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William Murphy

Dr

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Spd D315b

T: Ext. 2359
E: will.j.murphy@dcu.ie
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Biography

My primary field of research is modern Irish history, with a particular expertise in the history of the Irish revolutionary period. To date this work has centred on three key areas, the history of political imprisonment, the history of sport and leisure, and the history of female suffragism.
That first interest is reflected in a series of articles and in the monograph Political Imprisonment and the Irish, 1912-1921 (Oxford University Press, 2014). My current research includes further work on political prisoners which will contribute to a project entitled 'Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000'. This project was awarded a Senior Investigator Award by the Wellcome Trust in 2014. I was a co-applicant and am now a senior member of the team. The Principal Investigators are Dr Catherine Cox (University College Dublin) and Professor Hilary Marland (University of Warwick).
I am co-founder with Dr Paul Rouse (University College Dublin) of Sports History Ireland and co-editor of two collections on the history of sport and leisure. The relationship of sport to the Irish revolution is a particular interest while I am also interested in the relationship of the history of sport to wider histories of leisure and popular culture.
My work is also engaged with suffragist strategies of resistance, including census boycott and prison protest.
Given my own interests, I particularly welcome students interested in prisons, crime, revolution, nationalism, suffragism, politics, leisure or sport.

Research Interests

History of protest and revolution; history of imprisonment and crime; history of sport and leisure; history of suffrage 

Research Projects

  Title Funder From - To Role Award
More Than A Game: Playing rugby, soccer, cricket and hockey in Ireland, 1922-2000 [Conor Murray] Irish Research Council 01-OCT-18 - 30-SEP-21 DCU PI 69,465.00

Current Postgraduate Students

  Student Degree Type Supervision Type
Murray , Conor PhD-track Supervisor

Books

  Year Publication
2018 Michael Collins: the man and the revolution.
Anne Dolan and William Murphy (2018) Michael Collins: the man and the revolution. Cork: Collins Press. [Details]
2014 Political Imprisonment and the Irish, 1912-1921.
William Murphy (2014) Political Imprisonment and the Irish, 1912-1921. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2017 'Associational Life, Leisure and Identity since 1740'
William Murphy (2017) 'Associational Life, Leisure and Identity since 1740' In: Eugenio F. Biagini and Mary E. Daly (eds). The Cambridge Social History of Modern Ireland. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
2017 'Imprisonment, 1915-1918'
William Murphy (2017) 'Imprisonment, 1915-1918' In: John Crowley, Donal O Drisceoil, Mike Murphy and John Borgonovo (eds). Atlas of the Irish Revolution. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
2017 'Imprisonment and the War of Independence'
William Murphy (2017) 'Imprisonment and the War of Independence' In: John Crowley, Donal O Drisceoil, Mike Murphy and John Borgonovo (eds). Atlas of the Irish Revolution. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
2017 'Imprisonment During the Civil War'
William Murphy (2017) 'Imprisonment During the Civil War' In: John Crowley, Donal O Drisceoil, Mike Murphy and John Borgonovo (eds). Atlas of the Irish Revolution. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
2017 'The Gaelic Athletic Association and the Irish Revolution'
William Murphy (2017) 'The Gaelic Athletic Association and the Irish Revolution' In: John Crowley, Donal O Drisceoil, Mike Murphy and John Borgonovo (eds). Atlas of the Irish Revolution. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
2016 'Sir John Ross'
William Murphy (2016) 'Sir John Ross' In: James Quinn and Patrick Maume (eds). Ulster Political Lives 1886-1921. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. [Details]
2016 'Introduction'
Leeann Lane and William Murphy (2016) 'Introduction' In: Leeann Lane and William Murphy (eds). Leisure and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. [Details]
2015 'William Pearse'
William Murphy (2015) 'William Pearse' In: 1916: Portraits and Lives. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. [Details]
2015 '“Voteless Alas”: Suffragette Protest and the Census of Ireland in 1911'
William Murphy (2015) '“Voteless Alas”: Suffragette Protest and the Census of Ireland in 1911' In: Years of Turbulence: The Irish Revolution and Its Aftermath. UCD Press. [Details]
2013 'Dying, death and hunger strike: Cork and Brixton, 1920'
William Murphy (2013) 'Dying, death and hunger strike: Cork and Brixton, 1920' In: Death and Dying in Ireland, Britain, and Europe: Historical Perspectives. Irish Academic Press. [Details]
2012 ''A Various and Contentious Country: Ireland in 1912''
William Murphy (2012) ''A Various and Contentious Country: Ireland in 1912'' In: Making the Difference?: The Irish Labour Party, 1912-2012. Collins Press. [Details]
2011 ''Suffragists and the Census''
William Murphy (2011) ''Suffragists and the Census'' In: Dublin 1911. Royal Irish Academy. [Details]
2010 ''Enniscorthy during the Irish Revolution''
William Murphy (2010) ''Enniscorthy during the Irish Revolution'' In: Enniscorthy: a history. Wexford County Library. [Details]
2010 ''Introduction''
William Murphy (2010) ''Introduction'' In: Darrell Figgis's A Chronicle of Jails. Dublin: University College Dublin. [Details]
2009 ''The GAA during the Irish Revolution, 1913-1923''
William Murphy (2009) ''The GAA during the Irish Revolution, 1913-1923'' In: The Gaelic Athletic Association 1884-2009. Irish Academic Press. [Details]
2009 ''Narratives of confinement: Fenians, prisons and writing 1867-1916’'
William Murphy (2009) ''Narratives of confinement: Fenians, prisons and writing 1867-1916’' In: The Black Hand of Republicanism. Irish Academic Press. [Details]
2008 ''Conceiving Irish diasporas: Irish migration and migrant communities in the modern period''
William Murphy (2008) ''Conceiving Irish diasporas: Irish migration and migrant communities in the modern period'' In: Palgrave Guide to Modern Irish History. Palgrave/MacMillan. [Details]
2007 ''Suffragettes and the Transformation of Political Imprisonment in Ireland, 1912-1914''
William Murphy (2007) ''Suffragettes and the Transformation of Political Imprisonment in Ireland, 1912-1914'' In: Irish Women and the Vote: Becoming Citizens. Irish Academic Press. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2016 Leisure and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century
Leeann Lane and William Murphy (Ed.). (2016) Leisure and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. [Details]
2010 Darrell Figgis, A Chronicle of Jails
William Murphy (Ed.). (2010) Darrell Figgis, A Chronicle of Jails Dublin: University College Dublin Press. [Details]
2009 The Gaelic Athletic Association, 1884-2009
Mike Cronin, William Murphy and Paul Rouse (Ed.). (2009) The Gaelic Athletic Association, 1884-2009 Dublin: Irish Academic Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2013 'Sport in a Time of Revolution: Sinn Fein and the Hunt in Ireland, 1919'
William Murphy (2013) 'Sport in a Time of Revolution: Sinn Fein and the Hunt in Ireland, 1919'. Eire-Ireland; a journal of Irish studies, 48 :112-147 [Details]
2008 ''Between change and tradition: the politics and writings of Garret FitzGerald''
William Murphy (2008) ''Between change and tradition: the politics and writings of Garret FitzGerald''. Eire-Ireland; a journal of Irish studies, 43 [Details]
2005 ''Cogging Berkeley? The Querist and the Rhetoric of Fianna Fail's Economic Policy''
William Murphy (2005) ''Cogging Berkeley? The Querist and the Rhetoric of Fianna Fail's Economic Policy''. Irish Economic and Social History, xxxii :63-82 [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2019 Irish Historical Society,
William Murphy (2019) Political Prisoners and the representation of prisons as sites of disease. [Invited Oral Presentation], Irish Historical Society, Trinity College, Dublin , 09-APR-19 - 09-APR-19 [Details]
2018 British Crime Historians Symposium,
William Murphy (2018) “I met some terrible rascals and criminals”: Irish ‘political prisoners’ and the representation of ‘ordinary’ convicts. [Oral Presentation], British Crime Historians Symposium, Edge Hill University , 31-AUG-18 - 01-SEP-18 [Details]
2017 Propaganda and Mobilisation: Ireland from Rising to Conscription Crisis,
William Murphy (2017) Prisons, Prisoners and Mobilising Protest, 1916-1918. [Invited Oral Presentation], Propaganda and Mobilisation: Ireland from Rising to Conscription Crisis, University College Dublin , 18-NOV-17 - 18-NOV-17 [Details]
2017 European Association of the History of Medicine and Health Conference,
William Murphy (2017) ‘Whatever it was it must have begun in the English Jail’: ill-health, political prisoners and the emergence of Irish statehood,. [Oral Presentation], European Association of the History of Medicine and Health Conference, Bucharest , 30-AUG-17 - 02-SEP-17 [Details]
2017 Social History Society Conference,,
William Murphy (2017) “The fear of catching loathsome diseases”: political prisoners, prisons and venereal disease in Britain and Ireland in the early twentieth century. [Oral Presentation], Social History Society Conference,, Institute of Historical Research, London , 04-APR-17 - 06-APR-17 [Details]
2016 1916 in Ireland and Wales,
William Murphy (2016) Conflict Confined? The Role of Imprisonment during the Irish Revolution. [Invited Oral Presentation], 1916 in Ireland and Wales, Aberystwyth University, , 14-SEP-16 - 14-SEP-16 [Details]
2016 American Association for the History of Medicine,
William Murphy (2016) “If anything should occur here my existence as a Medical Man . . . would be ended”: Prison Doctors, Political Prisoners and the Irish Revolution, 1917-1921. [Oral Presentation], American Association for the History of Medicine, Minneapolis , 28-APR-16 - 01-MAY-16 [Details]
2016 Canmlwyddiant Gwrthryfel y Pasg, 1916: Iwerddon, Cymru a’r Ymateb LLenyddol,
William Murphy (2016) The Easter Rising 1916: Why It Matters. [Plenary Lecture/Keynote], Canmlwyddiant Gwrthryfel y Pasg, 1916: Iwerddon, Cymru a’r Ymateb LLenyddol, Bangor University , 01-APR-16 - 02-APR-16 [Details]

Encyclopedia Entry

  Year Publication
2018 Suffragettes in 1914-1918 Online: International Encyclopedia of the First World War.
William Murphy (2018) Suffragettes in 1914-1918 Online: International Encyclopedia of the First World War. Encyclopedia Entry [DOI] [Details]
2009 Seventy-five sole-authored biographies and ten co-authored biographies in Dictionary of Irish Biography.
William Murphy (2009) Seventy-five sole-authored biographies and ten co-authored biographies in Dictionary of Irish Biography. Cambridge: Encyclopedia Entry [DOI] [Details]

Magazine Article

  Year Publication
2014 The Anglo-Irish Treaty, 1921.
William Murphy (2014) The Anglo-Irish Treaty, 1921. Modern History Review: Magazine Article [Details]
2008 ‘What did de Valera read?’.
William Murphy (2008) ‘What did de Valera read?’. The Dublin Review: Magazine Article [Details]
2008 ‘The Mrs Miller of prose: Amanda McKittrick Ross’.
William Murphy (2008) ‘The Mrs Miller of prose: Amanda McKittrick Ross’. History Ireland: Magazine Article [Details]

Web Page

  Year Publication
2018 1918 and the Making of a New Political Generation.
William Murphy (2018) 1918 and the Making of a New Political Generation. Dublin: Web Page [Details]
2016 The Places of Detention.
William Murphy (2016) The Places of Detention. Web Page [Details]
2016 Political Prisoners and Prison Life, 1915 to 1918.
William Murphy (2016) Political Prisoners and Prison Life, 1915 to 1918. Web Page [Details]
2016 Ireland, 1914-1918.
William Murphy (2016) Ireland, 1914-1918. Web Page [Details]
2018 How Ireland was lost in the 1918 Conscription Crisis.
William Murphy (2018) How Ireland was lost in the 1918 Conscription Crisis. Dublin: Web Page [Details]
2016 Enemies of the Crown.
William Murphy (2016) Enemies of the Crown. Dublin: Web Page [Details]
2016 The State, the Law and Political Imprisonment, 1914-1918.
William Murphy (2016) The State, the Law and Political Imprisonment, 1914-1918. Century Ireland: Web Page [Details]
2013 Ireland in May 1913.
William Murphy (2013) Ireland in May 1913. Web Page [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2009 Best Sports History Edited Collection Published in English North American Society for Sport History

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Studia Hibernica, Editorial Committee (since 2015) and Co-Editor (since 2018) Advisory 2015 / Ongoing
Advisory Board Dictionary of Irish Biography, Royal Irish Academy Advisory 2014 / Ongoing
Irish Committee of Historical Sciences Advisory 2018 / Ongoing
Sports History Ireland (co-founder) Advisory 2005 / Ongoing
National History and Commemoration Committee, Gaelic Athletic Association Advisory 2018 / Ongoing
Parnell Society (Academic Director, 2016/2017) and Parnell Trust (Trustee since 2018) Advisory 2016 / Ongoing
Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland (Committee, 2017-2014 and Treasurer, 2010-2014)) Advisory 2007 / 2014

Modules Coordinated

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
2019 Making of Modern Ireland 1850-1998 HY102Making of Modern Ireland 1850-1998
2019 Intro to Popular Cultures in Ireland1800-1950 HY322Intro to Popular Cultures in Ireland1800-1950
2019 Revolution in Modern Ireland HY324Revolution in Modern Ireland
2019 The Irish Revolution in a Revolutionary World HY512The Irish Revolution in a Revolutionary World
2019 Crime and Punishment, c. 1750-1950 HY320Crime and Punishment, c. 1750-1950

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