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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. His most recent book explores the relationship between the Abbey Theatre and the Irish revolution. He has published books on Ireland and the Spanish Civil War; the socialist republican Frank Ryan; the fascist politician, Eoin O'Duffy; and the Easter Rising. 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 recently PI of two AHRC-funded knowledge-exchange projects on film and history (2012-14). He is historical consultant for several projects to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising including the development of an interpretive centre in Dublin's General Post Office.

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, 19:4 (2015), pp 621-639.
  • '"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 first 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