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History and Philosophy
Dr Tomás Finn
Dr Finn has extensive teaching experience at the University of Galway. As a lecturer in the Discipline of History, the Centre for Irish Studies, the University's Youth Academy and through the International Irish Studies Summer School, he has responsibility for the creation, teaching and assessment of a wide variety of modules in a range of programmes, and at all academic levels. His modules include nineteenth and twentieth century Ireland and Britain as well as Irish and European history from the medieval and early modern periods. Research led and student centred, he is central to organising the Department of History's curriculum including leading and mentoring early career researchers.
|(2012)|| Tuairim, intellectual debate and policy formulation: Rethinking Ireland, 1954-75.
Tomás Finn (2012) Tuairim, intellectual debate and policy formulation: Rethinking Ireland, 1954-75. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
|(2017)|| '‘‘Towards a Better Ireland’: Donal Barrington and the Irish Constitution’'
Tom Hickey (ed.) (2017) '‘‘Towards a Better Ireland’: Donal Barrington and the Irish Constitution’' In: Judges, Politics and the Irish Constitution. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
|(2006)|| 'Priests, politics and poetry: Tuairim in Limerick, 1954-197'
Tomás Finn (2006) 'Priests, politics and poetry: Tuairim in Limerick, 1954-197' History Studies, . [Details]
|(2019)|| History of Ireland,
Tomás Finn (2019) 'From the Vikings to Armada: The Impact of Invasion; `Sligo & The Famine'; `Michael Davitt & The Land League'; `Michael Collins & Independence: A Unionist's View'. [Invited Oral Presentation], History of Ireland, Yeats Buidling, Sligo , 22-JAN-19 - 26-FEB-19. [Details]
|(2018)|| Rural Ireland,
Tomás Finn (2018) Muintir na Tíre¿s relationship with church and state, c. 1940s-1960s¿, Rural Ireland: Ideals and Realities in the Twentieth Century. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Rural Ireland, University of Galway , 07-JUN-18 - 08-JUN-18. [Details]
|(2021)|| Conference of Irish Historians,
Tomás Finn (2021) Politics and the praxis of power: the political establishment and the talented young in post WWII Ireland. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Conference of Irish Historians, University of Galway , 21-MAY-21 - 23-MAY-21. [Details]
|(2022)|| Dublin Eucharistic Congress,
Tomás Finn (2022) Politics, power and the art of persuasion in post WWII Ireland: Muintir na Tíre's relationship with church and state. [Invited Oral Presentation], Dublin Eucharistic Congress, Queen's University Belfast , 18-FEB-22 - 18-FEB-22. [Details]
|(2018)|| How revolutionary was Ireland in 1968?.
RTÉ (2018) How revolutionary was Ireland in 1968?. Blog [Details]
|(2018)|| John Hume: the Derry boy who went global.
RTÉ (2018) John Hume: the Derry boy who went global. Blog [Details]
|(2018)|| The challenge of an election for a sitting Irish president.
RTÉ (2018) The challenge of an election for a sitting Irish president. Blog [Details]
|(2017)|| A test for the Taoiseach.
RTÉ (2017) A test for the Taoiseach. Blog [Details]
|(2017)|| How should Liam Cosgrave be remembered?.
Moore Institute, NUI, Galway (2017) How should Liam Cosgrave be remembered?. Blog [Details]
|(2017)|| Liam Cosgrave's legacy as Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader.
RTÉ (2017) Liam Cosgrave's legacy as Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader. Blog [Details]
|(2009)|| Thornley, Yseult (ed.), Unquiet spirit: Essays in Memory of David Thornley.
Journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society (2009) Thornley, Yseult (ed.), Unquiet spirit: Essays in Memory of David Thornley. Reviews [Details]
|(2009)|| Ó hAnnracháin, Eoghan and Davey, Cathal, More than a Sporting Experience: 30 Years of Gaelic Games in Luxembourg.
Journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society (2009) Ó hAnnracháin, Eoghan and Davey, Cathal, More than a Sporting Experience: 30 Years of Gaelic Games in Luxembourg. Reviews [Details]
|(2017)|| Woodward, Guy, Culture, Northern Ireland and the Second World War.
English Historical Review (2017) Woodward, Guy, Culture, Northern Ireland and the Second World War. Oxford: Oxford University Press Reviews [Details]
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|Teaching (e.g. Service learning / comunity based learning)||Lecturer||/|
A regular contributor to RTÉ and other media Work with Embassy of Poland In Ireland delivering workshops throughout Ireland on Paul Strzelecki's role saving children during the Great Famine https://strzelecki.ie/51194-2/
I teach a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, covering aspects of Irish, British and European history.
Ireland in the 1950’s: A lost decade?
The making and breaking of Britain in the Twentieth century
Irish Political thought in the 1930s
Irish Ideologies and Activists, 1905-1916
The practice of history: Historical reputations – Seán Lemass
Ireland since the Famine
Skills for Historians I and II
Writing the history of War & Society: Ireland and Europe in the Age of the French Revolution
Writing the history of War & Society: Ireland and Europe in the Age of the Great War
Sources for Ireland and the Wider World
Sources for Irish Intellectual History
Sources in Irish History
North & South: A divided Ireland, 1945-1959
Mid Century Crisis: “Economic Development” as a new departure
Ireland in the 1950s: A decade of change?
Tuairim, cultural conservatism & a divided island, 1954-1975
The weird stuff our Ancestors did: Ireland from the first human settlement to the Celtic Tiger, Youth Academy
Social History of Ireland, 1850-1922
Home Rule or Rome Rule?: Ireland, 1886-1918
Twentieth-century Northern Ireland
Famine and Emigration in Ireland
The 'special position' of the Catholic Church in education
|Name||Description of Collaboration|
|Dr Sarah Anne Buckley and Dr Kevin O'Sullivan||
Co-organisers of conference 'A peculiar society'?: Ireland, 1970s-1990s held on 24-25 April 2015 (https://ireland1970s1990s.wordpress.com)
|Dr Caitríona Clear and Dr Tony Varley||
- co-organisers of conference on Rural Ireland held on 7-8 June 2018 which celebrates the donation of the Muintir na Tíre Archive to James Hardiman Library, NUI, Galway.
|Name||Organisation / Institute||Country||Description of Collaboration|
|Borders and Boundaries||Irish Committee of Historical Studies||IRELAND||
Organised conference http://www.historians.ie/cpf-33rd-irish-conference-of-historians-21-23-may-2020/