Dr. Conor Reidy is a specialist in Irish penal and criminal history. He holds a BA in History and Political Studies and Sociology from NUI Galway. He also holds a Higher Diploma in Education from UCD and an MA in History (taught) from the University of Limerick. In 2007 he was awarded a Ph.D in History from the University of Limerick. His thesis was titled Becoming ‘a useful member of society’: an analysis of policy approaches and treatment of the young offender in the borstal system in Ireland, Clonmel 1906-1956.
He has lectured at the University of Limerick on family history, Australian history and the history of education. He has held a lectureship at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick teaching modern Irish and European history. Between 2006 and 2014 he worked as a distance learning tutor on the Oscail programme at Dublin City University. From July 2015 to August 2016 he worked as a Historical Researcher with the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland (about which he is contractually prohibited from discussing, either privately or publicly). Between 2013 and 2016 he served as Secretary of the Women’s History Association of Ireland. He has also written and researched a number of memoirs and genealogies for private clients.
In 2009 his first monograph, Ireland’s ‘moral hospital’: the Irish borstal system 1906-1956 was published by Irish Academic Press. This was followed in 2014 by Criminal Irish Drunkards: the inebriate reformatory system 1900-1920 (The History Press Ireland, 2014). He has also contributed chapters to several edited volumes (see images below) on gender history. He has been interviewed by or contributed to multiple radio programmes on RTE Radio One, Newstalk, Tipp FM and Clare FM. He is currently working on his third monograph.
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