About me




Research Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Irish History, Trinity College Dublin and James Flaherty Scholarship Fellow with the Irish-Canada University Foundation, at the Department of Irish Studies , University of Concordia, Montreal.

Areas of expertise

Irish war of independence and civil war, local history, Kerry, counter-revolutionary violence, revolutionary violence, British reprisals in Ireland


Irish war of independence, Irish civil war, reprisals

Member Details

Full Name

Thomas Earls FitzGerald (Graduate Historian)

Membership Type

Graduate Historian



Ireland in the twentieth Century, HI2132, TCD, Hilary Term, 2014.
Europe since 1914: Cataclysm and Renewal, HI2119, TCD, Michaelmas Term, 2015.
Early Modern Ireland: HI 1218, TCD, Hilary Term, 2016.
Europe in the early modern world, HY212, NUI: Maynooth, Michaelmas term 2017
Europe in the twentieth century. An age of extremes? HY310, NUI: Maynooth Michaelmas term, 2017.
Ireland since the Famine, HY311, NUI: Maynooth, Hilary Term 2018
Early modern Ireland and Great Britain: The four nations, HY213, NUI: Maynooth, Hilary Term 2018.
Nazi Germany 1933-1945, HIS20820, University College Dublin, Michaelmas term 2018.


Irish Research Council postgraduate funding award (2013-2017)
My paper 'Experiences of women during the Anglo-Irish war' won the prize for best paper on the Irish War of Independence at the Irish History Students Association Annual Conference held in NUIG, 20th February 2016.

Other activities

‘Comparing the dynamics of insurgency and counter-insurgency in Ireland, 1919-21 in comparison with South Africa 1899-1902’ at the Irish rebellion and militancy in a transnational perspective, University of Birbeck, 14th June 2018.

‘Republican policing in the Spring and Summer of 1920 in County Kerry’ at the Dublin History Postgraduate Conference, at the Long Room Hub in TCD. 7th May, 2016.

‘Violence against women in Ireland 1919-21’ at the XV INTERNATIONAL AEDEI CONFERENCE: Revolution/Evolution/Involution in 20th – and 21st – Century Ireland, University of Zaragoza, Spain, 26-28 May 2016.

‘Experiences of women during the Irish war of independence’, Irish History Students Association annual conference, National University of Ireland Galway, 20 February 2016.
Together with my academic work for the past few years I have given talks on aspects of Irish revolutionary history to libraries, appeared at community historical events and I have been asked to give interviews on my work for radio and podcasts. I have also written for various Irish history websites.

Today in Irish history: The Headford ambush, 21 March 1921, piece on the largest military engagement of the Irish war of independence in Kerry, for the Irish story website, 21 March 2017

‘Guerilla Days in Kerry’, an interview on my work on the war of Independence and civil war in County Kerry with John Dorney of the Irish Story website, 2 February 2017.

‘The war of independence in Kerry’, summary of the war independence in Kerry, for the Irish story website, 2 December 2016.

Appearance as part of a panel discussion on Kerry and the 1916 Rising, Rose Hotel Tralee, 22nd April 2016.

Appearance on Radio Kerry as part of a panel discussion on Kerry and the 1916 Rising, 20th April 2016.

'Reactions and Experiences of the Easter Rising', talk 1st March 2016, Rush Library, County Dublin.

'The Dawn is very near now – Advanced Nationalism and Motivations behind the Easter Rising" talk , 13 Oct 2015, Rush Library, County Dublin.


Book Chapters

'Spies and informers' in west Cork 1921' in David Fitzpatrick (editor) Terror in Ireland 1916-1923 (Dublin, 2012).
"…arise and take your place among the nations of the earth" Kerry, geo-politics and the 1916 Rising' in Mary MacAuliffe, Bridget MacAuliffe and Owen O'Shea ( editors) Kerry 1916: Histories and legacies of the Easter Rising. A centenary record (Kerry, 2016)

Peer Reviewed Journals

‘The Kilorglin town crowd were no good’. Conceptualisations of civilians by the IRA in the Irish war of independence, Nordic Journal of Irish Studies, February 2019.


Since 2013 I have been a frequent contributor to the Dublin Review of Books, and other online journals, reviewing both academic and popular publications relating to the Irish revolution, Catholic history and the Northern Irish troubles. Some of my reviews have provoked quite spirited responses from the authors.
Through having frequently taught continental European history I am now not just strictly reviewing works on Irish history, I am currently writing a review of The Shadow Empepror: a life of Napoleon III by Alan Strauss Schom for the DRB.
Forthcoming review of ‘The men will talk to me: Clare interviews by Ernie O’Malley’, edited by Páidráíg Óg O Ruairc, in forthcoming issue of The Irish studies review.
Review of ‘County Louth in the Irish Revolution, 1912 -1923’ by Donal Hall and Martin Maguire (Irish Academic Press, 2017), in the Journal of the Meath Archaeological and historical society, February 2018.
‘The republican journey’ Out of the ashes. An oral history of the provisional Irish republican movement by Robert W. White (Merrion Press, Dublin, 2017), in the Dublin Review of Books, Issue 93, October 2017.
‘The fish and the water’ review of Brian Hughes’ Defying the IRA? Intimidation, coercion, and communities during the Irish revolution, by Brian Hughes, (Liverpool University Press, 2016), in the Dublin Review of Books, Issue 89, May 2017.
'Ministering to all' review of Brian Heffernan's Freedom and the fifth commandment: Catholic priest and political violence in Ireland, 1919-21, (Liverpool University Press, 2016), in the Dublin Review of Books , Issue 84, December 2016.
‘Law and the revolution’, review of Séan Enright’s, Soldiers, lawyers and trials of the Irish revolution (Merrion Press, Dublin, 2016), in the Irish History Review, February 6, 2017.
‘Casement’s Diary’, review of Angus Mitchell (ed), One bold deed of open treason: The Berlin diaries of Roger Casement 1914-1916 (Merrion Press, Dublin 2016), in the Irish History Review, October 29 2016.
‘Half the man’ review of Ruan O’Donnell’s Patrick Pearse: 16 lives (O’Brien press, Dublin, 2016), in the Dublin Review of books, Issue 76, March 2016.
'The Risen People' review of Michael Barry's Courage boys we are winning. An illustrated history of 1916 ( Andalus Press, Dublin 2015) in the Dublin Review of Books, Issue 73, December 2015.
'Lost Leaders' review of Shane Kenna's Thomas MacDonagh: 16 Lives (O’Brien Press, Dublin, 2014) and Mary Gallagher's Eamonn Ceannt: 16 Lives (O’Brien Press, Dublin, 2014) in the Dublin Review of Books, Issue 71, October 2015.
‘The Insurrectionist’ review of Brian Feeney’s Sean MacDiarmada: 16 Lives (O’Brien Press, Dublin, 2014) in the Dublin Review of Books, Issue 59, September 2014.
‘Rebel Cork' review of John Borgonovo's Dynamics of war and revolution: Cork city 1916-1918 (Cork University Press, 2013) in the Dublin Review of Books, Issue 43, October 21st, 2013.