Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam

Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam
Academic Staff
Room: C1074

B.A. (N.U.I.), H.Dip. Ir. Hist. (N.U.I.), Ph.D. (N.U.I.)

Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam is a cultural historian who researches social, economic and political aspects of Irish music history, 1700s-1900s, historic houses and heritage narratives.

Before coming to UL, Karol held an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at Maynooth University where she conducted interdisciplinary research on the social and musical culture of Irish country houses and estates. In 2015 she was awarded a Royal Irish Academy Charlemont Grant to study community music on the Dunraven estates in Victorian Ireland and Wales.

Karol’s research on historic properties includes projects with the Office of Public Works (OPW), from historical photography exhibitions at Dublin Castle and the Main Guard, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary (2014) to the conservation and presentation of Bryce House, Garinish Island/Ilnacullin, Co. Cork (2015). She has also appeared on radio and television, featuring on TV3’s The Big House documentary series in 2013.

Karol is a member of the Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM) Ireland Steering Committee and the international Sound Heritage network. She leads the Irish Research Council-funded Sound Heritage Ireland project, an inter-sectoral forum for communication and collaboration on issues concerning the ‘sounding’ of Irish heritage properties - with a particular focus on music in country houses.

Teaching 2016-17

  • HI4053. Ireland: 1750-1850
  • HI 4148. The history of Australia
  • HI 4102. Ireland: revolution and independence, 1898-1968

Select Publications

  • ‘Useless and extravagant? The consumption of music in the Irish country house’ in Andrew Hann and Jon Stobart (eds), The country house: material culture and consumption (Swindon: Historic England, 2016), chapter 15.
  • Ilnacullin, The Bryce Legacy (Dublin: Office of Public Works, 2015).
  • ‘Cultural nexus: the country house in Ireland’. Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840, Art Institute of Chicago Exhibition, companion CD Liner notes (Art Institute of Chicago, 2015).
  • William Despard Hemphill, Irish Victorian Photographer (Dublin: Government Publications, 2014). [Editor]
  • Aspects of Irish aristocratic life: the FitzGeralds and Carton House (Dublin: UCD Press, 2014). [Co-editor]
  • ‘Persevering post-PhD: contemporary issues for early career academics’ in Jane Conroy and Margaret Kelleher (eds), Restating the value of Humanities in contemporary contexts (Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 2014), pp 46-50.
  • Entries in the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (Dublin: UCD Press, 2013).
  • ‘Irish country house music collections: Birr Castle, Co. Offaly’ in Brio: Journal of the International Association of Music Libraries, UK and Ireland Branch , vol. 49, no.2 (2012), pp 23-36.
  • ‘“Spacious and splendid”: music, dancing and social life at Glin Castle, 1781-1854’ in Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies, vol. xiv (2012), pp 16-37.
  • Music and dancing at Castletown, Co. Kildare, 1759-1821 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2011).