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The research and research-related work of retired members was highlighted in a Guest Letter by Ger Jennings in the Autumn 2014 issue of Research Matters, available here: Research Matters 9.

Below is a sample of members' activity, 2013 to present.

Awards, external appointments

Mary Cawley receives Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017
Summer 2017:  Mary Cawley, emerita in the School of Geography and Archaeology, and Whitaker Institute Adjunct-Professor of Migration and Societal Change, has been chosen as the 2017 recipient of the Geographical Society of Ireland Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mary Cawley appointed by Whitaker Institute, 2016
September 2016:  Mary Cawley has just been appointed Adjunct Professor for Migration and Societal Change in the Whitaker Institute.

Michael Kane honoured, September 2016
'Professor Michael Kane, Emeritus Professor of Physiology at NUI Galway, is the 2016 winner of the Society for Reproduction and Fertility’s premier research award, the Marshall Medal. Professor Kane accepted this prestigious award at the Annual Conference of the Society in Winchester, England recently.'

Annual Ruth Curtis award created, 2016
The Psychological Society of Ireland Division of Health Psychology initiated the annual Ruth Curtis award for excellence in postgraduate research in Health Psychology .

John Simmie ranked among top scientists, September 2015
World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: '
Last month Thomson Reuters ranked four outstanding researchers from NUI Galway among the "World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2015" – more than any other Irish university. The 3,000 international academics named on the list earned their distinction by publishing the highest number of articles that rank among those most frequently cited by fellow researchers. Congratulations to Professor Henry Curran, Professor Colin O’Dowd, Professor Donal O’Regan, and Emeritus Professor John Simmie on their distinguished achievement.' (Message to NUIG staff from President Jim Browne, 5.10.2015)

Ruth Curtis awarded Fellowship of European Health Psychology Society, 2015
From the Society's statement : 'The candidate has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement and dissemination of health psychology through research, training and practice.'

Alumni Award for Ger Jennings, Chair of RSA, 2014
At the March 2014 Gala Banquet, Professor Emeritus Gerard Jennings, School of Physics, and former Director of the Environmental Change Institute, NUI Galway received the Alumni Award for Science. Speaking in January 2014, when announcing the names of the Alumni Award recipients, President of NUI Galway, Dr Jim Browne said: ‘Our Alumni Awards programme recognises the many Galway alumni who are leaders in their chosen fields. These awards celebrate the life-long value of an NUI Galway education and recognise individual achievements among the University’s more than 80,000 graduates worldwide.’

Mary Cawley is a member of the Steering Committee of the Commission on the Sustainability of Rural Systems of the International Geographical Union.

Jane Conroy recently completed a second term as research evaluator for the European Research Council (2014-15, 2015-16).

Brian Leonard has been Editor-in-Chief for the John Wiley publication Human Psychopharmacology, and continues as its review editor. He is the chief editor of the Karger monograph series on Pharmacopsychiatry of which the 5th volume is due to be published in 2015. He is also a member of the editorial board of 6 international journals of psychopharmacology. His textbook Fundamentals of Psychopharmacology is now updated for the 4th edition and will be published early next year.

Riana O'Dwyer has been an active member of the organizing committee for the Biennial Conference of the Association for Canadian Studies in Ireland, held in Galway, 9-11 May 2014. She has given invited lectures to voluntary groups, such as the Women Graduates Association, October 2014.

Padraig Ó hÉalaí has acted as Chair of one cultural society and Honorary President of another: Cathaoirleach, Cumann Béaloidis Chonamara (1987 →); Uachtarán, Oireachtas na Gaeilge (2014).

John Waddell delivered the Rhind Lectures, a series of six invited lectures, on the theme of ‘Archaeology and Celtic Myth - an exploration’ in the Royal Society of Edinburgh in May 2014, at the invitation of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. The six-hour podcast can be found on YouTube.

Ger Jennings is National Representative of the Strategic Working Group of the Environment, within the European Commission's European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI).

Nicholas Canny completed a term as member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC).

Michael O'Connell is Chairperson, Agricultural History Society of Ireland (AHSI) , December 2013 to present, and editorial board member, Vegetation History and Archaeobotany (Springer)

Publications, 2013-2017

Only post-retirement publications are listed.

Books (authored/edited) 

F. Battin-Leclerc, J. M. Simmie & E. Blurock (eds), Cleaner Combustion: Developing Detailed Chemical Kinetic Models. London: Springer, 2013, pp. 658. Publication details here.

Eoin Bourke (ed.), 'Poor Green Erin': German travel writers’ narratives on Ireland from before the 1798 Rising to after the Great Famine. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2nd rev. ed., 2013, pp. 733. Publication details here.

Jane Conroy (ed.), Connemara and Elsewhere, by Tim Robinson, Nicolas Fève, John Elder. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 2014, pp. xi-147. Publication details here.

Jane Conroy & Margaret Kelleher (eds), Restating the Value of the Humanities. Dublin: HSIS, 2014, pp. xiv-61.  Available to download here.

Ricca Edmondson, Ageing, Insight and Wisdom: Meaning and Practice Across the Life Course. Bristol: Policy Press, 2015. Publication details here. Google Books preview here.

Pat Finnegan, 'Loughrea, that Den of Infamy': The Land War in County Galway 1879–82. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2014, 192 pp. Publication details here.

Michael O'Connell, Fergus Kelly and James H. McAdam (eds), Cattle in ancient and modern Ireland: farming practices, environment and economy. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016, 147 pp. + illustrations. Publication details here.

John WaddellArchaeology and Celtic Myth. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2014, 232 pp. Reissued in paperback in  2015. Paperback edition reprinted in 2016. Publication details here.

Click covers for details:

Cover of Cleaner CombustionCover of Poor Green Erin Cover of Connemara and Elsewhere‌ ‌ Cover of LoughreaCover of Archaeology and Celtic MythCover of Restating the Value of the Humanities


Cover Craughwell Prisoners larger

In 2012–2017, among retired staff, the most prolific book author that we know of is Pat Finnegan, with two important monographs on the late 19th-century Land War in Co. Galway, both published by Four Courts Press. Prior to the appearance of his 2014 volume on Loughrea (above), he published, in 2012, The case of the Craughwell Prisoners during the Land War in County Galway, 1879–85 (see right).

Journal articles

Mary Cawley
Maher, G. and Cawley, M. 2016. 'Short-term labour migration: Brazilian experience in Ireland'. Population, Space and Place, 22(1), 23-35. DOI: 10.1002/psp.1859

Cawley, M. 2015. 'International return migration and rural sustainability: Irish evidence'. Carpathian Journal of Earth and Environmental Sciences, 10(3): 15-24.

Maher, G. and Cawley, M. 2015. 'Social networks and labour market access among Brazilian migrants in Ireland'. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 41(14), 2336-2356. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2015.1061424

Jane Conroy
Conroy, J. 2016. ‘Concevoir l’héroïsme au féminin dans la première moitié du XVIIe siècle: problèmes dramaturgiques et moraux’, Cahiers de l’association internationale des études françaises, 68 (mai 2016): 259-73.

Ruth Curtis
Groarke, A. M., Curtis, R., Groarke, J. M., Hogan, M. J., Gibbons, A., and Kerin, M. (2016) 'Post‐traumatic growth in breast cancer: how and when do distress and stress contribute?'. Psycho-Oncology, [DOI] [Details]

Gibbons, A., Groarke, A. M., Curtis, R., and Groarke, J. (2016) 'The effect of mode of detection of breast cancer on stress and distress'. Psycho-Oncology, [DOI] [Details]

Curtis, R., Groarke, A., Sullivan F. (2014) 'Stress and self-efficacy predict psychological adjustment at diagnosis of prostate cancer'. Scientific Reports, [DOI] [Details]

Curtis, R., Groarke, A., McSharry, J., Kerin, M. (2014) 'Experience of breast cancer: burden, benefit, or both?'. Cancer Nursing, 37 (3):E21-E30 [DOI] [Details]

Groarke, A,, Curtis, R., & Kerin, M. (2013) 'Cognitive-behavioural stress management enhances adjustment in women with breast cancer'. British Journal Of Health Psychology, 18 :623-641 [DOI] [Details]

Mellon, L., Regan D., Curtis, R. (2013). Patient Education and Counselling, 92 88-93

Ricca Edmondson
Gallagher, C. and Edmondson, R. 2016. ‘Identifying key elements of social care practice in successful care settings for older people in Ireland: Steps towards “wise” social care’, Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies, 15:1 (2016): Article 6.

Edmondson, R. and Luhtakallio, E. 2016. Editorial, European Journal of Social and Political Sociology, 1 (2016): 1-5.

Edmondson, R. and Luhtakallio, E. 2015. Editorial, European Journal of Social and Political Sociology, 3-4 (2015): 185-188.

Ted Hurley
Hurley, T. 2015. ‘Group rings for communications’, Intl. J. Group Theory, Vol. 4, no. 4 (2015), 1-23.

Hurley, T. 2015. ‘Representations of group rings and groups’, ArXiv 1506.05194, 10 pages, 2015. https://arxiv.org/abs/1506.05149

Hurley, T. 2015. ‘Solving underdetermined systems with error-correcting codes’, ArXiv 1509.03784, 16 pages, Oct. 2015 http://arxiv.org/pdf/1509.03784v1.pdf

Hurley, T. 2014. ‘Algebraic structures for communications’, Contemp. Math., AMS Series, 611 (2014), 59-78.

Hurley, B. and Hurley, T. 2014. ‘Systems of MDS codes from units and idempotents’, Discrete Math., 335 (2014), 81-91.

Hurley, T. 2014. ‘Cryptographic schemes, key exchange, public key’, Intl. J. of Pure and Appl. Math., 93, no. 6 (2014), 897-927.

Hurley, T. 2014. ‘Convolutional codes from unit schemes’, ArXiv 1412.1695, pp. 1-17. http://arxiv.org/abs/1412.1695

Hurley, B. and Hurley, T. 2014. ‘Paraunitary matrices and group rings’, Int. J. of Group Theory, Vol. 3, no.1 (2014), 31-56. 

Michael O'Connell
O’Connell, M. and Molloy, K. 2017. Mid- and late-Holocene environmental change in western Ireland: new evidence from coastal peats and fossil timbers with particular reference to relative sea-level change. The Holocene, DOI: 10.1177/0959683617708447. 21 pp & eight supplementary online files.

Taylor, K.J., Potito, A.P., Beilman, D.W., Ghilardi, B. & O’Connell, M. 2017. Impact of early prehistoric farming on chironomid communities in northwest Ireland. Journal of Paleolimnology, 57, 227–244.

Holmes, J.A., Tindall, J., Roberts, N., Marshall, W., Marshall, J.D., Bingham, A., Feeser, I., O’Connell, M., Atkinson, T., Jourdan, A.-L., March, A. & Fisher, E.H. 2016. Lake isotope records of the 8200-year cooling event in western Ireland: comparison with model simulations. Quaternary Science Reviews, 131, 341–349.

O’Connell, M., Ghilardi, B. and Morrison, L. 2014. 'A 7000-year record of environmental change, including early farming impact, based on lake-sediment geochemistry and pollen data from County Sligo, western Ireland'. Quaternary Research, 81, 35–49Taylor, K.J., Potito, A.P., Beilman, D.W., Ghilardi, B., O’Connell, M. 2013. Palaeolimnological impacts of early prehistoric farming at Lough Dargan, County Sligo, Ireland. Journal of Archaeological Science, 40, 3212–3221.

Ghilardi, B. and O’Connell, M. 2013. 'Early Holocene vegetation and climate dynamics with particular reference to the 8.2 ka event: pollen and macrofossil evidence from a small lake in western Ireland'. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 22, 99–114. This paper was featured by Springer in its promotion of highly cited Plant Science papers in Springer journals, March 2014.

Ghilardi, B. and O’Connell, M. 2013. 'Fine-resolution pollen-analytical study of Holocene woodland dynamics and land use in north Sligo, Ireland'. Boreas, 42, 623–649.

John Simmie
El-Nahas, A.; Simmie, J.M.; Mangood, A.H.; Hirao, K.; Song, J-W.; Watson, M.A.; Taketsugu, T.; Koga, N. 2014.  'Assessment of Density Functionals for the Estimation of Enthalpies of Formation, Barrier Heights and Ionisation Potentials of Selected C1–C5 Oxygenates'. Molecular Physics (2015). http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00268976.2014.1002552

Burke, S.M.; Simmie, J.M.; Curran, H.J. 2015. 'Critical Evaluation of Thermochemical Properties of C1–C4 Species: Updated Group-Contributions to Estimate Thermochemical Properties'. J. Phys. Chem. Ref. Data, 44, 1 (2015).  http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4902535

De Bruycker, R.; Carstensen, H.-H.; Simmie, J. M.; Van Geem, K. M.; Marin, G.. 2015. 'Experimental and Computational Study of the Initial Decomposition of Gamma-Valerolactone'. Proc. Combust. Inst., 35 (2015), 515–523.

Würmel, J.; Simmie, J. M., 'Thermochemistry and Kinetics of Angelica and Cognate Lactones'. J. Phys. Chem. A, 118, 23 (2014), 4172-4183.

Somers, K. P.; Simmie, J. M.; Metcalfe, W. K.; Curran, H. J. 2014. 'The Pyrolysis of 2-Methylfuran: A Quantum Chemical, Statistical Rate Theory and Kinetic Modelling Study. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 16, 11 (2014), 5349–5367.

Hudzik, J. M.; Bozzelli, J. W.; Simmie, J. M. 2014. 'Thermochemistry of C7H16 to C10H22 Alkane Isomers: Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary C-H Bond Dissociation Energies and Effects of Branching'. J. Phys. Chem. A, 118, 40 (2014), 9364–9379.

Barnes, I.; Kirschbaum, S.; Simmie, J. M. 2014. 'Combined Experimental and Theoretical Study of the Reactivity of Gamma-Butyro- and Related Lactones, with the OH Radical at Room Temperature'. J. Phys. Chem. A , 118, 27 (2014), 5013–5019.

Zhou, C. W.; Klippenstein, S. J.; Simmie, J. M.; Curran, H. J. 2013. 'Theoretical Kinetics for the Decomposition of Iso-Butanol and Related CH3)2ĊH Plus ĊH2OH Reactions'. Proc. Combust. Inst., 34 (2013), 501–509.

Somers, K. P.; Simmie, J. M.; Gillespie, F.; Conroy, C.; Black, G.; Metcalfe, W. K.; Battin-Leclerc, F.; Dirrenberger, P.; Herbinet, O.; Glaude, P. A., et al. 2013. 'A Comprehensive Experimental and Detailed Chemical Kinetic Modelling Study of 2,5-Dimethylfuran Pyrolysis and Oxidation'. Combust. Flame 2013, 160, 11 (2013), 2291-2318.

Somers, K. P.; Simmie, J. M.; Gillespie, F.; Burke, U.; Connolly, J.; Metcalfe, W. K.; Battin-Leclerc, F.; Dirrenberger, P.; Herbinet, O.; Glaude, P. A., et al. 2013. 'A High Temperature and Atmospheric Pressure Experimental and Detailed Chemical Kinetic Modelling Study of 2-Methyl Furan Oxidation'. Proc. Combust. Inst. 2013, 34 (2013), 225-232.

Simmie, J. M.; Würmel, J. 2013. 'Harmonising Production, Properties and Environmental Consequences of Liquid Transport Fuels from Biomass—2,5-Dimethylfuran as a Case Study'. ChemSusChem, 6, 1 (2013), 36-41.

Simmie, J. M.; Somers, K. P.; Yasunaga, K.; Curran, H. J.. 2013. 'A Quantum Chemical Study of the Abnormal Reactivity of 2-Methoxyfuran'. Int. J. Chem. Kinet.  45, 8 (2013), 531-541.

Simmie, J. M.; Somers, K. P.; Metcalfe, W. K.; Curran, H. J. 2013. 'Substituent Effects in the Thermochemistry of Furans: A Theoretical (CBS-QB3, CBS-APNO and G3) Study'. J. Chem. Thermodyn. 58, (2013), 117-128.

Katsikadakos, D.; Zhou, C. W.; Simmie, J. M.; Curran, H. J.; Hunt, P. A.; Hardalupas, Y.; Taylor, A.. 2013. 'Rate Constants of Hydrogen Abstraction by Methyl Radical from n-Butanol and a Comparison of Cantherm, Multiwell and Variflex'. Proc. Combust. Inst.  34 (2013), 483-491.

Friese, P.; Simmie, J. M.; Olzmann, M. 2013. 'The Reaction of 2,5-Dimethylfuran with Hydrogen Atoms — an Experimental and Theoretical Study'. Proc. Combust. Inst.  34 (2013), 233-239.

Darcy, D.; Mehl, M.; Simmie, J. M.; Wurmel, J.; Metcalfe, W. K.; Westbrook, C. K.; Pitz, W. J.; Curran, H. J. 2013. 'An Experimental and Modeling Study of the Shock Tube Ignition of a Mixture of n-Heptane and n-Propylbenzene as a Surrogate for a Large Alkyl Benzene'. Proc. Combust. Inst., 34 (2013), 411-418.

William J. Spillane
Spillane, W. J. ; Malaubier, J.-P.  'Sulfamic Acid and Its N- and O-Substituted Derivatives', Chemical Reviews, 2014, 114(4) 2507-2586.

John Waddell
Waddell, J. 2016. 'Geophysical Survey at Rathcroghan 2010–2012' (with Roseanne Schot and Joe Fenwick). Emania, 23 (2016): 51-59.

Book chapters

Michael Brennan
Mulry, B., Brennan, M.J. & Sheahan, J.N. 2016. 'The analysis and further development of a model for adjusting SCRIM skid resistance data for temperature and rainfall', Eurasphalt & Eurobitume Congress, Prague, dx.doi.org/10.14311/EE.2016.169.

Brennan, M.J. & Kavanagh, A.M. 2015. 'Standard asphalt mixtures used in pavement layers', Chapter 8 In Highways, 5th edn (O’Flaherty CA (edn) with Hughes D). London: ICE Publishing, pp. 249-276. ISBN 978-0727759931

Mary Cawley
Cawley, M. and Clark, G. 2015. 'Perspectives from the United Kingdom and Ireland'. In: Dissart, J-C., Dehez, J. and Marsat, J-B. (eds). Tourism, recreation and regional development: Perspectives from France and abroad. Aldershot: Ashgate, 225-239.

Cawley, M. 2014. 'Conflict associated with an alternative land use: Irish experience'. In: Bicalho, A.M. de S.M. and Laurens, L. (eds), The changing face of the contemporary countryside. Rio de Janeiro: Garamond, 189-204.

Cawley, M. 2014. 'Tourist expectations and experiences'. In: Nolan, W. and Moran, G. (eds). Mayo History and Society. Dublin: Geography Publications, 801-816.

Cawley, M., Shimoura, S. and Nakamura, T. 2014. 'Farmers’ conceptualizations of organic and local foods in Japan: insights from Kyoto Prefecture'. In: KIM, D-C., Firmino, A.M. and Ichikawa, Y. (eds). Globalization and new challenges of agricultural and rural systems. Nagoya: IGU Commission on the Sustainability of Rural Systems and Ngoya University, 101-113.

Ricca Edmondson
Edmondson, R. 2016. Preface to Daniel C. Tabor, Journeys through the Twentieth Century: Stories from One Family. Peterborough: Fastprint, ix-xi.

Edmondson, R. and Scharf, T. 2015. ‘Rural and Urban Ageing: Contributions of Cultural Gerontology’. In Julia Twigg and Wendy Martin (eds), Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology. London: Routledge, pp. 412-420.

Michael O'Connell
Molloy, K. and O’Connell, M. 2014. 'Post-glaciation plant colonisation of Ireland: fresh insights from An Loch Mór, Inis Oírr, western Ireland'. In: Mind the Gap II. New insights into the Irish postglacial. A special supplement of the Irish Naturalists’ Journal. Eds. Sleeman, P.D., Carlsson, J. and Carlsson, J.E.L. Irish Naturalists’ Journal, Belfast, pp. 66-88.

Ghilardi, B. and O’Connell, M. 2013. 'Prehistoric farming at Lough Dargan, north Sligo, and its impact on the terrestrial environment'. In: Timoney, M.A. (ed.). Dedicated to Sligo. Thirty-four essays on Sligo’s past. Keash (Ballymote, Co. Sligo): Publishing Sligo’s Past, 15–28.

Overland, A. and O’Connell, M. 2013. 'Palaeoecological investigations'. In: Jackman, N., Moore, C. and Rynne, C. (eds). The mill at Kilbegly. An archaeological investigation on the route of the M6 Ballinasloe to Athlone national road scheme. NRA National Scheme Monographs 12, Dublin: The National Roads Authority, 61–83.

O’Connell, M. 2013. 'The Burren, north Clare – an exceptional landscape, a place apart'. In: Jebb, M. and Crowley, C. (eds.). Secrets of the Irish landscape. Cork: Cork University Press, 79–85.

Riana O'Dwyer
O'Dwyer, R. 2015. 'Party-Pieces in Tom Murphy's Conversations on a Homecoming'. In: Mikami, H. and Yagi, N. (eds.). Irish Theatre and its Soundscapes. Dublin: Glasnevin Publishing, 2-26.

John Waddell
Waddell, J. 2016. Preface to Nikolai Tolstoy, The Mysteries of Stonehenge. Myth and Ritual at the Sacred Centre. Stroud: Amberley Publishing, 2016, 11-14.

Waddell, J. 2014. 'The cave of Crúachain and the Otherworld'. In J. Borsje, A. Dooley, S. Mac Mathúna and G. Toner (eds), Celtic Cosmology and the Otherworld. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 77-92. A proof copy of this article is available on-line through the National University of Ireland Galway's library web site (in ARAN).

Contributions to media, exhibitions, web publications

John Waddell
Bronze Age bog roads:  John Waddell spoke to RTE’s News at One  about the significance of Bronze Age bog roads and the threat to the Mayne bog road (28.09.2015). This campaign was further covered in the Irish Times (1.10.2015) and other media.

Ted Hurley
Hurley, T. 2015. 'The war on rote learning just doesn’t add up', Irish Times, May 11, 2015. View at http://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/the-war-on-rote-learning-just-doesn-t-add-up-1.2203918

Hurley, T. 2015. '"I’m useless at maths" should never be a boast', Irish Times, Feb. 16, 2015. View at http://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/i-m-useless-at-maths-should-never-be-a-boast-1.2101716

 Book reviews

Jane Conroy
Conroy, J. 2015.  Review of Herveé-Thomas Campangne, Le Cinquiesme Tome des ‘Histoires tragiques’ par François de Belleforest. In French Studies: A Quarterly Review, 69:2 (2015): 238-239. Project MUSE. Web. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/581410

Ricca Edmondson
Edmondson, R. 2015. Review of Peter Coleman, Daniela Koleva and Joanna Bornat, Ageing, Ritual and Social Change. In Age, Culture, Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Journal, March 2015.