Dr Tomas Finn

BA., MA., PhD

Contact Details

Lecturer
 
researcher
 

Biography

Historian. - Specialised in European, British and Irish History. -

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]

Reviews

  Year Publication
(2009) Thornley, Yseult (ed.), Unquiet spirit: Essays in Memory of David Thornley.
Journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society (2009) Thornley, Yseult (ed.), Unquiet spirit: Essays in Memory of David Thornley. Reviews [Details]
(2009) Ó hAnnracháin, Eoghan and Davey, Cathal, More than a Sporting Experience: 30 Years of Gaelic Games in Luxembourg.
Journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society (2009) Ó hAnnracháin, Eoghan and Davey, Cathal, More than a Sporting Experience: 30 Years of Gaelic Games in Luxembourg. Reviews [Details]
(2017) Woodward, Guy, Culture, Northern Ireland and the Second World War.
English Historical Review (2017) Woodward, Guy, Culture, Northern Ireland and the Second World War. Oxford: Reviews [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]

Blog

  Year Publication
(2018) How revolutionary was Ireland in 1968?.
RTÉ (2018) How revolutionary was Ireland in 1968?. Blog [Details]
(2018) John Hume: the Derry boy who went global.
RTÉ (2018) John Hume: the Derry boy who went global. Blog [Details]
(2018) The challenge of an election for a sitting Irish president.
RTÉ (2018) The challenge of an election for a sitting Irish president. Blog [Details]
(2017) A test for the Taoiseach.
RTÉ (2017) A test for the Taoiseach. Blog [Details]
(2017) How should Liam Cosgrave be remembered?.
Moore Institute, NUI, Galway (2017) How should Liam Cosgrave be remembered?. Blog [Details]
(2017) Liam Cosgrave's legacy as Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader.
RTÉ (2017) Liam Cosgrave's legacy as Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader. Blog [Details]

Community Engagement

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

Other Activities

  Description

A regular contributor to RTÉ and other media

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

Irish Political thought in the 1930s

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
Dr Caitríona Clear and Dr Tony Varley
- co-organisers of conference on Rural Ireland held on 7-8 June 2018 which celebrates the donation of the Muintir na Tíre Archive to James Hardiman Library, NUI, Galway.
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)