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Diarmuid Whelan Memorial Lecture

12 Oct 2011

All welcome to the second Diarmuid Whelan Memorial Lecture in honour of Dr Diarmuid Whelan (1972-2010), Lecturer in International Politics at UCC.


The Diarmuid Whelan Memorial Lecture  


Monday 17 October, 5.00pm

West Wing WW6

Dr John Regan

University of Dundee

‘Conor Cruise O’Brien and the Meanings of Irish Liberalism’

This year’s speaker, Dr John Regan, is a distinguished historian of modern Ireland and author of The Irish Counter-Revolution, 1921-1936 and Ireland : The Politics of Independence , 1922-1949. His current research is focussed on recent Irish historiography and on the concept of political legitimacy in relation to the state and the use of violence. The subject of his lecture was inspired in part by Diarmuid’s own acclaimed book Conor Cruise O’Brien: Violent Notions.

Diarmuid Whelan (1972-2010) was born in Cork and educated in ChristianBrothersCollege and University College Cork. He was awarded a doctorate for his thesis "Conor Cruise O'Brien: Politics & Nationalism". After his doctoral studies, but before lecturing, he was a professional sculptor in the National Sculpture Factory in Cork and a transatlantic skipper. He was a Government of Ireland post-doctoral Fellow in 2003 and worked in the National Library of Ireland archiving the Sheehy Skeffington political papers in 2004. He was appointed lecturer in 2005 in the field of International Politics at University College Cork. He was responsible for the publication of Peter Tyrrell’s harrowing memoir of life in LetterfrackIndustrialSchool in the 1920s and 1930s. The memoir – Founded on Fear– was published by Irish Academic Press in 2006.

His publications include:

The Coldest Eye: the Politics of Conor Cruise O'Brien(Irish Academic Press, Spring 2009).


Gerald Goldberg: A tribute.Edited by Diarmuid Whelan and Dermot Keogh (Mercier, 2008).


Founded on Fear: Letterfrack, War and Exile by Peter Tyrrell. Edited with an Introduction by Diarmuid Whelan (Irish Academic Press, 2006). Republished in 2008 by TransworldIreland(Random House imprint).


"Conor Cruise O'Brien and the Legitimation of Violence" Irish Political Studies. Volume 21, Number 2, June 2006.

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