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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: 17UQ.G01

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, 2000-2002. 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 republicanism, radical ideology and political violence. 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 also interested in how history is mediated through commemoration, film, and museums.

He is currently working on a publication exploring the relationship between the Abbey Theatre and the Irish revolution. He is a historical consultant in the development of a 1916 interpretative centre 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 an AHRC-funded project titled 'Documentary film, public history and education in Northern Ireland'.

Select Publications



  • '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, 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:

  • Peter Leary, ‘Unapproved routes: histories of the Irish border, c. 1922-1972' (PhD 2014)
  • Christopher Magill, ‘The Irish Revolution in Counties Down and Antrim, 1919-21’ (PhD 2014)
  • Christopher Loughlin, ‘The political culture of the Belfast labour movement, 1924-39 (PhD 2013)
  • Dale Montgomery, 'Gender, ritual and power: the Blueshirts and Irish political culture, 1932-36' (PhD 2011)
  • Patrick Smylie, ‘Irish Communism 1945-70: Cold War, partition and convergence’ (PhD 2010)
  • Shaun McDaid, 'Northern Ireland: Sunningdale, power-sharing and British-Irish relations, 1972-75' (PhD 2009)
  • Fergal McCluskey, 'The development of Republican politics in East Tyrone, 1898-1918' (PhD 2007)



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


Research projects