Niamh Gallagher on "Ireland and the Great War: Myth, Memory, and History"


Location: Room 1050 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

Niamh Gallagher St Catharines College

Join us for a talk by historian Niamh Gallagher, University Associate Professor in Modern British and Irish History, University of Cambridge, for a wide-ranging talk stretching before and beyond 1914-18 in this, her first appearance at Notre Dame.

In Dr. Gallagher's prize-winning book Ireland and the Great War: A Social and Political History (Bloomsbury, 2019), she draws upon a formidable array of sources to offer a radical new reading of Irish involvement in the world's first total war. Her talk will draw on aspects of this research, from war-workers and the war at sea to Irish diasporic responses to the conflict, but it will also go beyond the book to think about questions of myth and memory. How has myth shaped past and present understanding of this conflict? How has history diverged from memory in the decades following its conclusion? And how have scholars of the war years helped and hindered historical understanding of this major event in Ireland's past? 

Dr. Gallagher's book won the Royal Historical Society's 2020 Whitfield Prize, awarded to an original and scholarly work of British or Irish history which is the author’s first solely written history book. At Cambridge, she convenes and lectures on a range of courses across the undergraduate and postgraduate year groups focusing predominantly on political and social history. She is currently co-editing The Political Thought of the Irish Revolution with Professor Richard Bourke and has written more widely on the cultural and social history of the First World War.

READ MORE: "Three Questions with . . . Niamh Gallagher"

WATCH this video of a conversation between Dr. Gallagher and Dr. Heather Stanfiel, Clingen Family Center for the Study of Modern Ireland, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies.

Originally published at