Born in Dublin, I studied at both undergraduate and postgraduate level at UCC. I completed an MA thesis on the Golden Jubilee of the 1916 Rising in 2003 and am currently researching a PhD on Frank Aiken. I have worked previously in a number of heritage centres and museums in Ireland and have acquired a keen knowledge of many archival centres and library resources in Cork and Dublin.


Research Interests

  • Irish Missionary Movement
  • Transportation of Irish Convicts to Australia
  • Irish Diaspora in Australia
  • Political Monuments and Commemoration in Ireland
  • Irish Religious Festivals
  • Irish Political Tours 1880-1950
  • The Career of Frank Aiken

Books

YearPublication
(2010)'The Bastille of Ireland': Kilmainham Jail: From Ruin to Restoration.
O'Dwyer, R; (2010) 'The Bastille of Ireland': Kilmainham Jail: From Ruin to Restoration. Dublin: The History Press. [Details]
(2009)The Eucharistic Congress, Dublin 1932.
Rory O'Dwyer; (2009) The Eucharistic Congress, Dublin 1932. Dublin: Nonsuch Publishers. [Details]

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2008)''A roof-raising affair': Eamon de Valera's tour of Australia and New Zealand'
O'Dwyer, Rory; (2008) ''A roof-raising affair': Eamon de Valera's tour of Australia and New Zealand' In: Ireland, Australia & New Zealand: history, politics and culture. [Details]
(2007)'The Golden Jubilee of the 1916 Rising'
O'Dwyer, Rory; (2007) 'The Golden Jubilee of the 1916 Rising' In: 1916: The Long Revolution. [Details]
(2012)'The 1932 Congress and the Irish Diaspora'
O'Dwyer, Rory (2012) 'The 1932 Congress and the Irish Diaspora' In: Ryan, Salvator and Leahy, Brendan (eds). Treasures of Irish Christianity: people and places, images and texts. Dublin: Veritas. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2010)''The wilderness years: Kilmainham Jail, 1924-1960'
O'Dwyer, R; (2010) ''The wilderness years: Kilmainham Jail, 1924-1960'. History Ireland, 18 (6):40-43 [Details]
(2010)''Kilmainham Jail: From Abandonment to Restoration, 1924-1966''
O'Dwyer, R; (2010) ''Kilmainham Jail: From Abandonment to Restoration, 1924-1966''. Dublin Historical Record, LXIII (1) [Details]
(2007)''On show to the world': the Eucharistic Congress, 1932'
O'Dwyer, Rory; (2007) ''On show to the world': the Eucharistic Congress, 1932'. History Ireland, 15 (6):42-47 [Details]

Conference Publications

YearPublication
(2008)Ireland, Australia and New Zealand: History, Politics and Culture
O'Dwyer, R. (2008) A roof-raising affair'? Eamon de Valera's Tour of Australia and New Zealand . In: L. Geary and A. McCarthy (eds.) eds. Ireland, Australia and New Zealand: History, Politics and Culture [Details]

Invited Review Articles

YearPublication
(2012)A shining moment: the story of the 1932 Eucharistic Congress.
O'Dwyer, R. (2012) A shining moment: the story of the 1932 Eucharistic Congress. Invited Review Articles [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2003The O'Connor Scholarship *
2003The Michael Joseph McHenry Scholarship *

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2012)History Teachers Association of Ireland Conference,
R. O'Dwyer (2012) HTAI Conference. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], History Teachers Association of Ireland Conference, Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island, Cork , 19-OCT-12 - 21-OCT-12. [Details]
(2005)Fourteenth Irish-Australian Conference,
R. O'Dwyer (2005) Irish-Australian Conference. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Fourteenth Irish-Australian Conference, UCC . [Details]
(2006)Ireland and Finland in the 1950s and the 1960s: National Identity, Culture and Modernity,
R. O'Dwyer (2006) Ireland and Finland Conference. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Ireland and Finland in the 1950s and the 1960s: National Identity, Culture and Modernity, UCC , 05-MAY-06 - 05-MAY-06. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Teaching and Learning Committee Member/
School Liaison Committee Secretary/

Outreach Activities

 Description

I have been a member of the School of History Schools Liaison and Outreach Committee for several years and have made numerous visits to schools in Munster promoting the study of History. As part of my outreach activities, I have been involved in organising the School of History School's Essay/Project Competition. The competition is now a nationwide event and is run in conjunction with the Department of Education and Mercier Press. I have also given numerous lectures to local history societies and other heritage groups in Munster and beyond.

Research Talks/Guest Lectures/Outreach:

2014 ‘Contested identities in Ireland’, 35th International Summer School, UCC, 30 June 2014.

2013 ‘Canon Sheehan and the Irish revival’ in It seems history is to blame, Ireland 1913-23 lecture series, Cork City Library, 17 October 2013.

2013 ‘Canon Sheehan’, Doneraile Historical Society, 2 October 2013.

2013 ‘Canon Sheehan and the Irish revival’ Exhibition launch, Cork County Library, 10 September 2013.

2013 ‘The cultural revival in Ireland’, 34th International Summer School, UCC, 28 June 2013.

2012 ‘The Eucharistic Congress, Dublin, 1932’, Exhibition launch, Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, 10 June 2012.

2012 ‘The 1916 Rising’, Scoil An Chroí Ró Naofa, Castletownbere, 6 June 2012.

2012 'Famine migration from Ireland', 33rd International Summer School, UCC, June 2012.

2012 ‘The Eucharistic Congress, Dublin, 1932’, Douglas Parish Group, Douglas, 17 May 2012.

2012 ‘The Eucharistic Congress, Dublin, 1932’, Urslines Secondary School, Blackrock, 11 May 2012.

2012 ‘The Eucharistic Congress, Dublin 1932’, Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig, 17 April 2012.

2012 ‘The Eucharistic Congress, Dublin 1932’, Knocklyon Historical Society, Dublin, 11 April 2012.

2012  ‘“The Bastille of Ireland” – The History of Kilmainham Jail.’ Blarney Historical Society, Cork, 5 April 2012 ‘The Eucharistic Congress, Dublin 1932’, Glenstal Abbey lecture series, 25 March 2012.

2011 ‘“The Bastille of Ireland” – The History of Kilmainham Jail.’ Blackpool Historical Society, Cork, 26 April 2011.

2010 ‘“The Bastille of Ireland” – The History of Kilmainham Jail.’ South Parish Historical Society Festival, Cork, 2 September 2010.

2010 ‘The Restoration of Kilmainham Jail’, Heritage Week Lecture Series, Kilmainham Jail Museum, Dublin, 25 August 2010.

2010 ‘Kilmainham Gaol and the 1916 Rising’, Scoil An Chroí Ró Naofa, Castletownbere, June 2010.

2010 ‘Dublin Monuments’, Old Dublin Society, 23 March 2010.



                         


Teaching Interests

HI1002      The Making of the Modern Irish State

HI 1115     Introduction to Irish History for Visiting Students
HI 1002     The Making of the Modern Irish State
HI 2105     Judging Dev Case Study

HI 3043     Politics, Society and the Irish Novel: From Union to Independence
HI 3200     Irish Diaspora Seminar