Writer of books on 19th century Irish history, the American west and the Great War.

Presenter of The History Show – Sunday at 6 on RTE Radio 1.  Columnist (On This Day, Fake Histories), Drivetime, RTE Radio 1

PhD in History, Trinity College, Dublin (2012)

Adjunct lecturer, School of History and Archives, University College Dublin (HIS31660 Printing the Union – Irish newspaper history 1782-1922),  Lifelong Learning (The Wild West (2016), From Bad News to Fake News (2017)

Lecturer, City Colleges, Dublin.

Lecturer U.C.Berkeley (2011) 152A Modern Irish History

Tutor – Trinity College, Dublin 2009 & 2010

Fulbright scholar – U.C.Berkeley, 2007 & 2011

Programme Director of  the Hinterland Festival, (formerly Hay/Kells Festival)

Board member of the San Francisco Irish Literary and Historical Society

Biographer of the Rathmines and Rathgar Musical Society and Captain William O’Shea.

Compere, chairman, MC (though not rapper), lecturer. (Talent Base)

Literary Agent – Jonathan Williams Literary Agency, Rosney Mews, Glenageary Rd. Upper, Glenageary, Co. Dublin  01-2803482

Books (see Publications page for more details)

Snuff – crime novel co-written with Jim Lusby

Distant Drums: Irish veterans of foreign armies

A good walk spoiled: a book of golf quotes

Preferred lies: a book of golf anecdotes

Irish voices from the Great War

They shall grow not old

The theft of the Irish Crown Jewels: an unsolved mystery

How the Irish won the West

Speaking ill of the dead (edited)

The Captain and the King: William O’Shea, Parnell and late Victorian Ireland

Conspiracy: Irish political trials

If you want to know who we are (November, 2013 – Gill and Macmillan)

An insurrection in print: United Ireland 1881-1891 (2014 – Irish Academic Press)

On This Day (New Island) (2015)

On This Day 2 (New Island) (2017)

The White House (Kindle) (2019)

Four Killings: Murder, Land Hunger and Family in the Irish Revolution  (Head of Zeus) (2021)


Mansfield Park (adaptation) – Rattlebag theatre company

The Jealous Wall (Mullingar Arts Centre)

Other websites

Personally Speaking – speaking, chairing etc.

Wikipedia – accurate but not compiled by yours truly.

The History Show


@RTEHistoryShow on Twitter


2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Victoria. I’m only seeing this now. Sorry I didn’t respond. Good to hear from you. I haven’t read it. I did read a fictionalisation by Robert Perrin. I wrote a book on it myself a few years back. See you soon. Myles D

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