Primary Department
School of Communications
Head Of School
Phone number: 01 700
Glasnevin Campus
Room Number
GLA. C158

Academic biography

Mark O’Brien is Professor of Journalism History and Head of the School of Communications. His 2017 book, The Fourth Estate: Journalism in Twentieth-Century Ireland examined the interplay between politics, media ownership, religion, interest groups, social change, and journalism from the 1890s to the 1990s. His other monographs include The Irish Times: A History (2008) and De Valera, Fianna Fáil and the Irish Press: The Truth in the News? (2001).

Among his co-edited volumes are The Sunday Papers: A History of Ireland's Weekly Press (2018), Political Communication in the Republic of Ireland (2014), Independent Newspapers: A History (2012), and Political Censorship and the Democratic State: The Irish Broadcasting Ban (2004). He is also co-editor of the two volume series Periodicals and Journalism in Twentieth-Century Ireland (2014 & 2021).

His current research focuses on the relationship between writers, journalism, and the Irish state from 1922 to 1967. He is chair of the Mary Raftery Prize for Journalism. 

Research interests

He welcomes enquires from anyone interested in pursuing a Masters by Research or a Ph.D. in any aspect of Journalism & Media History; Crime / Political Journalism; Religion / Social Affairs and the Public Sphere; Scandal & Investigative Journalism; the Personalisation of Politics.