Mary E. Daly

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Mary Elizabeth Daly, MRIA is an Irish historian and academic. She is Professor of Modern Irish History at University College Dublin. From 2014 to 2017, she served as the President of the Royal Irish Academy.

Academic career[edit]

Daly studied history and economics at University College Dublin (UCD), graduating in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. She remained at UCD to attain a Master of Arts (MA) degree in history, which she completed in 1971.[1] She undertook postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford, completing her Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) degree in 1978.[2] Her doctoral thesis was titled "Government Policy and the Depressed Areas in the Inter-War Years".[3]

Since 1970, Daly has held teaching and research positions within University College Dublin. She was promoted to Professor of Modern Irish History in 2006.[1]

Since 2008, Daly has been the deputy chair of Higher Education Authority.[1] She has been a Commissioner of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation since its establishment in 2015.[4] From 2014 to 2017, she served as the President of the Royal Irish Academy,[5][6][7] the first woman to hold this role.[2]


In 1991, Daly was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA).[5]

Selected works[edit]

  • Daly, Mary E. (1984). Dublin, the deposed capital: a social and economic history, 1860-1914. Cork: Cork University Press. ISBN 978-0902561274.
  • Daly, Mary E. (1986). The famine in Ireland. Dublin: Dundalgan Press. ISBN 978-0852211083.
  • Daly, Mary E. (1992). Industrial Development and Irish National Identity, 1922-1939. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press. ISBN 978-0815625612.
  • Daly, Mary E. (2006). The Slow Failure: Population Decline and Independent Ireland, 1920-1973. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press. ISBN 978-0299212902.


  1. ^ a b c "Mary Daly". UCD Dublin. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Mary Elizabeth Daly". Royal Irish Academy. 19 October 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  3. ^ Daly, M. E. (1978). "Government Policy and the Depressed Areas in the Inter-War Years". E-Thesis Online Service. The British Library Board. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Who we are?". Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Mary Daly". University College Dublin. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Mary E. Daly honoured at Queen's University, Belfast". Royal Irish Academy. 5 July 2017. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Mary E. Daly". Royal Irish Academy. Retrieved 24 July 2017.