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; and reviews of books and periodicals having a bearing on Irish history.  Annual lists of writings on Irish history, carried in Irish Historical Studies from 1938 to 1979, are now available digitally through Irish History Online (www.irishhistoryonline.ie). 

No. 168 of the journal was distributed to subscribers in March 2022. To subscribe to the journal see Subscriptions.

Early recruits to the newly formed Civic Guards in 1922

In the autumn of 2014 the Management Board of Irish Historical Studies made the decision to enter a partnership with Cambridge University Press and from issue no. 155 (May 2015), the journal has been published by Cambridge. The journal will contunue to be published twice a year. Individual subscriptions remain unchanged from 2014 levels. For further detials please see our subscriptions page.

The joint editors are Dr Clodagh Tait and Dr Marie Coleman and it has a fourteen person International Advisory Board. The journal is copy-edited by Ciaran McCabe.


Irish Historical Studies: Keith Jeffery Prize

Irish Historical Studies is delighted to announce that beginning in 2021, it will be awarding a prize for the best article submitted by an Early Career Researcher during the calendar year.

The prize will be named after the former I.H.S. editor and chairman of the editorial board, the late Professor Keith Jeffery. 

Conditions for entry:

  • The author will be an Early Career Researcher, within five years (at the time of submission of the article) of the award of a Ph. D.;
  • Entries will be restricted to particular areas of Irish history: in the first instance the prize will be awarded for an article on medieval Irish history (pre-c.1500);
  • Articles entered for the prize will be sent for peer review in the normal way;
  • Depending on the quality of submissions, the prize may not be awarded every year;
  • The prize will consist of €500, plus the choice of €150-worth of CUP books, to be chosen by the winner;
  • Opening date: 1 January 2021; closing date 31 December 2021;
  • The winner will be notified by 1 March 2022;
  • For submission details and rules for contributors, see: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/irish-historical-studies/information/instructions-contributors.


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