I am originally from Cahir, Co. Tipperary. In 2015, I graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a First Class Honours degree in English Literature and History. My undergraduate thesis explored the influence of radical politics in the Irish gay rights movement. From 2015-2016 I studied at Cambridge University, where I received a distinction for my MPhil thesis exploring Irish visitors to the Soviet Union during the interwar period. I am currently carrying out DPhil research at Oxford University, where my project examines the international connections of Irish women on the radical left, 1916-1939.
I have contributed to a number of online blogs and more traditional media outlets, such as BBC Radio 4 and History Ireland, in addition to delivering many lectures to both academic and public audiences.
The blog is named after a 1936 collection of ‘proletarian culture’ compiled by the Irish poet Leslie Daiken. Good-Bye Twilight broadly reflects my research interests: the cultural and social bonds that brought radicals and progressive intellectuals together during the first part of the 20th century.
More specifically, I am interested in the lived experience of left-wing political movements; how individual radicals navigated global networks and conducted personal relationships that shaped their subjective experience. Being Irish has naturally drawn me towards exploring nationalists, but I am equally fascinated by the globally-oriented radical rank and file, such as the adherents of the Esperanto movement and the foot soldiers of international communism.
Please feel free to get in touch using the details available on the contact page. I am always eager to collaborate and contribute to any projects related to my research interests.