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Professor Sean Connolly FBA

Religion, politics and cultural change in post-Restoration Ireland; civic culture and urban development in Victorian Belfast; the Irish diaspora seen in the context of the development of the world economy
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About this Fellow

Sean Connolly was born in Dublin, and studied at University College, Dublin, and what was then the New University of Ulster. He held posts at the Public Record Office of Ireland (now National Archives of Ireland), St Patrick’s College, Dublin, and the New University of Ulster, before becoming Professor of Irish History at Queen’s University, Belfast, in 1996. He has held Fellowships at the Folger Library, Washington DC, and the European University Institute, Florence, and twice served as editor of the journal Irish Economic and Social History.  



Current post

  • Professor of Irish History (emeritus), Queen’s University, Belfast


Civic Identity and Public Space: Belfast since 1780

S.J. Connolly, 2019 Manchester University Press

Priests and People in Pre-Famine Ireland 1780-1845

S.J. Connolly, 1981 Gill & Macmillan

Other Early Modern History to 1850 Fellows

Dr Felicity Heal

British social and religious history of the C16th and C17th; social practices of elites, especially hospitality and gift-exchange; the political and cultural nature of religious identity in Britain and Ireland

Professor Michael Hunter

Intellectual history of late 17th century Britain, especially the early Royal Society and the 'decline of magic'; editions of Robert Boyle and others; visual culture.

Dr Susan Brigden

The English Renaissance and Reformation; literary coteries; Reformation diplomacy