The Forum

Established in 2018, Taighde Dámh Chruinne Éireann is a supportive, student-run community for researchers of any discipline who interact, in some capacity, with the arts. Within this community, it is our intention to facilitate discussions, peer review, and problem solve, based on common interest and necessity. We provide an outlet of relief and contemplation for the lives of busy researchers and artists, as well as communicate and share knowledge of forthcoming opportunities of academic engagement in terms of upcoming conferences, workshops, lectures, financial aid, performance interaction, and career advancement.

Logos Seminar Series

For the Logos Seminar Series, Taighde Dámh Chruinne Éireann will be running events that partner with Tower Seminars, as well as seminars involving writing, presentation and publishing skills, research dissemination and collaboration through our arts practices, career projection and planning, funding opportunity support – i.e. peer review of grant applications – and arts based academic writing workshops.


“Applying for the Irish Research Council Scholarship”

October 1, 2020


Via Zoom

Are you currently applying for Irish Research Council funding or considering doing so in the future?  Join us for this online Logos Seminar with previous successful applicants and their supervisors from the Irish World Academy. Speakers will be discussing their experiences of the application process and issues specific to arts-based researchers. The session will conclude with a Q&A session. Please contact a member of the TDCÉ core committee for the link to join the meeting via Zoom.

Upcoming Events

TDCE Virtual Bookclub 

TDCE hosts an online virtual book club every Thursday at 5:30pm. We discuss books from a variety of arts-related fields and all materials are available online via the Glucksman Library. Drop in at any time!

TDCE Virtual Coffee Hangouts

Do you miss catching up with your fellow PhDs over a cup of coffee in the Academy café? Our Virtual Coffee Hangouts take place every Wednesday from 12:30-1:30pm via Zoom. Drop in at any time for a friendly chat!

Note: Links to attend both the Virtual Coffee Hangouts and Book Club meetings are shared via Academy email and our TDCÉ Facebook group. Contact a member of the core committee for further details.

Connect with Us

Even though we cannot currently meet in person, TDCE’s mission continues. We have formed an active online community of Academy PhD researchers and are taking our events online. Connect with us via our “Taighde Dámh Chruinne Éireann PhD Research Forum” Facebook group to engage with fellow Academy PhDs, stay up-to-date on upcoming events, and more!

Please reach out to any of our core committee members should you have any questions.

Core Committee


Ian O’Connor, Chairperson


Ian is a traditional Irish musician and PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. His PhD dissertation explores the idea and practice of musical ‘liveness’ within dance accompaniment for competitive Irish step dance. A graduate of the BA in Irish Music and Dance (2017) and MA in Ethnomusicology (2019) programs at UL, Ian has delivered several presentations on previous research in the context of both national conferences and university lecture presentations. In 2021, he will present his doctoral research in Hildesheim at the 12th International Doctoral Workshop in Ethnomusicology, led by Prof. Philip V. Bohlman. Ian is also an active practitioner of Irish traditional music and has performed alongside such artists as The Chieftains, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

Colm Kelly, Secretary


Colm is a graduate of NUI Maynooth with a BA (Mus) (2004) and MA in Musicology (2006). Colm’s MA was in the area of musical identity entitled: “The Gypsy Style of Jazz: The validity of the style within the Jazz Genre”. This thesis sought to establish the interconnected influences of jazz and ethnic gypsy music to form a style of jazz ‘fusion’. Colm went on to complete a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education in NUI Maynooth and taught music in second level from 2005 to 2013 before his appointment to the Teachers’ Union of Ireland, where he has expanded his involvement in Irish educational policy in post-primary, tertiary and Higher Education. His current PhD research, building on his MA and his experience in education, is in the area of the formation of identity for musicians based on the social groups that musicians participate in.

Morgan Senter, Public Relations Officer


Morgan is an interfaculty PhD candidate at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and the School of Allied Health at the University of Limerick. Morgan’s PhD research focuses on the use of ritual in dance for health intervention design, with a particular focus on dance programmes for people with Parkinson’s disease. In 2018, Morgan graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in the United States with a BS in Health, Physical Education, and Exercise Science with minors in dance and choreography and Spanish. In 2019, she received an MA in Ethnochoreology from UL, with her MA thesis research focusing on improvisation as a pedagogical skill in the facilitation of dance-based programmes for Parkinson’s Disease. Morgan is a certified exercise physiologist (EP-C) with the American College of Sports Medicine.

Anthony Cahill, Events Manager


Anthony is a doctoral candidate and tutor at the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick. His PhD research explores the contemporary aesthetic values and performance practice of traditional Irish slow airs. Anthony entered the fields of Irish music studies and ethnomusicology from an extensive music performance background, having been classically trained as a clarinettist and traditionally trained on the Irish tin whistle and flute. In addition to his PhD research, Anthony is currently exploring ways to adapt traditional Irish slow airs for the clarinet, using music notation to make traditional airs accessible to classically-trained musicians, and the educational benefits thereof. He also serves as the UL student representative for the Society for Musicology in Ireland’s Student Steering Committee.

Past Events

Past Conferences

Joint SMI and ICTM- Ireland Postgraduate Conference at UL- January 17-18, 2020

Featured keynote address from Dr. Philip Bohlman, “Lifted Up from the Earth at the Very Moment of Death”: The Border, the Wall, and the Musical Topography of Migration Crisis.

Past Logos Seminars

“Post-Doctoral Pathways”- April 16, 2020

Dr. Matthew Noone and Prof. Mel Mercier


“Approaching the Viva Voce”-March 26, 2020

Dr. Hannah Fahey, Dr. Mats Melin, and Dr. Catherine Foley


“Composing the Mongrel: an arts practice exploration of hybridity”

Dr. Matthew Noone


“Jewish song and singing – inside and outside the synagogue”


“Samhain Presentation Prep”

Facilitated by Dr. Eleanor Giraud


“Ethics in Research”

Dr. Orfhlaith NiBhriain


“Samhain Presentation Prep”– October 24, 2019

Peer panel, facilitated by Dr. Eleanor Giraud


“Time-Tone-Tune- From South Indian Music perspective”- October 3, 2019

Dr. Karaikudi S. Subramanian


 “Jumping In: How to Hit the Postgrad Ground, Running”- September 26, 2019

Facilitated by TDCE Founding Members


“Applying for the Irish Research Council Scholarship”

Facilitated by previous applicants


“The Writing Process: Tips, Tricks, and Perspectives”

Dr. Aileene Dillane; Dr. Catherine Foley


“Stretch and De-Stress”

Ana Camillo


“Pitching your Research and Preparing for Thesis in Three”



Founding Members