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Liam Kennedy was born in rural Tipperary under the star sign of Leo (or was it Taurus?), well before the era of Radio Telefis Eireann and the Friesian cow. His undergraduate degree was in food science but he experienced a later Pauline conversion to history. His formative intellectual influences included Raymond Crotty (Irish agricultural production), Sir John Hicks (A theory of economic history), Edna O'Brien (The country girls) and the Tipperary Star. In 2005 he held a visiting professorship at the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy's National Committee for Social Sciences.


Research Statement

Themes of rural social change dominated his earlier research interests, and still retain an emotional charge. Increasingly, however, his interests have shifted towards the study of long-term social change in Ireland, extending from the 17th to the 20th century. Historical studies of wages, prices and living standards, as well as secular change in the political and religious demography of Ireland have come to the fore. Other interests include Belfast in 1911, and bastardy and the Irish. In his darker moments he contests the notion of the MOPE syndrome: that in the comparative historical stakes the Irish were the most oppressed people ever.

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Research Output

"The religious demography of Ulster, 1600-1914"

Kennedy, L., Miller, K. A. & Brian, G., Nov 2011, Ulster since 1600. Kennedy, L. & Ollerenshaw, P. (eds.). Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

• "Minorities, Majorities and Demographic Power: The Protestant & Catholic Communities of Tipperary since 1660",

Kennedy, L., Miller, K. A. & Brian, G., Mar 2010, Power and Popular Culture in Modern Ireland: Essays in Honour of James S. Donnelly, Jr.. Farrell, S. & Nie, M. D. (eds.). Irish Academic Press, p. 67-92 26 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The famine's scars: William Murphy's Ulster and American odyssey

Miller, K., Boling, B. D. & Kennedy, L., Apr 2001, In : Eire Ireland: Interdisciplinary Journal of Irish Studies. 36 (1-2), p. 98-123 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations (Scopus)

Prices and Wages in Ireland, 1700-1850

Dowling, M. & Kennedy, L., 1997, In : Irish Economic and Social History. 24, p. 62-104 43 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Thesis

    A social history of illegitimacy in Ireland from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century

    Author: Gray, W. P., Jul 2000

    Supervisor: Kennedy, L. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy