Margaret Kelleher Admitted to RIA


Many congratulations to Professor Margaret Kelleher who was admitted to the Royal Irish Academy on Friday the 22nd of May. Prof Kelleher is the UCD Professor of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama. 

She is an internationally renowned scholar in Irish literature in English, and the author of The feminisation of famine: expressions of the inexpressible? (Duke University Press, 1997) and The Maamtrasna murders: language, life and death in nineteenth-century Ireland (UCD Press, 2018). The Maamtrasna Murders was awarded the Michael J. Durkan Prize for Books in Language and Culture by the American Conference for Irish Studies in Spring 2019.

Professor Kelleher has developed a number of digital humanities projects, including the Electronic Version of the Loeber Guide to Irish Fiction ( and the Digital Platform for Contemporary Irish Writing ( She is Chair of the Board of the Irish Film Institute (since 2014) and UCD academic lead on the Museum of Irish Literature (MoLI), a collaboration between UCD and the National Library of Ireland to open a new literary museum at Newman House in Autumn 2019.

She was also co-editor of the path-breaking two-volume Cambridge history of Irish literature (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann champions research identifying and recognising Ireland’s world class researchers. Its goal is to support scholarship and promote awareness of how science and the humanities enrich our lives and benefit society beleieving that good research needs to be promoted, sustained and communicated. The Academy is run by a Council of its members. Membership is by election and considered the highest academic honour in Ireland.

Read more:

Christopher Kissane on The Maamtrasna Murders in the Irish Times: The Maamtrasna Murders: Language, Life and Death in Nineteenth-Century Ireland review

Deirdre Raferty reviews The Maamtrasna Murders in the Irish Independent: The Maamtrasna Murders: Chilling chronicle of tragic miscarriage of justice