Prof. S Connolly
School of History
Queen's University Belfast
Biography and Irish Studies Research Interests
Sean Connolly took his first degree in University College, Dublin, and went on to do postgraduate work at what was then the New University of Ulster at Coleraine. He worked as an archivist in the Public Record Office of Ireland (now part of the National Archives of Ireland) before taking a lecturing post at St Patrick's College, Dublin, in 1980. He taught at the University of Ulster from 1981 until 1996, when he came to Queen's as Professor of Irish History.
His early research was on the social history of Irish Catholicism, and the way in which the official doctrines and rituals of the church interacted, and at times competed, with a lively alternative tradition of popular belief and practice. He then moved on to work on different aspects of Irish politics and culture in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He is currently writing the Irish volume in the Oxford History of the Early Modern World, examining the ambiguities and contradictions of political and cultural identities between the mid-fifteenth century and the act of union.
1. 1982 Priests and People in Pre-Famine Ireland 1780-1845, Dublin: Gill & Macmillan
2. 1992, Religion, Law and Power: Tthe Making of Protestant Ireland1660-1760, Clarendon Press
3. 1998, General Editor, The Oxford Companion to Irish History, Oxford University Press
4. 2000 ‘Introduction: Varieties of Irish Political Thought’, ‘The Glorious Revolution and Irish Protestant Political Thinking’, and ‘Precedent and Principle: The Patriots and their Critics’, chapters 1, 2 and 6 of S.J. Connolly (ed), Political Ideas in Eighteenth-Century Ireland (Dublin: Four Courts), pp 11-63, 130-158.
5. 2003 ‘The Church of Ireland and the Royal Martyr: Regicide and Revolution in Anglican Political Thought c.1660-1745’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, XLIV, no. 3, 484-506