Dr Irial Gly
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articles that caught my attention


Click above image for podcast series
on HistoryHub for 
course about 
Dublin history that I taught with 
Donal Fallon (click here for RTÉ 

Click image above for audio of 
webinar with the MPI (Washington) 
about emigration from EU

Podcast of lecture I gave at 
the Refugee Studies Centre in 
Oxford University 

Site last updated: May 2020

I started working as a lecturer at the School of History in University College Dublin in August 2020. Previously, I was based at the Institute for History in Leiden University. My current research principally involves 1) a comparative analysis of how migration has affected Irish society since 1945, 2) a global history of boat refugees since 1945, and 3) an analysis of how nativism has developed globally since the late 19th century. I am a member of the Transnational Ireland research network and I acted as the Ireland correspondent for the 'Interact' Project on the integration of non-EU immigrants in the EU. I am one of the editors of the new Journal of Migration History (Brill) and I co-founded and coordinated the Leiden Interdisciplinary Migration Seminars (see previous LIMS talks here).

(2016 book)

Before starting a Marie Curie fellowship at Leiden in 2014, I was a post-doc researcher in the Department of Geography and the ISS21 in University College Cork for the EMIGRE project, which examined contemporary Irish emigration. I also taught a number of courses at University College Dublin. My principal interest is migration history.   
On this site you can find out about my past workmy current and future research projects and some of the courses I have taught in the past.

Click below for details of a book that I co-edited with J. Olaf Kleist.

 Click image below to read 2019 special issue 
of Journal of Migration History that I co-edited on 
   NGOs & Migration Governance
Cover Journal of Migration History

Click image below for article in EuropeNow on
the global response to boat refugees since the 1940s.

Click here for short article in the Conversation 
about how the Balkan refugee crisis in the early 1990s
 informed the EU's reaction to the more recent crisis
Image result for the conversation

 Click cover below to read the EMIGRE report  
by Glynn, Kelly and Mac Éinrí (2013) 
on recent Irish emigration trends.