Dr Tomas Finn

BA., MA., PhD

Contact Details

Lecturer
History
NUI Galway

E: tomas.finn@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

I teach modern history at NUI, Galway. My research interests include modern Irish and British history and politics, the role of intellectuals, public policy, Church-State relations and Northern Ireland. I have taught the following modules: Ireland in the 1950sthe making and breaking of Britain in the twentieth centuryIreland since the famineIrish political thought in the 1930sSkills for Historians I and II and for NUI, Galway’s Youth Academy, the Weird stuff our ancestors did. I have published a book and articles on the role of intellectuals and the influence of ideas in the modernisation of Ireland. My monograph ‘Tuairim, intellectual debate and policy formulation: Rethinking Ireland, 1954-75’ was published by Manchester University Press in 2012. This book examines intellectual debates in Ireland in the 1950s and 1960s. It considers the intellectual society, known as Tuairim (meaning opinion in Irish), and its influence on intellectual debate and policy formulation in relation to Northern Ireland, the economy, politics, education, childcare and censorship. As well as teaching and research, I have been active in the media including contributing articles to the RTÉ brainstorm series. I have a Ph.D. from NUI, Galway and a BA and an MA from University College Dublin.

Research Interests

My research interests include the role of intellectuals, Church-state relations, public policy, the Irish Diaspora and Northern Ireland.

Books

  Year Publication
(2012) Tuairim, intellectual debate and policy formulation: Rethinking Ireland, 1954-75.
Tomás Finn (2012) Tuairim, intellectual debate and policy formulation: Rethinking Ireland, 1954-75. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2017) '‘‘Towards a Better Ireland’: Donal Barrington and the Irish Constitution’'
Tom Hickey (ed.) (2017) '‘‘Towards a Better Ireland’: Donal Barrington and the Irish Constitution’' In: Judges, Politics and the Irish Constitution. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2006) 'Priests, politics and poetry: Tuairim in Limerick, 1954-197'
Tomás Finn (2006) 'Priests, politics and poetry: Tuairim in Limerick, 1954-197' History Studies, . [Details]

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
Pisa University Press Textual Editor /

Community Engagement

  Title Type From / To
Teaching (e.g. Service learning / comunity based learning) Lecturer /

Other Activities

  Description

Wrote following articles for RTÉ's brainstorm A test for the Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave's legacy as Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Wrote How should Liam Cosgrave be remembered? for NUI, Galway Moore Institute website.

Teaching Interests

Teaching:

I have taught a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, covering aspects of Irish, British and European history.


Undergraduate teaching:   

Ireland in the 1950’s: A lost decade?

The making and breaking of Britain in the Twentieth century

The practice of history: Historical reputations – Seán Lemass

Ireland since the Famine

Skills for Historians I and II

Writing the history of War & Society: Ireland and Europe in the Age of the French Revolution

Writing the history of War & Society: Ireland and Europe in the Age of the Great War


Postgraduate teaching:

Sources for Ireland and the Wider World

Sources for Irish Intellectual History

Sources in Irish History

North & South: A divided Ireland, 1945-1959

Mid Century Crisis: “Economic Development” as a new departure

Tuairim, cultural conservatism & a divided island, 1954-1975


Outreach teaching:

The weird stuff our Ancestors did: Ireland from the first human settlement to the Celtic Tiger, Youth Academy


Occasional lecturer:

Social History of Ireland, 1850-1922

Home Rule or Rome Rule?: Ireland, 1886-1918

Twentieth-century Northern Ireland 

Famine and Emigration in Ireland

The 'special position' of the Catholic Church in education

Internal Collaborators

  Name Description of Collaboration
Internal Collaborators
Dr Sarah Anne Buckley and Dr Kevin O'Sullivan - co-organisers of conference 'A peculiar society'?: Ireland, 1970s-1990s held on 24-25 April 2015 (https://ireland1970s1990s.wordpress.com)