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Liverpool Hope University
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Early modern Ireland; Old English community; identity formation; petitions; military identities; colonialism; Elizabethan conspiracies; intelligence networks; early modern war and society; early modern England
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About Me

I am a Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at Liverpool Hope University. I was awarded my PhD in History from University College Cork in 2012. From 2013-2016 I was a Marie Curie International Outgoing Research Fellow (ERC) in the School of Canadian Irish Studies at Concordia University, Montreal, and School of History at University College Cork. I have since been an Irish Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow on the project ‘The World of William Penn’; Scholar-in-Residence at Concordia University, Montreal; Moore Institute Visiting Fellow; and Visiting Fellow of the Arts and Humanities Institute at Maynooth University.

My research focuses on sixteenth-century Ireland and I have published widely on the Old English, cultural identity and exchange, conflicting loyalties, Anglo-Irish relations, petitions, military identities, and the economic implications of war during the late Elizabethan period. I am currently examining international intelligence networks in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.

Recent Publications


The Old English in Early Modern Ireland: The Palesmen and the Nine Years’ War, 1594-1603 (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2019)

  • Awarded the 2019 National University of Ireland Publication Prize in Irish History

Peer-reviewed articles

‘Profits and Patriotism: Nicholas Weston, Old English Merchants, and Ireland’s Nine Years War, 1594-1603’, Irish Economic and Social History, Vol. 43, No. 1 (2016), pp. 1-28

‘“May she be rewarded in heauen for righting her poore subiects in Irelande”: Lawyer Richard Hadsor and the Authorship of an Elizabethan Treatise on Ireland,’ The Irish Jurist, Vol. 55 (2016) pp. 1-24

‘James Fitzpiers Fitzgerald, Captain Thomas Lee, and the Problem of “Secret Traitors”: Conflicted Loyalties During the Nine Years’ War, 1594-1603’, Irish Historical Studies, Vol. 39, No. 156 (2015) pp. 573-94

Peer-reviewed book chapters

‘“Trust, Desert, Power and skill to serue”: The Old English and Military Identities in late Elizabethan Ireland’ in Matthew Woodcock and Cian O’Mahony (eds.), Early Modern Military Identities, 1560-1639 (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2019), pp. 138-57

‘“A lanterne to looke … into their very hartes”: The Palesmen’s Petitions During the Nine Years’ War’, in Vincent Carey, Sarah Covington, and Valerie McGowan-Doyle (eds.), Early Modern Ireland: New Sources, Methods, and Perspectives (London: Routledge, 2018), pp 166-79

Media Coverage
I have discussed my research on various radio programmes in Canada and Ireland, including Expert Panel on the Battle of Kinsale, on 'Talking History', Newstalk (2018) and ‘Ireland’s Nine Years’ War’, The Gaelic Hour, CHIN 97.9, Ottawa (2013).,
Country Focus
Ireland, England
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, England, Ireland, United Kingdom, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Pre-17th century, 17th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Economic History, Local & Regional, Migration & Immigration, Military, Politics, Rebellion & Revolution, Religion