Dr. Ruan O'Donnell is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Limerick. A former Visiting Chair of Irish Studies at the Keugh-Naughton Institute, Notre Dame (2010-11), he is the author of numerous publications on the history of Irish republicanism including 'Special Category, The IRA in English Prisons, 1968-1978'. O'Donnell is the founding co-general editor of the acclaimed '16 Lives' series in which new biographies of all those executed for engagement in the 1916 Rising are being published by O'Brien Press. He is a member of the all-Ireland Universities Ireland Decade of Centenaries Committee, National Union of Journalists and the Irish Manuscripts Commission. Volume Two of 'Special Category' covering the period 1978-1985 will be published in 2015 followed by O'Donnell's biography of Patrick Pearse.
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