Reading Lists

Reading Lists


Please note:

You may wish to read some background material in advance of the Summer School programme. We realise it may be difficult to obtain books but the websites listed will give a very useful introduction. It is entirely up to you how much or little material you want to read in advance.





Environment, Landscape and Archaeology of Ireland

  • Evans, E. Estyn The Personality of Ireland: Habitat, Heritage and History (Blackstaff Press, 1981)
  • Aalen, Whelan, Stout (eds) Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape (Cork University Press 1997)
  • Mallory, J.P., The Origins of the Irish (Thames and Hudson, 2013)


History of Ireland

  • Bartlett, Thomas, Ireland: A History (Cambridge University Press, 2010)
  • Bew, Paul, Ireland, the Politics of Enmity, 1789-2006 (Oxford University Press, 2009)
  • Bourke, Richard and McBride, Ian (eds), Princeton History of Modern Ireland (Princeton University Press, 2016)
  • Comerford, R.V., Ireland: Inventing the Nation (Bloomsbury Press, 2003)
  • Ferriter, Diarmaid, The Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000 (Profile Books, 2004)
  • Fitzgerald, Patrick and Lambkin, Brian, Migration in Irish History 1607-2007 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)
  • Foster, R.F., Modern Ireland, 1600-1972 (Penguin, 1988)
  • Jackson, Alvin (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish History (Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • Jackson, Alvin, Ireland 1798-1998: Politics and War (Blackwell, 1999)

History of Northern Ireland / The Troubles

  • Bardon, Jonathan, A History of Ulster (Blackstaff Press, 1992)
  • Connolly, S.J. (ed.), Belfast 400: People, Place and History (Liverpool University Press, 2013)
  • English, Richard, Armed struggle: the history of the IRA (Pan Macmillan, 2012 edn)
  • Hennessey, Thomas, A history of Northern Ireland 1920-1996 (Gill & Macmillan, 1997)
  • McKittrick, David and McVea, David, Making sense of the troubles (Blackstaff Press, 2000)
  • Mulholland, Marc, Northern Ireland: a very short introduction (Oxford University Press: 2003)

Literature of Ireland

  • Browne, Terence, Ireland: A Social and Cultural History 1922-2002 (Harper, 2004)
  • Deane, Seamus, et al (eds), The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (Cork University Press)
  • Grene, Nicholas and Morash, Chris (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre (Oxford University Press, 2016)
  • Kiberd, Declan, Inventing Ireland: The Literature of the Modern Nation (Jonathan Cape, 1995)
  • Murphy, James, Ireland: A Social, Cultural and Literary History 1791-1891 (Four Courts Press, 2003)
  • Ní Bhrolcháin, Muireann, An introduction to early Irish literature (Four Courts Press, 2009)
  • Wright, Julia (ed), A Companion to Irish Literature (Blackwell Press, 2010)



Not all classes have specified readings. Where possible, we have added pdfs or weblinks to recommended readings. You may find these readings useful both for preparing for class discussions and for writing essays. More material may be added to these lists before classes.




27.6 (1) Introduction to History of Ireland

  • Oliver MacDonagh, ‘Time’, in States of Mind: A Study of Anglo-Irish Conflict 1780-1980 (London, 1983), pp. 1-14. MacDonagh 1983
  • Liam Kennedy, ‘A most oppressed people’, in Unhappy the Land: The Most Oppressed People Ever, the Irish? (Sallins, 2016), pp.11-41. Kennedy 2016

28.6 (3) Mapping Ireland

  • Keith Lilley, ‘Exploring the histories of mapping Ireland’. Mapping Ireland

30.6 (1) Introduction to Irish Literature



4.7 (1) Medieval Ireland

  • S. Duffy, ‘The problem of degeneracy’, in J. Lydon (ed.), Law and disorder in thirteenth-century Ireland: the Dublin parliament of 1297 (Dublin, 1997), pp. 87–106. Duffy 1997
  • R. Frame, ‘“Les Engleys nées en Irlande”: the English political identity in medieval Ireland’, in Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 3 (1993), pp. 83-103; reprinted in Frame, Ireland and Britain, pp. 131-50. Frame 1993
  • SOURCE: Legislation of the Irish Parliament, 1297 and 1366. Medieval Source

4.7 (2) Early-Modern Ireland

  • Nicholas Canny, '1641 in colonial context' in Jane Ohlmeyer and Micheál Ó Siochrú (eds), Ireland, 1641: contexts and reactions (Manchester, 2013), pp 52-70. Canny 1641
  • Joseph Cope, 'The Irish rising' in Michael Braddick (ed.), The Oxford handbook of the English revolution (Oxford, 2015), pp 77-95. Cope 1641
  • SOURCE: 'The 1641 Depositions' at A collection of 8,000 witness testimonies from the period freely available online, along with a range of introductory material

5.7 (1) Looking at Belfast

  • Sean Connolly, ‘Imagining Belfast’, in S.J. Connolly (ed.), Belfast 400 (Liverpool, 2012) pp 13-62. Connolly 2012

5.7 (2) Industry, poverty, and welfare in Belfast

  • Olwen Purdue, ‘”A Gigantic System of Casual Pauperism”: The Contested Role of the Workhouse in Late Nineteenth-Century Belfast’, in B. Althammer, A. Gestrich, and J. Gründler (eds), The Welfare State and the 'Deviant Poor' in Europe, 1870-1933 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2014).Purdue, 2014

  • Olwen Purdue, ‘Surviving the industrial city: the female poor and the workhouse in late nineteenth-century Belfast’, Urban History, 44:1 (2016). Purdue, 2016

5.7 (3) Oral history of a divided city

  • Anna Bryson, 'Whatever You Say, Say Nothing': Researching Memory and Identity in Mid-Ulster, 1945-1969’, Oral History, Vol. 35, No. 2 (2007), pp. 45-56. Bryson
  • Sean O’Connell, ‘An age of conservative modernity, 1914-68’ in S.J. Connolly (ed.), Belfast 400 (Liverpool, 2012) pp. 271-315. O'Connell 2012.

6.7 (1) Civil Rights Era

  • Bob Purdie, ‘Was the Civil Rights Movement a Republican/Communist conspiracy?’ Irish Political Studies, 3 (1988), 33-41. Purdie 1988
  • John Whyte, ‘How much discrimination was there under the Unionist regime, 1921-68?’, in T. Gallagher and J. O’Connell (eds), Contemporary Irish Studies (Manchester, 1983), pp 1-33. Whyte 1983

6.7 (2) The IRA and the Peace Process

  • Richard English, ‘Terrorist Innovation and International Politics: Lessons from an IRA Case Study?’, International Politics  50, 4, 2013 (English 2013)
  • Richard English, 'Why Terrorist Campaigns Do Not End: The Case of Contemporary Irish Dissident Republicanism’, in R. English (ed), Illusions of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (Oxford, 2015) (English 2015)

 10.7 (1) Great Famine

  • Mary Daly, ‘The Famine’ in The Famine in Ireland (Dublin, 1986). Daly 1986
  • Peter Gray, ‘Memory and commemoration of the Great Irish Famine’, in P. Gray and K. Oliver (eds), The Memory of Catastrophe (Manchester, 2004) Gray 2004

10.7 (2) 1916 Easter Rising

  • Roisin Higgins, 'Introduction’ in Transforming 1916. Meaning, memory and the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Easter Rising (Cork, 2013). ‌
  • Charles Townshend, 'Epilogue. The Rebellion in History', in Easter 1916. The Irish Rebellion (London, 2015). Townshend 2015

10.7 (3) Representing the Troubles

  • Elizabeth Crooke, ‘Dealing with the past: Museums and heritage in Northern Ireland and Cape Town, South Africa’, International Journal of Heritage Studies, 11:2 (2005), 131-42. Crooke 2005
  • Sara, McDowell, ‘Selling Conflict Heritage Through Tourism in Peacetime Northern Ireland: Transforming Conflict or Exacerbating Difference?’ International Journal of Heritage Studies, 14(5), 2008: 405-21. McDowell 2008.

14.7 (2) Sexual morality in pre-famine Ireland

  • S.J. Connolly, ‘Marriage and sexual behaviour’, in Priests and People in Pre-Famine Ireland, 1780-1845 (Dublin, 1982). Connolly 1982
  • Andrew Holmes, ‘Rites of passage’ in The Shaping of Ulster Presbyterian Belief and Practice, 1770-1840 (Oxford, 2006). Holmes 2006
  • James Kelly, ‘The abduction of women of fortune in eighteenth-century Ireland’, in Eighteenth-Century Ireland, Vol. 9 (1994), pp. 7-43. Kelly, 1994
  • SOURCES: Documents on Sex and Marriage in Ireland, c. 1700-1840. O'Dowd - SOURCES

14.7 (2) Sources for women's history

  • Mary O’Dowd & Phil Kilroy, ;Thoughts on gender history', in Maryann Gialanella Valiulis (ed.), Gender and power in Irish history/(Dublin 2008) pp9-17. O'Dowd and Kilroy 2008

14.7 (3) Taboo Ireland




4.7 (1) Irish Literature and Empire

5.7 (1) The Literature of Belfast

  • Eamonn Hughes, '”Town of Shadows”: Representations of Belfast in Recent Fiction’, Religion & Literature, Vol. 28, No. 2/3 (1996). Hughes, Town of Shadows

5.7 (2) Dickens in Ireland

5.7 (3) Cultural History of ‘Titanic’

  • John W. Foster, Titanic (Penguin 1999) [5 copies in the McClay Library at G530.T6 FOST ]

6.7 (1) Joyce’s Dubliners

6.7 (2) Janet McNeill

10.7 (1) WB Yeats

10.7 (3) Northern Voices

  • Miriam Gamble, ‘“A potted peace / lily”: Northern Irish poetry since the ceasefires’, in The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry, eds. Fran Brearton and Alan Gillis (Oxford, 2012), 668-83. Gamble 2012

14.7 (1) Shoulder to Shoulder

  • David Grant, ‘Feeling for meaning: the making and understanding of Image Theatre’ (Grant - feeling)
  • David Grant, ‘Shoulder to Shoulder: the co-existence of truths in the “Theatre of Witness”’ (Grant - Shoulder)



For information on the troubles, the background to the Northern Ireland peace process and much more, visit the Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN) website:

In particular, look at the section called ‘Background on the Northern Ireland Conflict’

There is a searchable bibliography for Irish History at:


Recommended Literature Websites:

This is the website for the main academic organisation dealing with Irish literature. Many interesting things here, plus links to a host of other Irish literary resources, archive and website, including:


Sourcing Books

If you have any difficulty sourcing the above books, you can try to get them from Abe Books at the following website:


Powerpoint Slides


Peter Gray, Introduction to Irish History

Eamonn Hughes' powerpoint: Intro to Irish Literature


Peter McLoughlin, Nationalism and Republicanism

John Cunningham, 1641 Powerpoint

Sean Connolly's class powerpoint. Connolly, Looking at Belfast

Sean O'Connell, Oral History of Belfast powerpoint

Peter Gray, Civil Rights Powerpoint slides

Peter Gray, Famine ppt

Mathew Jackson, Troubles in NI Museums


Daniel Roberts, Empire and Literature

David Grant, Grant powerpoint

Mark Phelan's presentation (via dropbox):

Orla's Irish Language ppts: Ar dTeanga Roinnte and ICUF