I am a member of the School of Celtic Studies and lecture on various aspects of early Irish culture, especially literature, in the Centre for Irish Cultural Heritage (Ionad na hÉigse) and the Department of Adult and Community Education. I played a leading role in the setting up of the Centre in 2013 including the design and delivery of a suite of innovative interdisciplinary programmes of study on aspects of early Irish cultural heritage.
I was awarded an IRC scholarship for my Ph.D. studies on the role and representation of Cú Chulainn in Old and Middle Irish saga material. I am interested in the culture and literature of medieval Ireland, more specifically, on the creation and development of characters and associated heroic biographical texts. My research also focuses on the landscape and archaeological evidence, including more specific sites, such as, Tara, Emain Macha etc, as an underpinning component of these narratives and their central figures. I contributed to the interdisciplinary Black Pig’s Dyke Regional Research Project (2014). I am presently involved in outreach research activities concerning the ecclesiastical foundations of North Tipperary. I am committed to identifying and creating innovative methods of engaging students and the wider public with Irish cultural heritage.
I was a member of a team of academics who analysed a series of linear earthworks in the north midlands as part of the Black Pig’s Dyke Regional Research Project (2014). Further material on the significance of pigs in early Irish literature, more specifically relating to their association with kingship is being prepared for publication. I also played a leading role in securing research funding to hold a series of seminars providing an ancient perspective on Irish design and craft activities as part of the Irish Design 2015 initiative.
I am presently involved in an outreach interdisciplinary research project assessing the ecclesiastical foundations at Terryglass, and nearby Lorrha, in North Tipperary and their scribal traditions.