Dr Claire Fitzpatrick

Dr Claire Fitzpatrick

Lecturer in History

School of Humanities and Performing Arts (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)


Lecturer in modern Irish history.

Third year module:

Hist 610 The Irish Revolution 1912-37 

Second year module:

Hist 517 The Longest War: Britain and Ireland since 1949

First year module:

Hist 409 Fractured Isles:  Britain and Ireland 1640-1990


B.A (Hons) Monash University
Ph.D Cambridge University

Teaching interests

Modern Irish history particularly the Irish revolution 1912-32 and contemporary Northern Ireland; the development of the state in post-partition Ireland; the history of the Irish post office 1912-27.

Research interests

My research interests lie mainly in the development of democracy in the Irish Free State and the role of labour in the Irish revolution. I am interested in popular participation in the revolution. I am also interested in the effects of partition on politics and identity and the development of the state in Northern Ireland  in relation to Labour and popular politics.

I am currently working on a history of the Irish post office in the period of 1912-27.

'Partition, postal service and Ulster Unionist politics, 1921-7' International Journal of Regional and Local History, 10, 2016.

"Nationalising the ideal: Labour and nationalism in Ireland 1909-1923", in E. Biagini (ed.), Citizenship and Community: Liberals, radicals and Collective Identities in the British Isles, 1865-1931, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1996.

"Irish Nationalism" in Immanuel Ness (ed.) Blackwell's International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest, Blackwell Publishing 2009

"Dublin Lockout 1913" in ibid

Key publications are highlighted

Fitzpatrick C 2019 'The First Step to a Nation? The Irish postal service and the Home Rule Crisis' History: the journal of the Historical Association 104, (360) 228-244 , DOI PEARL
Fitzpatrick C 2016 ''Partition, postal services and Ulster unionist politics 1921–27”' International Journal of Regional and Local History, PEARL