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Professor Eunan O'Halpin

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Eunan O'Halpin is Bank of Ireland Professor of Contemporary Irish History, and Director of the Trinity Centre for Contemporary Irish History. He was previously Professor of Government at Dublin City University (1998-2000). Educated at UCD and Cambridge, where he researched the history of the interwar British Treasury, he has written widely on aspects of 20th Irish and British history and politics, his most recent monograph being 'Spying on Ireland: British Intelligence and Irish Neutrality during the Second World War (Oxford, 2008). His current research interests include Afghanistan and the belligerents during the Second World War, and fatalities during the Irish revolution, 1916-1921. He is a Member (2003) of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow (2003) of Trinity College Dublin. From October to December 2012 he was Visiting Fellow at the Jawaharlal Nehru University Institute of Advanced Studies in Delhi, carrying out research in the National Archives of India and in the Nehru Memorial Library. Since coming to Trinity in 2000 Professor O'Halpin has supervised over twenty Ph.Ds on recent Irish and British history, many of which have since been or are in the process of being reworked for publication as monographs with university presses in the UK and Ireland. Professor O'Halpin is a member of the Board of Trinity College (2016-20, and 2005-12). He has served on the National Archives Advisory Council and the Department of Justice Archives Advisory Group, is a member and former chairman of the Royal Irish Academy National Committee for the Study of International Affairs and its National Committee for Historical Studies. He is a joint editor of the Royal Irish Academy Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series (1996-_), and a member of the International Board of 20th Century British History. Together with Dr Anne Dolan (TCD), Dr Michael Kennedy (Royal Irish Academy), and Dr Deirdre McMahon (University of Limerick), he convenes the weekly Research Seminar in Contemporary Irish History. He is a member of the government's Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations (2012-), and of the Barristers Professional Standards Appeals Board Board (2012-). Professor O'Halpin has just completed research for a major study of The Dead of the Irish Revolution 1916-1921,and is preparing a number of articles on aspects of Afghan history during the Second World War.
  Afghanistan   Anglo-Irish relations   Intelligence Studies   Irish History
 Afghanistan and the Second World War
 British Intelligence and the Northern Ireland crisis, 1965-98
 The Dead of the Irish Revolution

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Member, National Archives Advisory Council 2002-07
Member, Katherine Kavanagh Trust Since 1998
Secretary, Military Heritage of Ireland Trust 2000-5
Department of Justice Archives Advisory Group 2006
Member, Royal Irish Academ National Committee for History, since 1989 (Chairman, 2001-3) Member, Royal Irish Academy National Committee for the Study of International Relations, since 1993 (Chairman, 1996-99)
Military Service Pensions Project Academic Advisory Board 2009-
Member, Barristers' Professional Conduct Appeals Board 2012 -
Member, Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations 2012-
Member, Board of Trinity College 2005-12
Member, Barristers Professional Conduct Appeals Board 2012-
Royal Irish Academy Committe for Historical Studies 2014-
Frequent contributor on historical and current affairs on RTE Radio 1 and Newstalk106, and occasionally on British, European and American broadcast media. 2000-
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Member, Royal Irish Academy 2003
Epilogue in, editor(s)Eugenio F. Biagini and Mary E. Daly , The Cambridge Social History of Modern Ireland, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2017, pp506 - 603, [Eunan O'Halpin and Guy Beiner], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Eunan O'Halpin, 'British Cryptanalysis and China, 1937-1945: An Underused Source for Recent Chinese History?', Twentieth Century China, 42, (2), 2017, p1 - 18, Journal Article, IN_PRESS
Eunan O'Halpin, 'British Crytanalysis and China, 1937-1945: An Underused Source for Recent Chinese History?, Twentieth Century China, 42, (2), 2017, p198 - 212, Notes: [Funded by the Arts Humanities and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund ], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Eunan O'Halpin (with Catriona Crowe, Ronan Fanning, Michael Kennedy, Dermot Keogh and Kate O'Malley (eds.) , Documents on Irish Foreign Policy: Volume X, 1951-1957, 1st, Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, 2016, 1 - 379pp, Book, PUBLISHED, 1st, Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, 2016, 1 - 379pp, Book, PUBLISHED
'Ireland: Plus Ca Change, 1945-2015' in, editor(s)Bob de Graaff & James Nyce , Handbook of European Intelligence Cultures, Lanham, Maryland, Rowman & Littlefield, 2016, pp183 - 195, [Eunan O'Halpin], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Eunan O'Halpin, 'The Fate of Indigenous and Soviet Central Asian Jews in Afghanistan, 1933-1951', Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 30, (2), 2016, p298 - 327, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Eunan O'Halpin, 'Rethinking Irish civil-military relations in the 21st century', Defence Forces Review, 2016, p217 - 224, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Eunan O'Halpin, 'Rethinking Irish civil-military relations in the 21st century', Defence Forces Review, 2016, p217 - 224, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Augustine Birrell 1850-1933 in, editor(s)Lawrence White and James Quinn , 1916 Portraits and Lives, Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, 2015, pp48 - 53, [Eunan O'Halpin], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
'British intelligence, PIRA, and the early years of the Northern Ireland crisis: remembering, forgetting and mythologizing' in, editor(s)Paul Maddrell , The Image of the Enemy: intelligence analysis of adversaries since 1945, Washington DC, Georgetown University Press, 2015, pp162 - 191 , [Eunan O'Halpin], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
  

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Eunan O'Halpin, 'No singing and dancing': reassessing border security co-operation, 1969-1998, Research Seminar in Contemporary Irish History, Long Room Hub, TCD, 11 March 2015, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Eunan O'Halpin, The Fate of Indigenous and Soviet Central Asian Jews in Afghanistan, 1933-1945, British Jewish History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, London, 28 October 2014, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Eunan O'Halpin, German Intrigues in Ireland and Afghanistan during the First World War, Recent Research on World War One and the Role of the Irish in Gallipoli, Koc University, Instanbul, Turkey, 16 April 2015, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Eunan O'Halpin, Afghanistan and the belligerents, 1939-1945: intelligence competition and cooperation in a neutral state, Study Group on Intelligence meeting, Royal United Services Institution, Whitehall, London, 6 February 2015, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED

  

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Albert College Award for Research, Dublin City University 1999-2000
Irish and British 20th century political and administrative history; unnatural infant death in Ireland (with Dr Ciara Breathanch, University of Limerick); intelligence history; international relations, with particular reference to intelligence and terrorism in the twentieth century; belligerent competition in Afghanistan during the Second World War; British policy towards Afghan and Central Asian Jewish communities, 1933-47