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Five researchers are working on this research project.

Principal Investigator
Associate Professor Ríona Nic Congáil

I'm Associate Professor in the School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore at UCD. My main interests include Children’s Literature and Culture, Irish-Language Women’s Literature, and the Irish Language Revival. I'm the principal investigator and team lead on this European Research Council project.

PhD Student in Irish
Máire McCafferty

I'm a PhD student in the School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore, UCD. I'm working on the Irish Language aspect of this project, focusing on youth involvement in the Irish Language Summer College and the shaping of Irish national culture.

Postdoctoral Fellow with expertise in Catalan
Dr Richard Huddleson

I'm a Postdoctoral Researcher in Catalan at the School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore. I'm fascinated by the power of texts in shaping, governing, and troubling identities and my main research interests include: Historical, Literary, and Cultural Studies of the Catalan Countries; Translation Theory and Practice; Gender and Sexuality; and Theatre in Minoritised Languages. 

Postdoctoral Fellow with expertise in Welsh
Dr Hannah Sams

I'm a lecturer of Welsh in the School of Culture and Communication at Swansea University and I'm working on the Welsh language aspect of the project. Since completing my PhD on the contemporary Welsh language theatre, I've been developing elements of my thesis such as the comparative study between the Welsh language playwright Aled Jones Williams and the Catalan playwright Sergi Belbel. I've also been developing my research on national theatres in stateless nations.

Mae Hannah Sams yn ddarlithydd yn y Gymraeg yn Ysgol Diwylliant a Chyfathrebu, Prifysgol Abertawe. Mae Hannah yn gweithio ar elfen Gymraeg y prosiect hwn. Ers cwblhau ei doethuriaeth mae hi wedi bod yn datblygu elfennau o’r gwaith hwnnw megis yr elfen gymharol rhwng y Cymro o ddramodydd Aled Jones Williams a’r dramodydd o Gatalwnia Sergi Belbel ynghyd â chraffu ar theatrau cenedlaethol mewn cenhedloedd diwladwriaeth. 

Research Assistant
Lydia Uí Ruairc

I'm a research assistant working on the Irish language literature aspect of this project. I have a BA (Hons) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from Trinity College, Dublin and I also graduated from the National University of Galway with a Postgraduate Diploma in Translation and an MA in Irish. I have spent periods teaching in NUI Galway and in St Patrick's College, Drumcondra. I have worked in Ionad na Gaeilge Labhartha in Maynooth University. I have spent many years teaching in Coláiste Íosagáin and have published textbooks and teaching materials with organisations such as EDCO, COGG and PDST.

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Dr Fiona Lyons worked on the project as Research Assistant in Irish in 2022

 I’m a research assistant working on the Irish language aspect of this project. I’m also an occasional lecturer in Modern Irish and Irish Studies in the School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore at UCD. I’m a UCD graduate, where I was awarded my BA, MA and PhD. My PhD analysed Irish language journalism and the transatlantic Irish language revival.


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