Professor Regina Uí Chollatáin

Director, Academic Programme 

Professor Regina Uí Chollatáin is the Head of the UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore and Head of Irish Studies. She was the Director of UCD de Bhaldraithe Centre for Irish Language Scholarship and the Vice-Principal / Director of the UCD College of Arts and Celtic Studies Graduate School. Regina is the Director and Initiator of the MA: Scríobh agus Cumarsáid na Gaeilge since 2006 and project coordinator of the first Irish language University based Journalist in Residence (2006-2009). 

Regina completed her PhD in the National University of Ireland, Maynooth and was awarded an IRCHSS scholarship and IRCHSS Archival Fieldwork Bursary. She was awarded the NUI Post Doctoral Fellowship in Léann na Gaeilge/ an Léann Ceilteach in 2003 and the Ireland Canada University Foundation Senior Visiting Professorship 2011-12.

Regina's literary awards include Duais Lil Nic Dhonncha agus Bonn Dhonncha Uí Shúilleabháin for Stair Chonradh na Gaeilge at Oireachtas 1999, 2001 and 2002 and the Oireachtas award in 2008 for journalistic criticism of the Gaelic column in Iriseoirí Pinn na Gaeilge (Cois Life 2008). She was named as one of the first 8 Irish writers for the national Portráidí Irish Language Writers project in November 2016.

Regina's main areas of research are Irish language media, and the Revival period, examining the evolution of the public sphere of the media from Gutenberg to Bolg an tSolair (1795), and on to present day print, broadcast, and online forums


Darina O’Hanlon

‌‌Ad Astra Academy Scholarships and Academic Programme Manager

Darina Portrait

Darina is the Ad Astra Scholarships Manager and in addition manages the Ad Astra Academic Programme. Darina has a BA in Business with Arts Management and has worked abroad, including Australia and Canada and widely within UCD in its different‌ locations, including St Vincent's University Hospital and the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

Darina’s previous roles have included the running of several masters programmes in UCD, an event co-ordinator with O'Reilly Hall, student adviser to the Nursing,Radiography, Physiotherapy, Health & Performance and Sports and & Exercise Students, and as executive support to the Dean and Head of School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems. Darina has also been involved with charity and counselling work outside of UCD.