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Dr Fearghal McGarry

BA (NUI), PhD (TCD), FRHistS

Reader in Modern Irish History

Head of Postgraduate Studies and PGR Co-ordinator for History (Sem 1)

On Sabbatical Semester 2 2015-16

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 receiving a Government of Ireland research fellowship at NUI 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. He is a series editor of Irish Historical Monographs (Boydell and Brewer).

Research Interests

Dr McGarry’s research focuses on modern Irish history. He has published books on Ireland and the Spanish Civil War; the socialist republican Fran Ryan; the fascist politician, Eoin O'Duffy; and the Easter Rising. His most recent book explores the relationship between the Abbey Theatre and Irish revolution. He is also interested in historical memory (including commemoration; museums; historical films; and documentary) which he has explored through a number of collaborative projects, essays and edited collections. He was PI of two AHRC-funded knowledge-exchange projects on film and history (2012-14).

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)

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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