Research Team & Advisory Panel Page


Research Team & Advisory Panel Page


Text which appeared on the original website, giving biographical details of the project researchers and the advisory panel.




O'Toole, Tina


Munster Women Writers Project, University College Cork


Women in Irish Society Project, University College Cork




Munster, Ireland, 1800-2000








Munster Women Writers Project


O'Toole, Tina


Research Team & Advisory Panel
Patricia Coughlan, Project Leader
Associate Professor at the Department of English, NUI Cork. Her research and publications have been in four main areas: 16th- and 17th-century writings, especially English writings about Ireland, and with a focus on Spenser's work and colonial discourse; 19th-century Irish literature, especially Gothic (Maturin, Mangan, Le Fanu); on representations of gender and sexuality in 20th-century Irish literature; and on Beckett's poetry and Irish modernism in the 1930s. Her publications include an edited book on Spenser and Ireland: an interdisciplinary perspective (Cork U.P., 1989) and a co-edited book (with Alex Davis) on Modernism and Ireland: the Poets of the 1930s, (Cork U.P., 1995) as well as numerous essays and articles on the above topics.

Éibhear Walshe, Project Leader
Lecturer at the English Department on Anglo-Irish literature, and he is the Director of the International Summer School in Irish Studies at NUI Cork. His research interests lie in the area of Modern Irish Literature, with particular interest in John Banville, Tom Murphy, Kate O'Brien, Elizabeth Bowen, G.B.Shaw, Oscar Wilde, Teresa Deevy, and Micheál MacLiammóir. He was the Academic Director of the International Shaw School 1993-97, one of the co-ordinators of the Elizabeth Bowen Conference in Cork 1996-99, and the Seán O'Faoláin Conference in 2000. He has edited collections of essays on the work of Kate O'Brien, Ordinary People Dancing (Cork UP, 1993), and Elizabeth Bowen, Elizabeth Bowen Remembered, (Four Courts Press, 1999), and his forthcoming biography on O'Brien is due to be issued by Cork University Press. More generally he has published in the area of Irish Lesbian and Gay Writing, and edited the collection of essays Sex, Nation and Dissent in Irish Writing (Cork UP, 1997). He is a section editor in the forthcoming fourth volume of The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing.

Tina O'Toole, Project Researcher
Post-doctoral fellow at the Department of English, NUI Cork, Tina is a graduate of the English Department and WERRC, UCD. While at UCC, she lectured and tutored at undergraduate and postgraduate level, predominantly in the fields of twentieth-century Anglo-Irish literature and film. She co-organised the Elizabeth Bowen Conferences 1996 and 1997 with Éibhear Walshe. She also worked on a parallel strand of the Women in Irish Society project, with Linda Connolly at the Department of Sociology: a scholarly analysis of the documents of the Irish Women's Movement (see As a result of this project, in 2001 she was awarded a visiting research fellowship in Women's Studies at the University of Ottawa, where she carried out a comparative study of key themes in the Canadian and Irish Women's Movements. Subsequently, she held an IRCHSS Government of Ireland post-doctoral fellowship at UCC and an Irish Studies fellowship at Queen’s University Belfast, before going to work as a lecturer in English at the University of Limerick in 2004.

June O'Sullivan, Part-Time Researcher
June is from Newcastle West, Co. Limerick. She graduated from UCC with a BA in English and French in 2000, and an MA in English in 2001. Her MA thesis was on the work of Edna O'Brien.

Kalene Nix-Kenefick
Kalene Nix-Kenefick completed an MA in English at UCC in 2001. Her thesis was on women writers in The Bell magazine (1940-1954) and she is now starting a PhD on a number of lesser-known Munster women writers who were 'discovered' in the course of research for this project. She was awarded a Government of Ireland PhD Scholarship for this work.

Advisory Panel
The Munster Women Writers Project is a collaborative piece of research, working co-operatively across a range of disciplines, in the design, research and execution of the bibliography. The attendant discussions and exchange of information with colleagues expert in the field who have lent their support to the project has already set a precedent in terms of Irish literary research. Scholars working in both English and Irish, from both Ireland and Britain, have given most generously of their time and expertise throughout this project. In addition to those who constitute the formal advisory panel of the project, listed below, we owe a debt of gratitude to the many others who have assisted us in this work.

Angela Bourke
Senior Lecturer in Irish at UCD, and has also taught at Harvard University, Boston College and the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She is the author of The Burning of Bridget Cleary: A True Story (London: Pimlico, 1999; New York: Viking 2000), of Caoineadh na dTrí Muire: Téama na Páise i bhFilíocht Bhéil na Gaeilge (Baile Átha Cliath: An Clóchomhar, 1983, as Angela Partridge), and of a collection of short stories, By Salt Water (Dublin: New Island, 1996), as well as of many articles and essays in Irish and English. She is one of eight panel editors of the forthcoming Field Day Anthology vols 4 & 5: Women's Writing and Traditions (Cork: Cork University Press, due autumn 2001).

Mary Breen
Co-ordinator of the Certificate and Diploma in Women's Studies, and the Academic Advisor to Visiting Students at the Department of English, NUI Cork. She teaches 20th century Irish writing, specifically the work of Kate O'Brien, Edna O'Brien, and John Banville. However, her specialist area is late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Irish women writers, and she is currently working on a Ph.D. on the work of Dorothea Herbert.

Claire Connolly
Lecturer in English Literature and Cultural Criticism at Cardiff University. She has published essays on Maria Edgeworth and Edmund Burke, as well as editions of Maria Edgeworth's Letters for Literary Ladies (1991), Ormond, Manoeuvring, and Vivian (1999), and Sydney Owenson's The Wild Irish Girl (co-edited with Stephen Copley, 2000). Currently on of the general editors of The European Journal for English Studies, she edited a special issue of the journal in 1999 on the topic of post-colonial Ireland.

Roz Cowman
Roz is a poet, and a lecturer in Women's Studies at NUI Cork. Her poems and reviews have appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies. She won the Arlen House/Maxwell House award in 1982, the same year in which she received an Arts Council bursary. In 1985 she won the Patrick Kavanagh Award for poetry. Her first collection of poetry is The Goose Herd (Salmon 1989).

Jennifer FitzGerald
Senior Lecturer in the School of English at Queen's University, Belfast. She has recently published on the work of Toni Morrison, and is currently engaged in a critical re-evaluation of the work of Helen Waddell.

Anne Fogarty
Lecturer in the English Department at NUI Dublin, where she is also the current Chair of the Board of Studies for Women's Studies. The Director of the James Joyce Summer School, she has published essays on Joyce, Yeats, Augusta Gregory, Kate O'Brien, Denis Devlin, and Maria Edgeworth and on many aspects of contemporary Irish women's poetry and fiction.

Margaret Kelleher
Lectures in English at NUI Maynooth. She is the author of The Feminization of Famine (Cork UP, 1997) and co-editor (with James H. Murphy) of Gender Perspectives in Nineteenth-Century Ireland (Irish Academic P, 1997). She is currently working on a study of the publication contexts of nineteenth-century Irish women's fiction.

Clíona Ó Gallchóir
Lectures on eighteenth-century literature at the Department of English, NUI Cork. She has published articles on Maria Edgeworth, and is the co-editor of Helen for Pickering, and Chatto's Novels and Selected Works of Maria Edgeworth, as well as editing Women, Writing and the Public Sphere, 1700-1830 (co-edited with Elizabeth Eger, Charlotte Grant, and Penny Warburton). She is currently working on a book exploring questions of gender and national culture in Edgeworth's work.

Gerardine Meaney
Director of the Centre for Film Studies at NUI Dublin. She is an editor of the forthcoming fourth volume of the Field Day Anthology of Irish Women's Writing, and the author of (Un)Like Subjects: Women, Theory, Fiction (Routledge, 1993). She has written extensively on feminist theory and Irish women's writing, and more recently on Irish cinema.

Antoinette Quinn
Lecturer at the English Department, Trinity College Dublin. A specialist in 20th century Anglo-Irish Literature, particularly Irish women's writings, she is the editor of the section on 'Women and Irish Literary Nationalism' of the forthcoming Field Day Anthology of Irish Women's Writing. She is currently working on a biography of Patrick Kavanagh.

Shaun Richards
Lectures at the University of Staffordshire, has worked in Irish Studies from the early 1980s when he was a founder member and first Treasurer of the British Association of Irish Studies, on whose Council he now serves as a member. He is also a member of the editorial board of Irish Studies Review. His co-authored book ( with David Cairns), Writing Ireland (1988), was an influential contribution to the development of a theorized approach to Irish Studies, particularly through its application of the work of Edward Said and Antonio Gransci to the Irish context. Subsequent publications have been primarily on Irish drama with articles and book chapters on the major figures such as Yeats, Synge, O'Casey, and Friel as well as lesser known playwrights such as Teresa Deevy and Dermot Bolger; these, and review articles, have been published in the main journals of Irish (Literary) Studies, including Irish University Review, Irish Studies Review, Irish Review, Bullán and Études Irlandaises. Among his current projects are a monograph on Modern Irish Drama and the editing of the Cambridge Companion to Modern Irish Drama.

Pádraigín Riggs, NUI Cork
Statutory Lecturer, Department of Modern Irish, UCC. Teaching & research interests: modern Irish literature, narrative theory, oral tradition, Irish poetry tradition. Published: Donncha Ó Céileachair (1978), Pádraic Ó Conaire, Deoraí (1994) as well as various articles & reviews on the short story, the contemporary novel, 20th Century poetry in Irish.

Elizabeth Tilley
Lectures at the English Department, NUI Galway. Her main areas of interest are nineteenth century Gothic literature and writing by women; North American fiction; nineteenth century serials and periodical production.