John Cunningham

John Cunningham, Chair

John Cunningham lectures in History at NUI Galway. Author of histories of the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (2009) and of nineteenth century Galway (2004), he was joint editor (2010-15) of Saothar: journal of Irish Labour History. He is currently writing a biography of the Galway-born IWW leader, Tom Glynn.


Sarah-Anne BuckleySarah-Anne Buckley, Treasurer

Sarah-Anne Buckley lectures in History at NUI Galway. Her research centres on the history of childhood and child welfare in Ireland; women; the family; welfare and adolescence. Her recent monograph, The Cruelty Man: Child Welfare, the NSPCC and the State in Ireland, 1889-1956 was published by MUP in 2013. She is the chair of the Irish History Student’s Association (IHSA) and treasurer of the Women’s History Association of Ireland (WHAI). She is a co-founder of the ICHLC.

James O'DonnellJames O’Donnell, Secretary

James O’Donnell was awarded his PhD at NUI Galway, where he currently teaches in History, in 2014 for his thesis ‘International News Supply in Ireland, c.1899-1949’. His research focuses on the role of the media industry in identity formation, including how professional groups and industry bodies can operate as, and help create and foster, national and transnational class groups.


David Convery

David Convery

David Convery is an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the ICHLC, Moore Institute, NUI Galway. His research project is titled ‘The British Working Class and Ireland, 1922-1945: Identity, Representation, and Postcolonialism’. His research interests focus on British and Irish working-class history and culture, and the Spanish Civil War. He is the editor of Locked Out: A Century of Irish Working-Class Life (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2013).


Gerard MaddenGerard Madden

Gerard Madden is an Irish Research Council-funded PhD student in NUI Galway, currently working on a dissertation entitled ‘Irish Catholic Anti-Communism in the era of John Charles McQuaid, 1940-1971’. He is broadly interested in the social, political and cultural history of 20th century Ireland.


TishGibbonsTish Gibbons

Tish Gibbons is Senior Researcher with SIPTU having worked as a union organiser with the FWUI/SIPTU since 1986.  In 2014 she was awarded a DProf (professional doctorate) in Researching Work at the Working Lives Research Institute, London Metropolitan University for her dissertation on Ireland’s 2001 Industrial Relations Act.  She has published in industrial relations, labour law and labour history journals. and

MeredithMeredith Meagher

Meredith Meagher is completing her Ph.D. in history at the University of Notre Dame, specialising in United States immigration history and Irish-American ethnic nationalism. She has worked as a researcher for the documentary television series entitled 1916: The Irish Rebellion. Her first book, Easter 1916: A Research Guide (with Dr. Conor McNamara) offers the first comprehensive guide to primary sources pertaining to The Rising, and will be published in 2016. Her work has been supported by fellowships from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and the Gilder-Lehrman Institute for American History.


Gary Hussey

Gary Hussey is a doctoral candidate at the School of Political Science & Sociology, National University of Ireland, Galway. The focus of Gary’s research is the development of theory of territory/territoriality that will be of explanatory power in the study of political violence.