Rory Finegan


Lecturer/Assistant Professor


Dr Rory Finegan is Assistant Professor in Military History & Strategic Studies in the Centre for Military History & Strategic Studies (CMHSS) at Maynooth University (MU), which includes delivery of the MA in Leadership Management & Defence Studies (MA LMDS) at the Irish Defence Forces Military College. He previously served as an officer in the Irish Defence Forces (DF), in a diversity of portfolios, that has included three separate tours of UN duty in the Middle East and a fourth in Kosovo.  His tenure in the DF included being Head of Department at the United Nations Training School Ireland (UNTSI); where, as Course Director & Coordinator he delivered the bespoke International Human Rights Course.  He was Assistant Program Manager (2019-2020) of the Peace IV Legacy of Violence Project based at the Glencree Peace & Reconciliation Centre working with Victims & Survivors (V&S) Groups in Northern Ireland.  Key issues of this project were captured in his role as Editor of the Academic Journal “Dealing with the Legacy of Violence in Northern Ireland through Mediation & Dialogue (2021).”  He has lectured extensively in International Relations, Conflict Resolution and Terrorism Studies, including as a Guest Lecturer with the International Institute of Humanitarian Law at Sanremo, Italy.  His specific focus in academia is on the Northern Ireland Conflict (The Troubles) and he will deliver a bespoke undergraduate module (HY 257) in this sphere in 2022.
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