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Ba mhór ag foireann Léann na Gaeilge tú a bheith i láthair ag Seimineáir Léann na Gaeilge. 

Seimineáir Léann na Gaeilge    

 Léacht 1: 22 Deireadh Fómhair 2018, 11:00, Seomra na Gaeilge (LCO-016)

Aoichainteoir: An Dr Seosamh Ó Cuinneagáin

‘Boichte na mBochtán.'

29 Deireadh Fómhair 2018: Lá saoire poiblí

Léacht 2: 31 Deireadh Fómhair 2018, 15:00, Seomra na Gaeilge (LCO-016)

An Dr Ailbhe Nic Giolla Chomhaill

‘Proinnsias de Búrca: Bailitheoir Béaloidis i nDúiche Sheoigheach.'

Léacht 3: 5 Samhain 2018, 11:00, Seomra na Gaeilge (LCO-016)

Aoichainteoir: An Dr Caitríona Breathnach (Coláiste Mhuire gan Smál)

‘Trasteangú agus Débhéascna i nGaeltacht na nDéise.'

‘At obair it’s different, obair is as Béarla.’

Fáilte roimh chách! 

Seimineáir Léann na Gaeilge, organised by Léann na Gaeilge, School of English, Irish, and Communication, are a series of lectures and group discussions about Irish language and literature. 

All of the upcoming lectures will be conducted through the medium of Irish. All are welcome!

Script Viewing 2018

School of English, Irish, and Communication Script Viewing will take place on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 June 2018 in ER3019

If you wish to view your script please fill out Script Viewing Application form and return to cc@ul.ie  before the deadline of Friday 22 June no later than 16:00.

You will then be allocated a time.

Please note late applications will NOT be accepted after the deadline.

What should a student do if he or she is unhappy with a grade? 

Should a student consider that s/he may have been assigned an incorrect grade, a clear procedure is provided for in the Academic Regulations.  The student may request a  recheck of the grade within two weeks of the relevant semester results becoming available. To request a recheck, the student must complete the appropriate form (available from the Student Academic Administration Office) and pay a fee.
After receiving the appropriate form, the relevant  academic staff member will then (and only then)  review the script for accuracy. The recheck request form will be returned to Student Academic Administration Office with the decision noted on it (including any change of grade). It should be noted that, should the grade recheck so determine, grades may be changed to lower or higher grades.
You are required to follow this process.  
Should a student not be satisfied with the outcome of the grade recheck, s/he may appeal the matter to the Head of Department responsible for the module. The appeal must be made within two weeks of the publication of the grade recheck result. To appeal a grade recheck, the student must complete the appropriate form (available from the Student Academic Administration Office) and pay a fee. The appeal must be on stated grounds and should include a full and complete statement on why the student believes the grade awarded is incorrect. It should be noted that, should the grade appeal so determine, grades may be changed to lower or higher grades.
You are required to follow this process.  

For grade recheck/appeal forms, please see:


Transitioning Embodiments in Health Humanities Symposium

The symposium on Transitioning Embodiments in Health Humanities will take place on Friday May 4th 2018 at the University of Limerick. The symposium will bring together Irish and international scholars from the disciplines of Cultural Studies, Law, Literature, Medicine, Music, Philosophy and Psychology, to discuss the experience and representation of embodiment in the context of transition, especially as it is associated with the journeys of the human form across terrains of health and illness. This event is supported by the School of English, Irish and Communication, the Graduate Entry Medical School, the School of Law, and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, as well as the Irish Research Council sponsored workshop Health Research Futures Lab.

This is a free event and all are welcome -- but please register on Eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/transitioning-embodiments-in-health-humanities-symposium-tickets-44405745781

Time & venue: Friday May 4th, 2018 | 8:30-17:00 | Engineering Building, ERB001

Symposium Programme:

08:30: Registration

09:15: Welcome and Opening Address

09:30-11:00: PANEL I

  • Dr John Lombard, School of Law, University of Limerick

“Law and the contemporary Ars Moriendi

  • Martin Dyar, University of Limerick Arts Council Writer in Residence Fellow

“Creative Writing in Medical Education”

  • Professor Femi Oyebode, Department of Psychiatry, University of Birmingham “Embodiment in Kafka's Letter to Father: Texts for Health Humanities”

11:30-12:45: KEYNOTE ADDRESS I

  • Professor Havi Carel, Department of Philosophy, University of Bristol

“Illness and Transplantation as Transformative Experience”

13:45-15:15: PANEL II

  • Dr Hilary Moss, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick

“Music at the End of Life: Transcendence, Beauty and Hope in Palliative Care”

  • Professor James O’Hare, Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick

“Creativity and Professionalism: What we have learn from Medical Student Arts projects at UL GEMS”

  • Dr Antonia O’Keeffe, Postgraduate trainee in Psychiatry, University of Limerick

“Viewing the body: the use of painting to explore one doctor's shift over time”


  • Professor Paul Crawford, School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham

“Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery”

Dr. Sorcha de Brun has an Article Published in the Irish Times 12.03.2018

Dr. Sorcha de Brún, lecturer in Irish from the School of English, Irish and Communication, has an article in The Irish Times today. The article discusses questions surrounding both populism and community in Europe and the United States, and then goes on to look at the seminal novel Cré na Cille by Máirtín Ó Cadhain, arguing that Ó Cadhain’s  novel questions notions of community.

Read the Article Here: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/treibh/caithfear-%C3%A9isteacht-leis-agus-pl%C3%A9ascaimid-1.3420947

UL/Frank McCourt Creative Writing Summer School
University of Limerick, Ireland, May 3rd to 6th, 2018

  • ‘Food and Storytelling: a Literary Brunch,’ led by UL Creative Writing MA graduate and Food Writer, RACHAEL KEALY.
  • Live recording of RTE Radio 1 ‘SUNDAY MISCELLANY’ at UL’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.
  • Illustrated Lecture:  ‘Don't Judge a Book Just By The cover…Punk and Creativity’ with live music by SECTION 17.
  • Sessions on How to Get Published and Writing for Young Adults.

The UL/Frank McCourt Creative Writing Summer School is open to application from everyone, but please note that numbers are strictly limited and the event is booking up quickly. No previous writing experience is required, but some would be helpful.

(includes welcome reception, all classes, workshops and lectures, light lunch on Saturday, literary brunch on Sunday, admission to Sunday Miscellany concert and to public events with Kevin Barry, Marian Keyes, Bob Geldof). 

E200: waged

E150: student/unwaged

Numbers attending the Creative Writing classes will not exceed a total of 60.

Full Programme Details and Booking at http://frankmccourt.ulfoundation.com

Informal Queries are welcome at joseph.oconnor@ul.ie

Ba mhór ag foireann Léann na Gaeilge tú a bheith i láthair ag Seimineáir Léann na Gaeilge. 

Seimineáir Léann na Gaeilge  

  • Léacht 1: 13 Feabhra 2018, 12:00, Seomra C1-079 

Maggie Bonsey

‘The Role of the Internet in Promoting Minority Languages.'

  • Léacht 2: 20 Feabhra 2018, 12:00, Seomra na Gaeilge (LCO-016)

An Dr. Gordon Ó Riain

‘Moladh ar bhanphátrún i dTiobraid Árann.'

  • Léacht 3: 27 Feabhra 2018, 12:00, Seomra na Gaeilge (LCO-016)

Aoichainteoir: Mícheál Ó Siochrú.

‘Blaiseadh na Filíochta.'

  • Léacht 4: 6 Márta 2018, 12:00, Seomra na Gaeilge (LCO-016)

An Dr. Aengus Finnegan

‘Bailiú agus foilsiú logainmneacha áitiúla in Éirinn.'

  • Léacht 5: 13 Márta 2018, 12:00, Seomra na Gaeilge (LCO-016)

An Dr. Sorcha de Brún

 ‘Insint na bhFireannachtaí: Teicnící Reacaireachta i Saothar Sheáin Mhic Mhathúna.’

  • Léacht 6: 20 Márta 2018, 12:00, Seomra na Gaeilge (LCO-016)

Ríona Ní Churtáin

‘“Raghaidh mé síos ag lorg daoirse”: Seán Ó Ríordáin agus

« la mauvaise foi ».’


Fáilte roimh chách! 

Current Issues in Irish Media: Seminar Series

Week 1: January 31st 2018: Seamus Dooley

National Union of Journalists General Secretary: Seamus Dooley
Lecture Entitled: The message is in The Post: The Challenges to promoting public interest journalism 

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ly7DKF_weKs

Week 2: February 7th 2018: Cathal McMahon

Dataminr Ireland Manager Cathal McMahon
Lecture Entitled: Data journalism - real-information discovery

Week 3: February 14th 2018: Conall O'Fatharta

Irish Examiner Investigative Reporter: Conall O’Fatharta
Lecture Entitled: Illegal adoptions: deaths in mother and baby homes – the story that keeps on breaking

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSxX-svG9kI

Week 4: February 20th 2018: Dr. Annika Gonnermann

German journalist and academic: Dr Annika Gonnermann
Lecture Entitled: Merkel, media and the rise of the far right

Video to follow....

Week 5: March 7th 2018: Peter Feeney 
Press Ombudsman: Peter Feeney
Lecture Entitled: The challenge of regulating news on social media platforms: ERB001
Video to follow....

Week 6: March 14th 2018: John Walsh
The Times Ireland Deputy Editor: John Walsh
Lecture Entitled: How the recession brought business journalism to the front pages
Video to follow....

Week 7: March 21st 2018: Bryan Dobson
RTE Broadcaster and UL Adjunct Professor of Journalism: Bryan Dobson
Lecture Entitled: Seriously can this go on? The future of public service journalism
Video to follow...

Week 8: April 10th 2018: Ciaran Darcy
Zoomin TV Broadcaster: Ciaran Darcy
Lecture Entitled: Journalism in 2018: Adjusting to the “viral” landscape
Venue: HSG-037

Script Viewing

Please note, repeat script viewing days are Tuesday 30th & Wednesday 31st January 2018.
Please apply to view scripts by deadline date, Friday 26th January 2018 @ 4pm
To apply to view your scripts, please complete this form and return to cc@ul.ie by email.

The Ogham Stone 2018 Issue: Call for Submissions

Submissions are now invited for the 2018 issue of The Ogham Stone, the University of Limerick's journal of literature and arts.

Produced by students on the MA in English and the MA in Creative Writing programmes at UL, The Ogham Stone is fast emerging as a distinctive and prestigious context for new writing in Ireland

The 2017 issue showcases important new writing and artwork by established and emerging Irish writers as well as international contributors from the UK and the USA. It features (among thirty-two pieces) poetry by Orla Fay, Julian Gough, Marie Cadden, Catherine Phil MacCarthy, Mike Gallagher, and Jaki McCarrick; short stories by Joseph O’Connor, Catherine Donnelly and Anne Griffin; creative non-fiction by Nuala Ní Chonchúir and Barry McKinley; and artwork by Kieran Nee, Ruth Egan, Richard Smyth and John Chavers. 

The Ogham Stone submission guidelines are available at https://theoghamstoneul.com/submit/ and the team can be contacted at oghamstoneul@gmail.com. The deadline is 31st August 2017.

The deadline for applications for AHSS fee waivers and scholarships 2017 has been extended Friday 12 May 2017.
AHSS Fee Waivers and Scholarships

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences at the University of Limerick, Ireland, is offering a number of Fee Waivers and Scholarships to PhD candidates on a competitive basis. The awards will take effect from September 2017. 
The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Limerick, Ireland is a vibrant, outward-looking faculty that combines intensive research activity with the strongest commitment to high quality undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.  Faculty are involved in research across a range of disciplines including Cultural Studies, Creative Writing, English, Gaeilge, History, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Modern Languages, New Media, Politics, Public Administration, Sociology, Teaching English as a Second Language and Technical Communication and ELearning.   Our PhD students are housed in the AHSS Graduate Research Centre. The faculty convenes an annual Postgraduate Research Conference. 
Successful applicants will be expected to deliver a small number of tutorial hours in lieu of their award. 
How To Apply: 
Complete the online application form and submit by the deadline for receipt of all application materials is 5pm (local Irish Time) May 12th 2017 (extended deadline).  
Please supply 2 references to niamh.lenahan@ul.ie by 5pm, May 12th 2017.
Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. 
Informal queries may be sent to Professor Eoin Devereux, Assistant Dean for Research, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Limerick – email: eoin.devereux@ul.ie
Further Details on the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at University of Limerick, Ireland may be found at http://www.ul.ie/artsoc/fee-waivers-and-scholarships

Journalism in UL Presents a Symposium on 

The challenges in journalism practice and treatment of mental health related stories in Irish media. Keynote Address from Professor Jane Singer, City University, London.
Thursday, April 20th, 2017@ 10:00am - 1:00pm 

Millstream Common Room


The Centre for Early Modern Studies is delighted to host Professor Andrew Hadfield, University of Sussex, who will deliver a lecture entitled

“Truth, Lies and Scandal at the Court of King James: The Countess and the Archbishop”

 Thursday April 20th, C1079, Main Building, 12pm.

Professor Hadfield is distinguished scholar of many aspects of early modern literature and culture, and is an expert in Shakespeare and Spenser. He is the author and editor of several books, including Edmund Spenser: A Life (OUP, 2012), Shakespeare and Republicanism (2005), and (ed. with R. Gillespie) The History of the Irish Book, vol III: The Irish Book in English, 1550-1800 (OUP, 2006). He is currently Visiting Professor at University College Dublin (April-May 2017).

All Welcome!

AHSS Postgraduate Conference 2017

To all AHSS Postgraduate Students,

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at UL will convene a One Day Postgraduate Conference on Monday 15th May 2017, venue Pavilion.

The conference will showcase work by AHSS research postgraduates.

We invite proposals from our PhD and MA by Research Students which may take the form of a paper presentation or a poster presentation.

To apply: Click Here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdol5JHhUZ86y0-dbJPz-kj208gjbLFnFVsae3qXvrJdCaGzA/viewform?c=0&w=1


The Ogham Stone: Launches in UL!

After a very successful launch in Dooliln in February, the Ogham Stone will now launch in UL with a reading from School of Culture & Communication Writer-in-Residence, Julian Gough! 
Millstream Common Room: March 7th: 5pm
With Refreshments!

Women in Media
Current Issues in Irish Media Seminar Series

UL’s journalism department marks International Women’s Day with panel discussion involving a number of women working in high profile media roles.

Cathy Halloran, RTE’s Mid west correspondent,
Gillian Devlin, Head of News Limerick’s Live 95FM,
Fiona Stack, General Manager, Radio Kerry,
Laura Ryan, Head of Marketing and Communications
Limerick City and County Council,
Tara Giddens, PhD candidate, UL

Wednesday March 8th (International Women’s Day) 2pm - 4pm in Millstream Common Room

FYP's : New Media and English: Week 6 Submission

All students of New Media & English, please submit your FYP's to ER3019 by 4pm Thursday 2 March 2017.

Words Ireland Writers Series

Meeting for Professional Writers, University of Limerick | Limerick

Free entry: this event is for writers that earn or aspire to earn some or all of their income from writing.

Format: panel discussion (50 mins) break (10 mins), followed by a public meeting open to writers in the audience (up to 50 mins). Refreshments provided.

Panelists: Niall WIlliams, Donal Ryan, Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, and Stephen Murray 

Details: Words Ireland is hosting a series of nationwide public meetings for professional and practising writers to hear how writers sustain their careers. We want to begin a national debate on the future of literature resourcing and funding in Ireland.

Which opportunities make creative and financial sense? Which types of writing work open doors to further opportunities? Which supports are you lacking and which are a waste of time? We’ll find out from a panel of experienced professional writers from across the genres who will also address issues relating to income, royalties, writers fees, and more.

After the panel discussion, we’ll be giving you – the writers in the audience – the opportunity to have your voices heard. Come prepared with practical improvements and new ideas for the literature sector in an event which will undoubtedly generate lively discussion and debate among the writers, poets, and children’s authors present.

This event is being run in association with the MA in Creative Writing at University of Limerick. 

See: www.wordsireland.ie

UL’s Literary Journal The Ogham Stone to be Launched at Doolin Writers’ Weekend

The 2017 edition of The Ogham Stone, the literary journal produced at the University of Limerick, will be launched as part of Doolin Writers’ Weekend on 4th February at 8pm. UL’s new Writer-in-Residence Julian Gough will officiate, and there will be readings by contributors on the night.
The Ogham Stone 2017 showcases new Irish writing and art, with contributions by, among others, Joseph O’Connor, Marie Cadden, Catherine Phil MacCarthy, Richard Smyth, Mike Gallagher and Jaki McCarrick.
It is produced by the students of the MA in Creative Writing and MA in English, School of Culture and Communication, UL. The journal will be on sale at the launch at the special discounted price of €10 and will also be available shortly for download and in local bookstores.
Further information on the Doolin Writers’ Festival can be found at: http://doolinfestivals.ie/.
The Ogham Stone editorial team can be contacted as follows:

Email: oghamstoneul@gmail.com
Web: https://theoghamstoneul.com/
Twitter: @TheOghamStone
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oghamstoneul/

Script Viewing

Script Viewing will take place on January 31 & Feb 1 in the school office ER3019
To apply to view your scripts, click here. Please complete and return to niamh.osullivan@ul.ie
A time slot and date will then be allocated to you by email.

Please Note: Closing Date is 4pm  on Friday 27 January 2017.

Breaking News

The Culture & Communication School Office has now moved to ER3019, Engineering Building, UL!

Opening of New Broadcast Journalism Studio

The School of Culture & Communication welcome the opening of a new broadcast journalism studio facility in the library basement. It was officially launched by Adjunct Professor of Journalism Bryan Dobson today, Tuesday 15 Nov 2016. The studio is packed full of new and exciting broadcasting equipment from green screens to auto queue machines!

MA in Journalism Student joins Limerick Leader Staff

Well done to Maria Flannery, who is one of our talented MA graduates this year!
A big congratulations to Maria Flannery, who has joined the Limerick Leader as a staff journalist. Maria is from Kildimo and is an MA Journalism graduate.

Ba mhór ag foireann Léann na Gaeilge tú a bheith i láthair ag Seimineáir Léann na Gaeilge.  

Seimineáir Léann na Gaeilge: Léacht 4: 11 Samhain 2016, 10:00, MC2-005

Aoichainteoir: Jerry White, Canada Research Chair in European Studies, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Three Kinds of Small Cinemas: Irish-speaking Ireland, Catalonia, Georgia.’

Fáilte roimh chách!

Seimineáir Léann na Gaeilge, organised by Léann na Gaeilge, School of Culture and Communication, are a series of lectures and group discussions about Irish language and literature. All of this semester’s lectures and discussions, with the exception of Léacht 4, will be conducted through the medium of Irish. All are welcome!

An Foclóir Nua Béarla-Gaeilge: D1050 15.00-17.00 3 Samhain 2016 

Beidh Pádraig Ó Mianáin, eagarthóir an Fhoclóra Nua Béarla-Gaeilge (focloir.ie), agus baill eile fhoireann an fhoclóra, ag labhairt faoi obair an fhoclóra agus faoi ghairm na foclóireachta agus iad i mbun ceardlainne Déardaoin 3 Samhain 2016, 15.00-17.00 i seomra D1050. Míneofar cur chuige an fhoclóra - úsáid corpas, roghnú focal, ceisteanna faoin gCaighdeán agus faoi ghairm na foclóireachta - agus beidh ceardlann ghearr ann chun an cur chuige a léiriú. Beidh fáilte roimh gach uile dhuine.

[Dr. Pádraig Ó Mianáin, Editor of the New English-Irish Dictionary and members of the dictionary staff will being speaking about the national dictionary project (focloir.ie) and leading a short workshop to illustrate their work - use of copora, word and term selection, questions about

Standard usage and about the lexicography profession on Thursday 3 November, 15.00-17.00 in D1050. The session will be conducted in Irish. All are welcome.]

The MA Festive Arts is delighted to present a series of events around Writing for Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle

Critical responses and reflections are crucial for the development of any cultural sector. Reviews, critique and written responses play an essential role in the visual arts, music, dance and theatre, providing a space for reflection and development, as well as an archive of work carried out for future researchers to trace and explore. In Ireland, we need to develop a strong traditional of critical response to street arts, circus and spectacle. Outdoor arts are integral to our cultural life, from the magic of the Macnas parades to the spectacular performances that take place during the Waterford Spraoi festival each year. Outdoor arts animate our streets, towns and cities, they engage with and creatively explore public spaces, and they connect with audiences from all walks of life. In order to contribute to the development of a culture of writing about, reviewing and reflecting on these essential, exciting and innovative art forms, the MA Festive Arts programme is presenting a series of events, free to all, on the subject with a range of international and national invited speakers. The event includes a session on arts journalism with Irish cultural critic, Cristín Leach, frequent contributor to the Sunday Times Ireland.

These seminars are open to all, and will be of interest to art critics, writers, performing artists, academics.

Space is limited at certain events, so please book using the Eventbrite link to reserve your place: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/writing-for-street-arts-circus-and-spectacle-tickets-28395229897

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New AHSS publication on Digital Learning for K-12 Schools

Dr Ann Marcus Quinn (School of Culture and Communication) and Dr Triona Hourigan have written a new book Handbook on Digital Learning for K-12 Schools, published by Springer.

This book guides the adoption, design, development and expectation of future digital teaching and learning projects/programs in K12 schools. It provides a series of case studies and reports experiences from international digital teaching and learning projects in K12 education. The book also furnishes advice for future school policy and investment in digital teaching and learning projects. Finally, the book provides an explanation of the future capacity and sustainability of digital teaching and learning in K12 schools.

Ann Marcus-Quinn is a lecturer at the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Limerick. She received her B.A. In Media and Communication Studies, Masters in Technical Communication and PhD in Education from the University of Limerick. Triona Hourigan is a teacher and researcher employed by the Department of Education and Skills, Ireland. She received her B.A. in Language and Cultural Studies, Masters in French,  PhD in Education and Grad. Dip in Education from the University of Limerick. Prior to joining the Department of Education and Skills, she worked as a post-doctoral research fellow in the area of ICT in Education at the University of Limerick.

Link: http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319338064

New publication, Women Writing War

UCD Press have just announced the publication of Women Writing War: Ireland 1880-1922, edited by Tina O'Toole, Gillian McIntosh & Muireann O’Cinnéide. The book will be launched in UL on 25th November by Professor Patricia Coughlan (UCC).

The collection is the outcome of a collaborative international project on women’s writing and conflict. Initiated with funding and support from the UL-NUIG Gender ARC, the first working group was convened in UL by Dr Tina O’Toole and Professor Meg Harper, who later hosted a 2012 conference ‘Behind the Lines: Women, War and Letters’ in collaboration with colleagues at NUIG and Queen’s Belfast. The conference brought experts in the field from eleven countries to UL.

Women’s literary expressions of war have long been neglected and at times forgotten in Irish scholarship. In Women Writing War many of these forgotten women, and their writings from the 1880–1922 period, are brought to the fore. The women themselves are revealed as active cultural producers and agents, deeply invested in the political and military struggles of their day. From the Land Wars to the Boer Wars, from the First World War to the Easter Rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War, the diverse range of topics in this thought-provoking volume explore the relationship between women and conflict.

Historian Margaret Ward, whose groundbreaking study Unmanageable Revolutionaries (1993) detailed women’s active engagement during the Irish revolutionary period, comments on the book:

'Using little known or completely unknown texts, the contributors to this volume have not only brought to light many unjustly forgotten women, they have also demonstrated how much can be gleaned from intelligent, ideologically-aware analysis of literary sources.  In so doing, they provide us, collectively, with a multi-layered, intersectional portrayal of women who sought to make a difference to the society in which they lived. Through their various experiences as women living in turbulent times, they provide us with new ways of understanding those times.'


Great event happening in Limerick
31Oct - 1Nov, Connections in Motion: Dance in Irish & German Lit, Film & Culture
Irish Centre of Transnational Studies (Mary Immaculate College) and Centre of Irish-German Studies (University of Limerick) in collaboration with the Irish World Academy for Music & Dance, the National Dance Crchive of Ireland the School of Culture & Communication and the School of Design (University of Limerick)

Reading & Talk by Author Anne Enright

We at UL's Creative Writing programme are delighted to announce that Anne Enright, Man Booker Prizewinner and inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction, will give a reading from her work and a lecture on the Irish writer Maeve Brennan, at the University of Limerick, Kemmy Business School (Theatre KBG 12), on Thursday October 6th starting at 6.30 pm. Anne Enright will be introduced by UL's Writer in Residence, multiple award-winning Donal Ryan.

Tickets are free but we anticipate strong demand, so do please note that booking is required.

If you wish to forward the details to those you feel might be interested, please do.

RSVP by 30 September NOT TO UL but to Jen Coppinger, Project Manager for the Laureate for Irish Fiction, at laureate.irishfiction@artscouncil.ie

Congratulations Dr. Maggie O'Neill

Congratulations to English@UL's Dr Maggie O'Neill who was recently conferred with a UL Diploma in Teaching & Learning, with first class honours. Maggie will visit Umea University in Sweden this term, as part of our Erasmus teaching exchange programme. She will deliver lectures as part of the Language Festival Programme, a professional development programme for teachers in Sweden

Congratulations Tracy McAvinue

Congratulations to Tracy McAvinue, who recently graduated from the BA English & History with first class honours. Achieving straight As in her final year, Tracy was awarded the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences medal for first place in the Faculty at the recent conferrals. She is now taking the MA English at UL.

Dr Tina O’Toole winner of UL Excellence in Teaching Award 2016

We are delighted to announce that Dr Tina O’Toole (School of Culture & Communication) has been selected as overall winner in the University of Limerick Excellence in Teaching Award 2016.

The decision to select Tina O’Toole as the overall award winner is based on a range of indicators that define her as a truly exceptional teacher: The extraordinary rapport, connection and engagement she establishes with her students; the ways in which she creates a supportive but also challenging and rigorous learning environment; her conscientious emphasis on feedback, learning enhancement, impact and on her own professional development as a teacher were all highlighted as outstanding. Perhaps most importantly, Tina has distinguished herself by virtue of her own substantial expertise within her discipline and by pursuing a research-led approach to her teaching that brings her subject alive both within and beyond her classroom contexts.

Huge congratulations to all of those finalists and winners. These teachers are a source of great pride to UL and to our teaching, learning and scholarly missions. Their positive impact on the learning of their students is impossible to measure fully, but clearly there is much to learn from their approaches, and much to be inspired by from their commitment.

As the overall winner, Tina will receive her award during August conferring. In addition all the finalists and faculty winners will be recognised and celebrated at a campus event later this year. We will look forward to applauding and learning from these innovative, engaging and impactful approaches to teaching.

International Association for Media and Communication Research Annual Conference

The Faculty of AHSS was well-represented at this summer’s conference of the International Association for Media and Communication research annual conference in Leicester. Participants included Dr Fergal Quinn, Dr Henry Silke, Kathryn Hayes and Audrey Galvin  (School of Culture & Communication). Attendance was funded by the AHSS and School of Culture and Communications. Dr Quinn presented a paper entitled “Democratic surplus: How ideas about democracy interact with journalism teaching in a developing world context and the implications of this for journalism practice”
Dr Silke co-presented with Professor  Paschal Preston (Dublin City University, Ireland): Socio-Economic Inequalities and Communication Studies . He also co presented with Ciara Graham (Institute of Technology Tallaght) a paper entitled: Framing Privatisation: The dominance of neo-liberal discourse and the death of the public good.

For further information: Web: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016

The Irish Renaissance Seminar

The Irish Renaissance Seminar meets twice a year in Irish universities to discuss early modern literature, history, and culture. On November 5th 2016 the University of Limerick will host the seminar for the first time. The theme will be “Early Modern Outsiders, Exiles, and Outlaws”, and the event is supported by the Society for Renaissance Studies, the School of Culture and Communication, UL, and the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, UL. The event will be held under the auspices of the Limerick Early Modern Studies Forum (https://emslimerick.wordpress.com).

For further details please contact Dr Carrie Griffin (carrie.griffin@ul.ie). 


Fri 30 Sept – Sun 02 Oct. OPEN TO PUBLIC (oh, and bats too!!!). Everyone is welcome to attend all or part of the programme
All events on Friday are FREE OF CHARGE
For further information:
Marion Cox, 1 Kiltiernan East, Kilcolgan, Co Galway.
Email: monaleen@msn.com
Website:  www.autumngathering.com

Aonad Na Gaeilge

Evening Courses

Our Autumn schedule of evening courses will commence this month. Classes run one evening a week for two hours and are 10 weeks in duration. Cost is €125 (except the cúrsa cruinnis €100). There are reduced rates available for full-time UL students - please enquire.
The levels offered this Autumn are:

  • Complete Beginners: for those with no prior knowledge of Irish, those born outside Ireland or for those who received an exemption from Irish at school. Commencing Tuesday 27/9/2016 @ 19.00-21.00.
  • Elementary: for those who did Irish at school but feel that they need to return to the basics. Commencing Tuesday 27/9/2016 @ 19.00-21.00
  • Intermediate: for those who had a good standard of Irish at school. Participants will be out of practice but also looking for a challenge. Commencing Thursday 22/9/2016 @ 19.00-21.00
  • Cúrsa Cruinnis: is rang gramadaí é seo. Díríonn an rang seo ar an gcruinneas sa Ghaeilge scríofa agus sa Ghaeilge labhartha. Ag tosú Déardaoin 22/9/2016 @ 17.00-18.30

To register: Fill out the  online form
Call Ciara on 061 234 754 with your card payment details.

Woman and Ageing Research

Visit the Women and Ageing Research Network blog to read about a writing workshop dedicated to a special journal issue on women and ageing in Irish literature and film. This event was hosted by Dr Maggie O'Neill (School of Culture & Communication) and Dr Michaela Schrage-Fruh (School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics) and facilitated by Dr Ide O'Sullivan (Regional Writing Centre). The organisers gratefully acknowledge the support of the Irish Research Council New Foundations scheme
For more details https://womenandageing.wordpress.com/women-and-ageing-writers-retreat-10-june-2016/