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Dr Fearghal McGarry

BA (NUI), PhD (TCD), FRHistS

Reader in Modern Irish History

History Postgraduate Research Co-ordinator

MA Strand Co-ordinator - Irish History

Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 5277

Office: 17UQG01

Fearghal McGarry studied history at University College, Dublin, and Trinity College, Dublin. He lectured at Trinity, 1997-2000, before holding a Government of Ireland post-doctoral fellowship at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He joined the School of History at Queen’s in 2002. He was joint editor of Irish Historical Studies (2008-2013), and is currently a member of the editorial board of Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy Section C.

Research Interests

Dr McGarry’s research focuses on modern Irish history, particularly political radicalism. His first book examined Irish responses to the Spanish Civil War and he has written biographies of the socialist republican, Frank Ryan, and fascist politician, Eoin O’Duffy. His recent research has focused on the revolutionary period. He has written a history of the Easter Rising from the perspective of rank-and-file rebels, and edited a collection of the Bureau of Military History’s witness statements. He is currently working on a publication exploring the relationship between the Abbey Theatre and the Irish revolution.

He is also interested in how history is mediated through memory, commemoration, film, and museums. He is a historical consultant for the 1916 interpretative centre currently in development at the General Post Office in Dublin, and is working with British Pathe to develop a film on the Irish revolution. He was PI of two recent AHRC-funded projects exploring the relationship between film and history, and is organising a symposium on the theme of Remembering 1916.

Select Publications



  • 'Independent Ireland', in Richard Bourke and Ian McBride (eds), The Princeton History of Modern Ireland (Princeton: Princeton University Press, forthcoming, 2016).
  • 'Catholicism and Fascism in Interwar Ireland', in Jan Nelis, Anne Morelli and Danny Praet (eds), Catholicism and Fascism in Europe 1918-1945 (Hildesheim: Olms, 2015).
  • 'Truth at 24 frames a second? A working dialogue between a film-maker and a historical consultant about the making of The Enigma of Frank Ryan', Rethinking History. The Journal of Theory and Practice (forthcoming).
  • '"A land beyond the wave". Transnational perspectives on Easter 1916', in N. Whelehan (ed.), Transnational Perspectives on Modern Irish History (London: Routledge, 2014)
  • 'Southern Ireland, 1922-32: A Free State?', in A. Jackson (ed.), Oxford Handbook to Modern Irish History (Oxford: OUP, 2014)
  • Fearghal McGarry et al, ‘Anniversaries’, in German History, 32:1 (2014), pp 79-100
  • '1916 and Irish Republicanism: between myth and history', in John Horne and Edward Madigan (eds) Towards Commmemoration: Ireland in War and Revolution, 1912-23 (Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 2013)
  • '"One cut too many?" History and film: a practice-based case study', with D. Bell, Journal of Media Practice. 14:1 (2013)
  • 'Violence and the Easter Rising', in D. Fitzpatrick (ed.), Terror in Ireland 1916-1923 (Dublin: Lilliput Press, 2012)

Entry on PURE research portal


Dr Fearghal McGarry teaches on the following programmes / modules:


  • HIS3040 Radical politics in the Irish Free State
  • HIS3073 The Irish Revolution, 1917-1921
  • HIS3109 Age of Anxiety: culture and society in interwar Ireland
  • HIS2011 Politics and Society in 19th c. Ireland
  • HIS2012 Politics and Society in 20th c. Ireland


  • AHS7001 Concepts, issues and methods in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • MHY7020 Research Methods
  • MHY7035 Debates in History
  • MHY7025 Historical Documents and Sources
  • MHY7081 Topics in Irish History
  • MHY7010 Modern History Dissertation


Current PhD Supervision:

  • Conor Campbell, ‘A cross-border study of boundary-region censorship as applied in Éire and Northern Ireland during the Second World War’
  • Matthew Jackson, ‘Representing the Troubles: contested histories, critical museology and conflict exhibitions’


Recent PhD supervision:



Remembering 1916: the Easter Rising, the Somme and the politics of memory, 26-27 March 2015

1914: the road to war, 14 June 2014

Film, history and public memory, 3-4 October 2013

Reframing history: film, television and the historians, 22 June 2012

1916: radicalism and sovereignty, 20 November 2010

The Black Hand of Republicanism, 20-21 June 2008



Research projects