Tomas Finn

Part-Time Teaching Assistant BA., MA., PhD

Contact Details

Lecturer
History
NUI Galway

E: tomas.finn@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Dr Tomás Finn lectures in modern Irish history at NUI, Galway. Dr Finn’s 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. Dr Finn holds a Ph.D. from NUI, Galway and a BA and an MA from University College Dublin.

Research Interests

Dr Finn's research interests include the role of intellectuals, Church-state relations, 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
(2016) '‘‘Towards a Better Ireland’: Donal Barrington and the Irish Constitution’'
Tom Hickey (ed.) (2016) '‘‘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]

Teaching Interests

Teaching:

Finn has 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

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

 

 

Occasional lecturer:

Social History of Ireland, 1850-1922

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

Twentieth-century Northern Ireland

 

Postgraduate teaching:

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