Mairtin O Cathain

Dr. Máirtín Ó Catháin

Lecturer in History

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Livesey House, LH316

+44 (0) 1772 89 3978

Máirtín's research interests are quite eclectic, however, generally focus on three distinct but inter-related areas: the political history of the Irish in Scotland from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, the history of the Fenian movement, and of the wider Irish diaspora. He is also interested in Irish labour and oral history.

Full Profile

Máirtín is currently working on a chapter about the Derry/Londonderry and the British Labour Party for a forthcoming book on the British Labour Party and Ireland. He is also working on an oral history article on a former member of the Glasgow unit of the IRA. Other ongoing research relates to Lancastrians serving with British forces during the 1798 rebellion, the Glasgow University Irish Nationalist Club, 1906-21, and the possibilities for genealogy to be used as a tool for reconciliation in Northern Ireland.

In addition, he has worked on aspects of social, labour and radical history, as well as women’s history, and has researched aspects of witchcraft and infanticide cases.

His current main project is the co-editing of two books on oral history approaches to the study of the Irish diaspora with a colleague at the University of Limerick. 


BA (Hons) First Class in Irish History and Politics (Ulster, 1997)

PhD (Ulster, 2001)


Ó Catháin, Máirtín Seán (2008) 'A winnowing spirit’: Sinn Féin in Scotland, 1905-38. In: New perspectives on the Irish in Scotland. John Donald Publishers Ltd, London. ISBN 978-0859766883

Ó Catháin, Máirtín Seán (2008) ‘A training school for rebels’: Fenians in the French Foreign Legion. History Ireland (Magazine), 16 (6). pp. 46-49.

Ó Catháin, Máirtín Seán (2009) Michael Collins and Scotland. In: Ireland and Scotland in the Nineteenth Century. Four Courts Press, Dublin. ISBN 978-1-84682-150-9

Ó Catháin, Máirtín Seán (2010) ‘Dying Irish’: eulogising the Irish in Scotland in Glasgow Observer obituaries. The Innes Review (Journal), 61 (1). pp. 76-91. ISSN 0020-157X

More publications


Member of the British Association for Irish Studies

Member of the Irish Labour History Society

Member of Oral History Society

Member of the Oral History Network Ireland 

External Affiliations and Roles

External referee for:

  • An AHRC small grants application
  • Peer-reviewed journal Saothar, Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions,
  • Irish historical studies
  • Urban history
  • Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire
  • The Journal of Religious History

Social Media

Anarchist Academics list


Máirtín has attended conferences in Ireland, Scotland, England and the Czech Republic. Most recently, he gave a paper on the Derry and Londonderry Labour Parties, 1942-62, at the British Labour Party and Twentieth Century Ireland Conference, Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway, Republic of Ireland in March 2013.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Máirtín's present teaching responsibilities are focused on three optional modules – HY1117 State and Society: Europe, 1815-1914, HY2062 Rebellion to Partition: Ireland, 1795-1921 and HY3062 A Place Apart? The Northern Ireland Troubles. He also occasionally teaches on other modules, including in politics and sociology, supervises a part-time PhD student as Director of Studies, and acts as secondary supervisor for a full-time MA by a research student. In the past, he has contributed to taught MA programmes, and will continue to do so in the future. He is also exams and externals tutor for history, and represents the Division of History, Politics and Philosophy on the Research Degrees Sub-Committee.