Completed Postgraduate Research
Master of Arts by Research

Liam Gaul (2008) –  The Ratigan Music Manuscript collected by P.J. McCall (1861 – 1919)  Supervisors: Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

Aileen Dillane (2000) The Ivory Bridge: Piano Accompaniment on 78rpm Sourses of Irish Traditional Dance Music America c. 1910-1945Supervisor: Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

Johnny  McCarthy (1999) – Music and mythology in the Sliabh Luacra tradition Supervisor: Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

Shiela Randles (1998)  – The Fiddle Music of Connie O’Connell  Supervisor: Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

Maria Holohan (1996) – The Tune Compositions of Paddy Fahy  Supervisor: Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

Mary Mitchell (1996) –  Islands of Tradition: A Database of the North Kerry Muckross Field Tapes together with a Study of six Musicians representing five different Corners of North Kerry Supervisors: Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin; Dr. Nicolas Carolan


Elizabeth Painter (2017) – Dancing Identity: Embodied Style and Aesthetics in Cuban Casino and Everyday life.  Supervisors: Dr Catherine Foley; Professor Anya Peterson Royce (Indiana University, Bloomington)

Carolyn Dike (2017) – Safeguarding the Social Life of Irish Traditional Singing. Supervisors: Dr. Colin Quigley & Dr. Sandra Joyce.

Francis Ward (2016) – The Effects of New Technology on the Transmission of Irish Traditional Music. Supervisor: Dr. Colin Quigley.

Leah O’Brien Bernini (2016) – Off the Record: Identity, Capitalism, and the Creative Process of Irish Traditional Musicians within the Music Industry.  Supervisors: Dr. Colin Quigley; Professor Timothy Taylor (UCLA).

Deirdre Kelly – Interpreting the Iconographies of Mythology and Spirituality in the ‘Dream’ Paintings of George (AE) Russell.  Supervisors: Dr. Niamh.NicGhabhann & Dr Ciara Breathnach (Dept. of History)

Gary Larson (2016) – Contesting Creativity: Choices in Competitive Clogging in the Intermountain West. Supervisors: Dr. Catherine Foley & Dr. Colin Quigley

Eamonn Costello (2015) –  Sean-nos singing and Oireachtas na Gaeilge: Identity, romantic nationalism, and the agency of the Gaeiltacht community nexus. Supervisors: Dr. Sandra Joyce & Dr. Niall Keegan

Geraldine Cotter (2013) – Continuity and Change in the Teaching and Learning of Irish traditional Music Performance in Ennis, County Clare 1950-1990 Supervisor: Dr. Aileen Dillane

Thomas Johnston (2013) – The bloom of youth: conceptualising a theory of educative experience for Irish traditional music in post-primary music education in Ireland  Supervisors: Dr. Sandra Joyce;  Jean Downey; Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

Melaine Brown (2012) – Musical Exploration of the Sabbath Morning Service in Dublin’s Orthodox Jewish Community Supervisor: Dr. Helen Phelan

Sile Denvir (2012) – I Lár an Aonaigh : iniúchadh ar an athmhíniú agus an taibhléiriú a déantar ar amhráin dhúchasacha Gaeilge in Éirinn agus in Albain i gcomhthéacs nua-aimseartha Supervisors: Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin; Dr. Lillis Ó Laoire

Maria Escribano (2012) – Rhythms of struggle : recovery, revival and re-creation of txalaparta in the Basque Country Supervisors: Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin; Dr. Colin Quigley

Niall Keegan (2012) –  The art of juncture – transformations of Irish traditional music Supervisor: Professor  Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

Anne Mannion (2012) Missale Vetus: Liturgy, Paleography and Repertoires in the Notated Missal Excl3515 Supervisors: Dr. Helen Phelan; Dr. Emma Hornby

Paul McKeever (2012) – Aspects of Organ-Building in Ireland in the Nineteenth Century, referencing White, Telford, and Post-Emancipation Choral Practice Supervisors: Dr William McVicker; Dr Helen Phelan

Mats Melin (2012) – Percussive Routes: An Examination of the Shared Commonalities in Cape Breton Step Dancing Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Foley

Maire O’Keeffe (2012) – Journey into tradition : a social history of the Irish Button Accordion Supervisor: Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

Anemieke Van Den Tol (2012) – A self-regulatory perspective on people’s decision to engage in listening to self-selected sad music when feeling sad Supervisor: Professor Jane Edwards

Andrea Intveen (2011) –  Discovering anthroposophical music therapy : an investigation of its origins and applications Supervisor: Professor Jane Edwards

Sandra Joyce (2011) – Transforming Carolan  Supervisor: Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

Oscar Mascerenas (2011) –  Exposing the play in Gregorian Chant: the manuscript as an opening of re-presentation Supervisors:  Dr. Helen Phelan; Dr Emma Hornby

Mel Mercier (2011) –  The Mescher bones playing tradition : syncopations on the American landscape Supervisor: Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

Eri Hirabayashi (2010) – The goddess dances beyond time: an exploration of continuity through change in contemporary Japanese ritual, with specific reference to the miko mai shinji. Supervisor: Dr. Helen Phelan

Alison Ledger (2010) –  Am I a founder or am I a fraud? Music therapists’ experiences of developing services in healthcare organisations Supervisor: Professor Jane Edwards

Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain (2010) – An Examination of the Creative Processes in Competitive Irish Step Dance Supervisors: Dr Catherine Foley; Dr Colin Quigley

Maire Ni Chaoimh (2010) – Journey into Tradition: A Social History of the Button Accordion Supervisor: Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

Mary Louise O’Donnell (2009) – Custodians of Culture: A Social, Political, Musicological and Cultural History of the Irish Harp and its Patronage from 1790 to 1845 Supervisors: Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin; Dr. Ruan O’Donnell; Dr. Tom Moylan

Susan Motherway (2008) – Mediating the Divide: The Globalisation of Irish Traditional Song Performance. Supervisors: Dr. John Morgan O’Connell; Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

Victoria O’Brien (2008) – A History of Irish Ballet From 1927 to 1963 Supervisor: Dr Catherine Foley

Matt Cranitch (2006) – Padraig O’Keefe and the Sliabh Luachra Fiddle Tradition Supervisor: Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

Lee Higgins (2006) –  Boundary – walkers: contexts and concepts of community music Supervisors:  Professor Patricia  Campbell Shehan: Dr Helen Phelan

Jimmy O’Brien Moran (2006) – Paddy Conneely – The Galway Piper:  The Legacy of a Pre-Famine Folk Musician Supervisors: Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin; Dr. Nicholas Carolan; Dr. Colette Moloney

Olive Beecher (2005) – The Dance Experience and Sense of Being: Therapeutic Application of Modern Dance Supervisors: Dr Catherine Foley; Professor Helen Payne.

Anthony McCann (2002) –  Beyond the commons : the expansion of the Irish Music Rights Organisation, the elimination of uncertainty, and the politics of enclosure. Supervisor: Dr John O’Connell

Helen Phelan (2000) –   Laus Perennis : the emergence of a theology of music with reference to Post-Vatican II Irish Catholicism Supervisor: Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

Joanna Trew (2000) –  Music, place and community : culture and Irish heritage in the Ottawa Valley Supervisor: Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

Desi Wilkinson (1999) –   The world of traditional dance music in Brittany : an exploration of the political, cultural and socio-economic reality of traditional dance music in Brittany 1992-1999 Supervisors Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin;  Dr John O’ Connell

Hammy Hamilton (1996) – The role of commercial recordings in the development and survival of Irish traditional music 1899-1993 Supervisors: Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin; Professor John Baily

Elizabeth Doherty (1996) – The Paradox of Pheriphery: Evolution of Cape Breton Fiddle Tradition c. 1928 -1995 Supervisor: Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

Colette Moloney (1995) – The Bunting Manuscripts Supervisors: Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin; Dr. Paul Everett

PhD Arts Practice

Shannon Burns (2017) – Transmitting Music Theory: a performative investigation Supervisor: Dr. Helen Phelan

Kathleen Turner (2017) – Playing Our Way; Exploring the Role of Community Music in a Process of Social Regeneration. Supervisor: Dr. Helen Phelan.

Mattu Noone  (2016) – Reclaiming the Mongrel: Irish Traditional and North Indian Classical musical connections; a practice-based exploration of hybridisation Supervisor Dr. Colin Quigley

David Bennis (2016) – The Art of Transcription: An investigation, through performance, into the transcription of music for the classical guitar Supervisors: Dr. Ferenc Szucs; Dr. Helen Phelan

Mairead Vaughan (2016) – Generating States: Crafting spaces that reflect the deep kinetic and energetic relationship between the moving body and environment through the lens of a dancer, a choreographer and a performer Supervisors: Dr. Mary Nunan; Dr.  Helen Phelan.

Michelle Mulcahy (2014) Aistear: Performing Cultural Encounter, An Arts Practice Investigation of Karen, Burmese and Irish Harping Traditions  Supervisors:  Dr. Colin Quigley; Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin; Professor Mick Moloney

Breandán de Gallaí (2013) Imeall-Súil: A Choreographic Exploration of the Expressive Possibilities of Irish Step Dancing Supervisor: Dr Catherine Foley

Sydney Freedman (2014) The Logos of Sound: Chant as an Embodiment of Theology in Eastern Orthodox Prayer and Worship Supervisors: Dr. Helen Phelan; Dr. Ivan Moody

Sharon Lyons (2014)  Ritual, Repertoire and the Singing Voice in Contemporary Irish Catholic Worship Supervisor: Dr. Helen Phelan