Current Postgraduate Research
Master of Arts by Research

Tadhg Ó Meachair – Young Composers in Irish Traditional Music, 2004-2014.  Supervisor: Dr. Aileen Dillane.

Simon Thompson – A Creative Pedagogy through Mask and Clown. Supervisor: Dr. Niamh NicGhabhann.


Katie Baseman – A Split Stream: Uncovering the Interfaces between Western Classical and Traditional Irish Flute Playing.  Supervisor: Dr. Niall Keegan.

Ian Bascombe – A ‘New Organology’: The Tin Whistle’s Journey Into Ireland and its Vernacular Music.  Supervisor Dr. Aileen Dillane.

Fiona Byrne – Investigating Evaluation of Audience Experience in the Visual Art Spaces in Ireland. Supervisor: Dr. Niamh NicGhabhann.

Pamela Cotter – An Examination of Festivity and the Traditional Arts in Contemporary Practice. Supervisors: Dr. Niamh NicGhabhann & Dr. Niall Keegan.

Jennifer De Brún – An Ethnographic Investigation of Cecchetti Classical Ballet Training in Ireland. Supervisor: Dr Catherine Foley; Professor Anya Peterson Royce (Indiana University, Bloomington)

Paul Dooley – Harp Tuning Practice in Medieval Ireland and Wales.  Supervisors: Prof. Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Paul Whittaker, CAWMS & Dr. Peter Tiernan, MSSI.

Hannah Fahey –Voicing Multiplicity: Stylistic pluralism in the studios of classically trained teachers of singing in twenty first century Ireland.  Supervisor: Dr. Helen Phelan

Irene Horgan – A History of Irish Step Dancing in the Naugatuck Valley, Connecticut, U.S Supervisor: Dr Catherine Foley

Svend Kjeldsen – Mancunian Irish: Musical Hybridization and Cultural Intimacy (currently on leave) Supervisors: Dr. Colin Quigley & Dr. Aileen Dillane

Brendan Knowlton  –  Enabling Social Relationships Through Online Cultural Heritage Archives (currently on leave) Supervisors: Dr. Colin Quigley & Dr. Niall Keegan.

Mary McLaughlin – Singing Between Worlds: The Portrayal of the Otherworld in the Traditional Songs of Donegal. Supervisor: Dr. Sandra Joyce.

Avril McLoughlin – Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice: teaching music theory to Irish traditional musicians. Supervisors Dr. Sandra Joyce & Dr. Niall Keegan.

Fiana Ní Chonaill – How do Small and Medium Traditional Irish Music Festivals Act as a Catalyst for Tourism in Rural Areas?  Supervisors: Dr. Sandra Joyce & Professor Jim Deegan (Kemmy Business School)

Róisín Ní Ghallóglaigh – Erotic Expression in Irish Traditional Song.  (on leave until January 2016) Supervisor: Dr. Sandra Joyce.

Jason Noone – The Applications of Mainstream Music Technologies to Facilitate Access to Creative Musical Experiences for People with Disabilities: a Participatory Action Research project. Supervisors: Dr. Sandra Joyce & Dr. Jane Edwards.

Rebeca Mateos Morante – Talking Body, Dancing Body: A Psychoanalytical Study of the Dancer in the Mirror. Supervisors: Dr. Catherine Foley; Professor José Miguel Marinas (Universidad Complutense de Madrid).

Jack Talty – The Ivory Tower and The Commons?: Problematising Irish Traditional Music in Irish Higher Education. Supervisor: Dr. Aileen Dillane.

Colin Francis Slade – Military Drill In The United States And The Effects Of Synchronized Performance Supervisor: Dr. Mats Melin (currently on leave)

Ana Camillo – An Examination of the Dance Manifestations among the Calé Gypsies at the Les-Saint-Maries-de-la-Mer Pilgrimage.  Supervisor: Dr. Mats Melin

Felix Morgenstern – Tracing a Trans-European Affinity Interculture: From the Historical to the Current Lived Musical Experience of Irish Traditional Musicians in Germany.  Supervisor: Dr. Aileen Dillane

Kara O’Brien – Swift as the Wind O’er the Green Mountain Flew: Folklore and Figurative Language in Traditional Irish Hunting Songs. Supervisor: Dr. Sandra Joyce.

Marie Glynn – How can exposure of music therapy to fellow healthcare professionals aid music therapy
promotion and development in Ireland? Supervisor: Dr. Triona McCaffrey.

Shane Cassidy – Music Therapy Assessment, Treatment and Evaluation Tool for the Physical Rehabilitation of Adult and Pediatric Patients with Acquired Brain Injury.  Supervisor: Dr. Hilary Moss.

Jessica O’Donoghue – Music Therapy and Fluency Disorders.  Supervisor: Dr. Hilary Moss.

Ciara Thompson – Mo Stór é Mo Leanabh: Functions and Meanings of Traditional Lullaby singing within 21st Century Ireland. Supervisor Dr. Sandra Joyce.


PhD Arts Practice

Iarla O Lionaird – Aphelion: A Performative Investigation at the Far Borders of Irish Music Supervisor: Dr Aileen Dillane

Patrick Sutton – The Moment of Freedom: Exploring performance as an act of transcendenceSupervisors: Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin; Dr. Helen Phelan

Russell Brown – The Body of Style in Ireland: 1600-1850 Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Foley

Diane Daly – An arts practice investigation of Dalcroze Eurhythmics and its impact on professional performance from the perspective of a classical violinist  Supervisor: Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

O’dyke Nzewi – African Indigenous Performance Epsitemology: Its relevance in modern creative practicesSupervisor: Dr Colin Quigley

Alec Brown –  Strung Out: Forging a New Path for the Cello in Irish Traditional Music Supervisors:  Dr Sandra Joyce; Dr Niall Keegan

Michael Courtney – Bridging Horizons: Cultural Understandings Through Dance Supervisor: Dr Catherine Foley

Cliodhna Donnellan – The Phenomenology of Performance Anxiety within Traditional Irish Music Formal Performance Settings.  Supervisor: Dr. Sandra Joyce

Kevin O’Carroll – Phrased Notation – exploring a new solution to an old problem. Supervisor: Dr. Helen Phelan

Frances Gary – Lived Experiences in Community Arts in Ireland.  Supervisor: Dr. Helen Phelan

Shane Holohan – The Facilitation and Documentation of Embodied Creativity in High-Performance Circus Artists.  Supervisor: Dr. Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain.

Bart Keily – Research and Development of this Human Drum Machine.  Supervisor: Dr.Niall Keegan

Maria Kerin – Framing the ephemeral: To create and develop production models and performance contexts through my recursive curatorial process that would support and sustain my body based arts practice and that of other artists whose practice is strongly informed by Somatic principles. Supervisors: Dr. Helen Phelan & Dr. Mary Nunan (currently on leave)

Karan Casey – Why I sing these songs, this way.
An Irish female singer’s exploration of her identity. Supervisor: Dr. Sandra Joyce.

Eugene Murphy – An investigation into the collaborative process between composer and choreographer: An interdisciplinary study.  Supervisor: Dr. Oscar Mascarenas.

Simeon Smith – An arts practice investigation concerning the effects of regular community music workshops on the educational attainment of primary school children in inner city Dublin.  Supervisor: Dr. Helen Phelan.

Claire Egan – The Art of Phrasing – An Arts Practice examination in traditional Irish Violin Performance.  Supervisor: Dr. Niall Keegan.