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Brian Hughes

Brian Hughes

DRI Postdoctoral Researcher

An Foras Feasa, NUI Maynooth

PhD Modern Irish History (TCD); MPhil Modern Irish History (TCD); BA History & English (NUI, 2007)
DRI Role

DRI Postdoctoral Research on 1916 Letters Project

Research Interests
Twentieth century Ireland, Irish Revolution 1913-1923, digital history, digital humanities
Contact +353 (1) 708 7188



I am a Digital Repository of Ireland Postdoctoral Researcher working on the Letters of 1916 project at An Foras Feasa, NUI Maynooth. I was awarded a PhD in Modern Irish History from Trinity College Dublin in April 2014. My thesis was entitled ‘Defying the IRA: intimidation, coercion and communities in Ireland, 1917-1923’ and was funded by a TCD School of Histories and Humanities Postgraduate Studentship. In 2012 I published a biography of executed 1916 leader Michael Mallin as part of the O'Brien Press's '16 Lives' series. I am currently working on a monograph based on my PhD thesis for Liverpool University Press. I have taught modules on modern Irish history at Trinity College Dublin and UCD. Previously, I taught at second level and worked as a tour guide for the Office of Public Works. My research interests lie in the social and cultural history of modern Ireland and civilian experiences of irregular warfare. Recently, I have become interested in possibilities created by the practice of digital humanities and its integration with traditional research methods.

Selected Publications

Defying the IRA: intimidation, coercion and communities during the Irish Revolution (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, forthcoming)

16 Lives: Michael Mallin (Dublin: O’Brien Press, 2012).

‘Persecuting the Peelers’ in David Fitzpatrick (ed.), Terror in Ireland, 1916-1923 (Dublin, Lilliput, 2012).