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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 taught Irish history 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: Archaeology, Celtic Studies, History, Linguistics and Literature.


Research Interests

Dr McGarry’s research focuses on twentieth-century Ireland, particularly 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 focuses on the revolutionary period. He has completed a history of the Easter Rising and an edited collection of the Bureau of Military History’s witness statements on 1916. He is also interested in commemoration, public history, and historical memory, as well as the relationship between these subjects and film and museology.

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

Select Publications



  • '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
  • '"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



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)