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19 February 2020  


NUI Publication Prizes & Grants

Irish Historical Research Prize

The Irish Historical Research Prize is offered in alternate years for the best new work of Irish Historical Research, which must have been published for the first time by a graduate of the National University of Ireland. The work, which should be substantial, must be of an original character indicating direct research in historical records. Works previously entered for the Prize are not eligible for consideration.

The competition for the Irish Historical Research Prize will open again for applications in 2021.

Previous recipients of this Prize have included:

  1. Professor Guy Beiner, BA, PhD – a graduate of UCD
    Forgetful Remembrance: Social Forgetting and Vernacular Historiography of a Rebellion in Ulster, published in 2018 by Oxford University Press.
  2. Prof Karl Theodore Hoppen, BA, MA, PhD
    Governing Ireland: British Politicians and Ireland 1800-1921, published in 2016 by Oxford University Press.
  3. Dr Carla King, BA, MA, PhD
    Michael Davitt After the Land League, 1882-1906, published in 2016 by University College Dublin Press. (Special Commendation Prize)
  4. Prof Tadhg O hAnnrachain, BA, MPhil, PhD
    Catholic Europe, 1592-1648, Centre and Peripheries, published in 2015 by Oxford University Press. (Special Commendation Prize)
  5. Dr Elva Johnston, BA, MA, D.Phil
    Literacy and Identity in Medieval Ireland, published in 2013 by Boydell & Brewer.
  6. Professor James Kelly, BA, MA, PhD
    Sport in Ireland 1600-1840, published in 2014 by Four Courts Press. (Special Commendation Prize)
  7. Dr Colmán Ó Clabaigh BA, PhD
    The Friars in Ireland, 1224-1540 published in 2012 by Four Courts Press.
  8. Dr Bernadette Cunningham BA, PhD
    The Annals of the Four Masters: Irish History, Kingship and Society in the Early Seventeenth Century, published in 2010 by Four Courts Press.
  9. Dr Maurice Bric BA, MA, PhD (John Hopkins University)
    Ireland, Philadelphia and the Re-Invention of America 1760-1800, published in 2008 by Four Courts Press.
  10. Professor William J. Smyth BA, PhD
    Map-making, Landscapes and Memory: A Geography of Colonial and Early Modern Ireland, c. 1530-1750, published in 2006 by Cork University Press.


Recipients of the Irish Historical Research Prize, Publication Prize in Irish History, and Special Commendation Prizes 2019
L-R: Dr Ruth Canning, Dr Ciarán McCabe, NUI Chancellor Dr Maurice Manning, Professor Guy Beiner, and Dr Michael Dwyer

Recipients of the Irish Historical Research Prize, Publication Prize in Irish History, and Special Commendation Prizes 2019
L-R: Dr Ruth Canning, Dr Ciarán McCabe, NUI Chancellor Dr Maurice Manning, Professor Guy Beiner, and Dr Michael Dwyer.
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NUI Publication Prize in Irish History

The NUI Publication Prize in Irish History, first introduced as an NUI Centennial Award in 2008, is offered for competition in alternate years to graduates of the National University of Ireland of doctoral status. Works eligible to be considered for the Prize must be published as a first sole author book following the conferral of a doctoral degree. The work, which should be substantial, must be of an original character indicating direct research in historical records.

The competition for the Publication Prize in Irish History will open again for applications in 2021.

In 2019 the Publication Prize in Irish History has been awarded to

  1. Dr Ruth Canning, BA, MA, PhD – a graduate of UCC
    The Old English in Early Modern Ireland: The Palesmen and the Nine Years' War, 1594-1603, published in 2019 by Boydell & Brewer.
  2. Dr Michael Dwyer, BA, PhD – a graduate of UCC
    Strangling Angel: Diphtheria and Childhood Immunisation in Ireland, published in 2018 by Liverpool University Press.
  3. Dr Ciarán McCabe, BA, MA, PhD – a graduate of UCD and Maynooth University
    Begging, Charity and Religion in Pre-Famine Ireland, published in 2018 by Liverpool University Press.


Previous recipients of this Prize have included:

  1. Dr Niamh Wycherley, BA, MA, PhD
    The Cult of Relics in Medieval Ireland, published in 2015 by Brepols Publishers.
  2. Dr Conor Mulvagh, BA, MPhil, PhD
    The Irish Parliamentary Party at Westminster, 1900 - 18, published in 2016 by Manchester University Press. (Special Commendation Prize)
  3. Dr Elaine Farrell, BA, MA, PhD
    A most diabolical deed' Infanticide and Irish Society, 1850 - 1900, published in 2013 by Manchester University Press.
  4. Dr Ciaran O’Neill, BA, MA, PhD
    Catholics of Consequence: Transnational Education, Social Mobility and the Irish Catholic Elite, 1850 – 1900, published in 2014 by Oxford University Press. (Special Commendation Prize)
  5. Dr John Cunningham, BA, PhD
    The Transplantation to Connacht, 1649-1680, published in 2011 by the Royal Historical Society, Boydell Press.
  6. Dr Caitriona Foley BA (Dub), PhD
    The Last Irish Plague: The Great Flu Epidemic in Ireland, published in 2011 by Irish Academic Press.
  7. Dr Owen McGee BA, PhD
    The IRB: The Irish Republican Brotherhood from the Land League to Sinn Féin, published in 2005 by Four Courts Press.

 

Grants towards Scholarly Publications


The Publications Committee meets in June and December to consider applications made under the scheme.
Applications should be submitted to the Registrar, National University of Ireland, 49 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
by 1 June for consideration at the June meeting, and by 1 December for the December meeting.


Download Application form & other relevant documentation

pdfApplication Form and Regulations (156KB)

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The University has traditionally provided a number of grants-in-aid annually towards scholarly publications by staff of the NUI Constituent Universities, on the basis of individual applications to the Senate. The scheme is open to full-time and part-time staff of the NUI Constituent Universities and Recognised Colleges. Under the scheme, grants of up to €3,000 may be awarded, following the Senate’s consideration and approval of recommendations submitted by the NUI Publications Committee, which considers applications at its meetings in June and December.