Originally from Co. Tipperary, I recently moved to the UK to begin graduate study. In 2015, I graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in English Literature and History. My undergraduate thesis explored the influence of radical politics and the Irish gay rights movement. After this, I started an MPhil in Cambridge University where my research explores letters and diaries written by Irish visitors to the Soviet Union during the interwar period. Between archive excavations and the increasingly difficult task of learning Russian, I enjoy reaching out to public audiences. I have contributed to a number of online blogs and more traditional media outlets, such as BBC Radio 4.
The blog is named after a 1936 collection of ‘proletarian culture’ compiled by the Irish poet Leslie Daiken. This largely forgotten book featured an eclectic mix of radical writers and folk artists, from the communist publisher Thomas O’Brien to the famed poet Patrick Kavanagh. 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 fringe 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.