Irish Studies Academic Staff
Academic Director, Méabh Ni Fhuartáin, M.A., Ph.D
Director of Irish Music Studies at the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway and Lecturer in Irish Music Studies, Méabh is particularly interested in the institutionalization of musical revival in Ireland during the twentieth century and popular music studies. Formerly an IRCHSS scholar, she has contributed articles and reviews to a variety of journals and is also Popular Music subject editor of the landmark Encyclopedia of Music in Ireland (UCD Press, 2013). Co-editor with Dr David Doyle of Ordinary Life and Popular Culture in Ireland (IAP, 2013), she is centrally involved in the development of the research network Comhrá Ceoil: Irish Music Studies at NUI Galway and has published in numerous international journals and collections.
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: Tomás Finn, M.A., Ph.D
Tomás Finn holds his doctorate in History from the National University of Ireland. He lectures in the Department of History at NUI Galway. His research interests include modern Irish and British history and politics, the role of intellectuals, public policy, Church-state relations and Northern Ireland. He is author of Tuairim, intellectual debate and policy formulation: Rethinking Ireland: Rethinking Ireland, 1954-75, (Manchester, 2012).
Laurence Marley, MA, H. Dip. Ed, PhD
Laurence Marley holds his doctorate in History from the National University of Ireland, which he completed as an IRCHSS Scholar and as holder of the Michael Davitt Fellowship. His current research interests in nineteenth and twentieth-century Irish and British history lay particular emphasis on radicalism and social protest; Irish emigration and the diaspora; 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, 2016)
SS118 Introduction to Art in Ireland : Exploring Ireland’s vibrant artistic heritage from prehistory to the ‘Golden Age’
Director: Dr Mags Mannion
Dr Mags Mannion holds a doctorate in archaeology from the National University of Ireland, Galway where she currently lectures with the Department of Geography and Archaeology. Her research interests include the art and artisans of the Iron Age and Early Christian and Viking periods in Ireland. Dr Mannion has presented her research at both national and international conferences and has published a number of papers and a book Glass beads from Early Medieval Ireland: Classification, Dating, Social performance. She regularly participates in Irish heritage events presenting demonstrations and workshops on medieval bead making and body ornament.
SS119 Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction
Director: Kevin Higgins
Kevin Higgins is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary events in Galway. He has published four full 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 was satirist-in-residence with the alternative literature website The Bogman’s Cannon 2015-16. 2016 – The Selected Satires of Kevin Higgins was published by NuaScéalta in 2016. Song of Songs 2:0 – New & Selected Poems was 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 and taught Creative Writing at Galway Technical Institute for the past eleven years. Kevin also teaches on the NUIG BA Creative Writing Connect programme. His poems have been praised by, among others, Tony Blair’s biographer John Rentoul, Observer columnist Nick Cohen, and Sunday Independent columnist Gene Kerrigan; and have been quoted in The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Times (London), Hot Press magazine, The Daily Mirror and on The Vincent Browne Show. The Stinging Fly magazine recently described Kevin as “likely the most widely read living poet in Ireland”. Kevin's most recent poetry collection Sex and Death at Merlin Park Hospital is published by Salmon Poetry in June 2019 .
SS120 Gaelic Literature and Culture; From Cú Chulainn (Cuchulainn) to the Cultural Revival and beyond
Module Director: Liam Ó hAisibéil, BA, MA, Ph.D.
Liam Ó hAisibéil graduated with a Ph.D. in Modern-Irish from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2013, and has been employed at the University of Limerick, at St. Angela’s College, Sligo, and at Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Canada. He has spent periods of research with the Locus Project at University College, Cork, and as a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge University, England. His research and teaching interests include onomastics (place-names and personal names) and medieval Irish literature, history, and culture.
Kicki Ingridsdotter, MA, Ph.D.
Kicki Ingridsdotter was teaching Celtic Civilisation and Old Irish at NUI Galway for many years before she moved to Belgium to teach Swedish and research methodology. Her research is focused on death, sex and violence in Early-Irish literature and language and the narrative functions of these themes. She believes discussing Early-Irish literature with her students is the most joyful way to spend her time, which is why she is teaching this summer school for her eleventh year.
Ailbhe Nic Giolla Chomhaill, MA, Ph.D.
Ailbhe Nic Giolla Chomhaill holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Irish at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses at NUI Galway and has spent time as a visiting researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her doctoral research focused on the folktale tradition of Joyce Country, County Galway.
SS122: Irish Traditional Music and Dance
Director: 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.
Malachy Egan, MA
Malachy has a B.A. in History and Geography from NUI Galway and also holds an M.Phil in Modern Irish History from Trinity College Dublin. Malachy has previously taught at the International Summer School, as well as teaching as part of the B.A. (Irish Studies) and the Irish Life and Culture programmes. He is currently completing his PhD in Irish Music Studies at the Centre for Irish Studies, N.U.I. Galway. His research interests include Irish music and identity; cultural revivalism; the social history of twentieth century Ireland; and social geography.
SS1153 Economic Policy in Ireland
Director: Brendan Kennelly
Brendan Kennelly is a lecturer in economics at NUI Galway. His main research interest is health economics, particularly mental health and dementia. He has published papers on these and other topics in journals such as Public Choice, Health Policy, and Social Science and Medicine. He is currently working on a number of projects in health including an evaluation of an Integrated Care Programme for people with dementia, an analysis of early intervention programmes for psychosis, and measuring preferences for mental health services and home care services for people with dementia. He has over 25 years of teaching experience at NUI Galway and at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. He has extensive experience in teaching microeconomics, public sector economics and health economics at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.