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.’

Casting an eye on Modern Irish History

Ruan O’Donnell is Senior Lecturer in History and a recognised authority on Modern Irish History. My Special Category, The IRA in English Prisons, Volume 2: 1978-1985 was published in November 2015 by Irish Academic Press. This is the second of a three volume series assessing the role of Irish political prisoners in Britain during the ‘Long War’. It is the most comprehensive project of its kind and falls within the emerging field of ‘contemporary history’.

Improving Communication though automated role-play


•         Dr Sarah Beecham (Principle Investigator, Marketing and Project manager)
•         Dr John Noll (Content/Technical Lead)
•         Dr Helen Kelly-Holmes (Content Advisor)

Remembering the Holocaust

Anthony McElligott is professor of history and Head of Department at the University of Limerick, which he joined in 2002. He is currently researching the destruction of the Jewish Communities of the Eastern Aegean in 1944 for a book: The Last Transport: The Holocaust in the Eastern Aegean to be published by Bloomsbury in 2017. A summary article drawn from this project will appear as ‘The Last Transport: The Holocaust in the Eastern Aegean’ in Giorgos Antoniou and A.