The INIHR is dedicated to the promotion of the study of History and to facilitating links and networks of historians within Ireland and with international scholars and to disseminate their findings. It strives to generate a deeper understanding of the importance of the past for academics, policy makers, teachers and the public. By providing a range of services, it will develop and enhance historical research, give leadership in the field of historical studies and research activities within Ireland. It will also host a range of events related to the study of History to augment the research culture of History in Ireland at local, regional, national and international levels.
The Institute has its origins in the fourth round of funding provided the Higher Education Authority’s Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions between 2008 and 2013.
Under the umbrella of the UCC Humanities Platform headed by Dr Hiram Morgan the Institute was provided with three research fellows (Dr Oonagh Walsh, Dr Raymond Ryan and Patrick Kiely) and one short-term project fellow (Dr Benjamin Hazard).
The project ran three major research projects on Economy History, Medical History and Diplomatic History headed by Dr Andrew Bielenberg, Dr Larry Geary and Professor Dermot Keogh respectively.
Overall this funding enabled the holding of high-powered conferences and master-classes given by visiting speakers, the research and writing of books and peer-reviewed articles and the uploading of documents and databases. This work was done in an interdisciplinary fashion and in co-ordination with the Boole Library in UCC.