Dr. Donal O Drisceoil BA, PhD
School of History, Ucc
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University College Cork
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I have been lecturing in the Department of History since 1997. In that time I have played an active role as a teacher, researcher and administrator within the department, while also contributing to college, Cork and Irish life in variety of ways. Central to my activities has been the popularisation of history: within the university at all levels, at second level, among community groups and historical societies, and through the media. In the latter regard, I am a regular contributor to historical documentaries on television and radio, most prominently the highly-acclaimed and popular The Burning of Cork (2005). I worked as historical advisor on the award-winning film of the Irish revolution, The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006), which, love it or loathe it, sparked an unprecedented public interest in the revolutionary period, and co-authored one of the most popular local history books in Cork publishing history - Serving a City: the Story of Cork's English Market (2005).
My interest in labour history is reflected in my editorship of the Irish labour history journal Saothar and the first published
collection of scholarly essays on the history of the Irish working class (Politics and the Irish Working Class, 1830-1945,
Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2005, with Fintan Lane.). My biography of Peadar O'Donnell and continuing research into the
life and times of Cork trade unionist, journalist and revolutionary Tadg Barry encapsulate all of my research interests in
two fascinating historical figures. I am currently writing up my research into modern Irish media and literary censorship,
cultural and political , under the title Censorship in Twentieth Century Ireland: Media, Literature and the State. My teaching
reflects the range of my research, including a seminar on radical politics in Ireland, an MA course on Irish media history,
and the department's MA in Local History.