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Irish Historical Journal

Welcome to the Irish Historical Studies Website 

Irish Historical Studies, founded in 1938, is the joint journal of the Irish Historical Society and the Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies.   It publishes articles embodying original research on Irish history; articles on the scope and teaching of Irish history; select documents, with editorial comment; select and critical bibliographies and guides to sources, manuscript and printed; annual lists of theses on Irish history completed and in progress in Irish universities; and reviews of books and periodicals having a bearing on Irish history.  Annual lists of writings on Irish history, carried in I.H.S. from 1938 to 1979, are now available digitally through Irish History Online (  

Irish Historical Studies is published twice a year by Irish Historical Studies Publications Ltd., a limited company with charitable status established in 2004.  The joint editors are Dr Robert Armstrong and Dr Robert McNamara.  Production is by the Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast, and the journal is copy-edited and typeset by Máire Ní Chearbhaill. The journal has a fourteen person International Advisory Board.

Back numbers, subject to a ‘moving wall’ of five years, are now available via the JSTOR databases of subscribing institutions. Subscribers to Irish Historical Studies who are not affiliated to institutions and non-subscribers may also access back numbers under different JSTOR schemes.

 Number 152 of the journal was distributed to subscribers in November 2013.


75th Anniversary

2013 marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the first issue of Irish Historical Studies. In recognition of this fact, the Board of Irish Historical Studies in association with the Royal Irish Academy National Committee for History, the Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies and the Irish Historical Society will host a half-day seminar in the Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin on 22nd November, 2013. It is hoped that the programme will provide an opportunity to reflect on the state of historical publication, journal publication particularly, and the position of History and the historical profession in society.


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