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Professor Micheal O Siochru

Professor (History)

In addition to the academic pursuits listed below, I also worked as a journalist in Hong Kong (1989-91) and as a Political Officer for the UN in Bosnia (1996-8). I was also the co-founder and one of the directors of Historical Insights Ltd, which provided historical walking tours of Dublin.
  1641 Depositions   Anglo-Irish connections   British History   Constitutional law   Early modern ireland, colonial communities   International law   Irish and British History 1500-1800   Irish History   Irish political violence   Irish politics   Irish urban history, Dublin and Cork   Military History   Oliver Cromwell   Urban History   Warfare in Ireland, Britain and Europe 1500-1800
 Books of Survey and Distribution
 Fagel Map Collection
 The Down Survey of Ireland
 Oliver Cromwell: Letters and Papers

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Details Date
IFUT TCD Executive Committee and National Council April 2008
Details Date From Date To
Fellow Royal Historical Society January 2007
Mapping the past: geographical information systems and the exploitation of linked historical data in, editor(s)Sarah Covington, Vincent P. Carey, Valerie McGowan-Doyle , Early Modern Ireland: New Sources, Methods and Perspectives , New York and Oxford , Routledge , 2019, pp301 - 320, [Micheál Ó Siochrú and David Brown ], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Micheál Ó Siochrú, David Brown and Brian Coleman, Calendar of transcribed material from the Council Office Books at Dublin Castle held in the Prendergast Papers, King's Inns Library, Dublin, Archivium Hibernicum, 72, 2019, p50 - 283, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Micheál Ó Siochrú, Rebuilding the past: The transformation of early modern Irish history , The Seventeenth Century , 34, (3), 2019, p381 - 404, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
1641 Depositions , Micheál Ó Siochrú, Aidan Clarke, Thomas Bartlett, John Morrill and Jane Ohlmeyer , Dublin :, Irish Manuscripts Commission , 2019, 1 - 504, Notes: [This is Vol.5 of 12], Critical Edition (Book), PUBLISHED
The Down Survey and the Cromwellian Land Settlement in, editor(s)Jane Ohlmeyer , The Cambridge History of Ireland, vol.2, 1550-1730, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2018, pp584 - 607, [Micheál Ó Siochrú and David Brown], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Survival strategies in a time of war: the Blayneys of Monaghan 1640-1670 in, editor(s)Patrick J. Duffy , Monaghan History and Society: interdisciplinary essays on the history of an Irish County , Dublin, Geography Publications , 2017, pp251 - 264, [Micheál Ó Siochrú and David Brown], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
1641 Depositions , Micheal O Siochru, Aidan Clarke, Jane Ohlmeyer, John Morrill and Tom Bartlett, Dublin :, Irish Manuscripts Commission , 2017, 1 - 500, Notes: [This is Vol.4 of 12], Critical Edition (Book), PUBLISHED
Micheál Ó Siochrú and David Brown, The Cromwellian Urban Surveys, 1653-1659, Archivium Hibernicum, 64, 2016, p37 - 150, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
The Centre Cannot Hold: Ireland 1643-1649 in, editor(s)Michael J. Braddick , The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution , Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2015, pp137 - 153, [Micheal O Siochru], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
1641 Depositions , Micheal O Siochru, Aidan Clarke, Jane Ohlmeyer, John Morrill and Tom Bartlett, Dublin:, Irish Manuscript Commission, 2014, 1 - 489, Notes: [This Vol.3 of 12], Critical Edition (Book), PUBLISHED

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Micheál Ó Siochrú, Cromwell and Ireland: New perspectives , History Ireland , 29, (5), 2021, p60-1 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Jane Ohlmeyer, Giovanna M R Lima, Sarah Bowman, Eve Patten, Micheal O Siochru, (2020), '1641 Depositions: Sharing our history, building a legacy' [pdf], Notes: [This impact case study is supported by the Research Impact Unit, an initiative by the Office of the Dean of Research and the Trinity Long Room Hub at Trinity College Dublin. We thank Dr Annaleigh Margey, Dr Edda Frankot, and Dr Caitriona Curtis for their contributions in early drafts of this document.], Impact Case Study, PUBLISHED
Micheál Ó Siochrú, Oliver Cromwell and the Siege of Clonmel, 1650, Journal of the Butler Society , 5, (4), 2016, p570 - 577, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Micheál Ó Siochrú, Great Misconceptions of the Civil War, BBC History Magazine, 16, (3), 2015, p33 - 39, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Micheál Ó Siochrú, God's Executioner , BBC History Magazine , Special Edition , 2014, p50 - 54, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
The 1641 Depositions in, editor(s)William E. Vaughan , The Old Library Trinity College Dublin 1712-2012, Dublin , Four Courts Press, 2013, pp69-71 , [Micheal O Siochru], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Micheal O Siochru, Britain's Civil Wars: 15 Key Moments , BBC History Magazine, 13, (7), 2012, p20 - 27, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Micheal O'Siochru, Cromwell: God's Executioner, BBC History Magazine, 9, (9), 2008, p27 - 32, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Micheal O'Siochru, Reputations: The curse of Cromwell?, History Ireland, 16, (5), 2008, p14 - 17, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
The confederates and the Irish wars of the 1640s in, editor(s)Liam Ronayne , The battle of Scariffhollis, Donegal, 2001, pp7 - 15, [Micheal O Siochru], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED


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Award Date
Leverhulme two-year Research Fellowship 2002-2004
British Academy small research grant £7,500 June 2006
AHRC Resource Enhancement Grant £426,000 June 2007
Honorary Research Fellow University of Aberdeen Sept 2007
TCD Long Room Hub €12,764 Dec 2007
TCD Start-Up Fund €8,211 July 2008
IRCHSS/AHRC €30,000 Oct 2008
CULTURA FP7 Award €3,000,000 Feb 2011
Trinity Fellow April 2011
IRCHSS Research Fellowship Project €117,000 Sept 2011
Faculty Strategic Fund €18,200 2013
Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund €1,500 2013
TCD Long Room Hub Research Incentive Scheme €3,600 2013
Irish Research Council New Foundations Scheme €6,000 2014
Enterprise Ireland Horizon 20/20 €11,300 2015
Irish Manuscript Commission €237,000 2016
I completed my PhD at Trinity College Dublin in 1997 under the supervision of Professor Aidan Clarke. Since then I have published a monograph, Confederate Ireland, 1642-49: A constitutional and political analysis, which has been favourably reviewed on both sides of the Atlantic. Based on my doctoral thesis, the book resurrects the political achievements of the catholic confederates during the 1640s, and challenges certain misconceptions common to most previously published research on the nature and operation of their association. My second monograph, God's Executioner: Oliver Cromwell and the conquest of Ireland, 1649-1653, was published by Faber & Faber in 2008, with a second edition in 2009. Based on extensive archival research, undertaken during my two-year Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2002-04), this work addresses political, military and socio-economic developments in Ireland during the Cromwellian Wars. There is a particular focus on key themes such as English protestant attitudes towards the catholic Irish, the nature of warfare in the early modern period, and the extent of foreign involvement in the conflict. My research on Cromwell also resulted in a number of significant publications in edited collections, as well as scholarly journals such as The Historical Journal and Past & Present. I have also edited a favourably reviewed volume of essays, entitled Kingdoms in crisis: Ireland in the 1640s, in which leading historians examine a range of political, military, social and cultural issues relating to Ireland during the 1640s. A second edited collection (with Dr Andrew MacKillop of the University of Aberdeen), entitled Forging the State: European State Formation and the Anglo-Scottish Union of 1707, appeared in 2009, while most recently I edited a collection with Dr Eamonn O Ciardha of the University of Ulster on the plantation of Ulster, published by Manchester University Press. In addition to my own research and publications, I am also active in a number of collaborative projects with colleagues based in Scotland, England and Ireland. Since 2007, I have been centrally involved in a major international project to transcribe and digitise the '1641 depositions' held in the TCD Library. This project received €1 million in funding from the AHRC, the IRCHSS and the TCD Library. The 1641 website was launched by President Mary McAleese in 2010. Further outcomes will include an edited volume of essays to be published by Manchester University Press in 2013, whiel the Irish Manuscripts Commission will publish a hard copy of the entire collection in 12 volumes, startign in 2013. This research project will make a significant contribution to existing historiographical debates, but crucially, it will also actively promote interdisciplinary dialogue and research between history and literature, linguistics, gender studies, anthropology and historical geography. Other major ongoing collaborative enterprises are listed bleow and include the CULTURA project, which received €3 million of FP7 funidng, the Cromwell project for Oxford University Press and most recently, the IRCHSS-funded Down Survey of Ireland project.