Prof Thomas O'Connor

Arts and Humanities Institute, History

Director of Arts & Humanities Institute

Iontas Building
(01) 7087578

Biography

Professor Thomas O'Connor is director of the Maynooth University Arts and Humanities Institute. He is a member of the Maynooth University History department and holds a DEA and PhD from the Sorbonne. His undergraduate courses include the Spanish Inquisition, the French Wars of Religion and early modern migration. His research interests are in early modern European migration and religion, especially Jansenism, Inquisitions, censorship, ideological controls, social discipline and religious conversion. His current research interests include the role of foreigners, especially British and Irish, in the Spanish, Portuguese and Roman Inquisitions, the role of conversion in migration and migrant integration and the migrant networks that linked early modern economic, political and religious refugees. He is co-director of the Irish in Europe Project and editor of the history sources journal, Archivium Hibernicum. He is a member of the Irish Manuscripts Commission and of the Fondation Irlandaise (Paris). He has published several monographs in early modern European history, the most recent on the Iberian Inquisition with Palgrave in 2016. He has edited and co-edited four volumes in the Irish in Europe series, co-authored a guide to the Strangers to Citizens Exhibition in the National Library Ireland and contributed to numerous scholarly periodicals and essay collections. He has edited a collection of essays on abroad colleges in early modern Europe, which appeared with Manchester University Press in late 2017. Most recently, he has co-edited, for Brill, an essay collection presenting new archival research on individual Catholic colleges in seventeenth and eighteenth century Europe. This volume appeared in early 2018.

Research Interests

History of the Spanish, Portuguese and Roman Inquisitions; early modern religious history, especially in France, Spain and the British Isles; Jansenism; European political thought in the early modern period; Irish migration to Europe in the early modern period; digital humanities and prosopography; clerical elites in early modern Europe; irish colleges phenomenon in Europe

Books

  Year Publication
2018 Forming Catholic Communities: Irish, Scots and English college networks in Europe 1568-1918.
Thomas O'Connor, Liam Chambers (2018) Forming Catholic Communities: Irish, Scots and English college networks in Europe 1568-1918. Leiden: Brill. [Details]
2017 Catholic communities abroad: education, migration and Catholicism in early modern Europe.
Thomas O'Connor, Liam Chambers (2017) Catholic communities abroad: education, migration and Catholicism in early modern Europe. UK: Manchester University Press. [Details]
2016 Irish Voices from the Spanish Inquisition: migrants, converts and brokers in early modern Iberia.
Thomas O'Connor (2016) Irish Voices from the Spanish Inquisition: migrants, converts and brokers in early modern Iberia. London: Palgrave. [Details]
2010 The Ulster earls and baroque Europe.
Thomas O'Connor, Mary Ann Lyons (2010) The Ulster earls and baroque Europe. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
2008 Strangers to citizens: the Irish in Europe, 1600-1800.
Thomas O'Connor, Mary Ann Lyons (2008) Strangers to citizens: the Irish in Europe, 1600-1800. Bray: Wordwell Press. [Details]
2008 Irish Jansenists in Flanders, France, Ireland and Rome.
Thomas O'Connor (2008) Irish Jansenists in Flanders, France, Ireland and Rome. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
2006 Irish Communities in Early modern Europe.
Thomas O'Connor (2006) Irish Communities in Early modern Europe. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
2005 An Irish Jansenist in seventeenth-century France: John Callaghan 1605-54.
Thomas O'Connor (2005) An Irish Jansenist in seventeenth-century France: John Callaghan 1605-54. Dublin: National University of Ireland. [Details]
2003 Irish migrants in Europe after Kinsale, 1602-1820.
Thomas O'Connor, Mary Ann Lyons (2003) Irish migrants in Europe after Kinsale, 1602-1820. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
2001 The Irish in Europe 1580-1815.
Thomas O'Connor (2001) The Irish in Europe 1580-1815. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
1995 An Irish Theologian in Enlightenment Europe: Luke Joseph Hooke 1714-96.
Thomas O'Connor (1995) An Irish Theologian in Enlightenment Europe: Luke Joseph Hooke 1714-96. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2017 'Spanish subornment of English and Irish textile workers, 1749-1756'
Thomas O'Connor (2017) 'Spanish subornment of English and Irish textile workers, 1749-1756' In: Thomas Truxes (eds). Ireland, France nd the Atlantic in a time of War: reflections on the Bordeaux-Dublin Letters, 1757. London: Routledge. [Details]
2016 'Catholic and Protestant weavers before the Spanish Inquisition, 1745-54'
Thomas O'Connor (2016) 'Catholic and Protestant weavers before the Spanish Inquisition, 1745-54' In: Salvador Ryan, Clodagh Tait (eds). Religion and politics in urban Dublin, c. 1500-c. 1750. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
2014 'Entre castigo y asimilación: los irlandeses y la Inquisición Espanola 1580-1750'
Thomas O'Connor (2014) 'Entre castigo y asimilación: los irlandeses y la Inquisición Espanola 1580-1750' In: Bernadro J. García García and Oscar Recio Morales (eds). Las corporaciones de nación en la monarquía hispánica 1580-1750. Madrid: Fundación Carlos Amberes. [Details]
2014 'Theological Tolerance in an apologetic mold: Luke Joseph Hooke 1714-96'
Thomas O'Connor (2014) 'Theological Tolerance in an apologetic mold: Luke Joseph Hooke 1714-96' In: J.D. Burson and U.L. Lehner (eds). Enlightenment and Catholicism in Europe, a transnational culture. USA: Notre Dame University Press. [Details]
2012 'Jansenism'
Thomas O'Connor (2012) 'Jansenism' In: The Oxford Handbook of the ancien régime. UK: Oxford University Press. [Details]
2010 'IRISH FRANCISCAN NETWORKS AT HOME AND ABROAD, 1607-1640'
Thomas O'Connor (2010) 'IRISH FRANCISCAN NETWORKS AT HOME AND ABROAD, 1607-1640' In: BRITISH AND IRISH EMIGRANTS AND EXILES IN EUROPE, 1603-1688. PA LEIDEN: E J BRILL. [Details]
2009 'COUNTER-REFORMED SOLIDARITY: IRISH COLLEGE NETWORKS IN CATHOLIC EUROPE, 1578-1793'
O'Connor, T (2009) 'COUNTER-REFORMED SOLIDARITY: IRISH COLLEGE NETWORKS IN CATHOLIC EUROPE, 1578-1793' In: ETUDIANTS DE L'EXIL: MIGRATIONS INTERNATIONALES ET UNIVERSITES REFUGES (XVI-XX S.). TOULOUSE: PRESSES UNIV MIRAIL. [Details]
2010 'Irish Franciscan networks at hom and abroad, 1607-1640'
O'Connor, Thomas (2010) 'Irish Franciscan networks at hom and abroad, 1607-1640' In: British and Irish emigrants and exiles in Europe, 1603-1688. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. [Details]
2009 'La solidarité contre-réformée: les réseaux de collèges irlandais dans l’Europe catholique, 1578-1793'
O'Connor, Thomas (2009) 'La solidarité contre-réformée: les réseaux de collèges irlandais dans l’Europe catholique, 1578-1793' In: Etudiants de l’exil: migrations internationales et universités refuges (xviè-xxè). France: Universite de Toulouse. [Details]
2009 'Aspects of the role of the Holy Office in Irish church affairs'
O'Connor, Thomas (2009) 'Aspects of the role of the Holy Office in Irish church affairs' In: Marsh's library a mirror on the world: law, learning and libraries, 1650-1750. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
2009 'The Irish clerical community in the university of Évora'
O'Connor, Thomas (2009) 'The Irish clerical community in the university of Évora' In: Revista da universidade de Évora. Portugal: University fo Evora. [Details]
2007 'Archives and new technologies: databases for early-modern military data'
Dr Thomas O'Connor (2007) 'Archives and new technologies: databases for early-modern military data' In: Extranjeros en el Ejército: militares irlandeses en la sociedad Española, 1580-1818. Spain: Ministerio de Defensa. [Details]
2006 'Religious Change and the Irish Book, 1550-1800'
Dr Thomas O'Connor (2006) 'Religious Change and the Irish Book, 1550-1800' In: The Oxford History of the Irish Book: vol. III: The Irish Book in English 1550-1800. UK: Oxford university Press. [Details]
2005 'Scottish communities abroad: some concluding remarks'
Dr Thomas O'Connor (2005) 'Scottish communities abroad: some concluding remarks' In: Scottish communities abroad in the early modern period. Leyden: Brill. [Details]
2004 'O'Hearn, Francis (1747-1801)'
O'Connor, T. (2004) 'O'Hearn, Francis (1747-1801)' In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [IR Link] [Details]
2004 'Hugh ONeill: free spirit, religious chameleon or ardent catholic?'
Dr Thomas O'Connor (2004) 'Hugh ONeill: free spirit, religious chameleon or ardent catholic?' In: The Battle of Kinsale. Dublin: wordwell. [IR Link] [Details]
2004 'John Sinnich'
O'Connor, T. (2004) 'John Sinnich' In: Dictionary of Irish Philosophers. London: [Details]
2004 'Marsh’s Library and the Irish Catholic tradition'
O’Connor, T. (2004) 'Marsh’s Library and the Irish Catholic tradition' In: The Making of Marsh’s Library; Learning, Politics and Religion in Ireland, 1650-1750. Dublin: Four Court's Press. [IR Link] [Details]
2004 'Luke Joseph Hooke'
O'Connor, T. (2004) 'Luke Joseph Hooke' In: Dictionary of Irish Philosophers. London: [Details]
2004 'Peter Lombard'
O'Connor, T. (2004) 'Peter Lombard' In: Dictionary of Irish Philosophers. London: [Details]
2004 'Shortal, Sebastian (d.1639)'
O'Connor, T. (2004) 'Shortal, Sebastian (d.1639)' In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [IR Link] [Details]
2004 'Hooke, Luke Joseph (1714-96) '
O’Connor, T. (2004) 'Hooke, Luke Joseph (1714-96) ' In: New Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [IR Link] [Details]
2004 'Irish Colleges abroad until the French Revolution'
O’Connor, T. (2004) 'Irish Colleges abroad until the French Revolution' In: Encyclopedia of Irish History and Culture (2 Vols.). New York: [Details]
2004 'Gould, Thomas (1657-1734)'
O'Connor, T. (2004) 'Gould, Thomas (1657-1734)' In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [IR Link] [Details]
2004 'O'Daly, Daniel Dominic (1595-1662)'
O'Connor, T. (2004) 'O'Daly, Daniel Dominic (1595-1662)' In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [IR Link] [Details]
2004 'Betagh, Thomas (1738-1811)'
O'Connor, T. (2004) 'Betagh, Thomas (1738-1811)' In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [IR Link] [Details]
2004 'Donlevy, Andrew, (1680-1746)'
O'Connor, T. (2004) 'Donlevy, Andrew, (1680-1746)' In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [IR Link] [Details]
2004 'Marshs library and the Irish Catholic Tradition'
Dr Thomas O'Connor (2004) 'Marshs library and the Irish Catholic Tradition' In: The Making of Marshs library: learning, politics and religion in Ireland, 1650-1750. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [IR Link] [Details]
2004 'Arthur, James (1587-1654)'
O'Connor, T. (2004) 'Arthur, James (1587-1654)' In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [IR Link] [Details]
2004 'French, Peter'
O'Connor, T. (2004) 'French, Peter' In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [IR Link] [Details]
2004 'John Callaghan'
O'Connor, T. (2004) 'John Callaghan' In: Dictionary of Irish Philosophers. London: [Details]
2004 'Butler, John, (1731-1800)'
O'Connor, T. (2004) 'Butler, John, (1731-1800)' In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [IR Link] [Details]
2004 'Carpenter, John (1729-86)'
O'Connor, T. (2004) 'Carpenter, John (1729-86)' In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [IR Link] [Details]
2003 'The Irish College, Rome in the age of religious reform'
Dr Thomas O'Connor (2003) 'The Irish College, Rome in the age of religious reform' In: The Irish College, Rome 1628-78: an early manuscript account of the foundation and development of the Ludovisian College of the Irish in Rome. Rome: Pontificio collegio irlandese. [Details]
2003 '‘A justification for foreign intervention in early modern Ireland: Peter Lombard’s Commentarius (1600)'
Dr Thomas O'Connor (2003) '‘A justification for foreign intervention in early modern Ireland: Peter Lombard’s Commentarius (1600)' In: Irish migrants in Europe after Kinsale 1602-1820. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
2002 'Diplomatic preparations for Kinsale'
O'Connor, T. (2002) 'Diplomatic preparations for Kinsale' In: Irlanda y la monarquía hispánica: Kinsale 1601-2001: guerra, política, exilio y religión. Madrid: CSIC, universidad de Alcala. [Details]
2001 'Irish migration to Spain and the formation of an Irish college network, 1589-1800'
T. O'Connor (2001) 'Irish migration to Spain and the formation of an Irish college network, 1589-1800' In: The Sea in European History. Pisa: [Details]
2001 'The Irish in Europe 1580-1815: some historiographical remarks'
T. O'Connor (2001) 'The Irish in Europe 1580-1815: some historiographical remarks' In: The Irish in Europe 1580-1815. Dublin: [Details]
1999 'The Role of Irish Clerics in Paris University Politics 1730-40'
T. O'Connor (1999) 'The Role of Irish Clerics in Paris University Politics 1730-40' In: History of Universities xv (1997-9). [Details]
1998
T. O'Connor (1998) In: The Oxford Companion to Irish History. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2010 'A digital edition of a S@panish 18th century accounts book: part 1: user driven digitisationJahrbuch fur Computerphilologie'
Thomas O'Connor (2010) 'A digital edition of a S@panish 18th century accounts book: part 1: user driven digitisationJahrbuch fur Computerphilologie'. To be added, 10 :169-188 [IR Link] [Details]
2004 'Problems with historical databases and the XLM solution'
T.O'Connor, J.G. Keating, Denis Clancy and M.A.Lyons (2004) 'Problems with historical databases and the XLM solution'. ARCHIVIUM HIBERNICUM, lviii :268-275 [IR Link] [Details]
2000 '1916: More Potent in Memory than in Act?''
T. O'Connor (2000) '1916: More Potent in Memory than in Act?''. CÉIDE, iv :22-25 [Details]
2000 'Custom, Authority and Tolerance in Irish Political Thought: David Rothe's Analecta Sacra et Mira (1616)'
T. O'Connor (2000) 'Custom, Authority and Tolerance in Irish Political Thought: David Rothe's Analecta Sacra et Mira (1616)'. IRISH THEOLOGICAL QUARTERLY, lxv :133-156 [Details]
2000 'Thomas Messingham (c. 1575-1638?) and the seventeenth-century Church'
T. O'Connor (2000) 'Thomas Messingham (c. 1575-1638?) and the seventeenth-century Church'. RÍOCHT NA MIDHE, xi :88-105 [IR Link] [Details]
2000 'Archivium Hibernicum'
Dr Thomas O'Connor (2000) 'Archivium Hibernicum'. ARCHIVIUM HIBERNICUM, 54 :1-196 [Details]
1999 'Towards the Invention of the Irish Catholic nation: Thomas Messingham's Florilegium (1624)'
T. O'Connor (1999) 'Towards the Invention of the Irish Catholic nation: Thomas Messingham's Florilegium (1624)'. IRISH THEOLOGICAL QUARTERLY, lxiv :157-177 [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2010 Irish Embassy Lecture Series.
(2010) Irish Embassy Lecture Series. [Oral Presentation], New Research on the Irish in Spain, Irish Embassy, Madrid [Details]
2009 Kilkenny 1609 Charter Conference.
(2009) Kilkenny 1609 Charter Conference. [Oral Presentation], David Rothe, historian and bishop, Kilkenny Castle [Details]
2009 Insular Christianity Conference.
(2009) Insular Christianity Conference. [Oral Presentation], The British Isles and the Roman Inquisition in the early seventeenth century, TCD [Details]
2009 Archivi e biblioteche: dalla memoria del passato al web.
(2009) Archivi e biblioteche: dalla memoria del passato al web. [Oral Presentation], The Irish in Europe Virtual Research Environment, Istituto di Storia dell'Europa Mediterranea), Cagliari, Sardinia [Details]
2009 Cromwell Workshop.
(2009) Cromwell Workshop. [Oral Presentation], Remarks on publishing Cromwell's correspondence, TCD [Details]
2009 Seminario permanente Los Extranjeros en España y la America española.
(2009) Seminario permanente Los Extranjeros en España y la America española. [Oral Presentation], La nación irlandesa en los colegios y universidades de la Europa moderna: algunos desafíos, Universidad Complutense de Madrid [Details]
2009 Centre for Historical Research.
(2009) Centre for Historical Research. [Oral Presentation], Current research on the Irish in Europe, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick [Details]
2008 Irlanda y el Atlántico Ibérico: Movilidad participación e intercambio cultural (1580-1823.
(2008) Irlanda y el Atlántico Ibérico: Movilidad participación e intercambio cultural (1580-1823. [Oral Presentation], Theory and methodology in the analysis of early-modern Irish military activity, Universidad Pablo Olviade, Seville [Details]
2007 Colloque internationale, Etudier allieurs, étudier malgré tout.
(2007) Colloque internationale, Etudier allieurs, étudier malgré tout. [Oral Presentation], La solidarité contre-réformée: les réseaux de collèges irlandais dans l’Europe catholique, 1578-1793, Université de Toulouse-le Mirail [Details]
2007 Conference to mark the 400th anniversary of the foundation of St Anthony’s, Louvain.
(2007) Conference to mark the 400th anniversary of the foundation of St Anthony’s, Louvain. [Oral Presentation], John Sinnich: Jansenist or rigorist?, University of Leuven [Details]
2007 Emigrants and exiles from the Three Kingdoms in Europe, 1603-1688.
(2007) Emigrants and exiles from the Three Kingdoms in Europe, 1603-1688. [Oral Presentation], Ideology in the Irish colleges: a case study of the Franciscan college of St Anthony’s, Leuven, 1607, University of Aberdeen [Details]
2007 conference to commemorate the 1707 Act of Parliament establishing the Library.
(2007) conference to commemorate the 1707 Act of Parliament establishing the Library. [Oral Presentation], Aspects of the role of the Holy Office in Irish church affairs, Marsh's Library, Dublin [Details]
2004 Irish in Europe Project.
Thomas O'Connor, Mary Anne Lyons (2004) Irish in Europe Project. , 14-MAY-04 - 15-MAY-04 [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2009 Spanish-Irish relations through the ages.
O'Connor, Thomas (2009) Spanish-Irish relations through the ages. Book Review [Details]
2009 Augustin au xviie siècle: actes du colloque organisé par Carlo Ossola au Collège de France les 30 septembre et1er octobre 2004. Edited by Laurence Devillairs. (Florence, Leo S. Olschki Editore, 2007). Pp 300.
O'Connor, Thomas (2009) Augustin au xviie siècle: actes du colloque organisé par Carlo Ossola au Collège de France les 30 septembre et1er octobre 2004. Edited by Laurence Devillairs. (Florence, Leo S. Olschki Editore, 2007). Pp 300. Book Review [Details]
2009 Sean J. Connolly, Contested Island: Ireland 1460–1630, Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2009; 440 pp., 6 maps, 1 table; 9780199563715, £19.99 (pbk).
O'Connor, Thomas (2009) Sean J. Connolly, Contested Island: Ireland 1460–1630, Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2009; 440 pp., 6 maps, 1 table; 9780199563715, £19.99 (pbk). Book Review [Details]
2001 The Diocese of Elphin: People, Places and Pilgrimage.
Dr Thomas O'Connor (2001) The Diocese of Elphin: People, Places and Pilgrimage. Book Review [Details]

Magazine Article

  Year Publication
2009 The perils of celebration.
O'Connor, Thomas (2009) The perils of celebration. Magazine Article [IR Link] [Details]

Thesis

  Year Publication
1993 Theologie et lumieres chez Luke Joseph Hooke.
Dr Thomas O'Connor (1993) Theologie et lumieres chez Luke Joseph Hooke. Universite de Paris-Paris iv-Sorbonne: Thesis [Details]