Liam O'Callaghan joined Liverpool Hope in 2010. Having obtained Bachelors and Masters degrees in history from the National University of Ireland, he later completed his PhD at Leeds Met. His first book Rugby in Munster A Social and Cultural History (Cork University Press, 2011) was critically acclaimed. As a researcher, Dr O'Callaghan is interested, generally, in the social history of modern Ireland with a focus on issues such as intersections of class and culture, the comparative history of sport and leisure, and popular history and myth. He has been an invited conference speaker in the USA, Germany and Ireland andhis work has also been the basis of media interviews on RTE Radio, The Irish Times, and The Wall Street Journal.