Meet the Team

The current Steering Committee and Directors of the Oral History Network of Ireland are:

Sam Manning
Sam ManningChairperson / Director
Sam Manning is a social and cultural historian interested in the history of leisure and popular culture in twentieth-century Britain and Ireland. He has used oral history to write a book and several articles on the history of cinema-going. He is particularly keen on using oral testimony to engage public audiences and local communities.
Arlene Crampsie
Arlene CrampsieSteering Committee / Director
Arlene Crampsie is vice-chairperson of the Oral History Network of Ireland. She is an historical geographer in UCD’s School of Geography and has been involved in oral history since working on the GAA Oral History Project from 2008. Her research lies at the intersection of Irish political, socio-cultural and environmental geographies, focusing on the evolution of everyday lives and landscapes using a combination of archives and oral histories. She is currently leading the IRC project ‘Irish Droughts: Environmental and Cultural Memories of a Neglected Hazard’.
Sean O’Connell
Sean O’ConnellDirector
Sean O’Connell is Professor of Modern Irish and British social history at Queen’s University Belfast. He has been an oral historian for almost 30 years. He is an editor of Oral History and is a director of QUOTE Hub, Queen’s University’s oral history collective.
Matthew O’Brien
Matthew O’BrienSteering Committee / Treasurer / Director
Matthew O’Brien is a PhD candidate at UCD’s School of History researching Black Power grassroots activism in twentieth-century Chicago. His research incorporates oral history interviews with former members of the Black Panther Party, and other political activists. Matthew’s research has been funded by both the Irish Research Council and the Irish Fulbright Commission. He is the current Treasurer of the Oral History Network of Ireland.
Sara Goek
Sara GoekSteering Committee / Secretary / Director
Sara Goek is program manager at the American Library Association. She holds a PhD in History/Digital Arts and Humanities and an MA in Historical Research from University College Cork, and a BA in History and Irish Studies from Boston College.
Thérèse McIntyre
Thérèse McIntyreSteering Committee
Thérèse McIntyre is a PhD Candidate researching songs, ballads, and social memory. In 2016, Thérèse worked on the ‘1916 Song Project’ as part of the programme of national commemorations. In 2014 she won the ‘World’s Best Radio Programme in Education’ at the New York Festival for Radio for the series ‘Herosongs’ that was based upon her doctoral research. Thérèse also is an avid supporter of all things GAA/LGFA and coaches U12 Ladies’ at her local club.
Regina Fitzpatrick
Regina FitzpatrickSteering Committee / Director
Regina Fitzpatrick is the Training and Advocacy Officer for the Oral History Network of Ireland. She is also a founding director and former Chair of OHNI. As an oral historian on the GAA Oral History Project (2008-12), she contributed to the design, implementation and delivery of one of the largest sports oral history projects worldwide. She has also carried out oral history interviewing, consultancy and training for a number of local authorities, third level institutions and local organisations. She is particularly interested in the ethical practice of oral history.
Penny Johnston
Penny JohnstonSteering Committee
Penny Johnston is a heritage professional, working in oral history and archaeology. She worked with the Cork Folklore Project during her a PhD in the Department of Folklore in UCC and she is the Membership Officer of the Oral History Network of Ireland.
Adrian Roche
Adrian RocheSteering Committee / Director
Adrian Roche is an independent historical researcher and interpretive content writer who has worked on a range of museum and exhibition projects, and conducted a variety of oral history projects around the country. He is a founding director and formerly both Chair and Treasurer of the Oral History Network of Ireland, and has carried out oral history training for local authorities and community groups.
Dianne Kirby
Dianne KirbySteering Committee
Dianne Kirby’s doctoral research in the 1980s helped to establish the significance of the Cold War’s religious dimension, an area in which she has since published widely. A research fellow at Trinity College Dublin, Dianne is the co-ordinating editor of the international history journal Twentieth Century Communism, reviews editor of Socialist History and a committee member of the Oral History Network Ireland. In 2012, she initiated a pioneering oral history project that brings together in conversation religious who have experienced conflict. Initially a largely male-centric venture focused on the Cold War, it evolved to look at other conflicts, including the role of women religious, Catholic and Protestant, during the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland (available at
Ida Milne
Ida MilneSteering Committee
Adrian Grant
Adrian GrantSteering Committee
Michael MulveySteering Committee
Derek Mulcahy
Derek MulcahySteering Committee / Membership Officer
Derek Mulcahy works in the Academic support centre in Mary Immaculate College Limerick. He holds a PhD in History and a BA in History and English from Mary Immaculate College. Derek is on the final stages of a book on the life and music on P.J. McNamara (1869-1927) of McNamara’s Band fame, Limerick, and New York.
Derek has recently been engaged by Limerick City and County Council to write the history of Limerick’s civilian marching bands. This will be published in 2022. He is membership officer of the OHNI.
Paul O BrienSteering Committee