David Patrick Brian Fitzpatrick
Fellow Emeritus, History


Born in Melbourne, Australia, 1948; educated at the University of Melbourne and Trinity College, Cambridge; research fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and Melbourne; lecturer, fellow (later senior fellow), associate professor, and professor of Modern History at Trinity College, Dublin, since 1979; visiting fellow or professor at several universities in Australia, at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, and at Edinburgh; former Parnell Fellow in Irish Studies at Magdalene College, Cambridge; author of six books and over 100 other works, of which some recent examples are listed below; married, with four children.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Cosmopolitan Ireland, 1841-1911 in, editor(s)Philip Payton , Emigrants and Historians: Essays in Honour of Eric Richards, Adelaide, Wakefield Press, 2017, pp14 - 38, [David Fitzpatrick] Book Chapter, 2017

Knowledge, Belief, and the Irish Revolution: The Impact of Schooling in, editor(s)James Kelly, Suasan Hegarty , Schools and Schooling, 1650-2000: New Perspectives on the History of Education, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2017, pp110 - 137, [David Fitzpatrick] Book Chapter, 2017

Instant History: 1912, 1916, 1918 in, editor(s)Richard S. Grayson, Fearghal McGarry , Remembering 1916, Cambridge, Cambirgde University Press, 2016, pp65 - 85, [David Fitzpatrick] Book Chapter, 2016

Words and Irish History: An Experiment in, editor(s)Senia Paseta , Uncertain Futures: Essays about the Past for Roy Foster, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2016, pp270 - 281, [David Fitzpatrick] Book Chapter, 2016

What Scottish Diaspora? in, editor(s)Angela McCarthy & John McKenzie , Global Migrations: The Scottish Diaspora since c. 1600, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2016, pp240 - 271, [David Fitzpatrick] Book Chapter, 2016

David Fitzpatrick, Irish consequences of the Great War, Irish Historical Studies, xxxix, (156), 2015, p643 - 658 Journal Article, 2015

David Fitzpatrick, Descendancy: Irish Protestant Histories since 1795, 1st, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2014, 1 - 281pp Book, 2014

David Fitzpatrick, Ethnic Cleansing, Ethical Smearing and Irish Historians, History, xcviii, (329), 2013, p136 - 145 Journal Article, 2013

David Fitzpatrick, Protestant Depopulation and the Irish Revolution, Irish Historical Studies, 38, (152), 2013, p643 - 670 Journal Article, 2013

Historians and the Commemoration of Irish Conflicts, 1912-23 in, editor(s)John Horne and Edward Madigan , Towards Commemoration: Ireland in War and Revolution, 1912-1923, Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, 2013, pp131 - 137, [David Fitzpatrick] Book Chapter, 2013

David Fitzpatrick, Solitary and Wild: Frederick MacNeice and the Salvation of Ireland , 1st, Dublin, The Lilliput Press, 2012, viii, [16], 427pp Book, 2012

David Fitzpatrick, The Gardener and the Stable Boy: Yeats, MacNeice, and the Problem of Orangeism, Review of English Studies, lxiv, (263), 2012, p127 - 144 Journal Article, 2012

'"I will acquire an attitude not yours": Was Frederick MacNeice a Home Ruler, and why does this matter?' in, editor(s)Fran Brearton, Edna Longley , Incorrigibly Plural: Louis MacNeice and His Legacy, Manchester, Carcanet Press, 2012, pp55-69, 278-282 , [David Fitzpatrick] Book Chapter, 2012

'Synge and Modernity in The Aran Islands′ in, editor(s)Brian Cluffe and Nicholas Grene , Synge and Edwardian Ireland,, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2011, pp121 - 158, [David Fitzpatrick] Book Chapter, 2011

'Yeats and Sligo' in, editor(s)Ben Levitas and David Holdeman , Yeats in Context, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp69 - 79, [David Fitzpatrick] Book Chapter, 2010

Henry James Boland, James McGuire and James Quinn, Dictionary of Irish Biography, 1, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2009, pp635 - 637, [David Fitzpatrick] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2009

David Fitzpatrick, '"I will acquire an attitude not yours": Was Frederick MacNeice a Home Ruler, and why does this matter?', Field Day Review, 4, 2008, p147 - 162 Journal Article, 2008

'Exporting Brotherhood: Orangeism in South Australia' in, editor(s)Enda Delaney and Donald M. MacRaild , Irish Migration, Networks and Ethnic Identities since 1750, London and New York, Routledge, 2007, pp129 - 162, [David Fitzpatrick] Book Chapter, 2007

David Fitzpatrick, 'Une histoire tres catholique? Révisionnisme et orthodoxie dans l'historiographie irlandaise', Vingtieme Siecle: Revue d'Histoire, (94), 2007, p121 - 133 Journal Article, 2007

David Fitzpatrick, Harry Boland's Irish Revolution, Cork, Cork University Press, 2003, xii, [32: ill.], 450pp Book, 2003

David Fitzpatrick, The Two Irelands, 1912-1939, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1998, xvi, 301pp Book, 1998

David Fitzpatrick, Oceans of Consolation: Personal Accounts of Irish Migration to Australia, Ithaca, N.Y.; Melbourne; Cork, Cornell U.P.; Melbourne U.P.; Cork U.P., 1995, xiv, 649pp Book, 1995

David Fitzpatrick, Irish Emigration 1801-1921, Dundalk, Irish Economic and Social History Society, 1984, 53pp Book, 1984

David Fitzpatrick, Politics and Irish Life, 1913-1921: Provincial Experience of War and Revolution, Dublin, Gill and Macmillan, 1977, xx, 324pp Book, 1977

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

David Fitzpatrick, The Spectre of "Ethnic Cleansing" in Revolutionary Ireland, Bulletin of the Methodist Historical Society of Ireland, 18, 2013, p5 - 70 Journal Article, 2013

Introduction in, editor(s)Brian Fitzpatrick , The Colonials, Melbourne, Melbourne University Publishing, 2013, pp1 - 29, [David Fitzpatrick] Book Chapter, 2013

Introduction in, editor(s)David Fitzpatrick , Terror in Ireland, 1916-1923, Dublin, Lilliput Press, 2012, pp1 - 9, [David Fitzpatrick] Book Chapter, 2012

David Fitzpatrick, 'Methodism and the Orange Order', Bulletin of the Methodist Historical Society of Ireland, 17, (33), 2012, p5 - 38 Journal Article, 2012

David Fitzpatrick, Terror in Ireland, 1916-1923, Dublin, Lilliput Press, 2012, [viii], 248pp Book, 2012

'The Price of Balbriggan' in, editor(s)David Fitzpatrick , Terror in Ireland, 1916-1923, Dublin, Lilliput Press, 2012, pp75 - 101, [David Fitzpatrick] Book Chapter, 2012

But louder sang that ghost,'What then?': Letters from Sheila Fitzpatrick, 1968-1979 in, editor(s)Golfo Alexopoulos, Julie Hessler, Kiril Tomoff , Writing the Stalin Era: Sheila Fitzpatrick and Soviet Historiography, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, pp203 - 209, [David Fitzpatrick] Book Chapter, 2011

David Fitzpatrick, The Year of Disappearances, Dublin Review of Books, (17), 2011 Review Article, 2011

David Fitzpatrick, '"The dominance of an oracular home": MacNeice & Son', Irish Pages, 5, (1), 2009, p212 - 225 Journal Article, 2009

'Home Front and Everyday Life' in, editor(s)John Horne , Our War: Ireland and the Great War, Dublin, RIA and RTE, 2008, pp143 - 156, [David Fitzpatrick] Book Chapter, 2008

David Fitzpatrick, The Orange Order, History Ireland, 15, (6), 2007 Journal Article, 2007

Research Expertise


Irish history since 1795, especially nationalism, republicanism, loyalism, demography, and emigration; Irish in Australia, Britain, and elsewhere; history of Loyal Orange Institution, 1795-1995; impact of Great War on Ireland in international context; American and cosmopolitan influences in post-Famine Ireland.


Emigration and the Irish overseas; First World War and its legacy; Hidden biographical influences on the work of Irish poets; History of the Orange Order and other Irish fraternities; Irish economic, social, and political history since 1790


Awards and Honours

FTCD 1982

MRIA 2001

SFTCD 2013

Member of Academia Europaeana 2015