Patrick M. Geoghegan completed his PhD in History in University College Dublin in August 1997. He worked as a historian with the Royal Irish Academy’s Dictionary of Irish Biography project for five years, during which time he completed almost 300 entries.
In 1999 he began working with Dr Ciaran Brady on the Trinity Access Programme, and he still teaches the Foundation Year History course for the Young Adults. In 2001 he began lecturing in the Department of Modern History, first in American History and later in Irish History. In October 2003 he was appointed a New Blood Lecturer in Trinity College Dublin.
The author of books on the Irish Act of Union, Lord Castlereagh and Robert Emmet, he was heavily involved in the events to mark the bicentenary of Emmet’s failed rebellion in 2003. This included a speaking tour in the United States and the joint organisation of an international symposium in Trinity College Dublin (both September 2003).
He is currently a Senior Lecturer in History at Trinity College Dublin and is the presenter of the award-winning radio programme ‘Talking History’ on Newstalk. He is the author of numerous acclaimed books, including the life of Daniel O’Connell in two volumes — King Dan and Liberator.
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