The passing of our esteemed President, Professor John McGurk, 9th August 2023

It is with great regret and sadness we learn of the death of our esteemed President, Professor John McGurk. John passed away peacefully on Wednesday 9th August 2023 in Friars Lodge Nursing Home, Ballinrobe, Co Mayo. May his gentle soul rest in peace. Ar dheis Dé go Raibh a anam.

May Our Lord and Saviour comfort and console the McGurk family at this time, in their great loss.

Professor John McGurk was a retired Professor of History at Liverpool Hope University and a pioneer in the Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool where he was also a Senior Research Fellow. 

John was an Associate Professor at the University of Ulster, Irish Studies 

In 1970 John was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Among his major publications are,  The Elizabethan Conquest of Ireland, Tudor Monarchies, Sir Henry Docwra- Derry’s second founder

For many years John was the editor of DÚICHE NÉILL ( journal of the O’Neill Country Historical Society ) and President of the Society 

John was a native of Termonmaguirc ( Carrickmore )  on his retirement he settled in Tourmakeady Claremorris, Co Mayo.  He is survived by his sons Patrick and Timothy and the late Mathew