Having spent seven years at Victoria College Belfast, I enrolled at Queen's University Belfast to study Modern History and Politics with joint honours. I graduated with my BA in 2010, and received my MA in Irish History in 2011, also at QUB. My undergraduate work was broad in theme, geography and time period, and was greatly enhanced by an academic exchange to Queen's University, in Kingston, Ontario. Upon return to Belfast, I focused largely on Irish and social history, making the move to my MA an obvious one. My masters work focused largely on women in Ireland, and indeed my dissertation was entitled 'Emigrant Letters: a gendered analysis of correspondence and experience, 1880-1890' under the supervision of Dr. Paddy Fitzgerald.
Research topic and interests:
The title of my thesis is 'Emyr Estyn Evans and the cultural identity of Ulster, c.1929 - 1969'. The study will examine the contributions made to N. Irish society by the former Queen's University professor, instrumental not only in the creations of the Geography department and Institute of Irish Studies, but also the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. Estyn Evans has left considerable legacy, both within academia and wider society, and an acknowledgement of his life and achievements is long overdue. More broadly, my research interests also include British and Irish history, especially with regard to migration.
Supervision: Prof. Peter Gray and Dr. Eamonn Hughes