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Dr. Ciaran O'Neill

Ussher Lecturer in 19th Century History (History)

  Elites and Education   Irish and British History 1800-1920   Irish Social History   Public History
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President: Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland 2014 2016
Founder member: Transnational Ireland Research Network 2012
American Conference for Irish Studies 2013
Irish Historical Studies 2011 2015
International Federation for Public History 2012 2015
'How should historians approach elites?, in, editor(s)Mikael Palme, Bertand Reau and Francois Denord , Researching Elites and Power. Theory, Method, Analyses, Singapore, Springer, 2020, [Ciaran O'Neill], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
Education and Elites in, editor(s)Tanya Fitzgerald , Internatonal Handbook of Historical Studies in Education: Debates, Tensions and Directions, Singapore, Springer, 2019, [Ciaran O'Neill and Petter Sandgren], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
Bourgeois Ireland, or, on the benefits of keeping one's hands clean in, editor(s)James Kelly , The Cambridge History of Ireland, III, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2018, pp517 - 541, [Ciaran O'Neill], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Mary Hatfield and Ciaran O'Neill, Education and Empowerment: Cosmopolitan education and Irish women in the early nineteenth century, Gender & History, 30, (1), 2018, p93 - 109, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Literacy and Education' in, editor(s)Eugenio F. Biagini and Mary E. Daly , The Cambridge Social History of Ireland 1740 to the present, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2017, pp244 - 260, [Ciaran O'Neill], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Education, Cosmopolitan Cultural Capital, and European Elites in the Nineteenth Century in, editor(s)James Kelly and Susan Hegarty , Schools and schooling, 1650-2000 New perspectives on the history of education - the eighth Seamus Heaney lectures, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2017, pp93 - 109, [Ciaran O'Neill], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Maeve Casserly and Ciaran O'Neill, Public History, Invisibility, and Women in the Republic of Ireland, The Public Historian, 39, (2), 2017, p10 - 30, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Ciaran O'Neill and Thomas Cauvin, Negotiating Public History in the Republic of Ireland, Historical Research, 2017, Journal Article, ACCEPTED
Women, Ambition, and the City, 1890-1910, in, editor(s)Anna Pilz and Whitney Standlee , Irish Women's Writing, 1878-1922: Advancing the Cause of Liberty , Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2016, pp100 - 120, [Ciaran O'Neill and Mai Yatani], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Eire-Ireland, 51, 1&2, (2016), 1 - 280p, Ciaran O'Neill and Enda Delaney, [eds.], Journal, PUBLISHED

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Ciaran O'Neill, Review of Catholicism, Identity, and Politics in the Age of Enlightenment: The Life and Career of Sir Thomas Gascoigne 1745-1810., by Alexander Lock , Church History, 86, (3), 2017, p911-12 , Review, PUBLISHED
Ciaran O'Neill, 'Exhibition Catalogue Essay', The Foggy Dew, Dublin, RHA, 2016, 10 - 13, Exhibition, PUBLISHED
Ciaran O'Neill, Review of Divergent Paths, by John Herson , Economic History Review, 69, (2), 2016, p718-9 , Review, PUBLISHED
Ciaran O'Neill, 'Promoting Catholics of Consequence (2014)', Talking History, 2015, -, Broadcast, PUBLISHED
Ciaran O'Neill, Passages between Ireland and Britain, European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies, Palermo, Sicily, Italy, 3-6 June 2015, 2015, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Ciaran O'Neill, 'Power in Victorian Britain and Ireland', Research Seminar, Glasgow Caledonian University, 18 March, 2015, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Ciaran O'Neill, OUR FRIENDS IN THE NORTH, Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin, 21 February, 2015, Rough Magic Theatre Company, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Ciaran O'Neill, The Transnational Turn in Irish Historiography, Atlantic Archipelagos Research Consortium, Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool, 31 January, 2015, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Ciaran O'Neill, Power in 19th Century Britain and Ireland, Boston College, 12 November, 2015, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Ciaran O'Neill, European Elites, cultural capital, and intermediate education in the nineteenth century, Heaney Lectures, St Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin, 20 October, 2015, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED


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Award Date
James S. Donnelly Sr. Prize for Best Book in History and the Social Sciences, ACIS 2015
Provost's Teaching Award, Trinity College Dublin 2015
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow, University of São Paulo, Brazil 2014
NUI Travelling Studentship 2007
BAIS Postgraduate Bursary 2007
TLRH - Research Incentive Grant 2014
My research has mostly focused on elites and elite education, something very much at the core of both of my books, Irish Elites (2013) and Catholics of Consequence (2014). My next book will be about power. I also occasionally publish on obscure novels of the 1890s, and have also become more and more interested in Public History since my time at TCD. Since 2014 I have been the President of the SSNCI - an interdisciplinary society dedicated to the study of nineteenth-century Ireland. In addition to this I have also been involved with a group of likeminded historians working together in the Transnational Ireland Network, and in a global research network called SPECTRESS, funded by the European Commission.