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Dr Marie Coleman

BA, PhD (NUI), FRHistS

Lecturer in Modern Irish History
On Sabbatical Semester 1 2015-16

Head of Undergraduate Recruitment (Sem 2)

Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 3255

Office: 16UQ.203

Marie Coleman is a graduate of University College Dublin.  She has worked previously in the National Library of Ireland, Royal Irish Academy (on the Dictionary of Irish Biography), the University of Limerick, University College Dublin (where she held a Government of Ireland Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2001–3) and the National University of Ireland, Galway.  She joined Queen’s in September 2004. She is a committee-member of the Economic and Social History Society of Ireland,  the Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies, and a  member of the Royal Irish Academy's National Committee for Historical Sciences. She was joint recipient of a QUB Team Teaching Award in 2013.

Research Interests

Her principal research interests are in twentieth-century Irish history, especially the Irish revolution.  She has recently completed a history of the Irish hospitals’ sweepstake lottery (1930-87), which examines the role of gambling in Ireland and the financing and development of Irish hospitals in the twentieth century, and is currently working on the history of Irish military service pensions.

Select Publications


Articles and chapters:

  • ‘The Irish Citizen Army and the Military Service Pensions Collection’, in Mary McAuliffe (ed.) Rosie: Essays in honour of Rosanna ‘Rosie’ Hackett (1893-1976), revolutionary and trade unionist (Dublin: Arlen House, 2015)
  • 'Financial reintegration assistance for veterans of the Irish revolution (1916-23): Post-conflict policy in an historical setting', Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice Working Paper Series, WP-07 (August 2015)
  • ‘The geography of revolution: the case of County Longford, 1917-1921’, Journal of the Old Athlone Society (November 2013), pp. 391-400
  • 'Military service pensions for veterans of the Irish revolution (1916-1923)’, in War in History, vol. 20, no. 2 (April 2013), pp. 201-21
  • 'Military service pensions for civil and public servants in independent Ireland’, in Administration: Journal of the Institute of Public Administration of Ireland, vol. 60, no. 2 (August 2012), pp. 51-61
  • 'The political legacy of World War I and the Easter Rising in Longford', in M. Morris and F. O'Ferrall (eds), Longford: history and society (Dublin, 2010).
  • ‘The Irish hospitals’ sweepstake in the United States of America, 1930–39’ in Irish Historical Studies, cxxxviii (2006).
  • ‘“A terrible danger to the morals of the country”: the Irish hospitals’ sweepstake in Great Britain, 1930–1987’ in Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, cv (2005).
  • ‘The origins of the Irish hospitals’ sweepstake’ in Irish Economic and Social History, xxix (2002).
  • ‘The impact of the 1917 by-election on political mobilisation in Longford’ in Joost Augusteijn (ed.), The Irish Revolution, 1913–23 (London, 2002).
  • 'Violence against women in the Irish War of Independence, 1919-1921’, in Diarmaid Ferriter and Susannah Riordan (eds), Years of turbulence: The Irish revolution and its aftermath (Dublin: UCD Press, 2015), pp. 139-156

 Entry in PURE research portal



HIS1002 Exploring History II
HIS2011 Politics and society in 19th century Ireland
HIS2012 Politics and society in 20th century Ireland
HIS3040 Radical Politics in the Irish Free State
HIS3049 A State in Transition: The Republic of Ireland since 1949
HIS3073 The Irish Revolution


Current PhD first supervision:

  • Paul Hughes, 'Laurence Ginnell (1852-1923) and the development of Irish nationalist politics'.

Recent PhD supervision:

  • Neil Watt, 'Pawns or partners? Upper-class women and marriage in Ireland, 1860-1920'. Ph.D. 2014
  • Erica Doherty, 'Thomas Power O'Connor and the Irish Parliamentary Party 1912-24'. Ph.D. 2012
  • Matthew Lewis, 'The revolutionary career of Frank Aiken, 1913-26'. Ph.D. 2011
  • Patricia Marsh: 'The effect of the 1918-19 Influenza pandemic in Ulster'. Ph.D. 2010

Funded Research Projects:

Northern Ireland's 2016: Approaching the Contested Commemoration of the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme:

AHRC/BBC: First World War at Home:


Policy impact activities

Northern Ireland Assembly Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series, 13 January 2016:


Policy paper: ‘“Troubled compensation”: awarding pensions after political conflict in Ireland’, May 2015


Public engagement activities

‘The British soldier who joined the 1916 Easter Rising on leave’, Irish News, 12 December 2015

‘Women escaped the worst brutalities in the War of Independence’, Irish Examiner, 27 November 2015

‘Was State commemoration of O’Donovan Rossa funeral appropriate?’, Irish Times, 10 August 2015