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Currently undertaking a PhD in History at University College Dublin under the supervision of Dr. Paul Rouse. The project is concerned with the rise of the Irish Physical Culture movement from the late 1890s to the 1930s.
Though physical culture, that is the late nineteenth and early twentieth century concern with the commercial and ideological cultivation of the body, is a relatively well studied field in other nations, the Irish physical culture movement has been neglected by historians. My project's aim is to explore what fitness and physical culture meant for both nationalists and lay citizens during this tumultuous period in Irish history.
The project compliments other works of mine from undergraduate level at Trinity College Dublin and M.Phil level at the University of Cambridge where I conducted research into sporting and exercise history.