Dr Robert Lynch

BA(Hons),  PhD (University of Stirling)

Research Fellow (2010-2011)

Robert is a Research Fellow in the Institute of Irish Studies. He is a graduate of the University of Stirling in Scotland where he completed a degree in modern history before going on to do a PhD looking at the role of the I.R.A. in opposing the establishment of Northern Ireland between 1920 and 1922.  Before joining the Institute of Irish Studies he was an IRCHSS research fellow at Trinity College Dublin. Prior to this Robert was Senior Scholar at Hertford College in Oxford and has also worked at the University of Warwick.

Research Interests

Robert is a historian whose research interests are in partition and the establishment of Northern Ireland with particular focus on the history of the northern Catholic minority. He has researched and written on various aspects of the Irish Revolution and completed a monograph based on his PhD research in 2006. He has just completed a new book entitled Ireland’s Partition Refugees which is to be published next summer and is currently working on a new book on partition which is to be published by Cambridge University Press in the autumn of 2011.

Selected Publications

  • The Northern I.R.A. and the Early Years of Partition (Dublin, 2006).
  • ‘Donegal and the joint-I.R.A. offensive, May-September 1922’, Irish Historical Studies, Vol. xxxv, No. 138 (Nov 2006).
  • ‘The People’s Protectors? The I.R.A. and the Belfast Pogrom, 1920-22’, Journal of British Studies,  Vol. 47, No. 2 (Apr., 2008), pp. 375-391.
  • ‘Explaining the Altnaveigh Massacre, June 1922’, Eire-Ireland, Vol.45 (Autumn 2010).
  • ‘Frank Aiken’s South Armagh’, in M. Kennedy and R. Miller (eds.), Aiken and the World (Dublin, 2011).

Forthcoming Publications

  •  'Partition: Ireland’s Real Revolution' (Cambridge, 2011)