Decade of Centenaries Historian in Residence Appointed

25 Aug 21

Decade of Centenaries Historian in Residence Appointed

Liz Gillis has been appointed as the South Dublin County Council Decade of Centenaries Historian in Residence for 2021.

Liz has a degree in Modern Irish History and specialises in the Irish Revolutionary period. She is a lecturer at Champlain College Dublin and a researcher on The History Show on RTE Radio. She has also worked as a curator on the RTE 1916 Centenary Project, as a tour guide in Kilmainham Gaol, and as historical consultant on projects including the Custom House Visitor Centre and Hyatt Centric Liberties Hotel.  She is the author of several books including Revolution in Dublin: A Photographic History 1916-1923, Women of the Irish Revolution, and May 25: Burning of the Custom House 1921. She was the recipient of the Dublin City Lord Mayor’s Award in 2018 for her contribution to history and was co-organiser of the online conference to mark the centenary of the burning of the Custom House in May 1921

Liz is currently working on a programme for autumn/winter 2021. In an online introductory lecture, Revolution in Dublin which will take place on Monday 13th September at 7:00pm, she will give an overview of the history of the War of Independence in Dublin and will outline her plans for the Historian in Residence programme. You can book your free place at this talk at

Liz believes in telling the national story from the local perspective and is passionate about getting people interested in history. She looks forward to engaging with schools, community groups, local history societies and the general public over the coming months.

If you have any family stories, memories, objects, photographs or ephemera relating to the 1913-1923 period, please get in touch with Liz on

This initiative is supported by the Decade of Centenaries Programme from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.