The School of History conducts research in all aspects of Irish history, most notably Monastic Ireland, the Middle Ages, Tudor and Stuart Conquests, the Famine, the Irish Revolution, Irish Social, Economic and Media History and in the writing of Irish history itself. It also has strengths in Insular Studies, Renaissance history and in the history of Germany, Russia and the United States with a particular emphasis on international relations.
The School hosts several important research projects of international importance. These include:
- CELT (Corpus of Electronic Texts of Ireland) is the longest established and largest digital resource for Irish Studies in the World. (website: http://celt.ucc.ie)
- The ArCH project is concerned with the reproduction of historical Irish manuscripts and associated scholarly research. Two beautiful volumes on the Schaffhausen Adomnán and the St. Gall Gospels have been produced to date.
- CNLS dealing with the neglected Neo-Latin literature of Ireland holds a famous weekly seminar and has produced three original texts and a book of general essays. (website: https://www.ucc.ie/en/cnls/)
The School has researchers at Masters and PhD levels and hosts post-doctoral fellows on a regular basis funded by the Irish Research Council and the Marie Curie Foundation.
UCC History has a long tradition of transferring its research rapidly into the public domain through TV, newspapers, conferences and commemorative events and continues to do so.