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Roisin Higgins

irish sporting heritage project

Roisin Higgins
Roisin Higgins



MA (Hons) Modern History, University of St Andrews.

Ph D Modern History, University of St Andrews.


Having completed a PhD on the radical nonconformist newspaper the British Weekly Roisin got her first lectureship in Economic and Social history at the University of Manchester, then moved to lecture at the University of Edinburgh. On returning to Ireland she worked in University College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast before moving to Boston College-Ireland.


Roisin is currently working on the Irish Sporting Heritage project which has been building an inventory of historical and contemporary sporting sites across Ireland. The project is funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and has produced an online searchable database for use by the general public. Roisin is also undertaking educational outreach including school projects for Transition Year, Leaving Certificate History and Leaving Certificate Geography and public lectures for local history societies, libraries, museums and sports organisations.

Members of the public can send information to the project using the website, by email or by post to:

Dr Roisín Higgins

Irish Sporting Heritage

Boston College-Ireland

42 St Stephen’s Green

Dublin 2.

Places to Play: Ireland's Sporting Heritage (written with Mike Cronin) will be published by Collins Press in autumn 2011.

Transforming 1916: meaning, memory and the fiftieth anniversary of the Easter Rising. Cork: Cork University Press, 2010.

With Regina Uí Chollatáin, R. (eds.) The Life and After-Life of P.H. Pearse: Pádraic Mac Piarais: Saol agus Oidhreacht. Dublin : Irish Academic Press, 2009.

'The Nation Reading Rooms: Young Ireland and the Book' In: J. Murphy, (ed.). The History of the Irish Book, Vol. IV. Oxford: Oxford University Press, (forthcoming, 2010).

'The Irish Sporting Heritage Project', History Ireland, Nov/Dec, 2009.

‘Remembering and Forgetting P.H.Pearse’ In: R. Higgins and R. Uí Chollatáin, (eds.). The Life and After-Life of P.H. Pearse. Dublin: Irish Academic Press.


'Projections and Reflections: Irishness and the fiftieth anniversary of the Easter Rising'. Eire-Ireland, Autumn/Winter 2007, (42: 3/4): 11-34.

'Sites of Memory and Memorial' In: M.E. Daly and M O'Callaghan (eds.). 1916 in 1966: commemorating the Easter Rising. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 2007.

'I am the narrator over and above...the caller up of the dead: pageant and drama in 1966' In: M.E. Daly and M O'Callaghan (eds.). 1916 in 1966: commemorating the Easter Rising. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 2007.
‘William Robertson Nicoll’, Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Journalism. The British Library, Academia Press of Ghent, and ProQuest, 2007.


With Carole Holohan and Catherine O’Donnell, '1966 and all that: the fiftieth anniversary commemoration' History Ireland. March/April, 2006.

'The Constant Reality Running through our Lives: Commemorating Easter 1916' In: P. Crotty, L. Harte and Y. Whelan (eds.). Ireland: Space, Text, Time, Dublin: Liffey Press, 2005.

'Creating New Forms: Civil Society in Northern Ireland' In: R. J. Morris and L. Kennedy (eds.). Order and Dis-order: Ireland and Scotland, 1500-2000. Edinburgh: John Donald, 2005.

'Review Essay: A Drift of Chosen Females: The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, Vols. 4 and 5'. Irish University Review, Autumn/Winter, 2003, (33: 2): 400-6.


No Place Like Home, Belfast: Tinderbox, 2001.



Ireland and Australia Bi-lateral Research Group on ‘Memory and the uses of the past’. This is funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Australian Academies of the Humanities and Social Sciences. A symposium and workshops will be held in Sydney, Canberra and Dublin involving Irish and Australian scholars in 2009 and 2010.