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.


“Refining Your Research Process”

November 4, 2021


Via Zoom

TDCÉ is presenting an online Logos Seminar on “Refining Your Research Process” this Thursday from 4:00-6:00pm, led by AHSS librarian Pattie Punch.  

This seminar will explore strategies for finding literature relevant to your research question.  

Pattie will discuss the importance of refining key search terms, tips for navigating key arts and humanities databases, and tools for tracking and documenting your search process. The session will conclude with a Q&A where participants can ask questions relevant to their own research projects.  

All Academy MAs and PhDs are welcome.  Even if you are working remotely or based internationally, UL Library’s resources are still available to you.   

The Zoom link is available on the events calendar on the Academy’s website: 

If you have any questions regarding the seminar, please contact TDCÉ’s public relations officer, Morgan Senter, at 


Upcoming Events

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


Anthony Cahill, Chairperson


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.

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 sustainability and implementation of community-based dance programmes for people living 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.

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

“”Applying for the Irish Research Council Scholarship”- October 1, 2020 

“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