Professor Christine Kinealy
Christine Kinealy is Professor of Irish History at Drew University, USA. Since completing her PhD at Trinity College in Ireland, she has worked in educational and research institutes in Dublin, Belfast and Liverpool and, since 2007, in Drew University in New Jersey.
Professor Kinealy has written a number of books on modern Ireland, including This Great Calamity. The Great Irish Famine 1845-52 (Gill and Macmillan, 1994 and 2006), Repeal and Revolution. 1848 in Ireland (Manchester University Press, 2009), and War and Peace. Ireland since the 1960s (Reaktion Books, 2010). She is currently completing research on private donations to Ireland during the Famine.
Professor Bronwen Walter
Bronwen Walter is Emeritus Professor of Irish Diaspora Studies at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. She has published widely on academic and policy issues relating to Irish emigration and is author of Outsiders inside: whiteness, place and Irish women (2001). More here.
Professor Raymond Gillespie
Professor Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh
Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh is Professor Emeritus in History at NUI,Galway. A former member of the US-Irish Fulbright Commission, his numerous publications relate mainly to Irish and British history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. More here.
Professor Terry Golway
Terry Golway is director of the Kean University Center for History, Politics and Policy. He holds a Ph.D. in U.S. History from Rutgers University, and is the author of several books, including “The Irish in America.”
Terry Golway teaches history at Kean University,
and is the author of Washington's General: Nathanael Greene and the Triumph
of the American Revolution, So Others Might Live and Together We Cannot Fail: FDR and the
American Presidency in Years of Crisis. He was a member of the New York Times editorial board and is city editor
of The New York Observer. More here
Dr. Christy Cunniffe
(Field Monument Advisor for Galway County Council)
Christy works in the area of public archaeology creating awareness of and providing information and advice on archaeology to landowners and community groups. He is currently assisting with the Galway Digital Graveyard Recording Project where he provides training and support to community groups wishing to record their own graveyard. He has a passion for 18th and 19th century graveyard art and is in the process of recording and cataloguing the vocational symbols of Co. Galway.
Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh
Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh is a graduate of University College Dublin. His has written about various aspects of the oral narrative tradition in Ireland, Irish vernacular architecture, traditional boats and fishing, and the material culture of Atlantic island communities. He is editor Of Traditional Boats of Ireland and Border-Crossing, a study of Christmas mumming customs. He is senior archivist the National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin.
Alan Delozier, D.Litt. Candidate in Irish Studies – Drew University (USA); Director of Archives & Special Collections Center – Seton Hall University (USA) and Executive Director – New Jersey Catholic Historical Commission and State Historian (New Jersey) – Ancient Order of Hibernians. More here.
Dr. Nollaig Ó Muraíle
Dr. Nollaig Ó Muraíle, MRIA, lectures in Early Modern and Modern Irish at NUI Galway. He was previously Reader in Irish and Celtic Studies in Queen’s University, Belfast.
He was Placenames Officer with the Ordnance Survey of Ireland 1972-1993. Reader in Irish and Celtic Studies at Queen's University Belfast to 2004 and Senior Lecturer at the School of Irish, National University of Ireland, Galway from 2005. More here.
Dr. Nessa Cronin
Dr. Nessa Cronin is a Lecturer in Irish Studies at the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway. Her main research areas are in Irish Place Studies, Irish Historical Cartography and Irish Literary Geographies. More here.
Dr. Patricia A. Lynch
Dr. Lynch has retired from the University of Limerick, Ireland, where she was a faculty member lecturing in English Studies and Linguistics. She is a long-term member of IASIL (International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures) and ACIS (American Conference for Irish Studies). The interest in traditional medicine arose from her long-term research into Irish traditional medicine, particularly the customs of 200 years ago.
Dr. Gerard Moran
Dr Gerard Moran is a lecturer in the Dept of History at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He is author of Sending Out Ireland’s Poor: Assisted Emigration to North America in the Nineteenth Century (Dublin, 2004) and editor of Galway: History and Society (Dublin, 1996). More here.
Before joining the Huston Film School as lecturer in Film Studies, Tony was involved in independent film production and then for Miramax Films (International) before returning to Ireland to work in a number of capacities in film production and film culture. He was senior education officer at the Irish Film Institute from 1996-2000 and central to the development of a pioneering film education programme for second-level students that included the introduction of film in the Leaving Certificate English curriculum. He spent several years developing teacher training programmes for the IFI and Department of Education and has continued to offer workshops and write study materials for use with school students. Alongside his academic research and teaching he remains passionately involved with the development of film culture in the public sphere as a director of the Fresh Film Festival, through frequent guest lectures, school visits and public interviews, and as a regular radio broadcaster. More here.
David Burke M.A. is the editor and managing director of The Tuam Herald newspaper and graduate of the National University of Ireland, Galway. The Tuam Herald was founded in 1837 (The same year Queen Victoria came to the throne), and this year celebrates 175 years in business. He is a member of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors.
Kathleen Villiers-Tuthill is the author of five books, two booklets and numerous articles on the history of west County Galway. Her work is based principally on primary sources, from public archives and private collections.
In recognition of her contribution to the heritage of the county, she has received two Heritage Awards from Galway County Council and an honorary M.A. from NUI Galway. Her new work A Colony of Strangers: The founding and early history of Clifden is due for publication in 2012.
Marie Boran is a Special Collections Librarian at the James Hardiman Library, NUI, Galway. Her main research interests are in the areas of Irish family, local and topographical history since 1800. From 2005-2011 she worked on compiling the information on the Landed Estates Database for the counties of Sligo, Leitrim, Kerry and Waterford as well as parts of counties Galway, Roscommon and Cork
Brigid Clesham is an archivist and historical researcher who has worked in the National Library of Ireland, the Hardiman Library at NUI, Galway and the Tuam Diocesan Archives. She is currently working on a detailed topographical and historical study of areas in South Mayo. Between 2005-2011 she worked on compiling the information on the Landed Estates Database for the counties of Mayo, Clare, Limerick and Tipperary as well as parts of the counties of Galway, Roscommon and Cork.
Mike Feerick is Chairman & Founder of Ireland Reaching Out will talk about the development of the project to date with specific focus on the Irish-American link. Born in the USA, Mike has an avid interest in Irish emigration history and the Irish diaspora. Mike is an experienced internet services and social entrepreneur living in Loughrea, Co Galway.
Monica Hynes hails from the parish of Tynagh in Co. Galway. She was educated in Portumna, Galway and the U.K. and holds B.A (Hons) and M.A. degrees. After several years working abroad she returned to Ireland in 1999 where she commenced employment with the East Galway Family History Society Co.Ltd. She has managed and developed the company since then. Monica has also lectured for various events and more recently compiled sample parish training packs of family histories for the Ireland Reaching Out website.
Dr. Anne Rodda
Anne Rodda, Certified Genealogist, earned a D.Litt. from Drew University, NJ, USA, concentrating on Irish Studies. Anne specialises in research on Irish ancestry. She is the author of numerous genealogical articles and has been interviewed many times on radio, TV and by the press. She has extensive experience in searching all types of records in the United States and Ireland. (Certified Genealogist is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation.)
Pat O’ Hora
Pat O’Hora is a
two time President of the Old Tuam Society with a keen interest in local history
particularly the history of his own parish of Kilbannon. He is also a member of
Tuam Town Council. More here.
Brendan works as a research scientist at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is an enthusiastic member of the Old Tuam Society and current editor of the Journal of The Old Tuam Society, as well as maintaining the Society’s blog page. He has a keen interest in all aspects of Tuam’s rich history and heritage.
Paul Gosling is a professional archaeologist and hails from Dundalk, Co. Louth. He lectures on built heritage in the Department of Humanities, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, in Galway City, where he is co-ordinator of the B.A. in Heritage Studies programme. The central theme in his research work has been archaeological survey, both urban and rural. He has also been involved in the archaeological section of the Royal Irish Academy's multi-disciplinary New Survey of Clare Island, Co. Mayo and is joint editor and a major contributor to volumes 4 (2004) and 5 (2007) in the publication series. Apart from his work on Co. Galway - Inventory Vol. 1, (1993), and Vol. 2 (1999) - he has also published a number of papers on the towns of Dundalk, Carlingford and Tuam. He is currently researching Loughrea for the Irish Historic Towns Atlas series. More here.
Born in the Burren, Co. Clare, Ireland, P.J. Curtis is an award-winning broadcaster, record producer, musicologist and author. He has produced fifty-seven record albums to date. He has lectured widely on music and related topics in Ireland, the U.K. and more recently at the University of Montana in Missoula, MT. USA. In 2006, he was awarded a Honorary M.A. by the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is a winner of three national awards for his radio programmes on RTE Radio 1, Century Radio and Lyric FM. He has also earned two awards for his writings and 2 U.S. awards for his record production work.
Timothy Collins is Director of the Centre for Landscape Studies at NUI,
Galway. A graduate in Marine Science, he has kept up his interest in
the subject by publishing much on the history of Irish science. He is
also currently putting the finishing touches to a comprehensive
biography of Maj. Dick Dowling. More here.