Category Archives: Research Postgraduates

Diane Daly


Diane represented Ireland performing as soloist with the RTE Concert Orchestra aged just 14. She has received a BMus from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Post Graduate diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music,(specialising in string teaching and the methodologies of Kodaly and Dalcroze) and a MA (1st class hons) from the University of Limerick

Diane has toured the world with a number of prestigious ensembles including The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, The European Union Chamber Orchestra and has been a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra since 1998.
In other genres she has performed alongside and recorded with Sir Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, Bono, Shania Twain and Katie Melua. Last year she lead the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s New Year’s Eve collaboration with Dolores O’Riordan, performed with Declan O Rourke and improvised over Leonard Cohen songs with Liam O Maonlai. Diane has always blended her performance career with community and education work. In 2007 she set up ‘Music in the Glen’, based in Killaloe Co. Clare and is in charge of the organisation’s pre-instrumental music workshops, string groups and community ensembles.  She is artistic director of the Féile Éile Children’s Arts festival in Killaloe. She is currently undertaking an Arts Practice PhD at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in the University of Limerick.

Kathleen Turner

Kathleen Turner is a singer, songwriter and community musician. She holds two Masters Degrees from the University of Limerick, MA Community Music and MA Ritual Chant and Song, and a BA (Hons) in English and Politics from the University of Stirling. Kathleen is currently pursuing a PhD in Arts Practice at the Irish World Academy… Continue Reading

Rebeca Mateos Morante

  Rebeca Mateos Morante is a Danza Española and Flamenco dancer, currently studying for her PhD at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in collaboration with the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. A philosophy graduate with a first class honours Masters in Psychoanalysis and Cultural Studies, she forms part of the last generation of… Continue Reading

Shane Holohan

Shane has trained and worked as a secondary school teacher  of English and Art for 15 years, culminating in his role as Acting Principal. Whilst working as a teacher he became heavily involved in Gymnastics for All (GFA) as a coach education tutor and went on to become the first National Development Officer with Gymnastics… Continue Reading

Fiona Byrne

Fiona Byrne has a background in craft design, completing an BA in Craft Design Glass and Art and History at NCAD. Following this she embarked on a career in a glass blowing studio where her interest in the running of cultural institutions was sparked. She returned to education and completed an MA in Cultural Policy… Continue Reading

Leah O’Brien Bernini

Leah O’Brien Bernini is pursuing her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology, entitled, “Off the Record: Identity, Capitalism, and the Creative Process of Irish Traditional Musicians within the Music Industry”. Leah’s research focuses on the experiences of over 80 professional Irish traditional and Celtic musicians and music industry personnel as they negotiate the complex dynamics between capitalism and… Continue Reading

Cliodhna Donnellan

Clare musician Cliodhna Donnellan grew up in Mountshannon in a house that appreciated traditional music, song and dance. Her late father Sean Donnellan was a noted traditional singer, in 2004 in tribute to him she produced an archival CD of his singing titled “Songs My Father Sang”. Cliodhna teaches fiddle in Mountshannon and is a… Continue Reading

Jack Talty

Doctoral student Jack Talty is the recipient of an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship Award for his study entitled Exploring Fifty Years of Institutionalisation in the Transmission, Pedagogy and Performance of Irish Traditional Music in Irish Higher Education from 1963 to 2013. This study looks at the relationship between the ‘Ivory Tower’ – a metaphor… Continue Reading

Mary Mc Laughlin

Born in Co. Tyrone, Mary Mc Laughlin’s early musical influences included Latin Chant and Donegal sean-nós singing.  She spent the first part of her adult life in London where she developed as a vocal teacher, songwriter, arranger, and recording artist.  Working on the British Folk scene with singer-songwriter Anne Lister as Anonyma (with whom she… Continue Reading

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