland”: The Fenian Rebellion of 1867’, 2017 Dublin History Festival https://dublinfestivalofhistory.ie/category/podcasts/podcasts-2017/
Contributor, ‘Seán Ó Conaill: Cill Rialaig Storyteller’, Radio Kerry Documentary, 1 Jan 2019
Interview, Morning Ireland, RTE Radio One, 5 Nov 2018
Contributor, ‘Reflecting on Storied Kerry, 2018’, Saturday Supplement, Radio Kerry, 3 Nov 2018
Interview, Newstalk Breakfast, Newstalk FM, 13 July 2018
Contributor, ‘The Dawn Chorus: Kilflynn’s History and Culture’, Saturday Supplement, Radio Kerry, 28 Apr 2018
Contributor, ‘Atlas of the Irish Revolution in Kerry’, Radio Kerry Saturday Supplement, 30 Dec 2017
Interview, Second Captains Podcast, 22 Mar 2017
Interview, Off the Ball, Newstalk, 25 Aug 2016
Interview, Talking History, Newstalk FM, 10 July 2016
Interview, Weeshie Fogarty’s In Conversation With, Radio Kerry, 20 Apr 2016
Contributor, ‘The All-Ireland Behind Barbed Wire’, RTÉ Radio One Documentary, 25 Mar 2016
Interview, Saturday Sport, RTÉ Radio One, 25 Mar 2016
Interview, Off the Ball, Newstalk FM, 23 Mar 2016
Interview, The Pat Kenny Show, Newstalk FM, 27 May 2014
Interview, Off the Ball, Newstalk FM, 5 January 2014
Interview, Weeshie Fogarty’s In Conversation With, Radio Kerry, 23 Oct 2013
Monthly Contributor, Sporting Cork, Cork City Community Radio, Aug – Dec 2013
Interview, Talking History, Newstalk FM, 8 Sept 2013
Interview, Talking History, Newstalk FM, 24 July 2011
Select Public Engagement Presentations:
‘Decisions that Defined Modern Ireland: The 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty; The 1925 Shannon Scheme; The 1932 Peaceful Transfer of Government’, 30th Colmcille Winter School, 23 Feb 2019 (Invited Lecture)
‘1919 and the Irish War of Independence: A National and Regional Perceptive’, National Museum of Country Life, 17 Feb 2019 (Invited Lecture)
‘Sport in a Time of War: The Great War’s Impact on the GAA, 1914-18’, 2018 Dublin History Festival, 29 Sept 2018 (Invited Lecture)
‘National Treasures: Uncovering the Ordinary Experience of Extraordinary Times, Ireland 1917-1927’, National Museum of Country Life, 28 July 2018 (Invited Lecture)
‘Sam Maguire’s GAA, 1884 – 1926’, GAA Museum Summer School, 30 June 2018 (Invited Lecture)
‘Killarney’s Finest Hour? The 1937 All-Ireland Final’, Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 Sept 2017
‘Quenching the Prairie Fire: The Collapse of the GAA in 1890s Ireland’, GAA Museum Summer School, 29 June, 2017 (Invited Lecture)
‘“Casting Away the Camán for the Steel that will Drive the Saxon from our Land”: Sport and Revolution, the GAA and the 1916 Rising’, Hunt Museum Limerick, 29 Apr 2016 (Invited Lecture)
‘On the Lonely Banna Strand: Roger Casement, Kerry and the 1916 Rising’, County Kerry 1916 Centenary Commemoration, Listowel Seanchai Centre, 24 Apr 2016 (Invited Lecture)
‘Players or Patriots? The GAA and the 1916 Rising’, RTÉ Reflecting the Rising, 28 Mar 2016 (Invited Lecture)
‘An Apolitical Association? Richard Blake and the GAA, 1890-1916’, Drumconrath Historical Society, 14 Feb 2016 (Invited Lecture)
‘Sport and Society in Pre-Rising Ireland’, RTÉ, Road to the Rising, Liberty Hall, 6 Apr 2015 (Invited Lecture)
‘An Irish County in a Transformed Nation: Kerry, 1880-1916’, The Daniel O’Connell Summer School, 30 Aug 2014 (Invited Lecture)
‘Quenching the Prairie Fire: The Collapse of the GAA in 1890s Ireland’, National Library of Ireland’s BiblioFiles Lecture Series, 28 May 2014 (Invited Lecture)
|Committees & Associations||
Historical Team Lead/Adviser, the Irish Museum of Childhood Project
Member of the Editorial Board of the Sport in Society Journal
Former Chairman of the Sports History Ireland society, 2011 -2016
Former Member of the Irish Committee for Historical Sciences
Member of the Irish Association of Professional Historians
Member of the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society
2017 McNamee Award in the provincial media category for the supplement ‘Sport and Revolution: The GAA and the 1916 Rising’ produced in conjunction with the Kerry’s Eye newspaper
Nominated for 2016/17 University College Dublin Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning Award
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. ‘‘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, 2019)
McElligott, Richard. ‘“A Youth Tainted With the Deadly Poison Of Anglicism”? Sport and Childhood in the Irish Independence Period’, in Ciara Boylan and Ciara Gallagher (eds), Constructions of the Irish Child in the Independence Period, 1910-1940 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), pp. 279-305
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.
|Peer Reviewed Journals||
McElligott, Richard. ‘“Boys Indifferent to the Manly Sports of their Race”: Nationalism and Children’s Sport in Ireland, 1880-1920’, in Irish Studies Review (2019)
McElligott, Richard and Hassan, David (eds), Sport in Society: Special Issue, Sport in Ireland – Social and Historical Perspectives, Vol. XIX, No. 1 (January, 2016)
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.
Article: ‘A Century on, GAA Honours the Fallen Gaels of the Great War’, Irish Independent, 10 Nov 2018
Blog: ‘National Treasures: Sport and Identity’, RTÉ.ie/Culture, uploaded 24 Apr 2018
Article: ‘Sonia O’Sullivan was Almost the Perfect Irish Hero’, The Journal.ie, 8 Apr 2018
Blog: ‘National Treasures – Creating a People's History of Ireland’, RTÉ.ie/Culture, uploaded 28 Mar 2018
Articles: ‘The Making of a Statesman: Éamon de Valera 1916-1918’; ‘The “German Plot”, May 1918’; ‘The Gaelic Sunday Protest, 1918’ , Ireland’s Own, 1918-2018 Souvenir Edition, Apr 2018
Article: ‘Today in Irish History: 17 December 1877, the Release of Michael Davitt’, Ireland’s Own, Christmas Annual, Dec 2017
Article: ‘The 1937 All-Ireland Final: Killarney’s Finest Hour’, Kerry’s Eye, 12 Oct 2017
Article: ‘Tomas Ashe: The Lost Revolutionary Leader’, Ireland’s Own, 1917-2017 Souvenir Edition, Apr 2017
Article: ‘Champions of the World’: Unbeaten Kerry’s First Golden Years’, Irish Examiner, 17 Mar 2017
Article: ‘On This Day in History: The Establishment of the IRB, 17 March 1858’, Ireland’s Own, St Patrick’s Day Souvenir Edition, Mar 2017
Article, ‘Two Leaders Lost: The Deaths of Griffith and Collins’, The Revolution Papers 1916-1923, Part 48, 29 Nov 2016
Articles, ‘The GAA and the 1916 Rising in Leinster’; ‘The GAA and the 1916 Rising in Munster’, The GAA’s Division One and Two National Football Finals Commemorative Match Programme, 24 Apr, 2016
Supplement, ‘Sport and Revolution: The Kerry GAA and the 1916 Rising’, Kerry’s Eye, 21 Apr 2016
Article, ‘Gaelic Sunday, 1918’, The Revolution Papers 1916-1923, Part 16, 19 Apr 2016
Article, ‘Gaelic Football Finds its Feet Amid 1916 Rebellion against Empire’, Irish Times, 16 Apr 2016
Article: ‘Finally, We Have Remembered 1916 in a Way that is Measured and Inclusive of all Our History’, Irish Independent, 1916-2016 Centenary Celebration Supplement, 28 Mar 2016
Article: ‘Public Interest Can Be Harnessed to Apply Aspirations of Rising to Our Modern Society’, Irish Independent, 26 Mar 2016
Article: ‘Sport and Revolution: The GAA and the 1916 Rising’, Ireland’s Own, Easter Rising Souvenir Edition, Mar 2016
Article: ‘Thomas Kent: Agrarian Agitator to Forgotten Volunteer’, Irish Independent, 1916 Collection Part 10: Terence MacSwiney and the Legacy of the Rising, 3 Mar 2016
Article: ‘The Accidental Front-Liners’, Irish Independent, 1916 Collection Part 6: James Connolly and the Six-Day Rebellion, 7 Jan 2016
Article: ‘The Proclamation’, Irish Independent, 1916 Collection Part 5: Eamonn Ceannt and the Rising Erupts, 10 Dec 2015
Article: ‘A League Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Gaelic League and 1916’, Irish Independent, 1916 Collection Part 4: Seán MacDiarmada and the Leaders of the Rising, 26 Nov 2015
Article: ‘Plans for a Rising: Setting a Date’, Irish Times, Century: The Years That Shaped Modern Ireland, Eighth Supplement: ‘Dragons Stirring, Ireland Six Months Before the Rising, 18 Nov 2015
Article: ‘Planning the Rebellion’, Irish Independent, 1916 Collection Part 3: Planning the Rebellion, 12 Nov 1915
Article: ‘Revolution is in the Air’, Irish Independent, 1916 Collection Part 2: Joseph Plunkett and Assembling the Armies, 29 Oct 1915
Article: ‘More of an Orator than a Military Leader’, Irish Independent, Part 1: Patrick Pearse and the Road to Rebellion, 16 Oct 1915
Article: ‘The World's Greatest Ship Sunk by a Torpedo’, Irish Independent, Lusitania 100 Special Supplement, 25 Apr 2015
Article: ‘Cry of a GAA Chairman as Troops Prepared for War’, Irish Independent, 1 Feb 2015
Article: ‘The Christmas Truce of 1914’ Irish Independent, 11 Dec 2014
Article: ‘The GAA and the Great War’, Sunday Times, 9 Nov 2014
Article: ‘Kerry Loss put Rising at Risk’, Irish Examiner, 23 Dec 2013
Article: ‘Mayo's Lost All Ireland’, Mayo News, 10 Dec 2013
Article: ‘The 1925 All Ireland Championship’, Anglo-Celt, 28 Nov 2013
Article: ‘Cynical Play? Kerry are Old Hands at it’, Irish Examiner, 20 Aug 2013
Article: ‘Pivotal Role in the Kerry Troubles’, Irish Times, Century: The Years That Shaped Modern Ireland, Third Supplement: ‘Stories for the Revolution 1913-1923’, 23 May 2013
Article: ‘Kerry’s First County Championship’, Kerryman, 26 Oct 2011