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UCD Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute

Fondúireacht Mhíchíl Uí Chléirigh, UCD

Current PhD Scholars

Keith Smith is working on a survey of the provenance and survival of ecclesiastical objects in Ireland from the late medieval and early modern periods. This study will build on the information collected as part of the IRCHSS-funded ‘Material Culture of the Mendicant Orders’ project.

Michael Lynch is working on an inventory and study of pre-1829 Catholic altar plate surviving in Co Clare (the dioceses of Kilfenora, Limerick and Kilmacduagh).

Anne-Julie Lafaye is working on a landscape study of the friaries founded by the mendicant orders in the late medieval period in Munster. The study will involve a series of case studies and is jointly supervised with the UCD School of Archaeology.

Gillian Finan is working on secular patronage of ecclesiastical sites in Ireland between 1169 and 1230. She is concentrating in particular on the impact of the arrival of the Anglo-Normans on the Irish church through altered patterns of patronage and piety and the endowment of new religious houses.

Recent PhD Graduates

Dr Siobhan Condron worked on a history of the reception, transmission and dissemination of Julian of Norwich’s longer text in the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Dr Elizabeth Dawson explored perceptions of conversion in seventh-century Ireland, focusing on a series of hagiographical texts – the lives of Patrick, Brigit and Columba – produced during that period.

Dr Mark Empey worked on a comparison of the policy pursued by Thomas Wentworth in his capacity as Lord President of the North (of England) and Lord Deputy of Ireland from 1628-34. The study offers important insights into royal policy towards Catholics in Ireland and England at the time.

Dr Kelly Fitzgerald was awarded her PhD entitled 'Céitinn Leabhar an tSeanchais: literary and oral interaction in Irish folklore' in 2009. Her research interests include the influence of the printed word on oral narratives, and the study of the creative process behind the verbal arts.

Dr Eoin Kinsella worked on the international dimensions of the Irish penal legislation of the late seventeenth-century, concentrating in particular on British anxieties about the activities of the Hapsburgs in relation to Ireland.

Dr Angelina Lynch worked on a critical introduction and annotated edition of Ter Trea by Faithful Teate (c. 1626-66),  published by Four Courts Press. She is now an IRCHSS post-doctoral research fellow in the UCD School of English, Drama and Film working on a textual editing project on the literature of early modern Ireland.

Dr Fionnán Tuite worked on the county community of Meath from 1534 to 1603 with a particular focus on the re-distribution of former monastic lands. He has also studied the links between families in Meath and the Irish colleges in France.