Contributors and Creators

Contributors and Creators:

Professor Gerardine Meaney

Professor Gerardine MeaneyProfessor of Cultural Studies, and Director of the UCD Humanities Institute.
Gerardine Meaney is Director of the Graduate Research and Education Programme in Gender, Culture and Identities which is funded by the IRCHSS (Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences). She was previously Director of Irish Studies and Director of the Centre for Film Studies at UCD. She is co-editor of the ‘Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing: Women’s Writing and Traditions’, volumes 4 and 5 (2002) and the author of ‘(Un)like Subjects: Women, Theory, Fiction’ (1993), ‘Nora’, a study of Pat Murphy’s film of that title (2004) and of numerous articles on gender and Irish culture, with particular emphasis on Film, Literature and Drama.
Current research projects include the ‘Women in Modern Irish Culture’ database, with Professor Maria Luddy (University of Warwick), funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council; ‘Women in Public and Cultural Life in Twentieth Century Ireland’ with Dr Bernadette Whelan (University of Limerick) and Professor Mary O’Dowd (Queen’s University Belfast), funded by the Higher Education Authorities North-South Research collaboration programme; an edition of the ‘Diaries of Rosamond Jacob’, 1908-60, also with Professor Luddy, funded by the University of Warwick and the Irish Women’s History Project. She is general editor of the Liverpool University Press series of new critical editions of Irish Women’s Writing.

Professor Anne Fogarty

Professor Ann FogartyProfessor of James Joyce Studies, UCD.
Anne Fogarty is Professor of James Joyce Studies at UCD and Director of the UCD Centre for Research for James Joyce Studies and has been with the School of English, Drama and Film at UCD since 1992. Prior to that, she was a lecturer in Medieval and Renaissance Literature in the Department of English, University College Cork. She has been Director of the UCD James Joyce Summer School since 1997. She was chair of the Board of Women’s Studies at UCD from 1999-2003 and is currently Chair of the UCD Board of Drama Studies. From 1995 to 1997 she was Associate Director of the Yeats Summer School and was Director of the Yeats Winter School from 1997-2001. She was academic co ordinator with Professor Timothy Martin of the XVII International James Joyce Symposium in London in June 2002.
She is currently the General Editor of the ‘Irish University Review’ and is President-elect of the International James Joyce Foundation. She is currently completing a study of the poetry of Eavan Boland and a monograph on the socio-historical contexts of ‘Ulysses’, entitled ‘James Joyce and Cultural Memory: Reading History in Ulysses’. With Angelina Lynch she is editing an edition of Richard Nugent’s ‘Cynthia for The Literature of Early Modern Ireland’ (Series Editor: Andrew Carpenter), Four Courts Press.

Professor Mary Daly

Professor Ann FogartyPrincipal, UCD College of Arts and Celtic Studies.
Mary E. Daly graduated from UCD with a double-first in History and Economics and a research Masters in History, which secured an NUI Travelling Studentship. Her doctoral research was carried out at Nuffield College Oxford. She has been a member of the UCD Faculty since 1973, and has also held visiting positions at Harvard and Boston College. Her teaching and research has concentrated on 19th and 20th century Ireland. She has written 8 books, and edited/co-authored 5 books and numerous articles. Mary has also played an active role outside UCD, as a member of the National Archives Advisory Council and the Irish Manuscripts Commission. Secretary of the Royal Irish Academy 2000-2004, she was vice-chair of the Academy’s Working Group on Higher Education, whose report was published in July 2005.

Professor Harry White

Professor Harry WhiteProfessor of Music, UCD.
Harry White has been Professor of Music at UCD since 1993; he has also held visiting professorships of musicology at the Universities of Western Ontario (1996), Munich (1999), King’s College, Cambridge (2005) and Zagreb (2006). Prof. White was educated at University College Dublin, the University of Toronto, and the University of Dublin, where he wrote his doctoral dissertation on the oratorios of Johann Joseph Fux. While a graduate student at Toronto, he was elected a Junior Fellow of Massey College, and he won the 1984 University of Toronto gold medal for poetry.
In 1990, Prof. White established ‘Irish Musical Studies’ (of which he is joint general editor with Professor Gerard Gillen: a series of volumes devoted to musicology in Ireland). He is joint general editor (with Barra Boydell) of the forthcoming ‘Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland’, and is national advisory editor for ‘The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians’ (London). In 1995 he became foreign corresponding editor for the journal ‘Current Musicology’ (New York) and in the same year he was appointed to the editorial board of the Johann-Joseph-Fux ‘Gesamtausgabe’ [Complete Works Edition] (Graz).
Prof. White is a member of the editorial board of the ‘International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music’ (Zagreb), and has served as consultant editor for many Irish publications, including the ‘Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland’. His work is widely cited and he has been described in ‘The New Grove’ as ‘the leading Irish musicologist of his generation’. He was appointed first President of the Society for Musicology in Ireland in May, 2003. In March, 2006 he was elected to the Royal Irish Academy.

Dr Luca Crispi

Dr Luca CrispiLecturer, School of English, Drama and Film, UCD, and Associate Director of the Dublin James Joyce Summer School.
Luca Crispi is a lecturer in the School of English, Drama and Film and in the UCD Centre for Research for James Joyce Studies. He is Associate Director of the Dublin James Joyce Summer School and a Board Member of the International James Joyce Foundation. He is co-editor with Anne Fogarty of the newly founded ‘Dublin James Joyce Journal’ (No. 1: 2008), with Catherine Fahy of ‘The Joyce Studies 2004 Series’ (National Library of Ireland, 2004 – 2005) and with Sam Slote (TCD) of ‘How Joyce Wrote “Finnegans Wake”: A Chapter-by-Chapter Genetic Guide’ (Wisconsin Press, 2007). He was the James Joyce and W.B. Yeats Research Scholar at the National Library of Ireland from 2003 to 2007 and co-curator of the exhibitions, ‘James Joyce and Ulysses at the National Library of Ireland’ (2004 – 2006) and ‘Yeats: The Life and Work of W.B. Yeats’ (2006 – 2010) and was the James Joyce Scholar-in-Residence, The Poetry Collection, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, from 1996 to 2003. He is currently completing a catalogue of the Joyce Collection at the University at Buffalo.

Professor Kevin Whelan

Professor Kevin WhelanSmurfit Director of the Keough Notre Dame Centre in Ireland.
Kevin Whelan was named the inaugural Michael Smurfit Director of the Keough-Notre Dame Centre in Ireland in 1998. He has been a visiting professor at New York University, Boston College and Concordia University (Montreal). He has lectured in over a dozen countries, and at the Sorbonne, Cambridge, Oxford, Torino, Berkeley, Yale, Dartmouth and Louvain. He has written or edited fifteen books and over one hundred articles on Ireland’s history, geography and culture. These include ‘The Tree of Liberty’, ‘Radicalism’, ‘Catholicism and the Construction of Irish Identity 1760-1830′ (1996), ‘Fellowship of Freedom: The United Irishmen and the 1798 Rebellion’ (1998), and the best selling ‘Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape’ (1997). Among influential articles are those on ‘An underground gentry’, ‘The Republic in the Village’, ‘The Memories of The Dead’, and ‘The Green Atlantic’. Since 1999, he has also directed the annual Irish Seminar, the leading seminar in the field of Irish Studies, whose faculty has included Edward Said, Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott, Homi Bhabha, Fred Jameson and Benedict Anderson.

Professor Declan Kiberd

Professor Declan KiberdProfessor of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama, UCD
Declan Kiberd was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and at Oxford University. He joined UCD as lecturer in Anglo-Irish literature in 1979, having taught English previously in the University of Kent at Canterbury (1976-7), and Irish in Trinity College Dublin (1977-9). He was appointed Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at UCD in 1997. He has also been Director of the Yeats International Summer School (1985-7), Patron of the Dublin Shaw Society (1995-2000), a columnist with the Irish Times (1985-7) and the Irish Press (1987-93), the presenter of the RTE Arts programme, Exhibit A (1984-6), and a regular essayist and reviewer in the Irish Times, TLS, London Review of Books and the New York Times.
Professor Kiberd edited the Penguin edition of ‘Ulysses’, and is the author of ‘Ulysses and Us: The Art of Everyday Life in Joyce’s Masterpiece’ (2009). He has published widely on Anglo-Irish literature, including ‘Inventing Ireland: The Literature of the Modern Nation’ (1995), ‘Irish Classics’ (2000), and ‘The Irish Writer and the World’ (2005).

Catriona Crowe

CatrionaCroweSenior Archivist, Special Projects, National Archives of Ireland.
Catriona Crowe is Senior Archivist in Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland, Dublin. She is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Documents on Irish Foreign Policy project, and of the Education and Outreach Working Group of the Council of National Cultural Institutions. Ms Crowe is project manager of Irish Census Online, the 1901 and 1911 Census digitisation project at the National Archives of Ireland in partnership with Library and Archives, Canada.

Katherine McSharry

Katherine-Mc-SharryAssistant Keeper, National Library of Ireland.
Katherine McSharry is Assistant Keeper at the National Library of Ireland, Dublin. She was co-ordinator of the exhibition ‘James Joyce and Ulysses at the National Library of Ireland’. This inaugural exhibition in the Library’s expanded Kildare Street gallery attracted over 58,000 visitors between June 2004 and May 2006. Ms McSharry is the author of ‘A Joycean Scrapbook: From the National Library of Ireland’ (2004), which accompanied the exhibition.

Sean O’ Laoire

Mr Sean O'LaoirePartner, Murray O’Laoire Architects, and President of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland.
Sean O’Laoire joined Murray O’Laoire Architects as a Partner in 1979. He is a graduate of University College Dublin, and of the University of California, Los Angeles. He has lectured in Architecture at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) in 1993 and became the Institute’s Vice-President in 1995. He was appointed President of the RIAI for 2008-2009.

Noel O’Grady

Noel O' Grady
North Kerry born Noel O’Grady is a four-time winner of the Oireachtas for traditional singing in Irish. A retired senior army officer, he’s now devoting much of his time to his first loves, and is currently editing celebratory evenings he produced and filmed in the National Concert Hall in honour of John B. Keane and Patrick Kavanagh. Brendan Kennelly describes Noel’s album ‘The Enchanted Way’ as “a tribute to Patrick Kavanagh’s visionary genius and an invitation to all people to listen to the words and music of love at their most enchantingly beautiful”. (

Barry McGovern
Barry McGovern
Barry McGovern is one of Ireland’s best known stage, film and television actors. McGovern is a former member of the RTE Players and the Abbey Theatre Company. A prolific actor, he has worked in theatre, film, radio and television, as well as written music for many shows, and co-written two musicals and directed plays and operas. Films include ‘Riders to The Sea’, ‘Joe Versus the Volcano’, ‘Billy Bathgate’, ‘Far and Away’, ‘Braveheart’, ‘The Disappearance of Finbar’, ‘The Informant’, ‘Miracle at Midnight’ and ‘Sparrow’s Trap’ to name a few. He is internationally acclaimed for his award-winning one-man Beckett show ‘I’ll Go On’, which the Gate Theatre first presented at the 1985 Dublin Theatre Festival and for his roles in Beckett productions, particularly ‘Waiting for Godot’. McGovern has lectured on Joyce and is known for his annual readings from Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ each Bloomsday at the Joyce Tower in Sandycove, Co. Dublin.

Dr John O’Neill

John O NeillPostdoctoral Researcher, Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive, UCD.
Research for the project was conducted by Dr John O’Neill, a graduate of UCD and of Cambridge University. His research interests include narratology and memory, historical fiction, and the neo-Victorian novel. He has taught at UCD and at NUI Maynooth.

Helen Shaw

Helen ShawAthena Media, Series Producer
Helen Shaw is Managing Director and founder of the award winning digital media production company, Athena Media, which is based in The Digital Hub, Thomas St, Dublin 8, just five minutes from 15 Usher’s Island. Helen is an accomplished broadcaster/content creator and was previously Head of RTÉ Radio, Ireland’s national public broadcaster. She is an English Literature graduate of UCD and holds a first class Masters in History from the university. She established Athena Media in the Digital Hub in 2004 and the company produces factual documentaries for TV/radio and runs Joyce’s Dublin, the podcast series and website, was created and designed by Athena Media. Online designer is Gillian Quinn.