Dr Mel Farrell

History Lecturer


Dr Mel Farrell is a former Irish Research Council (IRC) Government of Ireland scholar with expertise in the Irish Revolution, 1912-23, the Irish Free State 1922-37, and post-war decolonization. He is the author of Party Politics in a New Democracy: the Irish Free State, 1922-37 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), five peer-reviewed journal articles and three book chapters.

Research Interest

His research interests include the Irish Revolution; the politics of the Irish Free State, 1922-37;  how political parties organized, 1918-39; post-war decolonization, 1945-1994 and European integration.



Mel Farrell, Party Politics in a New Democracy: The Irish Free State, 1922-37 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

Mel Farrell, Jason Knirck and Ciara Meehan (eds), A Formative Decade: Ireland in the 1920s (Sallins: Irish Academic Press, 2015).


Peer-Review Articles

Mel Farrell, ‘Structures and Members: the Cumann na nGaedheal party organisation, 1923-33’, Parliamentary History vol. 38, issue 3 (Oct. 2019), pp 387-407.

— ‘“The tide had definitely turned”: The Irish Party’s campaigns in Longford, 1917-18’, New Hibernia Review, 21:3 (Autumn 2017), pp 83-104.

— ‘From Cumann na nGaedheal to Fine Gael: the foundation of the United Ireland Party in September 1933’, Éire-Ireland, vol. 49, 3 & 4 (Fall/Winter 2014), pp 143-171.

—‘Renewing the party: Cumann na nGaedheal’s Executive Organising Committee, 1924-25’, New Hibernia Review, vol. 18, 3 (Autumn 2014), pp 58-76.

— ‘A “cadre-style” party? Cumann na nGaedheal organisation in Clare, Dublin North and Longford/Westmeath, 1923-27’, Éire-Ireland, vol. 47, 3 & 4 (Fall/Winter 2012), pp 91-110.


Chapters in Edited books:

Mel Farrell, ‘“The will of the people to-day”: County Cavan and the Anglo-Irish Treaty’, in Brendan Scott (ed.), County Cavan and the revolutionary years, 1918-22 (Cavan, 2021).

— ‘Stepping-stones to Freedom: Pro-Treaty rhetoric and strategy during the Dáil Treaty Debates’, in Mícheál Ó Fathartaigh and Liam Weeks (eds) The Treaty: Debating and Establishing the Irish State (Sallins: Irish Academic Press, 2018).

—, ‘Cumann na nGaedheal: a new “National Party”, in Mel Farrell, Jason Knirck and Ciara Meehan (eds), A Formative Decade: Ireland in the 1920s (Sallins: Irish Academic Press, 2015).


Select Public Engagement Activities:

– Contributor to a forthcoming documentary, ‘Requiem for the Big House’.

– Contributor to documentary on the War of Independence, Clonfin ambush, Feb. 1921,

– Panelist, along with Dr Margaret O’Callaghan and Dr Timothy McMahon, Border 100: The Boundary Commission, 30 Oct. 2021.

– Contributor to RTÉ Brainstorm 19 Mar 2020, ‘The evolution of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael’.

– Research has featured in national newspapers on six occasions including: the Irish Times on 18 Apr. 2020, 6 Feb. 2020, 21 May 2019, 16 Aug. 2018 and 14 Feb. 2018. Research featured in Irish Independent, 24 Apr. 2021.

– Participant, ‘The Global Irish Revolution’, History Ireland Hedge School, 21 Nov. 2019.

– Co. Longford Libraries, ‘History Ambassador’ during ‘History Month’, Nov. 2019. Duties included teacher workshops, public lectures, and school visits to meet with Leaving Cert students.

– Consultant and participant on RTÉ One television production ‘Sixteen Letters’, aired 27 Mar. 2016.

– Interview on Newstalk’s ‘Talking History’, March 2015.


B.A. (Joint Honours) English and History (Maynooth University); Ph.D.  NUI, 2012(Maynooth University)

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