Michelle O'Mahony

BA,HdE,M.Phil (hons)

Michelle has been actively engaged in all aspects of history since 1992 in her capacity as student, head tutor, second level teacher, para-legal, historian, author, public speaker, conference and event organiser, historical advisor and researcher. As a bespoke history consultant armed with her motto of “Unlocking the Past” she is dedicated to infusing her love of all things history into all her projects, making history as relevant and accessible as possible for her clients, whether it be undertaking bespoke research for a family history or an ancestral trail, preparing interpretative signage, themed historical events and conference organisation or delivering historical lectures.

Michelle’s professional qualifications include a BA (Hons) in both History and English, a Higher Diploma in Education, and a Research Masters qualification -M.Phil (Hons)in History, all awarded by University College Cork. Her professional affiliations include membership of  Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland and the Royal Historical Society  & membership of local history societies .

An experienced writer, Michelle has delivered many speeches on various aspects of history over the years, written a monograph, case studies (particularly on the Irish Famine Workhouse Experience) and newspaper articles (see Media section ) and undertaken editorial work for local historical societies in addition to providing guidance to heritage groups with their funding processes. (see Project section)

She is passionate about conservation and preservation of all aspects of historical heritage, from archival materials, family papers & diaries, monuments and built heritage. She was actively involved in 2017 in the repatriation to Ireland of a large collection of nineteenth century personal papers, writings and memorabilia relating to Daniel MacCarthy Glas, author- antiquarian-novelist, this was housed in the Cork City & County Archives. She advised on the historical importance of the preservation and refurbishment of the Former Methodist Church in Dunmanway and has been advising and assisting the owners of Togher Castle with the history of their monument.  She has advised voluntary groups with themed events and productions such as a Victorian Tea Party, Victorian Concerts (ensuring historical accuracy of design, content and costume) and assists and advises historical organisations and community groups on historic commemorations. Her skillset extends to organising book launches and PR relating to history-based events including Clan Gatherings, associated conferences, tours, local centenary commemorations (1920 – 2022), and locally based Irish Famine commemorations.

Dedicated to making history relevant she has brought history to life for students at primary and second level in her talks at schools over the years, with topics as diverse as the Titanic 2012, Easter Rising of 2016 and castle projects.

Over the years she has forged many links with others in the fields of history, archaeology, journalism, tv and radio.ensuring that she can call upon additional expertise if & when necessary for her clients.