Dr Máirtín Ó Catháin
Senior Lecturer in Modern Irish History
School of Psychology and Humanities
Máirtín teaches as part of the wider History team at the University of Central Lancashire and specialises in modern Irish history. He has particular interests in the Irish diaspora and Irish labour history but has taught on aspects of nineteenth century Europe, oral history practice and the Northern Ireland conflict. He has worked collaboratively with colleagues at a number of universities in Britain and Ireland as well as farther afield and has also been fortunate enough to work with community education projects in the North of Ireland for many years. He is course leader for the taught postgraduate degree, the Masters of Research in History.
Besides his teaching responsibilities at undergraduate and postgraduate level, Máirtín has published widely on nineteenth and twentieth-century Irish nationalism, local and regional Irish labour history and the Irish in Scotland. His monograph study into the Fenian movement in Scotland, Irish Republicanism in Scotland, 1858-1916 (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2007), has been followed by numerous journal articles and book chapters.
Máirtín began his postdoctoral work at the Magee College campus of Ulster University where he worked for two research institutes, the Institute of Ulster Scots Studies and the Academy of Irish Cultural Heritages, collaborating on a number of history, heritage and diaspora projects between 2001 and 2007. Soon after, he joined the University of Central Lancashire as a lecturer in modern Irish and European history. From time to time, he worked externally with the Ulster People’s College on a range of oral history projects and with numerous community groups on heritage and reconciliation initiatives. Locally, he worked with the Preston Socialist History Group to produce in 2014 the first comprehensive study of Preston’s labour history, contributing an article on the Preston dockers in the early twentieth century. In addition to this, his research on the Irish community in Scotland led to collaboration with Irish cultural heritage groups focused on the Irish language and centenary events for the 1916 Easter Rising. He was also a consultant to Glasgow City Council’s Irish and Scottish Famine Memorial and advised on the wording for the monument and associated exhibition, unveiled in 2018.
- PhD History, Ulster University, 2001, BA (Hons) First Class, Irish History and Politics, Ulster University, 1997.
- Golden Rose for Outstanding Feedback, University of Central Lancashire, 2017.
- Golden Rose for Postgraduate Support, University of Central Lancashire, 2019.
- Obituaries in the Irish diaspora press
- Everyday life and the Northern Ireland conflict
- The cooperative movement and the Celtic languages
- The Irish in Scotland
- The history of anarchism.
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE)
- Member of the Oral History Society and Oral History Network Ireland
- Member of the Irish Labour History Society
- Member of the British Association for Irish Studies
- Member of the Anarchist Studies Network.
Selected publications 1. ‘Dying Irish’: Eulogising the Irish in Scotland in Glasgow Observer obituaries’, Innes Review, 61, 1 (2010), pp. 76-91. 2. ‘The north-west of England and the 1798 rebellion’, Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, Vol. 163 (2014), pp. 37-54. 3. ‘That link must be preserved, but there are other problems’: The British Labour Party and Derry, 1942-62’ in Laurence Marley (ed.), The British Labour Party and Twentieth Century Ireland (Manchester University Press, Manchester, 2015), pp. 135-48. 4. ‘No longer clad in corduroy’: The Glasgow University Irish National Club, 1907-1917’, in Scottish Historical Review, Vol. 99, Issue 2 (October 2020).
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- Obituaries in the global diasporic press The Cooperative movement and the Celtic Fringe ‘The English formation of John Boyle O’Reilly’
- ‘The Irish community in Rochdale and the origins of the Cooperative movement’
- ‘The war that never happened’: a negative ontology of the Anglo-Irish War
- Joseph McCabe and the Manchester Irish
- External bid to AHRC’s First World War Co-ordinating Centre at the University of Hertfordshire for a centenary conference at the University of Central Lancashire looking at Britain and the Easter Rising, awarded £1000.00 (2016)
- Internal bid to University of Central Lancashire, Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries, for research expenses, awarded £1000.00 (2018)
- Internal bid to University of Central Lancashire, Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries, for research trip to Boston College, awarded £1000.00 (2019)
- ‘Dying Irish’: Eulogising the Irish in Scotland: Extrapolating the coda of exile, struggle and acceptance from Glasgow Observer obituaries’, paper delivered at the ‘Diaspora’, 18th Annual Conference of the Scottish Catholic Historical Association and the Scottish Catholic Archives, University of Edinburgh (June 2009)
- ‘Uncomfortable pasts? Irish republicans and family history’, Irish Studies and Dynamics of Memory: Transitions and Transformations’ conference, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands (31 March-2 April 2015)
- ‘Advocacy, memory and the Scots 1916 pensioners’, Britain and the Easter Rising: a one-day symposium on the impact of the Easter Rising on Britain, University of Central Lancashire, Preston (September 2016)
- ‘Clubbism or careerism? The Glasgow University Irish Nationalist Club’, Scotland and Ireland: Connecting nations, unions and diasporas in the modern period, University of St Andrew’s, St. Andrew’s, Fife, Scotland (30 September 2017).
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