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Dr Cormac Begadon

Assistant Professor (Research): Sepulchrine Fellow in the History of Catholicism in the Department of Theology and Religion
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 44132
Room number: St John’s College A4

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I am the Sepulchrine Fellow in the History of Catholicism, a historian of early modern religious and intellectual culture, with a particular research interest in Catholic religious and their interactions with the Enlightenment and French Revolution.

I undertook undergraduate studies at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, before going on to study for a doctorate at Maynooth University, completing a thesis entitled 'Clergy and Laity in the Catholic Renewal of Dublin c. 1750-1830'.

From 2015-17 I was a member of the AHRC-funded Monks in Motion Project, based at Durham University. The project explored the experiences of the English Benedictine monks in exile, c. 1553-1800 ( From 2017-19 I was employed on a project exploring the history of Goldenbridge, a large centre of institutional and educational care in Dublin founded in the mid-nineteenth century. The project was undertaken in conjunction with the Sisters of Mercy and University College Dublin. I am currently completing a monograph on the subject, entitled 'Goldenbridge, 1855-1910: a history of Catholic institutional care'.


Chapter in book

  • Presciutti, Diana. (2016). ‘Devotion, Orthodoxy, and Public Morality: Confraternities and Sodalities in Early Modern Ireland’. In Locating Confraternities in the Late Medieval and Early Modern City. Brill.
  • Cosgrave, Patrick, Dooley, Terence & Mullaney-Dignam, Karol (2014). ‘The 2nd Duke of Leinster and the Establishment of St Patrick's College, Maynooth’. In Aspects of Aristocratic Life: Essays on the Fitzgeralds and Carton House. UCD Press.
  • Lennon, Colm. (2012). ‘Confraternities and the Renewal of Catholic Dublin, c.1750-c.1830’. In Confraternities and Sodalities in Ireland: Charity, Devotion and Sociability. Columba Press.
  • Murphy, James. (2011). ‘Catholic Devotional Literature in Dublin, 1800-1830’. In The Oxford History of the Irish Book: the Irish Book in English. Oxford University Press.
  • Murphy, James. (2011). ‘Catholic Religious Publishing in Ireland in the Nineteenth Century’. In The Oxford History of the Irish Book: the Irish Book in English. Oxford University Press.
  • Bergin,John, Magennis,Eoin Ní Mhungaile, Leasa & Walsh, Patrick (2011). ‘The Renewal of Catholic Religious Culture in Eighteenth-Century Dublin’. In New Perspectives on the Penal Laws. Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society.

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