Looking back to help our future

Dr Ciara Breathnach, Department of History has been awarded €329,181 from the Irish Research Council as Principal Investigator of a project titled Irish Record Linkage, 1864-1913. 

The project will provide an innovative demonstrator for the re-use of Public Sector Information, applying linked data technologies to birth, death and marriage records, more commonly known as vital registration (VR/PSI) data (1864-1913) to reconstitute families and create longitudinal health histories.

UL research establishes child involvement in organised crime

Professor Shane Kilcommins, David Stanton, TD, Dr Catherine Naughton and Professor Sean Redmond

A University of Limerick study has established evidence that the deliberate involvement of children in criminal networks can be found throughout Ireland and extends beyond the ‘Greentown’ single area study.

The National Prevalence Study, launched by Minister of State David Stanton, TD has established that findings from the ‘Lifting a Lid on Greentown’ research based on an original single case study design, can be applied to the general Irish context. The study was undertaken by Dr Catherine Naughton and Dr Sean Redmond, from the UL School of Law.

Book launched on the value of singing for “new Irish”

A book based on two decades of research by a Irish World Academy of Music and Dance professor into singing and its role in developing experiences of belonging, was recently launched at the Royal Irish Academy.

'Singing the Rite to Belong: Music, Ritual and the New Irish' by Professor Helen Phelan, programme director of the PhD Arts Practice at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (IWAMD), was published by Oxford University Press in October.

The book details Professor Phelan’s twenty-year research into the act of singing and its ability to foster experiences of belonging through ritual performance.

Kathleen Turner awarded Jerome Hynes Fellowship

Kathleen Turner, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick

The Arts Council of Ireland has announced that Kathleen Turner, faculty member of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, is the recipient of the 2017/2018 Jerome Hynes Fellowship – offered through the UK-based Clore Leadership programme. This programme aims to develop the knowledge, skills and experience of potential leaders in the arts, across a wide range of cultural activity.

The Testament of Mary - a new production

In May 2017, a new production of the stage version of Colm Toibin’s The Testament of Mary premieres in Paris, at the Odéon, with a score composed by performer and composer, Professor Mel Mercier, Chair of Performing Arts at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. In 2013, Professor Mercier composed the score and created the sound design for the original Broadway production of The Testament of Mary, which was directed by Deborah Warner and performed by Fiona Shaw.

UL research programme to investigate new social media platforms for those aged 50+

From left Áine Phelan, ISAX, Dr Sarah Beecham, Lero, Gary Thompson, IBM and Professor Ita Richardson, Lero.

Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, IBM Ireland and ISAX (Ireland Smart Ageing Exchange) have announced a two year research programme which could result in a new social media platform which would allow older people to offer and receive volunteer services, make new friends and interact. The Science Foundation Ireland supported initial research programme is valued at an estimated €116,400.

EHS HRI Postgraduate Research Excellence award

The EHS HRI Postgraduate Research Excellence Seminar was held on Wednesday, 19th April.  This annual event promotes and celebrates excellence in postgraduate students’ research.  This year’s winner of the Deans Award is Robin Healy from Dept. of Physical Education & Sport Science (PESS). The title of Robin’s talk was ‘Developing Best Practice in Strength Training for Athletes.’

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