Tom Garvin is one of the world’s foremost authorities on contemporary Irish history. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for British-Irish Studies and was Professor of Politics at University College Dublin (1991–2008). His books include: Nationalist revolutionaries in Ireland (1987), 1922: the birth of Irish democracy (1996), Preventing the future: why was Ireland so poor for so long? (2004), and The evolution of Irish nationalist politics (2005). In 2009 the Academy published a reappraisal of Seán Lemass by Professor Garvin entitled Judging Lemass: the measure of the man. He was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2003.
Myles Dungan is a historian and broadcaster for RTÉ. In 2009 his book Conspiracy: Irish political trials was published by the Academy. His previous books include Irish voices from the Great War (1996); They shall not grow old, Irish soldiers and the Great War (1997); The Stealing of the Irish crown jewels (2003); How the Irish won the West (2006); and The Captain and the king: William O’Shea, Parnell and late Victorian Ireland (2009).
Diarmaid Ferriter, author and historian, is Professor of Modern Irish History at University College Dublin. He was visiting Burns Professor at Boston College from 2008–09; prior to this he was a senior lecturer on Irish and international history at St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin City University. He is the author of Occasions of sin: sex and society in modern Ireland (2009), the three-time Irish Book Awards winner, Judging Dev, published by the Academy in 2007 and the acclaimed The Transformation of Ireland 1900–2000 (2005). As a broadcaster, he established a listenership of 177,000 people for his RTÉ Radio 1show, What if? He lives in Dublin with his wife, Sheila, and their three daughters.
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