Dr. Mary Noelle Harris

B.A., H.Dip.Ed., M.A., Ph.D.

Contact Details

Senior Lecturer
Dept. of History
Room 409, Tower 1
Arts/Science Building
NUI Galway

T: Ext. 3290
E: mary.harris@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

  I graduated with a B.A. in Irish and Spanish (1978), and Higher Diploma in Education (1979) and MA in Old Irish (1984) from University College, Cork.  I worked as a teacher in Grenada, West Indies, and in Cork. After returning to UCC for undergraduate History, I went on to Cambridge for doctoral studies leading to a PhD (1992), published as The Catholic Church and the Foundation of the Northern Irish State (Cork University Press, 1993). From 1992-6 I taught Irish Studies at the University of North London, directing the undergraduate programme from 1993-6. I joined the History department in NUI Galway in 1996.  

My teaching and research interests have focused on Irish church-state relations; partition and the Northern Ireland conflict; and the cultural, social and political history of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Ireland. I contribute to MA programmes in History and Irish Studies, and I have supervised 10 Ph.D. theses to completion. Recent publications include articles on Patrick Pearse, the Irish Review and the rebirth of Ireland (2015) and Pearse’s political thought up to 1913 (2016). I consider my work on the Gaelic Revival cross-disciplinary. My current research project examines Eoin MacNeill’s cultural and political activism and I use MacNeill as a prism through which idealism and pragmatism in the revolutionary period and its aftermath can be examined.

I was co-ordinator of NUI Galway's programme commemorating the 1916 Rising  in 2016. 
I co-edited (with Nicholas Canny and Thomas Boylan) Ireland 1916-2016: The Promise and Challenge of National Sovereignty. Dóchas agus Dúshlán na Ceannasachta Náisiúnta (2017).
I have contributed to numerous Irish language documentaries on the revolutionary period.  This year I have spoken in NUI Galway, Dublin, Castlebar and Nenagh at events in connection with the 125th anniversary of Conradh na Gaeilge. I am a member of the Irish government's Expert Advisory Group on Commemoration.  


Books

  Year Publication
(1996) Irish Studies: An Introductory Course.
Sharkey, Sabina with Bromley, Michael and Harris, Mary (1996) Irish Studies: An Introductory Course. London: University of North London Press. [Details]
(1993) The Catholic Church and the Foundation of the Northern Irish State.
Harris, M.N. (1993) The Catholic Church and the Foundation of the Northern Irish State. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2016) 'Smaointeoireacht an Phiarsaigh ar an náisiúnachas agus ar an bpolaitíocht, anuas go dtí 1913'
Mary N. Harris (2016) 'Smaointeoireacht an Phiarsaigh ar an náisiúnachas agus ar an bpolaitíocht, anuas go dtí 1913' In: An Piarsach agus 1916: briathar, beart agus oidhreacht. Indreabhán, Conamara: Cló Iar-Chonnacht. [Details]
(2011) 'Parochial, National and Universal: The Concerns of Irish Regional Publishing'
Harris, Mary N. (2011) 'Parochial, National and Universal: The Concerns of Irish Regional Publishing' In: The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Volume V: The Irish Book in English 1891-2000. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
(2010) 'Aspects of Nationalism and Anti-imperialism in Ireland in the late 19th and early 20th centuries'
Harris, Mary N. (2010) 'Aspects of Nationalism and Anti-imperialism in Ireland in the late 19th and early 20th centuries' In: Global Encounters, European Identities. Pisa: Edizioni PLUS: Pisa University Press. [Details]
(2009) 'Irish Americans and the Pursuit of Irish Independence'
Harris, Mary N. (2009) 'Irish Americans and the Pursuit of Irish Independence' In: European Migrants, Diasporas and Indigenous Ethnic Minorities. Pisa: Edizioni Plus - Pisa University Press. [Details]
(2008) 'History, Truth Recovery and Reconciliation in Contemporary Northern Ireland'
Harris, Mary N. (2008) 'History, Truth Recovery and Reconciliation in Contemporary Northern Ireland' In: Discrimination and Tolerance in Historical Perspective. Pisa: Edizioni Plus - Pisa University Press. [Details]
(2007) 'Irish Images of Religious Conflict in Mexico in the 1920s'
Harris, Mary N. (2007) 'Irish Images of Religious Conflict in Mexico in the 1920s' In: Sights and Insights: Interactive Images of Europe and the Wider World. -Pisa: Edizioni PLUS: Pisa University Press. [Details]
(2006) 'Irish Historical Writing on Latin America and on Irish Links with Latin America'
Harris, Mary N. (2006) 'Irish Historical Writing on Latin America and on Irish Links with Latin America' In: Europe and the World in European Historiography. Pisa: Edizioni PLUS - Pisa University Press. [Details]
(2003) 'Religious Divisions, Discrimination and the Struggle for Dominance in Northern Ireland'
Harris, Mary N. (2003) 'Religious Divisions, Discrimination and the Struggle for Dominance in Northern Ireland' In: Racial Discrimination and Ethnicity in European History, Clioh’s Workshop II. Pisa: Edizioni PLUS: Pisa University Press. [Details]
(2002) 'The Catholic Church from Parnell to Partition'
Harris, Mary N. (2002) 'The Catholic Church from Parnell to Partition' In: Christianity in Ireland: Revisiting the Story. Dublin: Columba Press. [Details]
(2001) 'La chiesa cattolica irlandese da Parnell agli inizo delloStato Libero d'Irlanda e dell'Irlanda del Nord (1890-1928)'
Harris, Mary N. (2001) 'La chiesa cattolica irlandese da Parnell agli inizo delloStato Libero d'Irlanda e dell'Irlanda del Nord (1890-1928)' In: Storia religiosa dell'Irlanda. Milan: Centro Ambrosiano. [Details]
(1998) 'Early twentieth-century secularisation: the Irish response'
Harris, Mary N. (1998) 'Early twentieth-century secularisation: the Irish response' In: La Sécularisation en Irlande. Caen: Presses Universitaires de Caen. [Details]
(1994) 'The Catholic Church, minority rights and the founding of the Northern Irish State'
Mary N. Harris (1994) 'The Catholic Church, minority rights and the founding of the Northern Irish State' In: Northern Ireland and the Politics of Reconciliation. Cambridge: Woodrow WIlson Center, Washington and Cambridge Univeristy Press. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
(2017) Ireland 1916-2016: The Promise and Challenge of National Sovereignty.
Tom Boylan, NIcholas Canny and Mary Harris (Ed.). (2017) Ireland 1916-2016: The Promise and Challenge of National Sovereignty. Dubllin: Open Air. [Details]
(2010) Global Encounters, European Identities.
Harris, Mary N. with Lévai, Csaba and Agnarsdóttir, Anna (Ed.). (2010) Global Encounters, European Identities Global Encounters, European Identities. Pisa: Edizioni PLUS: Pisa University Press. [Details]
(2009) European Migrants, Diasporas and Indigenous Ethnic Minorities.
Harris, Mary N. and Klemenčič, Matjaž (Ed.). (2009) European Migrants, Diasporas and Indigenous Ethnic Minorities European Migrants, Diasporas and Indigenous Ethnic Minorities. Pisa: Edizioni Plus - Pisa University Press. [Details]
(2008) Europe and its Empires.
Harris, Mary N. and Lévai, Csaba (Ed.). (2008) Europe and its Empires Europe and its Empires. Pisa: Pisa: PLUS Pisa University Press. [Details]
(2007) Sights and Insights: Interactive Images of Europe and the Wider World.
Harris, Mary N (Ed.). (2007) Sights and Insights: Interactive Images of Europe and the Wider World Sights and Insights: Interactive Images of Europe and the Wider World. Pisa: Edizioni PLUS - Pisa University Press. [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2000) 'Whose history?' Interview with Maria Luddy'
Harris, Mary N. (2000) 'Whose history?' Interview with Maria Luddy' History Ireland, 8 (4) :16-19. [Details]
(1997) 'The Gaelic Revival: a reappraisal'
Harris, Mary N. (1997) 'The Gaelic Revival: a reappraisal' The Linguist, 36 (2) :34-36. [Details]
(1997) 'Catholicism, Nationalism and the Labour Question in Belfast, 1925-38'
Mary N. Harris (1997) 'Catholicism, Nationalism and the Labour Question in Belfast, 1925-38' Bullán: an Irish Studies Journal, 3 (1) :15-32. [Details]
(1995) '“Beleaguered but determined”: Irish Women Writers in Irish'
Harris, Mary N. (1995) '“Beleaguered but determined”: Irish Women Writers in Irish' Feminist Review, 51 (Autumn) :26-40. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2018) American Conference for Irish Studies,
Mary Harris (2018) 'Douglas Hyde, Eoin MacNeill and the Aspirations of the Gaelic League'. [Invited Oral Presentation], American Conference for Irish Studies, University College, Cork , 18-JUN-18. [Details]
(2017) 'Ar an Imeall i Lár an Domhain? An Tairseachúlacht i Litríocht agus i gCultúr na hÉireann agus na hEorpa,
Mary N. Harris (2017) The conference addressed themes of liminality, marginality and thresholds in Irish and European literature and culture. [Conference Paper], 'Ar an Imeall i Lár an Domhain? An Tairseachúlacht i Litríocht agus i gCultúr na hÉireann agus na hEorpa, Charles University, Prague , 14-SEP-17. [Details]
(2016) Northern Nationalism,
Mary N. Harris (2016) Eoin MacNeill and the Irish Parliamentary Party. [Invited Oral Presentation], Northern Nationalism, Queen's University, Belfast , 15-JUN-16 - 15-JUN-16. [Details]
(2016) Tionól na Mumhan (Conradh na Gaeilge),
Mary N. Harris (2016) Dúshláin na mBan in Aimsir na Réabhlóide. [Invited Oral Presentation], Tionól na Mumhan (Conradh na Gaeilge), Shannon , 13-MAY-16 - 13-JUN-16. [Details]
(2016) 1916: The Irish Rising at 100 Years,
Mary N. Harris (2016) Romanticism and Realism: Pearse, MacNeill, the Revival and the Rising. [Invited Oral Presentation], 1916: The Irish Rising at 100 Years, Columbia University, New York , 01-APR-16 - 01-APR-16. [Details]
(2015) Western Worlds,
Mary N. Harris (2015) Idealism, Realism and the Gaelic Revival. [Invited Oral Presentation], Western Worlds, NUI Galway , 27-NOV-15 - 27-NOV-15. [Details]
(2015) Mná na Réabhlóide,
Mary N. Harris (2015) Fearúlacht, Banúlacht agus Náisiúnachas in Éirinn i dtús na Fichiú hAoise. [Invited Oral Presentation], Mná na Réabhlóide, Dún Mhuire, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary , 20-OCT-15 - 20-OCT-15. [Details]
(2016) Proclaiming the Revolution,
Mary N. Harris (2016) The Proclamation and the Partition Question. [Oral Presentation], Proclaiming the Revolution, NUI Galway , 22-JAN-16 - 22-JAN-16. [Details]
(2016) Proclaiming the Revolution,
Mary N. Harris (2016) Conference examining the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic. [Organising Chair], Proclaiming the Revolution, National University of Ireland, Galway , 22-JAN-16 - 23-JAN-16. [Details]
(2015) The North Began,
Mary N. Harris (2015) Eoin MacNeill, an Ulsterman in search of a Nation. [Invited Oral Presentation], The North Began, Trinity College Dublin , 20-JUN-15 - 20-JUN-15. [Details]
(2016) Scoil Gheimhridh Merriman: Sráideanna Naofa Átha Cliath,
Mary N. Harris (2016) Eoin Mac Néill, F.X. Martin agus Éirí Amach na Cásca. [Invited Oral Presentation], Scoil Gheimhridh Merriman: Sráideanna Naofa Átha Cliath, St Patricks, Dublin City University , 30-JAN-16 - 30-JAN-16. [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
(2013) The SDLP: The Struggle for Agreement in Northern Ireland, 1970–2000, by Seán Farren.
Mary N. Harris (2013) The SDLP: The Struggle for Agreement in Northern Ireland, 1970–2000, by Seán Farren. Book Review [Details]
(2010) ‘Logue Nationalism’: review of John Privilege, Michael Logue and the Catholic Church in Ireland, 1879-1925 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009).
Harris, Mary N. (2010) ‘Logue Nationalism’: review of John Privilege, Michael Logue and the Catholic Church in Ireland, 1879-1925 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009). Cork: Book Review [Details]
(2006) Review of Davitt, Michael, Jottings in Solitary.
Harris, M.N. (2006) Review of Davitt, Michael, Jottings in Solitary. Bath: Book Review [Details]
(2003) Review of Alan Hayes and Diane Urquhart (eds) The Irish Women's Studies Reader (Routledge: London and New York, 2001).
Harris, Mary N. (2003) Review of Alan Hayes and Diane Urquhart (eds) The Irish Women's Studies Reader (Routledge: London and New York, 2001). Book Review [Details]
(2003) The Irish women's history reader.
Harris, MN (2003) The Irish women's history reader. Book Review [DOI] [Details]
(2003) The shape of Irish history.
Harris, MN (2003) The shape of Irish history. Book Review [Details]
(2003) Review of A.T.Q. Stewart, The Shape of Irish History, Montreal and Kingston: McGill’s, 2001.
Harris, Mary N. (2003) Review of A.T.Q. Stewart, The Shape of Irish History, Montreal and Kingston: McGill’s, 2001. Boone, North Carolina: Book Review [Details]
(2002) Review of Ben Novick, Conceiving Revolution: Irish nationalist Propaganda during the First World War.
Harris, Mary N. (2002) Review of Ben Novick, Conceiving Revolution: Irish nationalist Propaganda during the First World War. Galway: Book Review [Details]
(2002) Review of Michael McGrath, The Catholic Church and Catholic Schools (Dublin andPortland, OR: Irish Academic Press 2000).
Harris, Mary N. (2002) Review of Michael McGrath, The Catholic Church and Catholic Schools (Dublin andPortland, OR: Irish Academic Press 2000). Book Review [Details]
(2002) The Catholic Church and Catholic schools in Northern Ireland: The price of faith.
Harris, MN (2002) The Catholic Church and Catholic schools in Northern Ireland: The price of faith. Book Review [Details]
(2001) Review of Diarmaid Ferriter, A Nation of Extremes: The Pioneers in Twentieth-century Ireland (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1999) and Peter Murray, Oracles of God: The Roman Catholic Church and Irish Politics, 1922-37 (Dublin: University College Dublin Press, 2000).
Harris, Mary N. (2001) Review of Diarmaid Ferriter, A Nation of Extremes: The Pioneers in Twentieth-century Ireland (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1999) and Peter Murray, Oracles of God: The Roman Catholic Church and Irish Politics, 1922-37 (Dublin: University College Dublin Press, 2000). Cork: Book Review [Details]
(2001) Review of Joseph Johnston, Civil War in Ulster: its Objects and Probable Results (University College Dublin Press, 1999).
Harris, Mary N. (2001) Review of Joseph Johnston, Civil War in Ulster: its Objects and Probable Results (University College Dublin Press, 1999). Galway: Book Review [Details]
(1998) Review of Emmet Larkin, The Historical Dimensions of Irish Catholicism (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1997).
Harris, Mary N. (1998) Review of Emmet Larkin, The Historical Dimensions of Irish Catholicism (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1997). Bath: Book Review [Details]
(1994) Paul Bew, Kenneth Darwin, Gordon Gillespie Passion and Prejudice: Nationalist-Unionist Conflict in Ulster in the 1930s and the origins of the Irish Association (Belfast: Institute of Irish Studies, 1993).
Harris, Mary N. (1994) Paul Bew, Kenneth Darwin, Gordon Gillespie Passion and Prejudice: Nationalist-Unionist Conflict in Ulster in the 1930s and the origins of the Irish Association (Belfast: Institute of Irish Studies, 1993). Dublin: Book Review [Details]

Dictionary Entry

  Year Publication
(2004) MacRory, Joseph.
Harris, Mary N. (2004) MacRory, Joseph. Oxford: Dictionary Entry [Details]
(2004) James Edward Geale Caulfeild, 8th Viscount Charlemont.
Harris, Mary N. (2004) James Edward Geale Caulfeild, 8th Viscount Charlemont. Oxford: Dictionary Entry [Details]
(2004) O'Donnell, Patrick.
Harris, Mary N. (2004) O'Donnell, Patrick. Oxford: Dictionary Entry [Details]

Documentary

  Year Publication
(2011) Contribution to programme on Tom Barry in three-part television series, Bóthar na Saoirse produced by Blackrock Pictures for TG4.
Harris, Mary N. (2011) Contribution to programme on Tom Barry in three-part television series, Bóthar na Saoirse produced by Blackrock Pictures for TG4. Documentary [Details]
(2010) Séamas Ó Conghaile.
Harris, M.N. (2010) Séamas Ó Conghaile. Documentary [Details]
(2010) Éamonn Ceannt in the Seachtar na Cásca.
Harris, Mary N. (2010) Éamonn Ceannt in the Seachtar na Cásca. Documentary [Details]

Media

  Year Publication
(2009) 25 July 2009 'Na Trioblóidí' ó thuaidh: cogadh agus réiteach? Raidió na Gaeltachta and RTÉ radio.
Harris, M.N. (2009) 25 July 2009 'Na Trioblóidí' ó thuaidh: cogadh agus réiteach? Raidió na Gaeltachta and RTÉ radio. Media [Details]
(2009) De Valera: a aisling, a Bhunreacht agus a thionchar.
Harris, M.N. (2009) De Valera: a aisling, a Bhunreacht agus a thionchar. Media [Details]
(2009) Éirí Amach 1916: cúlra agus torthaí: cogadh agus Críchdheighilt.
Harris, Mary N. (2009) Éirí Amach 1916: cúlra agus torthaí: cogadh agus Críchdheighilt. Media [Details]
(2009) Na Trioblóidí' ó thuaidh: cogadh agus réiteach?.
Harris, Mary N. (2009) Na Trioblóidí' ó thuaidh: cogadh agus réiteach?. Media [Details]

Other Item

  Year Publication
(2010) ‘Empire: Introduction’ in Global Encounters, European Identities.
Harris, Mary N. (2010) ‘Empire: Introduction’ in Global Encounters, European Identities. Pisa: Other Item [Details]
(2009) ‘Introduction’.
Harris, Mary N. and Klemenčič, Matjaž (2009) ‘Introduction’. Pisa: Other Item [Details]
(2008) ‘Introduction’.
Harris, Mary N. and Lévai, Csaba (2008) ‘Introduction’. Pisa: Other Item [Details]
(2007) ‘Introduction’.
Harris, Mary N.and Lévai, Csaba (2007) ‘Introduction’. Pisa: Other Item [Details]

Reviews

  Year Publication
(2008) Review of Society for Irish Latin American Studies websites.
Harris, Mary N. (2008) Review of Society for Irish Latin American Studies websites. Dublin: Reviews [Details]
(2001) Reviews of T. J. Morissey, William Walsh, Archbishop of Dublin, 1841-1921: No Uncertain Voice (Dublin: Four Courts Press, and D. O’Leary, Vocationalism and Social Catholicism in Twentieth-Century Ireland: The Search for a Christian Social Order (Dublin and Portland, OR: Irish Academic Press, 2000).
Harris, Mary N. (2001) Reviews of T. J. Morissey, William Walsh, Archbishop of Dublin, 1841-1921: No Uncertain Voice (Dublin: Four Courts Press, and D. O’Leary, Vocationalism and Social Catholicism in Twentieth-Century Ireland: The Search for a Christian Social Order (Dublin and Portland, OR: Irish Academic Press, 2000). Cork: Reviews [Details]