James O'Neill


History
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland

T: +353-21-490-3000
E: james.oneill@ucc.ie

Born in Belfast, I worked in the field of contract archaeology, 16 years to be precise, before I considered entertaining a career in history. In a previous incarnation I was a co-director of archaeological contractors which provided specialist archaeological advice and skills to the Northern Ireland Environment Agency: Built Heritage (NIEA:BH) . I developed the North Ireland Battlefield Database and also the Defence Heritage Database for NIEA which are used to inform archaeological mitigation for planning and development issues across Northern Ireland.

Gaining a first class Ba in modern history at Queens University Belfast (QUB) in 2007 (after seven long years of part-time study) convinced me to abandon the relative security of paid employment and chance my arm at academic history. I received my MA at QUB in 2009 and PhD again from QUB in 2013.

I started at UCC in October 2014 to expand on my research on the Nine Years War (1593-1603) and transform my thesis ‘Irish warfare in the age of the military revolution: the ‘Nine Years War’, 1593-1603’ into a monograph.

Books

YearPublication
(2017)The Nine Years War, 1593-1603: O'Neill, Mountjoy and the Military Revolution.
James O'Neill (2017) The Nine Years War, 1593-1603: O'Neill, Mountjoy and the Military Revolution. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2014)'The Battle of the Ford of the Biscuits, 7 August 1594'
James O'Neill and Paul Logue (2014) 'The Battle of the Ford of the Biscuits, 7 August 1594' In: An archaeological survey of County Fermanagh. vol 1, pt 2. Belfast: Northern ireland Environment Agency. [Details]
(2010)'Investigations at the site of the Battle of the Yellow Ford'
James O'Neill and Paul Logue (2010) 'Investigations at the site of the Battle of the Yellow Ford' In: Battles, boats and bones: archaeological discoveries in Northern Ireland 1987-2008. Belfast: TSO Ireland. [Details]
(2009)'The battlefield archaeology of the Yellow Ford'
Paul Logue and James O'Neill (2009) 'The battlefield archaeology of the Yellow Ford' In: Ireland and Britain in the Atlantic world. Dublin: Wordwell. [Details]
(2007)'An introduction to firearms in post-medieval Ireland,1500-1700'
James O'Neill (2007) 'An introduction to firearms in post-medieval Ireland,1500-1700' In: The post-medieval archaeology of Ireland 1550-1850. Dublin: Wordwell. [Details]
(2007)'Excavations at Bishop’s Street Without: 17th century conflict archaeology in Derry City'
Paul Logue and James O'Neill (2007) 'Excavations at Bishop’s Street Without: 17th century conflict archaeology in Derry City' In: War and sacrifice: studies in the archaeology of conflict. Leiden: Brill. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2017)'Breaking the heart of Tyrone's rebellion? A reassessment of Mountjoy's first campaigns in Ulster, May-November 1600'
James O'Neill (2017) 'Breaking the heart of Tyrone's rebellion? A reassessment of Mountjoy's first campaigns in Ulster, May-November 1600'. Duiche Neill: Journal of the O'Neill Country History Society, 24 :18-37 [Details]
(2016)'Maguire’s revolt but Tyrone’s war: proxy war in Fermanagh 1593-4'
James O'Neill (2016) 'Maguire’s revolt but Tyrone’s war: proxy war in Fermanagh 1593-4'. Seanchas Ard Mhacha: Journal of the Armagh Diocesan Historical Society, 26 (1):43-68 [Details]
(2016)'Review of Surviving Kinsale: Irish emigration and identity formation in early modern Spain, 1601-40 by Ciaran O'Scea'
James O'Neill (2016) 'Review of Surviving Kinsale: Irish emigration and identity formation in early modern Spain, 1601-40 by Ciaran O'Scea'. Irish Historical Studies, 40 (158):289-290 [Details]
(2016)'The archaeology of Armageddon: Cold War monuments in Northern Ireland'
James O'Neill (2016) 'The archaeology of Armageddon: Cold War monuments in Northern Ireland'. Archaeology Ireland, 30 (4) [Details]
(2016)'The cockpit of Ulster: war along the River Blackwater 1593-1603'
James O'Neill (2016) 'The cockpit of Ulster: war along the River Blackwater 1593-1603'. Ulster Journal of Archaeology, 72 :184-199 [Details]
(2016)'Three sieges and two massacres: Enniskillen and the outbreak of the Nine Year' War, 1593-5'
James O'Neill (2016) 'Three sieges and two massacres: Enniskillen and the outbreak of the Nine Year' War, 1593-5'. The Irish Sword, xxx (121):241-249 [Details]
(2015)'Review of The Irish in the Spanish armies in the seventeenth century by Eduardo de Mesa'
James O'Neill (2015) 'Review of The Irish in the Spanish armies in the seventeenth century by Eduardo de Mesa'. Irish Historical Studies, 39 (156):695-696 [Details]
(2015)'Death in the lakelands: Tyrone's proxy war'
James O'Neill (2015) 'Death in the lakelands: Tyrone's proxy war'. History Ireland, [Details]
(2014)'Half-moons and villainous works: Irish fieldworks from the Nine Years War'
James O'Neill (2014) 'Half-moons and villainous works: Irish fieldworks from the Nine Years War'. Archaeology Ireland, [Details]
(2007)'The Battle of the Yellow Ford: an archaeological perspective'
Paul Logue and James O'Neill (2007) 'The Battle of the Yellow Ford: an archaeological perspective'. Duiche Neill: Journal of the O'Neill Country History Society, 16 :62-83 [Details]
(2007)'Timber castles and towers in sixteenth-century Ireland: some evidence from Ulster'
Colm Donnelly, Paul Logue, James O'Neill and John O'Neill (2007) 'Timber castles and towers in sixteenth-century Ireland: some evidence from Ulster'. Archaeology Ireland, [Details]

Blog

YearPublication
(2017)Hammering Harrington: the battle of Deputy's Pass, 29 May 1599.
James O'Neill (2017) Hammering Harrington: the battle of Deputy's Pass, 29 May 1599. Blog Globe icon [Details]
(2016)When you absolutely positively gotta kill almost half of Mountjoy's army ... the Moyry Pas, accept no substitute.
James O'Neill (2016) When you absolutely positively gotta kill almost half of Mountjoy's army ... the Moyry Pas, accept no substitute. Ancient Clan O'Neill website: Blog Globe icon [Details]
(2016)A graveyard for reputation: Sir John Norreys and the Battle of Mullaghbrack, 5 September 1595.
James O'Neill (2016) A graveyard for reputation: Sir John Norreys and the Battle of Mullaghbrack, 5 September 1595. Blog Globe icon [Details]
(2016)Bad result for the away side: The Battle of the Yellow Ford, 14 August 1598.
James O'Neill (2016) Bad result for the away side: The Battle of the Yellow Ford, 14 August 1598. Blog Globe icon [Details]
(2016)Maguire, MacBaron and Henry Duke’s crackers: the Battle of the Ford of the Biscuits, 7 August 1594.
James O'Neill (2016) Maguire, MacBaron and Henry Duke’s crackers: the Battle of the Ford of the Biscuits, 7 August 1594. Blog Globe icon [Details]
(2016)'Wonderfully altered from their Irish manner of arms': the Battle of Clontibret, 27 May 1595.
James O'Neill (2016) 'Wonderfully altered from their Irish manner of arms': the Battle of Clontibret, 27 May 1595. Blog Globe icon [Details]
(2016)The women of Tyrone's Rebellion.
James O'Neill (2016) The women of Tyrone's Rebellion. Blog Globe icon [Details]
(2016)Before Bartlett: Hugh O'Neill's Dungannon.
James O'Neill (2016) Before Bartlett: Hugh O'Neill's Dungannon. Blog Globe icon [Details]
(2015)Gaelic primitivism? Give it a rest. The Nine Years War (1593-1603) and the zenith of native Irish military power.
James O'Neill (2015) Gaelic primitivism? Give it a rest. The Nine Years War (1593-1603) and the zenith of native Irish military power. Blog Globe icon [Details]

Magazine article

YearPublication
(2016)The balloon goes up in Ulster: taking the Blackwater Fort.
James O'Neill (2016) The balloon goes up in Ulster: taking the Blackwater Fort. Dublin: Magazine article [Details]

Historical Article

YearPublication
(2016)A kingdom near lost: English military recovery in Ireland, 1600-03.
James O'Neill (2016) A kingdom near lost: English military recovery in Ireland, 1600-03. Historical Article Globe icon [Details]

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Research Fellow01-OCT-14 /
Proarc Ltd Director01-SEP-97 / 31-OCT-13

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2007Dr. Hartford Montgomery-Hyde Award Queens University Belfast

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2016)Remembering Hugh O'Neill 1616-2016,
James O'Neill (2016) Hugh O'Neill's military revolution. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Remembering Hugh O'Neill 1616-2016, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin , 01-DEC-16 - 01-DEC-16. [Details]
(2016)From Ulster to Rome: A retrospective on the career of Hugh O'Neill, earl of Tyrone 1550-1616,
James O'Neill (2016) Tyrone’s Military Revolution: The Nine Years War in Ireland. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], From Ulster to Rome: A retrospective on the career of Hugh O'Neill, earl of Tyrone 1550-1616, The British School at Rome , 03-JUN-16 - 04-JUN-16. [Details]
(2016)Violent Contexts: Ireland and the wider world,
James O'Neill (2016) Like sheep to the shambles? Slaughter and surrender during Tyrone’s Rebellion, 1593-1603. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Violent Contexts: Ireland and the wider world, University College Cork . [Details]
(2016)Hugh O'Neill Comemorating 400 Years,
James O'Neill (2016) The Nine Years War in Ireland and the Military Revolution. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Hugh O'Neill Comemorating 400 Years, Dungannon , 20-JUN-16 - 20-JUN-16. [Details]
(2016)Women's History Association of Ireland Annual Conference: Irish women and rural society: from medieval to modern,
James O'Neill (2016) Women in Tyrone’s Rebellion (1593-1603): addressing an empty narrative. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Women's History Association of Ireland Annual Conference: Irish women and rural society: from medieval to modern, Queens University Belfast , 11-MAR-16 - 12-MAR-16. [Details]
(2016)Clebrating O'Neill: sword, quill and harp,
James O'Neill (2016) Tyrone's military revolution: the Nine Years War, 1593-1603. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Clebrating O'Neill: sword, quill and harp, Eigse Cholm Cille, Ulster University, Derry , 04-MAR-16. [Details]
(2016)Hugh O'Neill at 400,
James O('Neill (2016) The Nine Years War in Ireland and the military revolution: a transformation of Irish warfare. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Hugh O'Neill at 400, Boston College, MS , 29-FEB-16. [Details]
(2015)War and peace in early modern literature and culture,
James O'Neill (2015) Packaging the primitive and blaming the Brits: appropriating Tyrone’s rebellion, 1593-1603. [Oral Presentation], War and peace in early modern literature and culture, Queens University Belfast , 26-NOV-15 - 28-NOV-15. [Details]
(2015)'A safe place for ships': The second annual Irish maritime history conference,
James O'Neill (2015) Cromsters to cots: littoral and riverine warfare during the Nine Year War, 1593-1603. [Oral Presentation], 'A safe place for ships': The second annual Irish maritime history conference, University College Cork , 16-OCT-15 - 17-DEC-15. [Details]
(2015)Early modern military Identity (1550-1700),
James O'Neill (2015) Scythians, cannibals and werewolves? The Nine Years War and the myth of the Irish primitive’. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Early modern military Identity (1550-1700), University College Cork , 28-AUG-15 - 28-AUG-15. [Details]
(2015)Cross Border Tourism: Battlefield tourism, a lost field,
James O'Neill (2015) Legends, battles and death without quarter: the potential for battlefield tourisim. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Cross Border Tourism: Battlefield tourism, a lost field, Dundalk , 15-APR-15. [Details]
(2015)Irish Post-medieval Archaeology Group, XV: Bridging the gap’ - considering the post-medieval archaeology of transport, travel and war,
James O'Neill (2015) Cromsters to cots: littoral and riverine warfare during the Nine Year War, 1593-1603. [Oral Presentation], Irish Post-medieval Archaeology Group, XV: Bridging the gap’ - considering the post-medieval archaeology of transport, travel and war, Kinsale , 30-JAN-15 - 01-FEB-15. [Details]
(2014)Tudor Stuart Ireland IV,
James O'Neill (2014) Un-speedy swords: violence and restraint during the Nine Years War, 1593-1603. [Oral Presentation], Tudor Stuart Ireland IV, NUI Maynooth , 29-AUG-14 - 30-AUG-14. [Details]
(2013)Becoming and Belonging in Ireland c. 1200-1600: a cross disciplinary conference about identity and cultural practice,
James O'Neill (2013) ‘Their skill and practise far exceeding the wonted usage’: the Irish military revolution, 1593-1603. [Oral Presentation], Becoming and Belonging in Ireland c. 1200-1600: a cross disciplinary conference about identity and cultural practice, The Clinton Centre, Enniskillen , 11-OCT-13 - 13-OCT-13. [Details]
(2012)Tudor Stuart Ireland II,
James O'Neill (2012) Half-moons and villainous work; Gaelic fortifications and the Nine Years War. [Oral Presentation], Tudor Stuart Ireland II, University College Dublin , 31-AUG-12 - 01-SEP-12. [Details]
(2012)Heroes, villians and scapegoats: the role of the individual in shaping Ireland's past,
James O'Neill (2012) Hidden heroes and shrouded villains: biographic obscurity in Tyrone’s rebellion 1593-1603. [Oral Presentation], Heroes, villians and scapegoats: the role of the individual in shaping Ireland's past, Queens University Belfast , 23-NOV-12 - 24-NOV-12. [Details]
(2011)Centre for Battlefield Archaeology's 1st Postgraduate Conference in Conflict Archaeology,
James O'Neill (2011) Trailing pikes and turning kern: assimilation and adaptation of military methods during the Nine Years war, 1593-1603. [Oral Presentation], Centre for Battlefield Archaeology's 1st Postgraduate Conference in Conflict Archaeology, University of Glasgow , 07-OCT-11 - 08-OCT-11. [Details]
(2011)Tudor Stuart Ireland: culture, identity and power,
James O'Neill (2011) Trailing Pike and Turning Kern: Military acculturation in the Nine Years War. [Oral Presentation], Tudor Stuart Ireland: culture, identity and power, University College Dublin , 02-SEP-11 - 03-SEP-11. [Details]
(2011)NIEA 2011 seminar series,
James O'Neill (2011) Bloody Fermanagh: war in the Lakelands 1593-4. [Invited Oral Presentation], NIEA 2011 seminar series, Northern Ireland Environment Agency , 03-NOV-11. [Details]
(2007)Irish Battlefield Archaeology Conference,
James O'Neill (2007) Conflict archaeology in Northern Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Irish Battlefield Archaeology Conference, Battle of Aughrim Centre, Aughrim , 01-MAR-07. [Details]
(2007)Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland: the archaeology of conflict,
James O'Neill (2007) Fields, Beaches and Landing Grounds- WW2 Invasion Defences in Northern Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland: the archaeology of conflict, Cork city , 09-MAR-07 - 11-MAR-07. [Details]
(2007)Irish Post-medieval Archaeology Group, VII annual conference: Ireland in transition: An archaeology of Ireland in the era of the Flight of the Earls,
James O'Neill (2007) Gaelic tactiics of the Nine Years War. [Oral Presentation], Irish Post-medieval Archaeology Group, VII annual conference: Ireland in transition: An archaeology of Ireland in the era of the Flight of the Earls, Rathmullan, Co. Donegal , 27-APR-07 - 29-APR-07. [Details]
(2007)Society for Historical Archaeology 40th annual conference,
James O'Neill (2007) The Battle of Yellow Ford: an Irish victory rediscovered. [Oral Presentation], Society for Historical Archaeology 40th annual conference, Williamsburg, Virginia . [Details]
(2005)Ulster Archaeological Society Lectures,
James O'Neill (2005) Anglo-Normans to Armageddon: Battlefield archaeology in Northern Ireland. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Ulster Archaeological Society Lectures, Queens University Belfast , 30-MAY-05. [Details]
(2004)Irish Post-medieval Archaeology Group: Ireland and Britain in the Atlantic World,
James O'Neill (2004) Worl War II defence heritage in the north-west. [Oral Presentation], Irish Post-medieval Archaeology Group: Ireland and Britain in the Atlantic World, Derry City , 05-FEB-04 - 08-FEB-04. [Details]

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2007Queens University Belfast B.A.Modern History
2009Queens University Belfast M.A.Irish History
2013Queens University Belfast PHDIreland in the Military Revolution: the Nine Years War