Having completed my A-levels at Ballyclare Secondary School I studied history at Newcastle University (2006-9). I returned to Belfast to enrol on the MA course in Irish history at Queen’s University (2009-10) before beginning my PhD in 2010.
While at Newcastle I developed my interest in Irish history and in particular the Irish revolution (1912-1923). My thesis looks at the impact of the revolution on Antrim and Down. My main research interests are in loyalist violence, the Ulster Special Constabulary, the IRA and Catholic-Protestant community relations in the early years of Northern Ireland.
Dr Fearghal McGarry and Dr Andrew Holmes.