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History: Irish History

Welcome to the Glucksman Library guide supporting the Department of History in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in the University of Limerick

Irish history

Ireland - A Visual History

Oral History

Oral History Network

Oral History Network Ireland

From the beginning, it was agreed that the Oral History Network of Ireland would work to bring together individuals, local history groups and academics, collecting and using oral history, so that each could learn from the other.

An all-Ireland approach was also agreed to be essential and connections were established with oral history groups in Northern Ireland

The National Archives of Ireland

The National Archives holds records relating to all parts of Ireland. They provide excellent primary source material and are easily accessible to the public.

Helpful to researchers, those interested in the political, economic and social forces shaping the country and those interested in studying government policy.


The UL Department of History offers a wide range of subjects for students to sink their teeth into. They include:

  • Early Modern Ireland.
  • Ireland: 1750-1850.
  • Rebellions 1798-1867.
  • Healthcare and Social Policy in the nineteenth century.
  • The Irish abroad (Australia/Canada/US).
  • The Great Famine.
  • The Revolutionary period 1912-1923.
  • The Irish Free State Era.
  • Twentieth-century diplomacy.
  • The inter-war period.
  • The Border Campaign 1956-1962.
  • Civil Rights in Northern Ireland.
  • Outbreak of the Troubles. 

This is just a snapshot of what is on offer from the department. For module options, please consult the Undergraduate department handbook. 

Databases: History Sources

Special Collections

A Prospect of Limerick

Consult the unique book, archival and manuscript collections in the Special Collections Reading Room in the Glucksman Library.


Each issue of History Ireland covers a wide variety of topics, from the earliest times to the present day, in an effort to give the reader a sense of the distant past but also to offer a contemporary edge. Every article is illustrated with photographs, maps or paintings to provide a vivid impression of the topic.