Clive’s lifelong interest in Ireland’s history was consolidated in 1996 when he graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast with a Master’s degree in Irish Studies. When a friend suggested that Clive ‘do something’ with his degree it opened the door to a new career in lecturing and writing which he continues to pursue to this day.
Whilst Clive specialises in Ireland’s 20th century history, his knowledge extends to the many and varied crises of Ireland’s turbulent 19th century as well.
He encourages participation in his lectures and, when talking to a wide variety of groups, he is keen to assist his listeners in reading about the subjects themselves. He wants his audiences to go away feeling enthusiastic about the country’s history, to read more about its fascinating past and make up their own minds on the events discussed.
To Clive history can be fun and, whilst obviously recalling many tragic and significant events, he insists that there are, in every situation, tragicomic interludes which help to alleviate the otherwise wearisome effects of history for history’s sake.