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Dr John Gibney

Glasnevin Trust Assistant Professor in Public History and Cultural Heritage (Temporary)

I have previously been a research fellow at the University of Notre Dame and NUI Galway and will occupy the role of Glasnevin Trust Assistant Professor until July 2016. I have researched and published widely on Restoration Ireland, Irish historiography, and the Irish Revolution. My current research interests relate to the history of modern Dublin, Current projects include a survey history of Ireland from 1500 to the present, under contract to Yale University Press.

My role at Glasnevin Trust involves developing a wide range of outreach, heritage and educational programmes.

Selected Publications


  • A history of the Easter Rising in 50 objects (Mercier Press/Glasnevin Trust, 2016).
  • Se├ín Heuston (O’Brien Press, 2013).
  • The shadow of a year: the 1641 rebellion in Irish history and memory (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013).
  • Ireland and the Popish Plot (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).


  • 'Ireland 1916: Easter Rising or Great War?', History Today (April 2015)
  • ‘Ireland’s Restoration Crisis’, in Tim Harris & Stephen Taylor (eds), The Final Crisis of the Stuart Monarchy: The Revolutions of 1688-91 in their British, Atlantic and European Contexts (Boydell, 2013).
  • ‘What about Islandmagee? Another version of the 1641 rebellion’, History Ireland, 21.1 (2013).
  • ‘[Sir Robert Southwell] Some remarks on those who were friends and enemyes to the duke of Ormonde and to the acts of settlement of Ireland [c.1692]’, Analecta Hibernica 42 (2011)
  • ‘Protestant interests? The 1641 rebellion and state formation in early modern Ireland’, Historical Research, 84(2011).
  • ‘Walter Love’s ‘Bloody Massacre’: an unfinished study in Irish cultural history, 1641-1963’, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 110c (2010).


I teach the sophister module on ‘Modern Dublin, 1800-1970’, and on the M.Phil in Public History and Cultural Heritage.

Contact Details

Room 3108
Department of History
Trinity College
Dublin 2.

Telephone: +353 1 896 3398
Fax: +353 1 896 3995

Last updated 30 March 2016 History (Email).