The current Steering Committee and Directors of the Oral History Network of Ireland are:
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.
Daniel CareySteering Committee
Daniel Carey is the research project officer for community engagement on the CUPHAT (Coastal Uplands Heritage And Tourism) project and is based in UCD’s School of Geography. His PhD, undertaken at the School of Communications in Dublin City University, took the form of an oral history project on the working lives of former journalists and editors in Ireland. A former journalist and a graduate of University of Galway, he completed his BA (International) in History, Sociology and Political Science in 2003, and his MA in Journalism in 2004.
Arlene CrampsieSteering Committee / Director
Arlene Crampsie 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’.
Regina FitzpatrickSteering Committee / Director
Regina Fitzpatrick is 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.
Sara GoekSteering Committee / Secretary / Director
Sara Goek is project 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.
Elizabeth KielySteering Committee
Elizabeth (Liz) Kiely is a senior lecturer in social policy in the School of Applied Social Studies and co-chair of the Board of Women’s Studies in university College Cork. She worked on an oral history project on women’s work funded by the Higher Education Authority. This generated an oral history digital archive, which is now housed in the Digital Repository of Ireland. She is co-author of the book Irish Women at Work 1930-1960, An Oral History, published in 2012 by Irish Academic Press. She is presently working on an oral history project on Irish witchcraft, magic, haunting and the supernatural.
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 co-ordinating editor of the international history journal Twentieth Century Communism and reviews editor of Socialist History. 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 https://sites.google.com/site/coldwarkirby/).
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.
Conor MurphySteering Committee
Conor Murphy is preparing an interdisciplinary oral history PhD project in Trinity College Dublin which will explore the experiences of adoptive parents in Ireland between 1952 and 1987. Conor also holds an MPhil in Modern Irish History from TCD and a BA in History from The Open University.
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.
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.
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.
David RyanSteering Committee
David Ryan is a genealogist and historian based in Cork. He has an MA in Medieval History from UCC and previously worked as a researcher with the Cork Folklore Project. He is currently studying an MA in Public History with the University of Limerick.
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