Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam

Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam
Academic Staff
Room: C1091

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

Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam coordinates and contributes to a range of survey and elective modules on Irish, cultural and social history at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is also Course Director of the MA in Public History & Cultural Heritage, a one year full-time or two-year part-time online/blended postgraduate degree programme. Details: https://www.ul.ie/graduateschool/course/public-history-cultural-heritage-online-ma

Karol’s research interests lie in the cultural and social history of Ireland in the long nineteenth century, focusing on processes of individual and collective identity formation. She has a particular interest in socio-economic and political aspects of music history, particularly the roles that music has played in Irish nation-building. She also explores the social life and musical culture of country houses and landed estates in Ireland, work that has been supported by the Irish Research Council and the Royal Irish Academy.

As well as contributions to local and national radio and television programmes, Karol’s work includes public history and heritage interpretation projects with the Office of Public Works including a travelling exhibition on pioneering Victorian Irish photographer W.D. Hemphill, and the Bryce House restoration project at Garinish Island in Co. Cork, specifically its reinterpretation as a historic house museum. Karol is a member of the international Sound Heritage network – leading the Irish Research Council-funded Sound Heritage Ireland project – an inter-sectoral forum for communication and collaboration on issues concerning the ‘sounding’ of historic properties with a particular focus on music in country houses.

Select Publications

  • ‘“What do we mean by Irish music?”: the politics of state-sponsored music publication in independent Ireland’ in Lorraine Byrne Bodley (ed.), Music Preferred: essays in musicology, cultural history and analysis in honour of Harry White. (Vienna: Hollitzer Verlag, 2018), pp 215-228.
  • ‘What was St Patrick's Day like in 1918?’, RTÉ Brainstorm, 15 March 2018: https://www.rte.ie/eile/brainstorm/2018/0314/947371-what-was-st-patricks-day-like-in-1918/
  • ‘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).
  • 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]
  • Entries in the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (Dublin: UCD Press, 2013).
  • ‘Irish country house music collections: Birr Castle, Co. Offaly’ in BrioJournal 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).

More at: https://www.ul.ie/artsoc/faculty-research/karol-mullaney-dignam