Research Profile

John Borgonovo

Biography

I was born in San Francisco, USA, and became interested in modern Irish history while earning my history BA at the University of Oregon. Fascinated by that subject, I completed a History MA at University College Cork in 1997. Returning to San Francisco, I worked in the Internet industry for six years. While on a career break I produced my first book, 'Florence and Josephine O'Donoghue's War of Independence', which was compiled from memoirs, correspondence, and biographical material. The following year Irish Academic Press published my monograph, 'Spies, Informers, and the Anti-Sinn Féin Society, which examined the IRA's campaign against suspected civilian informers in Cork city, and was an updated version of my 1997 MA thesis. In the autumn of 2006, I returned to UCC to undertake my PhD, with funding provided by the UCC President's Scholarship. My dissertation looked at the radicalisation of Cork city public life from 1916 to 1918, as the First World War destabilised Irish politics and society. The dissertation was published as, 'The Dynamics of War: Cork City, 1916-1918' by Cork University Press in 2013. After receiving my doctorate in 2010, I joined the School of History as a contract lecturer. Since then I have taught numerous courses in Irish and international history at the undergraduate and graduate level. I assisted Gabriel Doherty when he set up the successful History of the Irish Revolution MA . I am best-known for my work on the Irish Revolutionary period, which includes monographs, edited collections, book chapters, and journal articles. My work often uses events in Cork city and county as a lens through which to view the entire period. My scholarship seeks to expand our understanding of the revolution by considering gender, class, social, cultural, and international comparative perspectives. I have engaged with some of the most heavily contested areas of this scholarship, including the Kilmichael Ambush debate, the killing of suspected civilian informers, and the so-called 'Bandon Valley Massacre.' The latter issue was the subject of a recent article that appeared in the jounral Éire-Ireland, co-written with my UCC colleague Andy Bielenberg, which has attracted national media attention. Currently I am engaged follow-up projects relating to the award-winning 'Atlas of the Irish Revolution', which I served as associate editor.   During the past five years, I have worked with my colleague Hiram Morgan to develop maritime history at UCC. In 2014, we held the first-ever maritime history conference in Ireland, an initiative we hope to continue. I am committed to taking my scholarship directly to the public. I frequently address local history societies, I am a regular panelist on the 'History Ireland' magazine's 'Hedge Schools', and I appear often on national TV and radio programs. As we get deeper into the 'Decade of Centenaries', my public engagement will continue to grow.

Research Interests

Irish Revolution, 1916-1923; Irish Higher Education; Modern Irish History; First World War; Maritime History; British Empire; Northern Ireland, History of Medicine; Leisure and Sports History; US History





Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2013)The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918.
John Borgonovo (2013) The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2013)'Prevention is Better than Cure':History of the Cork University Dental School and Hospital, 1913-2013.
John Borgonovo, Denis O'Mullane, Tim Holland (2013) 'Prevention is Better than Cure':History of the Cork University Dental School and Hospital, 1913-2013. Cork: University College Cork. [Details]
(2011)The Battle for Cork: July - August 1922.
John Borgonovo (2011) The Battle for Cork: July - August 1922. Cork: Mercier Press. [Details]
(2007)Spies, Informers, and the 'Anti-Sinn Féin' Society: The Intelligence War in Cork City, 1920-1921.
John Borgonovo (2007) Spies, Informers, and the 'Anti-Sinn Féin' Society: The Intelligence War in Cork City, 1920-1921. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. [Details]

Book Reviews

 YearPublication
(2017)The Rising: Ireland, Easter 1916.
Fearghal McGarry (2017) The Rising: Ireland, Easter 1916. Book Reviews   [Details]
(2011)Irish Terrorism in the Atlantic Community, 1865-1922.
Jonathan Gantt (2011) Irish Terrorism in the Atlantic Community, 1865-1922. Book Reviews [Details]
(2011)Soldiers of Folly, the IRA Border Campaign, 1956-1962.
Barry Flynn (2011) Soldiers of Folly, the IRA Border Campaign, 1956-1962. Book Reviews [Details]
(2009)The Civil Service and the Revolution in Ireland, 1912-1938: ‘Shaking the Blood-stained hand of Mr Collins’.
John Maguire (2009) The Civil Service and the Revolution in Ireland, 1912-1938: ‘Shaking the Blood-stained hand of Mr Collins’. Book Reviews [Details]
(2016)Everyday Violence in the Irish Civil War.
Gemma Clarke (2016) Everyday Violence in the Irish Civil War. CHICAGO: Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2015)Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland 1890-1923.
Roy Foster (2015) Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland 1890-1923. Book Reviews   [Details]
(2014)Political Imprisonment and the Irish, 1910-1921.
Will Murphy (2014) Political Imprisonment and the Irish, 1910-1921. Book Reviews [Details]
(2015)The IRA in Britain, 1919-1923: 'In the Heart of Enemy Lines'.
Gerard Noonan (2015) The IRA in Britain, 1919-1923: 'In the Heart of Enemy Lines'. NEW YORK: Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2017)''Political Percussions: Cork Brass Bands and the Irish Revolution, 1914-1922'
John Borgonovo (2017) ''Political Percussions: Cork Brass Bands and the Irish Revolution, 1914-1922' In: Jack Santino (eds). Public Performances: Studies in the Carnivalesque and Ritualesque. Logan: Utah State University Press. [Details]
(2017)'Peasant Resistance Traditions and the Irish War of Independence, 1918-21'
John Borgonovo (2017) 'Peasant Resistance Traditions and the Irish War of Independence, 1918-21' In: Ilaria Favretto, Xabier Itcaina (eds). PROTEST, POPULAR CULTURE AND TRADITION IN MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY WESTERN EUROPE. BASINGSTOKE: PALGRAVE. [DOI] [Details]
(2015)'‘Cork Brass Bands and Political Recreation, 1850-1914’'
John Borgonovo (2015) '‘Cork Brass Bands and Political Recreation, 1850-1914’' In: Leisure and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century: Conference Proceedings of the Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Irish History. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. [Details]
(2015)'‘An Seabhac: The Revolutionary Years, 1914-1922''
John Borgonovo (2015) '‘An Seabhac: The Revolutionary Years, 1914-1922'' In: Lesa Ní Mhunghaile and Ríonach uí Ógáin (eds). 'Rí na Gréine': Aistí i gcuimhne ar An Seabhac. Dublin: An Cumann le Béaloideas Éireann. [Details]
(2012)'‘Ordinary Crime, Republican Courts, and the Irish Revolution’'
John Borgonovo (2012) '‘Ordinary Crime, Republican Courts, and the Irish Revolution’' In: Justice and Society, Vol. V, Justice in Wartime and Revolution. Brussels: National Archives of Belgium. [Details]
(2010)'‘Throwing Discretion to the Wind: The 1918 General Election in Cork City’'
John Borgonovo (2010) '‘Throwing Discretion to the Wind: The 1918 General Election in Cork City’' In: From Parnell to Paisley: Constitutionalism and Conflict. 2010: Irish Academic Press. [Details]
(2010)'Justice They Would Have: The Cork Branch of the Demobilised and Discharged Soldiers and Sailors Federation, 1919-1921’'
John Borgonovo (2010) 'Justice They Would Have: The Cork Branch of the Demobilised and Discharged Soldiers and Sailors Federation, 1919-1921’' In: A Great Sacrifice, Cork Servicemen Who Died in the Great War. Cork: Echo Press. [Details]

Edited Books

 YearPublication
(2017)Atlas of the Irish Revolution
John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil, Michael Murphy, John Borgonovo (Ed.). (2017) Atlas of the Irish Revolution Cork: Cork University Press.   [Details]
(2015)The Men Will Talk to Me: West Cork Interviews
Andy Bielenberg, John Borgonovo, Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc (Ed.). (2015) The Men Will Talk to Me: West Cork Interviews The Men Will Talk to Me: West Cork Interviews. Cork: Mercier Press. [Details]
(2006)Florence and Josephine O'Donoghue's War of Indepndence: 'A Destiny that Shapes Our Ends'
John Borgonovo (Ed.). (2006) Florence and Josephine O'Donoghue's War of Indepndence: 'A Destiny that Shapes Our Ends' Florence and Josephine O'Donoghue's War of Indepndence: 'A Destiny that Shapes Our Ends'. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2017)'The Exile and Repatriation of Father Dominic O'Connor (O.F.M. Capuchin), 1922-58'
Borgonovo, J (2017) 'The Exile and Repatriation of Father Dominic O'Connor (O.F.M. Capuchin), 1922-58'. Eire-Ireland, 52 :122-156 [Details]
(2014)'Something of the Nature of a Massacre: The Bandon Valley Killings Revisited'
Bielenberg, A;Borgonovo, J;Donnelly, JS (2014) 'Something of the Nature of a Massacre: The Bandon Valley Killings Revisited'. Eire-Ireland, 49 :7-59 [Details]
(2013)'‘Cork University Dental School and Hospital: A Hundred Years of Dental Education, 1913-2013’'
John Borgonovo, Denis O'Mullane, Tim Holland (2013) '‘Cork University Dental School and Hospital: A Hundred Years of Dental Education, 1913-2013’'. Journal of The Irish Dental Association, [Details]
(2012)'‘Revolutionary Violence and Historiography’'
John Borgonovo (2012) '‘Revolutionary Violence and Historiography’'. Irish Historical Studies, [Details]
(2012)''Exercising a close vigilance over their daughters': Cork women, American sailors, and Catholic vigilantes, 1917-18'
Borgonovo, J (2012) ''Exercising a close vigilance over their daughters': Cork women, American sailors, and Catholic vigilantes, 1917-18'. Irish Historical Studies, 38 :89-107 [Details]
(2010)'The Guerrilla Infrastructure: IRA Special Services in the Cork Number One Brigade, 1917-1921’'
John Borgonovo (2010) 'The Guerrilla Infrastructure: IRA Special Services in the Cork Number One Brigade, 1917-1921’'. Irish Sword, [Details]
(2009)'' 'A Soviet in Embryo': ”: Food, Famine, and the Cork People’s Food Committee, 1918’'
John Borgonovo (2009) '' 'A Soviet in Embryo': ”: Food, Famine, and the Cork People’s Food Committee, 1918’'. Saothar: Journal of The Irish Labour History Society, [Details]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2009)'‘The Prescott-Decie Memo: Government Approval for “Secret Murder'
John Borgonovo and Gabriel Doherty (2009) '‘The Prescott-Decie Memo: Government Approval for “Secret Murder' History Ireland, . [Details]
(2008)'“Thoughtless Young People” and “The Battle of Patrick Street”: The Cork City Riots of June 1917'
John Borgonovo (2008) '“Thoughtless Young People” and “The Battle of Patrick Street”: The Cork City Riots of June 1917' Journal of The Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, . [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2008)Southern Regional American Conference for Irish Studies, 2006
John Borgonovo (2008) Gender, Espionage, and the Corkwomen Spies of 1919-1921 Southern Regional American Conference for Irish Studies, 2006 [Details]

Reviews

 YearPublication
(2012)Review article: Revolutionary violence and Irish historiography.
Borgonovo, J (2012) Review article: Revolutionary violence and Irish historiography. DUBLIN: Reviews [Details]

Professional Activities

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2017)UCC Food Conference,
John Borgonovo (2017) The Buena Vista Café and ‘Inventing’ Irish Coffee. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], UCC Food Conference, University College Cork . [Details]
(2016)The Easter Rising and Its Aftermath,
John Borgonovo (2016) Remobilisation and Destabilisation in Cork, 1916-1918. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], The Easter Rising and Its Aftermath, Irish Embassy, Ottawa . [Details]
(2015)Ex-Servicemen and the First World War,
John Borgonovo (2015) Ex-Soldiers in Revolutionary Ireland: The Cork Branch of the National Federation of Discharged and Demobilised Soldiers and Sailors, 1918-1922. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Ex-Servicemen and the First World War, People’s History Museum, Manchester . [Details]
(2015)Class and Culture in Twentieth Century Ireland,
John Borgonovo (2015) Republican civil administration, taxation, and class tensions in the “Munster Republic”, July-August 1922. [Oral Presentation], Class and Culture in Twentieth Century Ireland, St. John's College, Cambridge University . [Details]
(2014)Cumann na mBan 100,
John Borgonovo (2014) ‘Gender, Political Mobilisation, and the Cork Cumann na mBan’. [Keynote Speaker], Cumann na mBan 100, National Museum (Collins Barracks), Dublin . [Details]
(2013)Poland and Ireland, Ways of Independence,
John Borgonovo (2013) The Irish Revolution, A Case Study. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Poland and Ireland, Ways of Independence, University College Dublin . [Details]
(2012)The Irish Diaspora and Revolution, 1845-1945,
John Borgonovo (2012) The Exile, Death, and Repatriation of Father Dominic O’Connor, 1922-1958. [Oral Presentation], The Irish Diaspora and Revolution, 1845-1945, NUI Maynooth . [Details]
(2013)Poland and Ireland, Ways of Independence,
John Borgonovo (2013) The Irish Revolution, A Case Study. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Poland and Ireland, Ways of Independence, Embassy of Poland in Ireland and Institute of National Remembrance, Dublin . [Details]
(2013)Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour and Class Inaugural Conference,,
John Borgonovo (2013) Republican civil administration and taxation in the “Munster Republic”, July-August 1922. [Oral Presentation], Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour and Class Inaugural Conference,, NUI Galway . [Details]
(2013)Youth Culture in Context,
John Borgonovo (2013) Irish Mod Scooters, American Lowriders, and Public Space Displays. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Youth Culture in Context, NUI Galway . [Details]
(2013)Living in Violent Times,
John Borgonovo (2013) Remembering the Irish Revolution: Republican Commemoration in County Cork, 1896-1966. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Living in Violent Times, University of Warwick . [Details]
(2011)Conference on Holidays, Ritual, Festival, Celebration and Public Display,
John Borgonovo (2011) Political Percussions: Cork’s Marching Bands in War and Revolution, 1914-1922. [Oral Presentation], Conference on Holidays, Ritual, Festival, Celebration and Public Display, University of Paris, Sarbonne IV . [Details]
(2013)The Irish Civil War,
John Borgonovo (2013) The Conventional Phase of the Civil War. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], The Irish Civil War, Custume Barracks, Athlone . [Details]
(2013)Trinity College Dublin Contemporary Irish History Seminar Series,
John Borgonovo (2013) The Dynamics of War and Revolution. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Trinity College Dublin Contemporary Irish History Seminar Series, Trinity College Dublin . [Details]
(2008)The Black Hand of Republicanism, The Fenians and History,
John Borgonovo (2008) ‘The Lid Came Off’: The IRB, The IRA, and Dual Control in Cork City, 1917-1921. [Oral Presentation], The Black Hand of Republicanism, The Fenians and History, Queen's University Belfast . [Details]
(2013)Popular Culture and Protest Repertoires in 20th Century Europe,,
John Borgonovo (2013) Civil Disobedience and the Irish Revolution, 1917-1922. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Popular Culture and Protest Repertoires in 20th Century Europe,, European University Institute, Florence . [Details]
(2014)Ernie O'Malley Symposium,
John Borgonovo (2014) Ernie O’Malley Notebooks as a Historical Source. [Oral Presentation], Ernie O'Malley Symposium, New York University . [Details]
(2012)Leisure and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century: Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland,
John Borgonovo (2012) Cork Marching Bands: Leisure, Society and Politics, 1845-1914. [Oral Presentation], Leisure and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century: Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland, Mater Dei . [Details]
(2014)Medical Training, student experience and the transmission of knowledge, c.1800-2014: New foundations and global perspectives,
John Borgonovo (2014) 'Cork University Dental School Student Experience, 1914-1994'. [Oral Presentation], Medical Training, student experience and the transmission of knowledge, c.1800-2014: New foundations and global perspectives, University College Dublin . [Details]
(2014)Cumann na mBan, Women’s History Association of Ireland 2014 Conference,
John Borgonovo (2014) Cumann na mBan, Gender, and Cork. [Plenary Lecture], Cumann na mBan, Women’s History Association of Ireland 2014 Conference, Collins Barracks, Dublin . [Details]
(2014)Food and the First World War,
John Borgonovo (2014) Food Preservation, Agitation, and Agrarianism in Ireland, 1918. [Oral Presentation], Food and the First World War, Liverpool Hope University . [Details]
(2014)Women and the First World War Women’s Studies Seminar,
John Borgonovo (2014) Wartime Mobilisation of Cork City Women, 1914 - 1918. [Oral Presentation], Women and the First World War Women’s Studies Seminar, University College Cork . [Details]
(2011)Justice in Wartime and Revolutions,
John Borgonovo (2011) Ordinary Criminality, Republican Courts, and the Irish Revolution. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Justice in Wartime and Revolutions, Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society, Brussels . [Details]
(2011)Insurgencies, Small Wars, and the Past and Future of Conflict,
John Borgonovo (2011) Insurgent Intelligence in Cork, 1918-1921. [Oral Presentation], Insurgencies, Small Wars, and the Past and Future of Conflict, University College Dublin . [Details]
(2011)History, Memory and American Foreign Relations, University College,
John Borgonovo (2011) Il Baseball: The American Cemetery at Nettuno and the Development of Italian Baseball. [Oral Presentation], History, Memory and American Foreign Relations, University College, University College Dublin . [Details]
(2008)From Parnell to Paisley, Irish Constitutionalism and Conflict,
John Borgonovo (2008) Throwing Discretion to the Wind: The 1918 General Election in Cork City. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], From Parnell to Paisley, Irish Constitutionalism and Conflict, Queen's University Belfast . [Details]
(2009)Imprisonment and the Irish,
John Borgonovo (2009) The Cork Prison Strike, 1920. [Oral Presentation], Imprisonment and the Irish, Mater Dei Institute, Dublin City University . [Details]
(2012)The Titanic and Other Aspects of the Maritime History of Cork Harbour,
John Borgonovo (2012) The Lusitania, U-boats, and the American Navy in Cork, 1914-1918. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], The Titanic and Other Aspects of the Maritime History of Cork Harbour, , Cork County Council and University College Cork, Cobh . [Details]
(2012)Gender and Irish Society in the 19th and 20th Century: New Perspectives, New Ideas,
John Borgonovo (2012) Gender, Nationalism, and the Cork Cumann na. [Oral Presentation], Gender and Irish Society in the 19th and 20th Century: New Perspectives, New Ideas, NUI Galway . [Details]
(2013)One Hundred Years of Dental Evolution Centenary Conference,
John Borgonovo, Denis O'Mullane (2013) A century of dental education in Cork. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], One Hundred Years of Dental Evolution Centenary Conference, Cork University Dental School and Hospital . [Details]
(2013)Cork Studies in the Irish Revolution: The Cause of Labour, 1913 and Beyond,
John Borgonovo (2013) Agrarianism and Food Protection in Ireland, 1918. [Oral Presentation], Cork Studies in the Irish Revolution: The Cause of Labour, 1913 and Beyond, University College Cork . [Details]
(2010)Australasian Irish Studies Conference,
John Borgonovo (2010) ‘One of the Most Loyal Citizens of the Empire to be Found in Australia’: The Court-Martial of Chaplain Thomas O’Donnell, AIF. [Oral Presentation], Australasian Irish Studies Conference, Queen's University Belfast . [Details]
(2009)The Irish War of Independence,
John Borgonovo (2009) The Guerrilla Infrastructure: IRA Special Services in the Cork Number One Brigade, 1917-1921. [Oral Presentation], The Irish War of Independence, National Museum of Ireland . [Details]
(2009)The Irish Conference of Historians,
John Borgonovo (2009) ‘Exercising a Close Vigilance Over Their Daughters’: Cork Women, American Sailors, and the Catholic Vigilantes of 1917-1918. [Oral Presentation], The Irish Conference of Historians, University of Limerick . [Details]
(2008)Sports History Ireland,
John Borgonovo (2008) Ring Around the Roses’: Civil Disobedience, the Cork G.A.A., and the Public Assembly Ban of 1918. [Oral Presentation], Sports History Ireland, Boston College, Dublin . [Details]
(2014)How Wars End,
John Borgonovo (2014) 'Ending the Irish Civil War'. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], How Wars End, University of Dundee . [Details]

Outreach Activities

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2014, Public Lecture - The People’s College Lecture Series on the Irish Revolution – 'Black and Tans', Irish National Teacher’s Union, Dublin

History Ireland Hedge School: Volunteering in Ireland’, Irish Centre for Labour and Class, NUI Galway (2013)

History Ireland Hedge School: Women and the First World War, Dublin Castle, Dublin Festival of History (2014)

2014, Public Lecture - Glandore Classic Boat Summer School – 'The Cork landings, 1922', Glandore, Co Cork

History Ireland Hedge School: Four Glorious Years” or Squalid Sectarian Conflict?’, National Library of Ireland (2012)

2014, Public Lecture – Cork City Library, ‘Europe’s Last Summer: An Exhibition on the World Before World War I in Books and Magazines’ – Exhibit Launch

2014, Public Lecture - Inaugural Knocklong Rescue Commemorative Seminar – ‘Cork and the War of Independence’, Knocklong, Co. Tipp

2013, Public Lecture - Archbishop Mannix Memorial Weekend – ‘Chaplain O’Donnell, Bishop Mannix, and the Killarney Incident’ – Charleville, Co. Cork

History Ireland Hedge School: Cumann na mBan, National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin (2014)

2014, Public Lecture – History and Archives Week – ‘Historical Sources in the Irish Revolution’, Cork City and County Archives

2013, Public Debate – ‘Rebel cork and the fight for Irish Independence’, The Cork Gathering, Concert Hall, Cork City Hall

2008, Public Lecture - Understanding our History: A Conference for people from the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross – ‘The Protestant experience of Revolutionary Cork, 1918-1922’

2013 – Public Lecture/Exhibition Launch – Revolution: Photographic History of Revolutionary Ireland 1913 -23 – Cork Public Museum

2013, Lecture Host - Dublin Festival of History, ‘Charles Townshend and Ronan Fanning in Conversation with John Borgonovo’ – Dublin Castle, 2013

2012, Public Lecture - Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Galway – ‘Cork Women and the American Sailor Disturbances’

2011, Public Lecture - Irish Local Authority Archivist Group, 40 Years of Local Government Archives – ‘Defending the Box: Reflections on Local History and Archives’, Cork City and County Archives

History Ireland Hedge School: Before Banna: Politics, Society and Sport in Kerry, 1912 – 1916, The Seanchaí Literary & Cultural Centre, Listowel (2014)

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