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Dr Marie Coleman

BA, PhD (NUI), FRHistS

Lecturer in Modern Irish History

Head of Undergraduate Recruitment (Sem 1)

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 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).

 Entry in PURE research portal



HIS2011 Politics and society in 19th century Ireland
HIS2012 Politics and society in 20th century Ireland
HIS3040 Radical Politics in the Irish Free State
HIS3073 The Irish Revolution


Current PhD supervision:

  • Paul Hughes, 'Laurence Ginnell (1852-1923) and the development of Irish nationalist politics'.
  • Neil Watt, 'Pawns or partners? Upper-class women and marriage in Ireland, 1860-1920'.

Recent PhD supervision:

  • 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