Dr Paul Brendan O'Leary

BA, PhD (Wales)

Dr Paul Brendan O'Leary

Institute Director of Welsh Lanaguage & Culture

Professor in Welsh History

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Prof. Paul O'Leary, BA, PhD (Wales), FRhist, is a specialist in the history of 19th and early twentieth-century Wales, especially its social and cultural histories. Among other topics, he has written on Irish migration, the history of minority ethnic groups, on urban history and the history of sport. He is currently interested in the international dimensions to the history of Wales by exploring relationships with Ireland, analyzing the impact of imperialism on Welsh life and by studying French-language interpretations of 19th century Wales. He was co-manager of the AHRC-funded Ireland-Wales International Research Network and is co-editor (post-1700) of the Welsh History Review. He is a member of the AHRC's Peer Review College. He is also Director of Welsh Language and Culture in the Institute of Geography, History and Politics.




O'Leary, P. 2017 (In press). Revolution, Culture and Industry, c.1700‒1850. In G. Evans., H. Fulton. (eds) The Cambridge History of Welsh Literature. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

O'Leary, P. 2017. Wales and the First World War Theme and Debates: Themes and Debates. Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru | Welsh History Review 28 (1) pp. 591-617.

O'Leary, P. 2017. “A Vertiginous Sense of Impending Loss”: Four Nations History and the Problem of Narrative. In N. Lloyd-Jones., M. M. Scull. (eds) Four Nations Approaches to Modern ‘British History’: A (Dis)United Kingdom? Springer Nature pp. 59-82. 10.1057/978-1-137-60142-1_3 Cadair

O'Leary, P. 2017. Welsh Keywords: Crachach. Cadair

O'Leary, P. 2017. Obituary: John Davies (1938-2015). Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru | Welsh History Review 28 (2) pp. 549-563. Cadair


O'Leary, P. 2016. States of Union: Modern Scotland and British History. Twentieth Century British History 27 (1) pp. 124-143. 10.1093/tcbh/hwv038 Cadair


O'Leary, P. 2015. Ffrainc a Cymru 1830–1880: Dehongliadau Ffrengig o Genedl Ddiwladwriaeth. Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Cadair

O'Leary, P.Williams, C., Evans, N. 2015. A Tolerant Nation? Revisiting Ethnic Diversity in a Devolved Wales. 2nd edn, Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press, Caerdydd Cadair


O'Leary, P.B. 2013. Town and Nation: Writing Urban Histories in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth- Century Wales. In H. Pryce., N. Evans. (eds) Writing a Small Nation's Past. Taylor & Francis Cadair


O'Leary, P.B. 2012. Claiming the Streets: Processions and Urban Culture in South Wales, c.1830-1880. Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press, Caerdydd Cadair

O'Leary, P.B. 2012. Film, History and Anti-Semitism: Solomon & Gaenor (1999) and Representations of the Past. North American Journal of Welsh Studies 7 pp. 38-52. Other Cadair


O'Leary, P.B. 2009. Public Intellectuals, Language and Cultural Nationalism in Ireland and Wales: Douglas Hyde and Saunders Lewis. Irish Studies Review 17 (1) pp. 5-18. 10.1080/09670880802658109 Cadair


O'Leary, P.B. 2008. Peerless: the Life and Legend of Jim Driscoll (1880-1925). In P. Stead., G. Williams. (eds) Wales and its Boxers: The Fighting Tradition. Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press pp. 17-32. Cadair

O'Leary, P.B. 2008. Mass commodity culture and identity: the Morning Chronicle and Irish migrants in a nineteenth-century Welsh industrial town. Urban History 35 (2) pp. 237-254. 10.1017/S0963926808005476 Cadair

O'Leary, P.B. 2008. Processions, Power and Public Space: Corpus Christi at Cardiff, 1872-1914. Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru | Welsh History Review 24 (1) pp. 77-101. Cadair


O'Leary, P. 2007. Arming the Citizens: the Volunteer Force in Nineteenth-Century Wales. In M. Cragoe., C. Williams. (eds) Wales and War: Society, Politics and Religion in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press pp. 63-81. Cadair Other

O'Leary, P. 2007. Networking Respectability: Class, Gender and Ethnicity among the Irish in South Wales, 1845-1914. In E. Delaney., D. MacRaild. (eds) Irish Migration, Networks and Ethnic Identities since 1750. 1st edn, Taylor & Francis pp. 63-74. Cadair


O'Leary, P. 2005. Networking Respectability: Class, Gender and Ethnicity among the Irish in South Wales, 1845-1914. Immigrants and Minorities 23 (2-3) pp. 255-275. 10.1080/02619280500188310 Cadair


O'Leary, P. 2004. Irish Migrants in Modern Wales. 1stth edn, Liverpool University Press Cadair Other


O'Leary, P. 1999. Religion, Nationality and Politics: Disestablishment in Ireland and Wales, 1868-1914. In J. R. Guy., W. D. Neely. (eds) Contrasts and Comparisons: Studies in Irish and Welsh Church History. Gwasg Gomer | Gomer Press, Llandysul pp. 89-112. Cadair


O'Leary, P. 1998. Of Devolution, Maps and Divided Mentalities: Deconstructing a New National Icon. Planet: The Welsh Internationalist 127 pp. 7-12. Cadair

O'Leary, P. 1998. Accommodation and Resistance: A Comparison of Cultural Identities in Ireland and Wales, c.1880-1914. In S. J. Connolly. (ed) Kingdoms United? Great Britain and Ireland since 1500. Four Courts Press, Dublin pp. 123-134. Cadair


O'Leary, P. 1996. From the Cradle to the Grave: Popular Catholicism among the Irish in Wales. In P. O'Sullivan. (ed) Religion and Identity: The Irish Worldwide. Octopus Publishing Group, London/New York pp. 183-195. Other Cadair


O'Leary, P. 1994. Articles Relating to the History of Wales Published Mainly in 1992. Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru | Welsh History Review 17 (2) pp. 304-311. Other Cadair

O'Leary, P. 1994. 'Trais a Thwyll a Cherddi': Y Gwyddelod yng Nghymru, 1798-1882. In G. H. Jenkins. (ed) Ysgrifau ar hanes Cymru. Cof Cenedl Gwasg Gomer | Gomer Press pp. 129-162. Cadair


O'Leary, P. 1993. Articles Relating to the History of Wales Published Mainly in 1991. Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru | Welsh History Review 16 (4) pp. 597-604. Other Cadair


O'Leary, P. 1992. The Enemy Without: Policing and Class Consciousness in the Miners' Strike. Journal of Law and Society 19 (2) pp. 284-292. Other Cadair

Paddison, R., Weir, K., Songdergaard, B., O'Leary, P. 1992. A Tolerant Country? Immigrants, Refugees and Minorities in Britain. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 13 (3) pp. 302-306. 10.1080/01434632.1992.9994498 Other Cadair

O'Leary, P. 1992. Articles Relating to the History of Wales Published Mainly in 1990. Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru | Welsh History Review 16 (2) pp. 280-288. Other Cadair


O'Leary, P. 1991. Anti-Irish Riots in Wales, 1826-1882. Llafur 5 (4) pp. 27-36. Cadair

O'Leary, P. 1991. Immigration and the Growth of Pontypridd, 1841-1914. In B. S. Tobin., J. I. Davies. (eds) The Bridge and the Song. , Bridgend pp. 19-27. Cadair


O'Leary, P. 1990. The Irish in Wales: The Integration of a Minority. CEDPATH 90: The Irish in Britain. Department for Education, London pp. 24-26. Cadair


O'Leary, P. 1988. Irish Immigration and the Catholic 'Welsh District', 1840-1850. In G. H. Jenkins., J. B. Smith. (eds) Politics and Society in Wales, 1840-1922: Essays in Honour of Ieuan Gwynedd Jones. Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press, Cardiff pp. 29-45. Cadair


O'Leary, P. 1986. 'Syndicalist Teachers' in the Rhondda 1913-1919: A Comment. Llafur 4 (3) pp. 80-84. Cadair


O'Leary, P. 1985. The Welsh Political Archive. Llafur 4 (2) pp. 101-102. Cadair