Irish Studies Academic Staff
Academic Director, Dr. Louis de Paor
Louis de Paor was educated at University College Cork. He has published articles on a broad range of writing in Irish from the court poetry of medieval Ireland to the work of contemporary poets such as Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Michael Davitt. His books include a study of narrative technique in the short fiction of Máirtín Ó Cadhain and an anthology of twentieth century poetry in Irish co-edited with Seán Ó Tuama. He is currently working on a study of the writings of Flann O’Brien. He is Director of the Centre for Irish Studies at National University of Ireland, Galway.
SS115 Representing Ireland - Literature and Film
Director, Séan Ryder, M.A., Ph.D
Seán Ryder is Professor of English at NUI Galway. He was born in the United States and was educated at University College Galway and University College Dublin, where he received his Ph.D. His current research field is nineteenth-century Irish writing. He has taught and published extensively in the areas of Irish cultural nationalism, Irish cinema, and American poetry.
Lionel Pilkington, M.A., Ph.D
Lionel Pilkington was educated at University of Toronto. He has taught as senior Lecturer in Drama at Sheffield City Polytechnic and at NUI, Galway, and is currently Head of the School of Humanities ar NUI Galway. His research interests include theatre and political conflict in Ireland, critical theory and the cultural impact of colonialism. His book Theatre and the State in 20th Century Ireland: Cultivating the People was published in 2001 and his book Theatre and Ireland in 2010.
Fiona Bateman, M.A., Ph.D
Fiona Bateman is a graduate of University College Dublin and NUI Galway and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Moore Institute in NUI Galway. She teaches courses on Irish cinema, cinema and colonialism, and African writing. She has co-edited four volumes of essays, including Irish-Australian Studies (2002).
Mary O’Malley is one of Ireland’s most distinguished poets. She was born in Connemara, educated at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She taught on the MA in Writing and the MA in Arts Administration in Galway for several years, and has been active in environmental education for over twenty years. She was Writer in Residence at NUI Galway from 2001 to 2009, and has held residencies in Paris, Villanova, Derry and Belfast. She is a regular broadcaster on the Irish national radio station RTE, and travels regularly to the United States and Europe to write and lecture. She is a member of Aosdána, and has received Hennessey and O’Shaughnessey Awards for her work.
SS116 The Archaeological Heritage of Ireland
Director, Carleton Jones, M.A., Ph.D
Carleton Jones received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and is an expert in the prehistoric archaeology of Ireland. For several seasons he directed a survey and excavation project focussed on the prehistoric landscape of the Burren in Co. Clare. This work was supported by the Heritage Council and Royal Irish Academy. He has published various papers on his research and has also published two books, ‘The Burren and the Aran Islands – Exploring the Archaeology’ and ‘Temples of Stone – Exploring the Megalithic Tombs of Ireland’.
SS117 Irish History: Conflict, Identity and the Shaping of Modern Ireland
Director, Laurence Marley, M.A., Ph.D
Laurence Marley, a native of Belfast, holds his doctorate in History from the National Universtity of Ireland. In addition to teaching history at NUI Galway, he is a lecturer with the St. Benedict’s College/Saint John’s University (Minnesota) Program in Ireland. His current research interests in 19th and 20th century Irish and British history lay particular emphasis on radical movements and social protest; Irish emigration and the diaspora; popular memory, commemoration and contested histories; and Northern Ireland. His publications include Michael Davitt: Freelance Radical and Frondeur (Dublin, 2007), and more recently, (ed.), The British Labour Party & Twentieth-Century Ireland(Manchester, 2015).
SS118 Introduction to Art in Ireland : Exploring Ireland’s vibrant artistic heritage from prehistory to the ‘Golden Age’
Module Director: Dr. Louis de Paor
Louis de Paor was educated at University College Cork. He has published articles on a broad range of writing in Irish from the court poetry of medieval Ireland to the work of contemporary poets such as Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Michael Davitt. His books include a study of narrative technique in the short fiction of Máirtín Ó Cadhain and an anthology of twentieth century poetry in Irish co-edited with Seán Ó Tuama. He is currently working on a study of the writings of Flann O’Brien. He is Director of the Centre for Irish Studies at NUI Galway.
Module Director, Conor Newman, M.A., F.S.A
Conor Newman lectures in archaeology at NUI Galway. His research is in the areas of early medieval art history & iconography, & royal & cult landscapes. He directed the Discovery Programme’s Tara Archaeological Survey Project & his research at Tara is on-going. He was visiting professor of Celtic Archaeology at the University of Toronto, & editor of the Journal of Irish Archaeology (03-08). He is co-director of the Columbanus Life & Legacy Project (Moore Institute, NUI Galway), a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London & Chairman of the Heritage Council.
Module Co-Director, Fiona Gavin Ph.D
Fiona Gavin is a graduate of the National University of Ireland, Galway where she currently lectures in Irish Art from the Early Iron Age to the 8th Century A.D. Her research and publications are focused on the art and iconography of the insular world of Britain and Ireland during the late Iron Age and Early Christian period.
SS119 Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction
Module Director, Dr. Louis De Paor
Louis de Paor was educated at University College Cork. He has published articles on a broad range of writing in Irish from the court poetry of medieval Ireland to the work of contemporary poets such as Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Michael Davitt. His books include a study of narrative technique in the short fiction of Máirtín Ó Cadhain and an anthology of twentieth century poetry in Irish co-edited with Seán Ó Tuama. He is currently working on a study of the writings of Flann O’Brien. He is Director of the Centre for Irish Studies at NUI Galway.Academic Co-Director, Conor Newman, M.A., F.S.A
Module Co-Director, Kevin Higgins
Kevin Higgins is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary events in Galway. He has published four collections of poems: The Boy With No Face (2005), Time Gentlemen, Please (2008), Frightening New Furniture (2010), & The Ghost In The Lobby (2014). His poems also feature in Identity Parade – New British and Irish Poets (Bloodaxe, 2010) and in The Hundred Years’ War: modern war poems (Ed Neil Astley, Bloodaxe May 2014). Kevin is satirist-in-residence with the alternative literature website The Bogman’s Cannon. His next book 2016 – The Selected Satires of Kevin Higgins will be published by NuaScéalta very early in 2016. Song of Songs 2:0 – New & Selected Poems will be published by Salmon in Spring 2017. Kevin is a highly experienced workshop facilitator and several of his students have gone on to achieve publication success. He has facilitated poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre for the past eleven years. Kevin also teaches poetry students on the NUIG BA Creative Writing Connect programme.
SS120 Gaelic Literature and Culture; From Cú Chulainn (Cuchulainn) to the Cultural Revival and beyond
Module Director Clodagh Downey B.A., Ph.D
Clodagh Downey graduated with a PhD in Early and Medieval Irish from University College, Cork in 2002. Since then, she has worked in lecturing and research in various areas of Celtic Studies in University College Cork, University of Cambridge, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and NUI Galway. Her teaching and research interests include Old and Middle Irish language, the literature of medieval Ireland, including heroic, mythological and king-tales, and dindṡenchas.
Kicki Ingridsdotter, M.A., Ph.D.
Kicki Ingridsdotter is currently working as a lecturer of Old Irish and Celtic Civilization in the School of Irish at the National University of Ireland, Galway, teaching courses in Old Irish language and literature, Celtic Society, Celtic Kingship and Mythology. She studied for her B.A, M.A. and Ph. D. in Celtic languages at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. Her research topics are based on Early Irish Saga text in general and text editing in particular.
Ailbhe Nic Giolla Chomhaill, M.A.
Ailbhe Nic Giolla Chomhaill is a doctoral student in the Department of Modern Irish at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses at NUIG and has spent time as a visiting researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her doctoral research focuses on the folktale tradition of Joyce Country, County Galway.
SS122 Negotiating Identity: Irish Traditional Music and Dance
Director, Méabh Ní Fhuartháin, M.A., Ph.D
Méabh Ní Fhuartháin is currently University Fellow (Teaching and Research) in Irish Studies at the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway. Méabh has published widely in Irish music and is also Popular Music subject editor of the landmark Encyclopedia of music in Ireland (forthcoming UCD Press, 2013). A former IRCHSS doctoral fellow, she is co-editor of Ordinary Irish Life: Music, Sport and Culture (IAP, 2013) and consultant editor on Barry Taylor’s Music in a Breeze of Wind: Traditional Dance Music of West Clare 1870 - 1970 (OaC Press, 2013). Her research interests include emigration and Irish music; popular music in Ireland; performance studies and Irish music practice; and cultural revivalism.
Verena Commins M.A., Ph.D
Verena Commins is lecturer in Irish Studies at the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway. Specialising in Irish music and dance studies, her research interests include exploring concepts of re-traditionalisation, surrogation and authenticity in the appraisal of Irish traditional music contexts in Ireland and beyond. A former Galway Connect Doctoral Research Fellow, she recently completed her PhD entitled Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy: Transmission, performance and commemoration of Irish traditional music, 1973-2012.