My research focuses on aspects of power and public space, and my current research project is titled 'Territories of the Devotional Revolution', and examines the construction of the urban Roman Catholic landscape in Ireland, 1830-1930. I am also interested in the concept of 'respectability' as a key organising concept within Irish culture and society in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
- 2019 - New Foundations Grant Strand 2
- 2017 - Publication grant from TRIARC: the Irish Art Research Centre at Trinity College Dublin
- 2016 - Publication grant from Irish Cistercians
- 2015 - Publication Grant from the National Monuments Service
- 2015 - NUI Publication Grant
- 2015 - Gradireland Best New Postgrad Course Award
- 2015 - Publication grant from the Office of Public Works
- 2015 - Research grant from Limerick County Council for work on Limerick 2020 bid
- 2015 - Funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for the Designing Commemoration conference
- 2014 - Exhibition development grant for WATERMARK
- 2014 - Marc Fitch Foundation
- 2014 - CIRCUS+ ERASMUS+ Award
- 2014 - HSE project grant for World Within Walls
- 2013 - Seed Funding Award - Innovation and the Humanities
- 2013 - Monastic Ireland - Research Grant from Failte Ireland
- 2012 - Graduate Certificate in Innovation, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Scholarship
- 2010 - Trinity College Dublin Travel Fund Award
- 2009 - Desmond Guinness Scholarship Award
- 2008 - Irish Research Council Posgraduate Scholarship
- 2006 - Homan Potterton Award
- 2003 - Trinity College Dublin Foundation Scholarship Award
- 2003 - Anne Crookshank Award
- 2016 Technology Enhanced Learning committee, Irish World Academy nominee to the TEL committee overseeing developments and upgrades with SULIS
- 2016 Judging panel, 2016 Allianz Business to Arts awards, The Allianz Business to Arts Awards recognise and champion the spirit of collaboration between businesses, artists and arts organisations that develop creative partnerships; bringing the arts and artists into mutually beneficial relationships across society.
- 2015 Timetabling Group, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, Working on timetabling issues, advising on the purchase of timetabling software, supporting admin staff when the need arises around timetabling issues.
- 2015 Cultural Policy Research Observatory - An all-Ireland network - initial steering group member, Member of this steering group which defined the direction of this new cross-disciplinary research network, designing the initial conference held in Belfast in November 2015.
- 2015 Irish Museums Association, Member of the Board of Directors.
- 2015 Research Academic Panel (RAP) Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, Reviewing incoming PhD and MA by research applications, leading and working collaboratively on initiatives surrounding research direction, strategy and supports within the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.
- 2015 Light Moves Screen Dance Festival - advisory board, Member of group advising on the development of the Light Moves Screen Dance Festival, based at Dance Limerick.
- 2014 Open House Limerick steering group, Member of the Open House Limerick architecture festival steering group
- 2013 'World Within Walls' exhibition steering group, Member, as curator of the exhibition and commissioned historian, of a steering group appointed to manage the World Within Walls project. This comprised members of the HSE, management figures within history and heritage at Monaghan county council, as well as the members of Stair: An Irish Public History Company Ltd. (of which I was a founding director), who had been comissioned to carry out this large, multi-strand research project.
- 2012 Artefact - editorial board, Member of the editorial board for Artefact, the journal of the Irish Association of Art Historians
- Chair, Irish World Academy 1916 Centenary Events Committee, n my role as Chair of the 1916 Centenary events committee, I organised a conference focusing on aspects of making, creating and participating in commemoration celebrations (part funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and listed as one of their recommended centenary events on their website). I have also led the development of a programme of events throughout 2016, including a performance at Colbert Station by undergraduate dancers and musicians, and a series of talks, lectures and performances by artists involved in creating work for the 1916 commemorations nationally and internationally - this programme focuses on the voice and experience of the artist as maker within the national context.
- Academy 20 Committee, As a member of the Academy 20 committee, I was involved in planning and delivering a range of events marking the twentieth anniversary of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. As part of this committee, I curated WATERMARK, an exhibition which was part of the overall programme of events, designed and delivered the opening ceremony, and worked on the planning and delivery of the overall programme.
- Inbhear committee, Chair, Editorial Committee of Inbhear: a journal of emerging research based at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.
As part of my role on RAP (the research academic panel) at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, I have been asked to chair the editorial board of Inbhear, a journal originally edited by Dr. Niall Keegan. The aim of this journal is to support emerging and postgraduate research, and to mentor researchers through the peer review process, building their publication profile and disseminating the research underway at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. In my role as chair of the editorial board, I am leading the redesign process and managing the peer review process, as well as the appointment of the international advisory board and the local editorial board, ensuring that it is in line with the broader UL Research Strategy. Development of Inbhear is subject to the approval of the UL Research office.
- 2012 Member of editorial board, Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy
- Member of editorial board for Artefact, the Journal of the Irish Association of Art Historians, Irish Association of Art Historians
- Member of steering group and affiliated researcher, Cultural Policy Research Observatory of Ireland
- Member, Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland
- Public engagement/ outreach events
In my role as Course Director, I lead an innovative and diverse programme of seminars and events. This work is part of the definition of the field of study, and of the disciplinary position of the MA Festive Arts, in that it builds the role of the MA Festive Arts, the Irish World Academy, and the University of Limerick as a centre of excellence in research in this area nationally and internationally.
These seminars and events are also central to the development of industry links, and relationships with stakeholders such as internship and placement hosts. Therefore, I have also engaged in a series of outreach events, sharing the expertise available through the MA Festive Arts programme with a wode range of national and local festival and event organisations.
(2016) Marketing for festivals, featuring Annette Nugent,arts marketer - open seminar for local festivals and arts organisations, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, 9 March.
(2015) 'Community festival and parade open day', with presentations by Lucy Medlycott (ISACS) and Simon Thompson (parade and festival practitioner), open seminar for community arts, festival and parade organisations, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, 10 March.
(2015) 'Creating the World Within Walls exhibition at Monaghan County Museum', Monaghan County Museum, 26 February.
(2014) The architectural heritage of St. Davnet's Hospital guided tour and talk (presented as part of Heritage Week 2014), 23 August.
(2014) Seminar organiser, Open Education: Exploring Architecture in Primary Schools', for Open House Limerick, UL, 15 August.
(2014) MA Festive Arts open afternoon, featuring Tumble Circus and Fidget Feet aerial dance, 23 January.
- Invited Panel member at the 2018 Cork Quarter Block Party Festival exploring participatory arts practices.
- External examiner for the Postgraduate Research Group Taught Module (MARE700) at the University of Plymouth (2020-2024) External examiner, Technological University Dublin for the BA Contemporary Visual Culture and the BA Creative and Cultural Industries (2019-2022) External Examiner, MA Arts and Heritage Management, Waterford Institute of Technology
(2014 - 2017)
In my role as external examiner for the MA Arts and Heritage Management at WIT, I am involved in examining all programme assessments, and in reviewing programme content, facilities and research direction. This role involves engagement with the overall curriculum, and an assessment of its position with regard to international standards in the fields of arts management education.
Member of Programme Review panel, BA (Hons) Commercial Modern Music at BIMM Dublin (DIT)
As a member of this review panel, I was tasked with assessing all programme content, interviewing students and faculty members, reviewing facilities, and making recommendations regarding the ongoing quality of the programme, and suggestions for future development. I was one of two external review panel members, the other being a music industry representative.
Member, editorial board of the Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy
Steering Committee member and affiliate researcher, Cultural Policy Observatory of Ireland
Member, editorial board of Artefact, the journal of the Irish Association of Art Historians.
Establishment of LANDscape: history, theory, praxis, practice interdisciplinary research cluster with Dr. Anna Ryan (SAUL) at UL
(2014 - present)
Member of Limerick2020 research network
During the development of Limerick's bid to be European City of Culture in 2020, I contributed to the campaign by attending a range of meetings and panel discussions on the direction of the bid, assessing tender applications for leadership positions within the campaign on behalf of Limerick City Council, and was involved in the IU Culture Lab project which made a significant contribution to the successfully short-listed bid proposal. During 2014, I was the liaison between the the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and the Limerick 2014 National City of Culture team. I also led the November 2014 'Hackathon' based at Fablab in Limerick's City Centre as part of an audience research initiative around the 2014 Limerick City of Culture. (http://www.limerickleader.ie/news/arts---entertainment/195450/-Hackathon...)
Member of steering group, Open House Limerick (within Limerick City Council)
As a member of the steering group for this architecture festival, organised by Limerick City Council, I was involved in the development of the strategic direction of the festival, the management of volunteers, and developed a seminar aimed at first and second level educators interested in bringing architecture into the classroom.
Contribution to the development of regional and national cultural policy and strategy documents
In my role as Course Director of the MA Festive Arts programme, I regularly make submissions and give feedback on regional and national cultu
Church building and rebuilding in Ireland, 1829-1929
Places of Worship in Britain and Ireland, 1829-1929
Sermons and the performance of historiographical authority in the construction of the Roman Catholic built landscape, 1880-1890'
Figures of Authority in Nineteenth-Century Ireland, edited by Susan Galavan and Raphaël Ingelbien DOI: N/A
Retreating for Interdisciplinarity: the case of the Health Research Futures Lab, Limerick'
Annmarie Ryan, Niamh NicGhabhann, Muireann McMahon and Jazmin Chiodi
The STEAM Revolution Transdisciplinary Approaches to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Humanities and Mathematics DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-89818-6
Memory, public space and the body in Ireland: locating and negotiating the asylum in Edna O'Brien's short fiction
Irish Studies and the Dynamics of Memory
The harp of Aaron: the Irish harp as shopping trolley: a polyptych in four movements
Aaron Lawless, Niamh NicGhabhann, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and Helen Phelan
Harp studies: perspectives on the Irish harp
.All the most approved modern arrangements': Building for mental health care at Monaghan, 1886-1950s"
World Within Walls: From Asylum to Contemporary Mental Health Services
Mary Ward, Phoebe Traquair, Margaret McNair Stokes, William Wakeman
Art and Architecture of Ireland
Art and Architecture of Ireland
Art and Architecture of Ireland
Reconstructions of the Gothic Past: ruins and the improving landlord in early nineteenth-century Ireland
Gothic Legacies: Four Centuries of Tradition and Innovation in Art and Architecture
Irish architects and the restoration of medieval buildings, 1835 - 1904
Irish Gothic Architecture: construction, decay and reinvention
Owen Walsh 1933-2002: Colour and Light'
Owen Walsh 1933-2002: Colour and Light
Ancient and Modern
Nano Reid and Gerard Dillon
A Delicate Line
House Projects - artworks, documents, analysis
Institutions in Ireland Conference
Margaret Stokes 1832-1900 Artist and Antiquary
Cosmopolitanism: Literature, Language, Pedagogy
American Conference of American Studies
Church of Ireland Historical Society annual conference
ENCATC (European Network for Cultural Management and Policy)
SSNCI Annual Conference
Mary Immaculate College of Education Research Day 2017
Health Research Futures Showcase
Niamh NicGhabhann, Muireann McMahon, Annmarie Ryan, Jazmin Chiodi, Marilyn Lennon, Tracy Fahey
Places of Worship in Britain and Ireland
STEAM: Cultivating Interdisciplinary Research in Ireland
Niamh NicGhabhann, Muireann McMahon
Art and Social - continuous tension
Making Memory: visual and material cultures of commemoration in Ireland
The State of Irish Urban History
Institutions and Ireland - Medicine, Health and Welfare
The Production of Our Contemporary Livelihood
Irish Conference of Medievalists
Talking About Perpetrators
Applied History - perspectives and future directions
Female Leadership in Higher Education
'The Locality of Loss: Memory projects and community narratives'
Niamh NicGhabhann and Tracy Fahey
Designing Commemoration: performance, process and participation
Irish Studies and the Dynamics of Memory
Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism Conference (ASEN)
13th International Conference on the Short Story in English
Beyond the Creative Campus - Higher Education and the Creative Economy
Niamh NicGhabhann and Maeve Houlihan
Leeds International Medieval Conference
Fáilte Ireland Research Forum
The Limerick Experiment - Imagining the future for the arts in Limerick
Niamh NicGhabhann, Boris Hunka (Limerick Music Generation), Kevin Wallace (Theatre Producer), Gavin Kostick (Fishamble), Patrick Gyger (Le Lieu Unique, Nantes), Monica Spencer (organiser)
Contemporary Poetry and Source, Plymouth University
Innovation and the Humanities
Niamh NicGhabhann, Stuart McLaughlin, CEO, Business to Arts, Dr Ciara Leonard, UCD Innovation, Brian Donovan Director, Eneclann Ltd, Dr Kelly Fitzgerald, Sruth/ Irish Folklore Commission, Dr Danielle O'Donovan and Jennifer McCrea, Marisa Ronan, Aidan Pender, Director of Strategic Development, Fáilte Ireland, Dr Paul Rouse, UCD School of History and Archives, Dr Marc Caball, UCD Humanities Institute of Ireland.
Reconstructions of the Gothic Past Colloquium
Irish Architects and the Restoration of Medieval Buildings, 1800 1930
Association of Art Historians Annual Conference
Niamh NicGhabhann, Caroline McGee, Mary-Jane Boland, Christopher Jordan, Gabriel Gee, Una Walker, Roisin Kennedy, Craig RIchardson
Leeds International Medieval Congress
Irish History Students Association Annual Conference
William Wilde Research Day, Royal Irish Academy
National Gallery of Ireland Research Study Day
Ireland and Modernity: An Interdisciplinary Conference
Writing Irish Art History
Writing Irish Art History', a student-led seminar at TRIARC, Irish Art Research Centre at Trinity College Dublin
Niamh NicGhabhann, Caroline McGee, Yvonne Scott, Tom Dunne, Roisin Kennedy, Colleen Thomas, Bláithín Hurley, Tara Kelly, Jenny Fitzgibbon, Jane Humphries, Keith Smith, Emma Dwan O'Reilly, Mary Jane Boland, Eimear O'Connor, Nicholas Johnson, Nathan Gordon
Association of Art Historians Annual Conference
Gothic and its Legacies symposium, Courtauld Institute of Art
Infrastructure and Vision An Overview of the 38th EVA International, Ireland's Biennial, 14 April 8 July 2018
CIRCA Art Magazine
Panache and punch: the painting of Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh'
Irish Arts Review
Genius Loci (essay on the painting of Charles Harper)
Irish Arts Review
Resemblance and Divergence - Rita Duffy at the Hunt Museum
Irish Arts Review
'World Within Walls: the history of a Monaghan institution'
Festival studies and museum studies building a curriculum'
Review of Gavin Murphy's 'On Seeing Only Totally New Things'
Review essay of Finola O'Kane's Ireland and the Picturesque in the Dublin Review of Books
Dublin Review of Books
Museum Ireland - the journal of the Irish Museums Association
Philippe de Montebello, Nigel Rolfe, Matthew Parkes, Paula Murphy, Nicholas Johnson, Patrick Duffy, Linda Ballard, Suzanne Bardgett, Anne Hodge, Donal Maguire, Kieran Burns, Jayne Clarke, Nathalie Weadick, Simon Lincoln, Padraic E. Moore, Shirin Johnson, Lizanne Jackman, Rosemary Ryan, Mike Maguire, David Snook, Marie Louise Blaney, Michael Harrison, Sarah Campbell, Liam Bannon, Luigina Ciofi, Marc McLoughlin, Kurshid Ahmed, Daniel Isemann, Maighread McParland, Marie Bourke
Irish Urban Modern History Study Group - Limerick meeting
Religious Spaces in Transition
St Lua's Oratory, Killaloe' Killaloe-Ballina Local History Society
RIA Research Infrastructures in Ireland: Blog Post 1
Strange and familiar utopias in the paintings of Robert Ryan
RTÉ Brainstorm: 'Why do so many capitals of culture run into problems?
RTÉ Brainstorm - How the Catholic Church built its property portfolio'
Archives and Public History: Witnessing the Past
Roundtable: Creative Industries challenges and opportunities
Music Industry Day 2018
Professor Mel Mercier, Karan Casey, Sheena Keane, Valerie Dolan
Art and autonomy: an interdisciplinary conference (Part of the Arts Council of Ireland-funded Autonomy Project)
Niamh NicGhabhann and Lisa McLoughlin
Festivals and Social Change
Dominic Campbell and Charlotte McIvor
Review of Oona Frawley (editor), Memory Ireland, Volume 1: History and Modernity
Irish University Review
RTÉ Brainstorm - 'Do Monuments Matter?'
(Co-organiser with Dr Victoria Durrer and Kerry McCall) CPOI (Cultural Policy Observatory of Ireland) methods seminar, featuring a keynote with Professor Eleonora Belfiore
Niamh NicGhabhann, Kerry McCall, Victoria Durrer
'Just Left of Copernicus (A Prologue)'
NOUGHT YTAUGHT TO SPEKE BY CRAFTE NOUPER BY KYNDE
SAUL Futures of the Past lecture series
Conversations in the Consortium
Niamh NicGhabhann, Kathleen Turner, Helen Phelan
Women making art happen: International Women's Day Seminar
Visual Art Ecologies
IU Culture Lab
Grainne Hassett, Stephen Kinsella, Niamh NicGhabhann, Annmarie Ryan
Inventing Ireland: 20 Years Later. A seminar exploring contemporary approaches to Irish Studies at the Irish World Academy
Niamh NicGhabhann, Catherine Foley, Mattu Noone, Orfhlaith Ni Bhriain and Sandra Joyce
'Innovation and the Humanities: project report'
Presentation of IU CultureLab findings to key stakeholders
Niamh NicGhabhann, Grainne Hassett, Annmarie Ryan, Stephen Kinsella
Gerard Dillon -- PORTRAIT OF DAN O'NEILL, 1952
Review essay, The perpetual fair': gender, disorder and urban amusement in eighteenth-century London
Festival and placemaking in Scotland
Niamh NicGhabhann, Kirsty Strang
Responses to place in music and poetry - National Poetry Day event organised by the LANDscape research cluster
Niamh NicGhabhann, Erika Meitner, Mattu Noone
Inaugural LANDscape research cluster meeting
Niamh NicGhabhann, Anna Ryan
Place, performance and imagination: a LANDscape research cluster seminar
Niamh NicGhabhann, Billy Mills, Niall Keegan
CIRCUS+ research into youth and social circus in Europe
Niamh NicGhabhann, Dr. Stephen Cadwell (UL), Ulla Hokkanen (Galway Community Circus), Will Chamberlain (Belfast Community Circus)
And Sophia Danced: a celebration of arts practice research
WATERMARK: between the archive and the river'
Macalla: to set the darkness echoing Tower Seminar
Commedia dell'arte workshop as part of Aacdemy 20
Open Education: Exploring Architecture in Primary Schools - presented as part of Open House Limerick
Niamh NicGhabhann, Rachel McAree (Open House Dublin), Caelan Bristow (Architect), Dominique Bouchard (Hunt Museum), Ann-Marie Morin (Marry Immaculate College of Education)
Vertical Dance Symposium
Niamh NicGhabhann, CIE Retouramont will join Fidget Feet and Aeriosa Dance Society (Canada), Gravity & Levity (UK), Histeria Nova (Croatia), Il Posto Vertical Dance Company (Italy), Kate Lawrence Vertical Dance (UK)
The Frost is All Over: Writing about traditional Irish music
Niamh NicGhabhann, Vincent Woods (RTÉ and Aosdána), Dr. Philip Coleman (TCD) and Toner Quinn (The Journal of Music) Irish World Academy of Music and Dance
Waking St. Munchin
Niamh NicGhabhann, Gothicise Art Collective, MA Festive Arts Students
Making it happen: a vibrant and sustainable arts environment for Ireland
Niamh NicGhabhann, Dr. Michelle O'Dwyer (Associate Dean, Director of the Corporate MBA Programme and Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Kemmy Business School, UL), Rowena Neville (Business to Arts) and Dr. Annmarie Ryan (Lecturer, Kemmy Business School, UL)
Different views on the Second Coming by Yeats: Artists-in-residence and arts practice research at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance
Niamh NicGhabhann, Dr. Helen Phelan (UL) Professor Meg Harper (UL), Dr. Michael Finneran (Mary Immaculate), Fidget Feet aerial dance and Mikel Murfi (director and actor)
Festive Arts Tower Seminar
Owen Walsh 1933 - 2002: Colour and Light
Niamh NicGhabhann (curator)
Shaping Identities Together: Ag Cruthú le Chéile'
Niamh NicGhabhann (curator)
Museums Matter: Accessing Ireland's Heritage
Niamh NicGhabhann (exhibition manager and developer)
Peer Reviewed Journal
City walls, bathroom stalls and tweeting the Taoiseach: the aesthetics of protest and the campaign for abortion rights in the Republic of Ireland
Continuum-Journal Of Media & Cultural Studies DOI: 10.1080/10304312.2018.1468413
Choreographies of Place: Gender and the Negotiation of Urban and Suburban Landscapes in Maeve Brennan's Fiction
Irish University Review DOI: https://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/iur.2018.0351
Designing policy: collaborative policy development within the context of the European capital of culture bid process
Stephen Kinsella, Niamh NicGhabhann, Annmarie Ryan
Cultural Trends DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09548963.2017.1342997
Gothic Ruins and Remains: Disorderly Burials and Respectable Bodies in Irish Medieval Ecclesiastical Buildings, 1824-1900
Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies
Medieval Ireland and the Shannon Hydro-Electric Scheme: reconstructing the past in independent Ireland
Irish Studies Review DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09670882.2017.1361104
Editorial and Introduction to edited special issue of the Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy on cultural policy in Ireland
Niamh NicGhabhann - editor of special issue of journal on cultural policy in Ireland
Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy
'Introduction: Writing Irish Art History' (Editorial to special issue edited by Niamh NicGhabhann on the historiography of Irish art).
Journal of Art Historiography
Writing Irish Art Histories'
Journal of Art Historiography
Reconstructions of the Gothic Past: Cultures of Conservation
Artefact, the Journal of the Irish Association of Art Historians
CIRCUS+ Research on youth and social circus pedagogy
ERASMUS+ working group - an international group including UL authors Niamh NicGhabhann, Stephen Cadwell and Shane Holohan