For my secondary education, I attended Bishop Hodson's Grammer School, Elphin, Co. Roscommon between 1991 and 1996. In 1997, I attended Carrick-on-Shannon Community School in Co. Leitrim and sat my Leaving Cert exams that year. In 2003, I commenced my thrid level education as a mature student at the National University of Ireland, Galway. I received a BA in History and Philosophy in May 2006 and followed this with an MA in History in September 2007. I started my PhD here at Queen's in January 2008 and aim to finish for September 2011.
The provisional title of my thesis is 'The Political Life of Charles Owen O'Conor (The O'Conor Don), 1860-1906'. The main aim of my thesis is to explore the world of Catholic landlordism and Catholic Whig-Liberal and Unionist politics through the prism of the O'Conor Don's life. This will be carried out by assessing the social and political outlook of the O'Conor Don in the context of the major political movements of his time such as Irish Home Rule, land reform, and university education.
In general, nineteenth century Irish history is my area of interest with a particular focus on themes such as agrarian violence, the Great Famine and landord-tenant relations.
My main supervisor is Professor Peter Gray and my second supervisor is Dr Andrew Holmes.
'Outrage in Elphin: The murder of Rev. John Lloyd', in Roscommon Historical and Archaelogical Society Journal, vol. 11 (2009), pp. 56-63.