Tom Kettle 100


Commemorating the life of Thomas Michael Kettle, UCD Professor of National Economics, on the centenary of his death at Ginchy in the Somme on 9th September 2016.

DATE: 9 September 2016

VENUE: University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4

Friday 9th September 2016 marks the centenary of the death at Ginchy in the Somme of Thomas Michael Kettle, Professor of National Economics at UCD and sometime MP for Tyrone East. However, Kettle was more than the sum of his parts and he constitutes one of the leading UCD academics to have been involved in national life both through politics and literary achievement. This event will explore the contribution of Tom Kettle to Irish history and also examine his work as a scholar, writer, and poet.

Poetry Ireland will organise a special event of its ‘Poetry Aloud’ series to coincide with this event.



This project has been funded by

University College Dublin Decade of Centenaries Award

Dr Conor Mulvagh

Lecturer in Irish History, UCD School of History & Archives, UCD Centre for War Studies


Dr Conor Mulvagh is Lecturer in Irish History with special responsibility for the Decade of Commemorations. He is lead organiser on several universitiy conferences and events connected with commemorations and is also writing a history of UCD during the Irish revolution. He is delighted to contribute to the work of the committee.

Currently, Conor is researching a history of UCD during the Irish Revolution. His PhD (UCD, 2012) investigated the work and collective behaviour of Irish Nationalist MPs at Westminster between 1900 and 1918 and was funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. This is currently being prepared for publication as a monograph.

He has previously lectured on the Irish revolution, the Northern Irish Troubles, and Irish Studies at UCD as well as having worked on the Royal Irish Academy’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy project (2013). He holds an MPhil in modern Irish history from TCD (2007) and undertook a bursary with the Oireachtas Library and Research Service in 2012 examining pamphlet collection of the Chief Secretary of Ireland now held in Leinster House. He is a history and policy editor and contributor to