Dr Elaine Callinan

Programme Director MA and PGD Irish Regional History & Lecturer in History


Dr Elaine Callinan is a lecturer in History on the B.A. (Honours) in English & History and the B.A. & B.A. (Honours) in Humanities. Elaine is a first-class B.A. (Hons) graduate of Humanities from Carlow College, and a first-class honours M.Phil. in History graduate from Trinity College Dublin. She completed her Ph.D. study on ‘Electioneering and Propaganda in Ireland, 1917-1920’ in Trinity College Dublin under the supervision of Professor David Fitzpatrick. Elaine also holds a Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge (Irish Language Diploma) from National University of Ireland, Galway and is awaiting an award of Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education from Trinity College Dublin.

Professional Associations:

Member of Irish Association of Professional Historians

Member of Women’s History Association of Ireland.

Research Interest

The focus of Elaine’s research is to examine how politicians and political parties campaigned in elections in Ireland just before the foundation of the Free State. She is particularly interested in how election campaigns were conducted in an era of political and military upheaval in Ireland, and in the legacy of the same on the Free State and Northern Ireland.  Her work stems from a broader interest in the nature of the two states in Ireland during a time of internal and global conflict, and in placing the Irish experience in a wider context.  Elaine’s principal areas of historical interest are seventeenth and eighteenth centuries Irish and global history and nineteenth and twentieth centuries Irish history.


Select publications and reviews

Book: Electioneering and Propaganda in Ireland: Votes, Violence and Victory 1917-1921, (Dublin, 2020)

Book Chapter: ‘Voting to maintain the Union in 1918: ‘the strongest pillars upon which they stood’ in Southern Irish Loyalism 1912-1949, edited by Conor Morrissey and Brian Hughes (Liverpool University Press, 2020).

Review of Irish Women and the Great War (Cambridge University Press, 2020) by Fionnuala Walsh for Saothar, journal of the Irish Labour Society

Review of Margaret Skinnider, Life and Times Series, Historical Association of Ireland (Dublin 2021) by Mary McAuliffe for Women’s History Association of Ireland.

Book Chapter ‘The Mood of the Nation: Ireland’s response to Redmond’s call to war in 1914 as reported in the regional press in The Irish Regional Press, 1892-2012: changing media in a changing country (Dublin, 2018)

Carloviana, Journal of the Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society: ‘Carlow and the War of Independence (2020 edition); ‘Carlow and the 1918 General Election (2019 edition).

Irish Times Supplement ‘Countdown to War’: article titled ‘Redmond’s Gamble’ (May 2014).


Select public history

April 2021: ‘Talking History’, Newstalk.

April 2021: Trinity College Dublin Contemporary Irish History Seminar: ‘The 1921 “partition” election’.

March 2021: Women’s History of Ireland Conference, Decade of Centenaries funded panel:  ‘Propaganda and women in elections from 1918 to 1920’.

January 2021: Liffeysound 96.4FM, NEARfm. Phoenixfm Athlone, Castlebar, Connemara, Kinvara, Youghal and Kilkenny City: Bookline Show, interview with Teresa Quinn

January 2021: Carlow Nationalist Interview

December 2020, The History Show, RTE, interview with presenter Myles Dungan

April 2020: KCLR Radio, Morning Show on topic of aftermath of recent Irish elections.

Conference 2021: Women’s History Association of Ireland: ‘The best feminist propaganda that is

being done is being done by the mere fact of voting…’: Propaganda and women in elections from

1918 to 1920

Conference: 2019: Economic & Social History Society of Ireland Conference: ‘Money is coming in

with dreadful slowness’: the economics of electioneering to win votes in 1918 Ireland.

Conference 2019: Irish Humanities Alliance Border Heritages Conference: ‘Partition Propaganda

during Election Campaigns 1918-1921.

Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour and Class (NUIG):  ‘Labour and the 1918 General Election’.

Westmeath Archaeological and Historical Society, Fourth Annual Conference titled The Struggle for Independence – Ireland and Westmeath in 1919: The First Dáil and constitutional politics in Westmeath.


Diplóma sa Ghaeilge (National University of Ireland, Galway);
B.A. (Carlow College);
PGDip in Higher Education (Trinity College Dublin);
M.Phil. (Trinity College Dublin);
Ph.D. (Trinity College Dublin)