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From Cybersecurity and Climate Action, to the significance of the Harp…

2019-2020 Fulbright Awardees Oisín Byrne, Kate Bermingham and Ruairí McCourt at Dublin Castle


Ireland-U.S. Education Exchange Supports Innovative and Diverse Research

Friday 14th June 2019: The Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Niall Burgess and Chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Ireland, Mr Reece Smyth, are pleased to announce 36 Fulbright Irish Awardees for 2019-2020. Recipients were presented with Awards at a ceremony in Dublin Castle last night.

Academics, professionals and students from 13 HEIs and organisations in Ireland will go to 30 leading U.S. institutions to study and collaborate with experts in their fields. This year’s Fulbright recipients are from disciplines spanning technology, science, language, medicine and the arts. The Fulbright Awards celebrate diversity across topics, geography and backgrounds. Increased funding from both the Irish and U.S. Governments has allowed the Fulbright Commission in Ireland to support a wider range and number of exciting study and research awardees than ever before.

The first ever Fulbright-TechImpact Cybersecurity Scholar to Georgetown University, John Sheppard, a lecturer in cybersecurity and digital forensics at Waterford Institute Technology, will go to the U.S. to conduct research into wearable technologies and associated ethical implications. Conor Quinn, a Senior Cyber Security Consultant with Deloitte Ireland, will be the first Fulbright-TechImpact Cybersecurity Scholar to Boston College where he will join the Cybersecurity Policy and Governance Master’s program and examine new methods to implement cyber security strategies.

As a Fulbright-Geological Survey Ireland Scholar to Arizona State University and the University of Colorado Boulder, Dr Brenda McNally from Trinity College Dublin, will explore how socio-ecological imaginaries can be used to reinvigorate public engagement with climate and energy policy. As a Fulbright Scholar to the Falvey Memorial Library at Villanova University, Dr Mary Louise O’Donnell will investigate the significance of the Irish harp as a political and cultural emblem of identification among Irish emigrants in the United States from 1780 to 1930.  These are just a few examples of the scope of 2019-2020 Fulbright Awardees.

The next round of applications for Fulbright Irish Awards will open on 28th August 2019, interested candidates should visit www.fulbright.ie for more information.

Niall Burgess, Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said: “I am delighted to extend my warmest congratulations to the Irish Fulbright Awardees for 2019 – 2020. Exchanges like the Fulbright programme play a crucial role in sustaining the unique and very close relationship that Ireland and the United States share. The Fulbright Commission and Fulbrighters, past and present, are testament to the best traditions of academic and cultural exchange and have an outstanding track record in representing Ireland. Every year Fulbright awardees have the exciting opportunity to study, work, and experience life in the U.S., to forge new relationships, and to represent the best of contemporary Ireland to the United States. I wish this year’s Awardees every success for their time in the United States.”

Dr Sarah Ingle, Chair of the Board of the Fulbright Commission in Ireland said: “The excellence and expertise of Fulbright scholars, students and foreign language teaching assistants continues to develop after more than 60 years of the Irish programme.  The new awardees are being provided with a great opportunity, but they also have a responsibility to continue Senator Fulbright’s vision of creating mechanisms for mutual understanding, collaboration and sharing of ideas. The Commission Board congratulates the awardees travelling to the U.S. in the coming year and wishes them a very enjoyable and successful Fulbright experience.” 

Dr Dara FitzGerald, Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission in Ireland said: “This year we have seen a surge in applications and awards across all of our Fulbright award programmes, and we hope to see that trend continue to grow. Cultural and academic exchange between the U.S. and Ireland is alive and well. We believe that the Commission has a unique role to play in the Governments 2019-2025 US strategy.

We thank our partners, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Dublin, the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. We are grateful to have the support of our Irish award sponsors: the Health Research Board, Enterprise Ireland, the Environmental Protection Agency, Geological Survey Ireland, the Marine Institute, National University of Ireland, Teagasc, the Creative Ireland Programme, the National Lottery and such notable U.S. Institutions as the Exploratorium, the Smithsonian,  the Harry Ransom Center, Boston College and Georgetown University.

We also have tremendous support from Irish institutions such as University College Cork, University College Dublin, Dublin City University, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, National University of Ireland Galway, Maynooth University, University of Limerick, Technological University Dublin, The AMBER SFI Centre, Dublin Institute of Advances Studies and the Hugh Lane Gallery. The impact of their support is momentous, especially in terms of diversity and range of disciplines that enhance the Ireland-U.S. relationship.”


Note to the Editor:
The Fulbright Commission in Ireland
The Fulbright Programme in Ireland was established in 1957 and annually awards grants for Irish citizens to study, research, or teach in the U.S. and for Americans to do the same in Ireland. Since its formation, over 2,000 postgraduate students, scholars, professionals, and teachers across all disciplines have participated in the program between the U.S. and Ireland. The Commission is supported by the U.S. Department of State and the Irish Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It is also a registered charity.

For further information, interviews, etc. please contact:

Emma Loughney, Fulbright Commission
Emma.loughney@fulbright.ie 01-6607670
Photography from Andres Poveda Photography


Full List of 2019-2020 Irish Fulbright Awardees

Ms Kate Bermingham is a PhD candidate at UCD where she previously completed a BSc in Human Nutrition and a MSc through research in Nutrition and Metabolomics. Her PhD studies focus on investigating longitudinal variation in dietary, anthropometric and metabolic phenotypes using a classic twin design. As a Fulbright-Teagasc Awardee, Kate will visit the USDA ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Centre, Davis California where she will perform novel lipid profiling techniques to determine the impact of genetic and environmental factors on variation in human metabolomic profiles.

Mr Oisín Byrne is a PhD candidate at UCD, where he previously completed his B.Sc. and M.E. in Biomedical Engineering. His PhD research focuses on 3D printing medical grade polymers onto cylindrically shaped substrates with applications in coronary artery bypass grafting. As a Fulbright Student to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he will conduct research into ways to promote the mechanical coupling of medical devices to tissue.

Mr Paul Carey is a graduate of Law and French at TCD and is currently serving as a Judicial Assistant to Mr Justice Peter Charleton of the Supreme Court. As a Fulbright Awardee, Paul will undertake a LLM focusing on public international law at Columbia University. He intends to examine the international legal order from substantive and philosophical perspectives, and to research current and pressing issues in the areas of international humanitarian law, international criminal law, and global governance. With the opportunity to study under leading international law scholars and in proximity to the UN, he aspires to gain a pivotal insight into his field.

Ms Maeve Casserly is a PhD candidate in the School of History, UCD and has an MPhil. in Public History and Cultural Heritage from TCD. Her doctoral research is on public engagement with history through commemorations during the Irish Decade of Centenaries. Her main focus is on engagement with women’s history during 2016-2018. Maeve’s research is informed by her work as a heritage practitioner – she is the current Dublin City Council Historian-in-Residence and works in the National Library of Ireland. As a Fulbright-Creative Ireland Fellow, and to mark the US centenary of women’s suffrage in 2020 she will research and lead public engagement with the rich collections of the Harry Ransom Center, Austin.

Ms Ellen Corbett is currently completing her BA International with German and Léann an Aistriúcháin at NUIG. She has a great interest in translation – one of her translations from German to Irish will shortly be published in An Reiviú academic journal. Ellen is also currently completing an Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge with Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, OÉ Gaillimh. She will be a Fulbright Irish FLTA to the University of Montana.

Ms Yvonne De Faoite is a teacher in Gaelscoil Inse Chór, Dublin. She has a primary teaching degree from Froebel College, a Masters in Irish Immersion Education from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and a Diploma in Educational Leadership in UCD.  Yvonne has a keen interest in immersion education and second language acquisition. As a Fulbright Irish FLTA, she will teach the Irish language and take classes at Elms College in Massachusetts.

Dr John Greaney lectures and tutors in UCD and Maynooth University. His work has been featured in Irish Studies Review and Textual Practice, and he is co-editing Irish Modernisms: Gaps, Conjectures Possibilities. As an NUI-Fulbright postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, he will undertake research for his monograph, The Distance of Irish Modernism, which investigates the paradox through which the Irish modernist novel becomes both a container for national history and a mode of world literature.

Ms Siobhan Grayson is a PhD candidate at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, and the School of Computer Science, UCD. Her research focuses on aligning temporal networks extracted from online discussion forums in order to study quantitatively how participant behaviour changes over time. As a Fulbright Student to Harvard University, Siobhan will undertake research at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society where she will explore the dynamics of deliberation when instigated simultaneously across offline and pseudonymous online discourse spaces.

Professor Jonathan Hourihane is Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health in UCC. His primary area of clinical and research interest is in paediatric food allergy and anaphylaxis. He is co-Principal Investigator of the BASELINE, Ireland’s only birth cohort study (www.baselinestudy.net.) and the INFANT Research Centre in UCC. He is a Board member of the National Children’s Research Centre and a founding Board member of the Clemens von Pirquet Foundation and of the Irish Food Allergy Network (www.ifan.ie). He is current President of the Irish Association of Allergy and Immunology. He will undertake his Fulbright-HRB HealthImpact Scholar Award at the University of Colorado, Denver.

Professor Margaret Kelleher is Professor and Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at UCD.  She is UCD academic lead for the Museum of Literature Ireland, a collaboration between UCD and the National Library of Ireland, and Chair of the Irish Film Institute. As a Fulbright Scholar, she will research the promotion and branding of Irish culture in America 1889-1922, drawing from archives at the Berg Collection, New York Public Library, and resources at New York University. Her research, and future monograph, will newly illuminate the activities undertaken by Irish artists who sought support and visibility from their American peers a century ago.

Mr Oisín Kavanagh is a PhD student in the Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC), based in the Bernal Institute at the University of Limerick. He is a qualified pharmacist, graduating from the University of Ulster where he received the Gold Medal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland. Oisín will visit the University of Michigan in order to continue his research in crystal engineering to unlock the potential of new and old medicines in novel therapeutic contexts.

Dr Brendan Kelly is a Radiology Specialist Registrar at St Vincent’s University Hospital and an ICAT Fellow at UCD. A UCD graduate of Radiography and of Medicine, Dr Kelly received his Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2016, and MSc in Radiology from NUIG in 2017. As a Fulbright-HRB HealthImpact Scholar, he will visit the Stanford Department of Radiology and the Stanford Centre for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and Imaging to investigate potential novel applications of AI to radiology, with the goal of establishing collaborations to achieve cutting edge clinical developments both in Ireland and the US.

Ms Patricia Kenny is a second year PhD candidate in UCD. Her current research, funded by the Irish Research Council, and the National University of Ireland Travelling Studentship prize, focuses upon the use of unusual stone in European prehistoric societies. As a recipient of a Fulbright-Creative Ireland Museum Fellowship, she will research this topic on an international scale in the Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.

Mr Ruairí Mc Court is a final year PhD research student in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute School of Chemistry. His research focuses on the development of novel radical reactions, with a particular interest in the synthesis of sulfur-containing compounds and the optimisation of new initiation and cyclization strategies. As a Fulbright Awardee to The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) California Ruairí will work on transition-metal mediated radical reactions.

Professor Kevin McDonnell has a joint appointment across Crops Science & Biosystems Engineering Department of UCD and his specialist interdisciplinary area of Agricultural Systems Technology addresses the sustainable use of bio-resources with a global perspective. His Precision Agricultural research area is enabling the development of a digital agricultural platform, which will be a key technology for Irish agriculture in the development of profitable sustainable farming practices. Prof McDonnell will work with the Ohio State University eFields team on digital data collection and analysis and use this work in conjunction with his own platforms to develop robust protocols for digital agricultural data collection, analysis and use in Ireland.

Dr Brenda McNally is a Research Fellow at the Department of Geography, TCD studying citizens’ views and media use around climate actions in Ireland. Her research sheds light on the political, ethical and cultural dimensions of climate change and contributes to communications practice aimed at building a just transition. As a Fulbright-GSI Scholar, Dr McNally will visit the Centre for Science and Imagination at Arizona State University and the Centre for Science and Technology Policy Research at University of Colorado Boulder to learn more about socio-ecological imaginaries and how they can be used to reinvigorate public engagement with climate and energy policy in Ireland.

Mr David Monahan is a PhD student at NUIG. His research focuses on the development of minimally invasive delivery strategies incorporating medical devices, biomaterials, and drugs to treat heart disease. As a Fulbright-Enterprise Ireland Awardee, David will visit the Therapeutic Technology, Design, & Development lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While there he will develop a smart medical device containing a responsive biomaterial that will release drugs in response to heart damage and aims to help patients suffering from heart disease as a result of cancer therapy.

Ms Deirdre Murphy is a Primary school teacher in Temple Street Children’s Hospital School, Dublin. She has a BA International Degree in Irish and Geography from UCD and a Postgraduate Degree in Primary Education from Froebel College of Education. In her spare time, Deirdre enjoys drama, singing and participating in local choirs and musical societies. As a Fulbright Irish FLTA she will take classes and teach Irish at Gonzaga University, Washington State.

Dr Michael D. Murphy is a Principal Investigator in the MeSSO Research Group and Lecturer in the Department of Process, Energy and Transport Engineering in CIT. As a Fulbright Scholar, Michael will carry out collaborative research at the University of Colorado, Boulder and in the United States National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Dr Murphy’s work will focus on novel simulation and optimisation techniques for the integration of next-generation heating and cooling systems in the built environment. The optimal design and operation of such systems will aid in the development of new highly efficient and cost-effective thermal systems with substantial reductions in associated carbon emissions.

Ms Rosemary Mulvey holds a BA in Psychology in TCD and a Higher Diploma in Primary Education from Coláiste Mhuire Marino (Marino Institute of Education). She has worked in events and cultural management with The Heritage Council of Ireland, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Savour Kilkenny and Kilkenny Tradfest and currently teaches in Gaelscoil Osraí, Kilkenny. She is this year’s Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at Davidson Community College, North Carolina.

Ms Sinéad Murray completed a Bachelor of Education International in DCU in 2014. She is currently completing a masters in ‘Scríobh agus Cumarsáid na Gaeilge’ in University College Dublin. Sinéad teaches in Finglas and is passionate about imparting a love for the Irish language amongst young children. As a Fulbright Irish FLTA she will take classes and teach Irish at the University of Connecticut.

Ms Áine Ní Chonghaile is completing her Ph.D. in Irish history in NUIG where she was awarded both B.A. and M.A degrees in history. She has extensive experience in teaching the Irish language and other aspects of Irish Studies. She is looking forward to sharing that experience with the students of the Catholic University of America in Washington DC and adding further to her own learning by availing of the opportunities presented by the Fulbright FLTA allocation.

Ms Caroline Ní Ghallchobhair is from the Erris Gaeltacht in County Mayo. She has a BA in Irish and English from St Patrick’s College, DCU and spent a year studying communications and media in the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She also holds a M.A. in Scríobh agus Cumarsáid na Gaeilge from UCD. Caroline has worked with Gaelchultúr as a teacher and administrative executive. As a Fulbright FLTA she will teach the Irish language and take classes at the University of Notre Dame.

Ms Iseult Ní Chonchúir is a past pupil of Coláiste Íde in the west Kerry Gaeltacht Corca Dhuibhne. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Irish and Music at UCD and a Professional Masters of Education in TCD. Iseult has taught the Irish language in a variety of settings. She teaches Irish, Music and Social, Personal and Health Education at Coláiste Cois Life, in west Dublin and has worked as a tutor with Bord na Gaeilge and Gaelchultúr, teaching foundational Irish to the staff and students of UCD. During her Fulbright FLTA Award, she will teach the Irish language and attend classes at Idaho State University.

Ms Cecily Ní Loinsigh is from the Gaeltacht village of Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh in County Cork. She graduated from St Angela’s College, Sligo with an honours degree in Gaeilge and Home Economics. Since then she has taught in many different second level educational settings. Cecily is currently studying an Advanced Diploma in Personal, Life and Executive Coaching in Kingstown College, Dublin. As a Fulbright Irish FLTA she will further her studies and teach Gaeilge in the University of Montana.

Mr Matthew O’Brien is a Ph.D. candidate based at the School of History at UCD. His doctoral research focuses on black power grassroots activism in Chicago from 1968-1983 through a lens of political education and is funded by the Irish Research Council. As a Fulbright student to the University of Illinois at Chicago, Matthew will conduct primary research concerning community groups and organisations who embodied black empowerment and progression in the 1970s. While at UIC, he will also orchestrate a series of oral history interviews that will further enrich the research topic.

Dr Mary Louise O’Donnell is a musicologist and musician. Her research focuses on the diverse ways in which the Irish harp has been used in the construction of identity in Ireland and among Irish emigrants. As a Fulbright Scholar, Mary Louise will use the resources of the Falvey Memorial Library at Villanova University to investigate the significance of the Irish harp as a political and cultural emblem of identification among Irish emigrants in the United States from 1780 to 1930. This research will be incorporated into a book on the history of the Irish harp symbol from its earliest use as a colonial symbol up to the present day. The book will be published in 2022 to mark the centenary of the foundation of the Irish Free State and the adoption of the Irish harp as its official emblem.

Ms Helen O’Donoghue is Head of Engagement & Learning at IMMA. As a Fulbright Scholar Helen will be embedded in the Education department at the MoMA in New York to learn about current archival strategies relating to their education programme, and shadowing a new live programme -The Platform. While there she will work closely with MoMA staff to share knowledge and strategies as part of the first experiment The People’s Studio: Collective Imagination which draws on MoMA’s history as a laboratory for experimentation with contemporary art and art pedagogy. This will inform her thinking for future programming and the new Collections and Learning Centre planned for IMMA.

Ms Alene O’Malley holds an honours Bachelor of Education degree and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Management from Mary Immaculate College. Alene has 10 years teaching experience in rural and urban settings and in special education with a particular interest in educational leadership and mentoring newly qualified teachers. A teacher in Limerick City, she has presented her research on many occasions including at the Limerick Post-graduate Conference. She will be the Fulbright Irish FLTA for Villanova University.

Mr Conor Quinn is a Senior Cyber Security Consultant, specialising in Digital Forensic and Cybersecurity management with Deloitte Ireland. His work centres around investigating cybersecurity incidents to determine how they happened and to recommend improvements to increase security of organisations. As the first Fulbright-TechImpact Cybersecurity Awardee to Boston College, he will partake in the Cybersecurity Policy and Governance Masters programme and examine new methods to implement cyber security strategies.

Mr Fernando Sanchez-Migallon Cano is a second-year Government of Ireland Irish Research Council doctoral scholar at TCD. His major field of research is art history and its application to museum studies focusing on the socio cultural impact of exhibition making. As a Fulbright-Creative Ireland Museum Fellow, he will conduct research at the Office of International Relationships, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. Fernando will examine the role of museums and cultural programs in the construction and dissemination of knowledge.

Dr Caroline Sheedy is a lecturer in Computing Science and Mathematics at Dundalk IT. Her research focus aims to measure, address, and provide new insights towards ameliorating the gender imbalance in technical fields and the resulting impact of technology’s footprint on society. As a Fulbright TechImpact Scholar, Dr Sheedy will visit UC Berkeley, to capture and analyse data on the daily experiences of students and staff working in technological degree programmes. Upon returning to Ireland, she will continue working towards identifying the position of third level institutions in engendering an understanding of the societal responsibility of those they are educating to work in technical fields with respect to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Mr John Sheppard is a lecturer in cybersecurity and digital forensics in the Department of Computing and Mathematics at WIT. As the first Fulbright-TechImpact Cybersecurity Scholar to Georgetown University in Washington D.C., John will conduct research into wearable technologies and investigate the ethical implications of data associated with such devices.

Mr Evan Sheridan is a PhD candidate at King’s College London. He received a BA in Theoretical Physics from TCD and a MSc in Non-Equilibrium Systems from King’s College London. As a Fulbright student, Evan will carry out research on next generation materials for smart technology applications at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr Suja Somanadhan is an Assistant Professor in Children’s Nursing at UCD. She is spearheading rare disease research partnership model called “RAinDROP” to shape the future of research studies. As a Fulbright-HRB HealthImpact Scholar, she will examine the integrated care and services for the children, young people and their families living with Rare Diseases at the Center for Rare Disease Therapy at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She will use this analysis to compare and improve the provision of such services for those living with Rare Diseases in Ireland and US. She will also explore the programme of work used to engage the Rare Disease patient community throughout the translational science process at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr Francis Ward is a music educator and ethnomusicologist based in the School of Arts Education and Movement at DCU Institute of Education. As a Fulbright Scholar, Francis will work on the publication of a book entitled Approaching a Virtual Orality: Changing Processes of Transmission in Traditional Music while teaching seminars in ethnomusicology, music education and Irish traditional music and dance studies at the University of Washington. As Francis has been involved in the development of a curriculum in socially inclusive music education at DCU IoE, he will also engage with outreach programmes facilitated by the University of Washington music education faculty to inform future contributions to curriculum development upon his return to Ireland.


Ó Chibearshlándáil go hAthrú Aeráide agus an tábhacht a bhaineann leis an gcláirseach…Malartú Oideachas Éire na Stáit Aontaithe ag tabhairt tacaíochta do thaighde nualaíoch agus eagsúil.

Dé hAoine an 14ú Meitheamh 2019: Tá áthas ar Ardrúnaí Roinn na Gnóthaí Eachtracha agus Trádala, Niall Burgess agus Chargé d’affaires Ambasáid na Stát Aontaithe in Éirinn, Reece Smyth, 36 gradaim nua Fulbright do 2019-20 a fhoghairt. Bhí rímhéad ar 36  ag cearmanás i gCaisleán Bhaile Átha Cliath aréir.

Rachaidh daoine acadúla, daoine gairmiúla agus mic léinn ó 13 institiúid 3ú leibhéal agus eagraíochtaí in Éirinn go 30 institúid ceannróidíoch sna Stáit Aontiathe le taighde a dhéanamh agus chun comhoibriú le ceannairí ina réimse taighde. Tagann na dámhachtain seo ó réimsí eagsúla ó theicneolaíocht, eolaíocht, leigheas, litríocht agus na healaíona. Leis na dámhachtain Fulbright, déantar ceiliúradh ar eagsúlacht; tíreolaíocht, topaicí agus cúlraí difriúla. De bharr mhaoiniú breise ó rialtas na Stát Aontaithe agus na hÉireann, bhí deis ag an gCoimisiún Fulbright in Éirinn tacú le reimse níos leithne ábhar agus daoine ná mar a bhí a riamh.

Tá an chéad Fulbright-TechImpact i gCibearshlándáil go hOllscoil Georgetown, John Sheppard, leachtóir i gcibearshlándáil agus fóiréinsic digiteacha in Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Phort Láirge, rachaidh sé go dtí na Stáit Aontaithe le taighde a dhéanamh i dteicneolaíocht inchaite agus impleachtaí ábhartha eiticiúla. Is comhairleoir sinsearach é Conor Quinn i gCibéarshlandáil le Deloitte Éireann. Is é an chéad Scoláire Fulbright-TechImpacht i gCibéarshlándáil go Coláiste Boston. Beidh sé ag obair ar pholaisaí cibear slándáil agus bainistiú ar an gclár máistreachta. Feicfidh sé ar bhealaí nua le cur i bhfeidhm straiséis cibearshlándáil.

Mar scoláire Fulbright-Geological Survey Ireland go hOllscoil Arizona State agus Ollscoil Colorado Boulder, feicfidh an Dr Brenda McNally ó Choláiste na Tríonóide ar conas a théann an pobal i ngleic le polaisaí timpeallachta. Mar Scoláire Fulbright go Leabharlann Cuimhneacháin Flavey in Ollscoil Villanova, déanfaidh an Dr Mary Louise O’Donnell tagide ar an tábhacht a bhaineann leis an gcláirseach Éireannach mar shuaitheantas polaitiúil agus cultúrtha maidir le heisimircigh Éireannacha chun na Stát Aontaithe idir 1780 agus 1930. Níl ansin ach cúpla sampla den réimse leathan den tagidhe Fulbright i mbliana.

Osclóidh an chéad bhabhta eile d’iarratas Fulbright ar an 28ú Lúnasa 2019. Ba cheart dul ar www.fulbright.ie má tá spéis agat ann.

Dúirt Ardrúnaí Roinn na Gnóthaí Eachtracha agus Trádala, Niall Burgess: “Tá áthas an domhain orm comhghairdeas ó chroí a ghabháil leis na dámhachtaite Fulbright do 2019-20. Imríonn cláracha ar nós Fulbright ról ríthábhachtach i gcaidrimh speisialta atá idir na Stáit Aontaithe agus Éire. Tá an Coimisiún Fulbright agus na Fulbrightóirí reatha agus alumni ag leanúint leis an dea-shampla atá acu agus i gcur chun cinn na hÉireann. Gach bliain bíonn deis iontach acu taigde nó obair a dhéanamh agus taithneamh a bhaint as an saol sna Stáit Aontaithe, chun tús a chur le caidrimh nua agus ionadaíocht a dhéanamh ar son Éireann nua sna Stáit Aontaithe. Guím gach rath ar na dámhachtaithe na bliana seo”.

Deir an Dr Sarah Ingle, Cathaoirleach Bhord an Choimisiúin Fulbright in Éirinn: “Leanann an fhobairt a bhaineann le taithí na Scoláirí Fulbright, na Mic Léinn Fulbright agus na Teagascóirí Gaeilge tar éis breis agus 60 bliain den chlár in Éirinn. Tá na gradaim curtha ar fáil le deiseanna iontachta. Tá freagrachta ann leanúint leis an bhfís a bhí ag an Seanadóir Fulbright de thuiscint, comhoibriú agus roinnt smaointe. Tá Board an Choimisiún ag gabháil comhghairdeachas leo súid a bheis ag taisteal chun na Stát Aontiathe le linn na bliana seo agus guím taithí Fulbright taitneamhach agus rathúil orthu”.

An Dr Dara FitzGerald, Stiúrthóir Feidhmiúcháin ar an gClár Fulbright in Éirinn:  “I mbliana bhí níos mó iarratais againn ná mar a bhí a riamh i ngach clár a bhfuil againn agus tá súil againn go leanfaidh an fás seo. Tá malarthú cultúrtha agus acadúil idir na tíortha seo beo. Creidimid go bhfuil ról uathúil ag Fulbright i stratéis an rialtas maidir leis na Stáit Aontaithe 2019-25.

Gabhann muid buíochas lenár bpairtnéirí, Roinn Stát na Stáit Aontaithe, Ambasáid na Stát Aontiathe i mBaile Átha Claith, Roinn na Gnóthaí Eachtracha agus an Roinn Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta.

Táimid buíoch don tacaíocht a fhaigheann muid onár n-urraitheoirí: Fiontraíocht Éireann, an Ghníomhaireacht um Chaomhnú Comhshaoil, an Bord Taighde Sláinte, Suirbhéireacht Gheolaíochta na hÉireann, Foras na Mara, Ollscoil na hÉireann, Teagasc, an Crannchur Náisiúnta agus instiúidí abhartha ar nós an Exploratorium, an Smithsonian agus an Harry Ranson Center.

Tá tacíocht iontach againn ó institiúidí Éireannacha ar nós Ollscoil na hÉireann, Corcaigh, an Coláiste Ollscoile, Baile Átha Cliath, Ollscoil Chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath, Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn, Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh, Ollscoil Mhá Nuad, Ollscoil Luimnigh, Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Átha Cliath, Ionad SFI Amber, Institiúid Ard-Léinn Bhaile Átha Cliath agus Dánlann Chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath. Tá tionchar ollmhór ag an tacaíocht seo ach go háirithe maidir le eagsúlacht agus na réimse spéise atá acu chun chuir leis an gcaidreamh idir Éire agus na Stát Aontaithe


Nóta don Eagarthóir:
An Coimisiún Fulbright in Éirinn

Bunaíodh an Clár Fulbright in Éirinn in 1957 agus gach bliain bronnann sé gradaim ar shaoránaigh Éireannacha chun stiadear, taighde, nó teagasc sna Stáit Aontaithe agus do Mheiriceánaigh a dhéanamh in Éirinn. Ón am gur bunaíodh é tá breis agus 2,000 tar éis páirt a ghlacadh sa chlár idir Éirinn agus na Stáit Aontaithe. Tacaíonn an Roinn Stáit Rialtas na Stát Aontaithe agus Roinn na Gnóthaí Eachtracha agus Tradála. Is carthanacht chláraithe é an Coimisiún Fulbright.

Le haghaidh tuilleadh eolais, agallamh srl dean teagmháil le:
Emma.loughney@fulbright.ie 01-6607670
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Is Múinteoir bunscoile í Deirdre Murphy. Tá sí ag múineadh i Scoil Óspideál na Leanaí, Sráid an Teampaill. Bhain sí céim sa Nua-Ghaeilge agus Tír Eolas amach ó UCD (2011). Le linn an chúrsa sin chaith sí an tríú bliain ag staideár thar lear in Ollscoil California Santa Barbara (UCSB).

Rinne sí iarchéim sa mhúinteoireacht i gColáiste Oideachais Froebel (2013). Bhí sí mar bhall d’Aontas na Mac Léinn ag obair mar Oifigeach Gaeilge. D’fhreastal sí ar Choláiste Íosagáin don Mheánscoil agus is anseo i gColáiste Íosagáin a d’fhás a suim agus a grá sa Ghaeilge. Is maith le Deirdre a bheith ag glacadh páirte i gCeoldrámaí agus tá sí mar bhall de chór. Beidh Deirdre ag obair mar FLTA Fulbright ag múineadh Gaeilge agus ag freastal ar ranganna in Ollscoil Gonzaga, Stáit Washington

Bhain Sinéad Murray B.Oid Idirnáisiúnta amach in Ollscoil Chathair, Bhaile Átha Cliath, sa bhliain 2014. Fad is a bhí sí ar an ollscoil, chaith sí bliain amháin in Ollscoil Seárlas i bPrág, Poblacht na Seice, ag déanamh staidéir ar an nGaeilge agus ar an Oideachas faoin scéim Erasmus. Bhí ranganna Gaeilge á mhúineadh aici go mic léinn idirnáisiunta agus ba í an t-amhránaí i mbanna ceoil traidisiúnta dar teideal ‘Conamara Chaos’. I láthair na huaire, tá máistreacht idir lámha aici dar teideal ‘Scríobh agus Cumarsáid na Gaeilge’ i gColáiste na hOllscoile, Baile Átha Cliath. Is múinteoir bunscoile í freisin i bhFionnghlas agus oibríonn sí go dian dicheallach chun grá don teanga Gaeilge a spreagadh i measc leanaí óga.

Tá  Áine Ní Chonghaile díreach ag críochnú céim Ph.D. i stair na hÉireann in Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh, áit ar bhain sí amach céimeanna  B.A. agus M.A. sa stair roimhe seo. Tá taithí fhairsing aici ó thaobh theagasc na Gaeilge agus réimsí eile den Léann Dúchais. Tá sí ag tnúth go mór  leis an taithí sin a roinnt le mic léinn sa Catholic University of America i Washington DC  agus  cur tuilleadh lena cuid léinn féin trína deiseanna atá gradam Fulbright a chur ar fáil di.

Is as Gaeltacht Mhúscraí do Cecily Ní Loinsigh. Rugadh agus tógadh í sa sráidbhaile beag Gaeltachta dár ainm Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh atá lonnaithe ar bhruachanna na Laoi.  Bhí paisean ag Cecily don Gaeilge ó bhí sí an-óg mar rinne sí a cuid oideachais go léir trí mheán na Gaeilge. Sa bhliain 2011, bhain Cecily céim ónóracha amach sa Ghaeilge agus san Eacnamaiocht Bhaile i gColáiste San Aingeal i Sligeach. Tá Cecily ag obair i meán scoileanna ó shin i leith agus ag baint taitneamh as an Ghaeilge a chur chun cinn lastigh agus lasmuigh den seomra ranga. Is aoibhinn le Cecily taitneamh a bhaint ag an Ghaeilge tré mheán sóisialta freisin agus mar sin freastalaíonn sí ar an bhFleadh Cheoil, An tOireachtas, Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta, Pop Up Gaeltachtaí and Ciorcal Comhrá go rialta. Faoi láthair, tá Cecily ag tabhairt faoi Árd Dioplóma i gCóitseáil Pearsanta, Ceannaireacht agus Gnó le Coláiste Kingstown i mBaile Átha Cliath. Tá Cecily ag tnúth go mór le seal a chaitheamh in Ollscoil Montana ag múineadh na Gaolainne.

Is as an Chorr Chríochach i gContae Thír Eoghain do Ellen Corbett. Tá sí i mbliain na céime in Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh agus tá sí ag déanamh staidéir ar Léann an Aistriúcháin agus ar an Ghearmáinis. Mar pháirt dá céim, chaith sí an tríú bliain in Leipzig in oirthear na Gearmáine agus d’fhreastal sí ar an ollscoil ansin, áit ina raibh an deis aici Gaeilge dá comh-mhic léinn a mhúineadh. Tá suim ollmhór ag Ellen san aistriúchán agus is beag ama go dtí go mbeidh aistriúchán dá cuid ó Ghearmáinis go Gaeilge foilsithe sa Reiviú, irisleabhar atá déanta ag mic léinn Léann Teanga in OÉ Gaillimh. Is sise an chéad fhochéimí a bheidh san iris. Chomh maith lena céim, oibríonn Ellen san ollscoil mar ambassadóir na mac léinn agus is iomaí rud atá déanta aici san ollscoil le ceithre bliana anuas: ag obair le nuachtán agus stáisiún raidió na hollscoile agus ag glacadh páirt sa Chumann Gaelach áit inár ullmhaigh sí ranganna Gaeilge do mhic léinn idirnáisiúnta. Taobh amuigh dá céim tá Ellen ag déanamh Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge (Leibhéal C1) le hAcadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, OÉ Gaillimh.

Bhain Alene Ní Mháille céim bhaitsiléara oideachais le onóracha amach ó Chólaiste Múire gan Smál agus ina dhiaidh sin céim mháistreacht i gceannaireacht agus bainistíocht oideachais. Chuir sí a cuid taighde i láthair go minic agus ag Comhdháil Iárchéime Luimnigh. Tá bun chéim agus DELF bainte amach aici sa Fhraincis.

Tá Alene ag múineadh le deich mbliana anuas. Tá táithí aici i suíomhanna tuaithe, cathrach agus san oideachas spéisialta. Tá suim ládir aici i gceannaireacht agus ag comhairliú múinteoirí nua-cháilithe. Tá sí ag múineadh i scoil i gcathair Luimní faoi láthair.

Le linn a cuid ama i gColáiste Muire gan Smál, bhí Alene mar cathaoirleach don Chumann Gaelach agus is iar-dalta í ó Choláiste Cnoc na Labhras i Luimneach. Tá meas ar leith ag Alene i bhforbairt na Gaeilge agus ar cur chun cinn cultúr na hÉireann sna Stáit Aontaithe.

Na Scoláirí agus na Mic Léinn Fulbright 2019-2020.

Is iníonn léinn PhD í Kate Bermingham i gColáiste na hOllscoile, Baile Átha Cliath. Roimhe seo bhain sí BSc amach agus MSc amach ón ollscoil sin. Baineann a taighde le réimsí bia. Mar iníon léinn Fulbright-Teagasc, tabharfaidh Kate cuairt ar USDA ARS in Ollscoil California, Davis. Agus í i gCalifornia, feicfidh sé ar an tionchar atá ag géiniticí agus ag an timpeallacht ar meitibileacht daoine.

Is mac léinn PhD é Oisín Byrne i gColáiste na hOllscoile, Baile Átha Claith, áit inár bhain sé B.Sc agus M.E. amach in Eolaíocht na hInnealtóireachta Bithleighis. Mar Mhac Léinn Fulbright go Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Massachusetts, déanfaidh sé taighde ar conas cur chun cinn fheiste leighis do fhíocháin.

Is céimí Dlí agus Fraincis é Paul Carey ó Choláiste na Tríonóide atá mar chúntóir i gcomhair an bhreithimh Peter Charleton ón gCúirt Uachtarach. Mar mhac léinn Fulbright, tabharfaidh Paul faoi LLM ag díriú ar dhlí idirnáisiúnta in Ollscoil Columbia. Tá sé i gceist aige obair a dhéanamh le daoine ceanróidíocha sa scoil dlí sin.

Is iníon léinn PhD í Maeve Casserly i Scoil na Staire, Coláiste na hOllscoile, Baile Átha Cliath, Tá MPhil aici freisin. Is é stair na mban idir 2016 agus 2018 a príomh réimse speise. Mar iníon léinn Fulbright-Creative Ireland feicfidh sí ar conas a dhéanfar ceiliúradh ar 100 ó na sufragéidí. Beidh sí lonnaithe san Harry Ransom Center, Austin.

Is leactóir i gColáiste na hOllscoile, Baile Átha Claith agus NUIM é an Dr John Greaney. Mar Scoláire Fulbright-NUI, déanfaidh sé taighde ar chúrsaí staire in Ollscoil Pennsylvania.

Is iníon léinn PhD í Siobhán Grayson sa Scoil Ríomhaireachta i gColáiste na hOllscoile, Baile Átha Cliath.

As a Fulbright Student to Harvard University, Siobhan will undertake research at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society where she will explore the dynamics of deliberation when instigated simultaneously across offline and pseudonymous online discourse spaces.

Is Ollamh le Péidiatraice é Jonathan Hourihane agus Sláinte Páistí in Ollscoil na hÉireann, Corcaigh. Rachaidh sé i mbun Scoláireacht Fulbright-HRB HealthImpact ag Ollscoil Colorado, Denver.

Is Ollamh í Margaret Kelleher. Is í an Cathaoireacht ar Litríocht Anglo-Éireannach agus drámaíocht i gColáiste na hOllscoile. Mar scoláire Fulbright feicfidh sí ar cur chun cinn cultúr na hÉireann na Stáit Aontaithe idir 1889 agus 1922. Bainfidh sí úsáid as an mBailiúchán Berg i Leabharlann Poiblí Nua-Eabhrac.

Is mac léinn PhD é Oisín Kavanagh in Ollscoil Luimnigh. Is poitigéir í, bhain sé an chéim sin amach ó Ollscoil Ulaidh. Rachaidh Oisín go hOllscoil Michigan.

Is speisialtóir raideolaíochta é an Dr Brendan Kelly in Ospideál San Vincent agus i gColáiste na hOllscoile, Baile Átha Cliath. Mar Scoláire Fulbright-HRB HealthImpact, rachaidh sé go Stanford ag breathnú ar dul chun cinn raideolaíochta in Éirinn agus sna Stáit Aontaithe.

Tá Patricia Kenny sa dara bliain i mbun PhD i gColáiste na hOllscoile, Mar iníon léinn Fulbright-Creative Ireland rachaidh sí go dtí an Smithsonian in Washington DC.

Tá Ruairí Mc Court sa bhiain deireanach de PhD i gColáiste na Tríonóide. Rachaidh sé go dtí an Ionad Taighde (TSRI) in California.

Oibróidh an tOllamh Kevin McDonnell le Ollscoil Ohio State le cur chun cinn cúrsaí talamhaíochta in Éirinn.

Is taighdeoir i Roinn na Tíeolaíochta i dTCD í an Dr Brenda McNally. Feiceann sí ar thuairmí an phobail agus ról na meáin maidir le hathrú aeraide. Mar Scoláire Fulbright-GSI, rachaidh sí go hOllscoil Arizone Sate agus go hOllscoil Colorado Boulder.

Is mac léinn PhD in Ollscoil na hÉireann Gaillimh é David Monahan. Baineann a thaighde le galar croí. Mar scoláire Fulbright-Enterprise Ireland beidh David ag dul go Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Rachaidh an Dr Michael D Murphy go dtí Ollscoil Colorado Boulder.Faoi láthair tá sé lonnaithe in Institiúid Techneolaíochta, Corcaigh.

Is mac léinn PhD é Matthew O’Brien i Scoil na Staire i gColáiste na hOllscoile, Baile Átha Cliath. Díreoidh sé ar an Blach Power in Chicago ó 1968 go 1963. Mar scoláire Fulbright go hOllscoil Illinois in Chicago. Cuirfidh sé agallaimh agus é thall chun cur lena réimse taighde.

Is ceoltóir í an Dr Mary Louise O’Donnell. Feicfidh sí ar na bealaí eagsúla go bhfeicfidh siad ar conas a chuthaigh sé féiniúlacht i measc Éireannaigh. Rachaidh sí go hOllscoil Villanova.

Tá Helen O’Donoghue lonnaithe in IMMA, Beidh Helen lonnaithe i Scoil an Oideachtais in MoMA, Nua-Eabhrac.

Baineann taighde Conor Quinn le Cibearshlánáil. Mar scoláire-TechImpact  rachaidh sé go Coláiste Boston. Oibróidh sé ar pholaisaí ar an gclár máistreachta.

Tá Fernando Sanchez-Migallon Cano sa dara bliain de PhD i dTCD. Mar mhac léinn Fulbright-Creative Ireland déanfaidh sé taighde ar chúrsaí staire san Smithsonian in Washington DC.

Is leachtóir le mata agus i ríomheolaíocht in Institiúid Teicneolaíocht, Dún Dealgán. Rachaidh sí go Ollscoil California, Berkeley.

Beidh John Sheppard ar an gcéad Fulbright-TechImpact i gCibearshlándáil go hOllscoil Georgetown.

Tá Evan Sheridan i mbun PhD i gColáiste an Rí, London. Bhain sé BA amach sa fisic ó TCD agus Msc ó King’s College. Mar mhac léinn Evan racaidh sé go Ollscoil California, Berkeley.

Is Ollamh Cúnta í an Dr Suja Somanadhan i gColáiste na hOllscoile, Baile Átha Cliath. Mar scoláire Fulbright-HRB feicfidh sí ar sheirbhísí do pháistí óga in Ospidéal na Leanaí Pittsburg.

Is múinteoir ceoil é Francis Ward i DCU. Mar scoláire Fulbright oibróidh sé ar fhoilseachán leabhair nua “Approaching a Virtual Orality:Changing Processes of Transmission in Traditional Music”. Beidh sé lonnaithe in Ollscoil Washington.


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