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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

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