Dr. Jackie Ui Chionna

Dr. Jackie Uí Chionna teaches History at the National University of Ireland, Galway. A fluent Irish speaker, she has combined a career in heritage management and public history with academia and academic research. Her specialism is the social and cultural history of Modern Ireland. An experienced oral historian, she has used oral history extensively in her research. As Editor of the Journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society, she has edited five volumes of the Journal, and has published two books.

Her first book, He Was Galway: Máirtín Mór McDonogh, 1860-1934 was published by Four Courts Press in 2016, and was shortlisted for the NUI Irish Historical Research Prize in 2019. Her second book, An Oral History of University College Galway, 1930-1980: A University in Living Memory was published by Four Courts Press in 2019.

Dr. Uí Chionna was awarded an Archives By-Fellowship at Churchill College Cambridge in 2019, where she undertook research on her next book, a biography of Irishwoman Emily Anderson OBE, the foremost female code breaker in the British intelligence service through two World Wars. The biography, entitled Queen of Codes: The Secret Life of Emily Anderson will be published by Headline Publishing (UK) in early 2023.