r Naughton Fellowship Program

Naughton Fellowship


The Naughton Fellowship Program allows for a reciprocal exchange of distinguished scholars between the University of Notre Dame and leading Irish universities. Professor Thomas Bartlett, School of History, University College Dublin was the first Naughton Fellow in Irish Studies in the spring of 1999. Robert Schmuhl of Notre Dame subsequently taught at University College Dublin; Professor Ciaran Brady of Trinity College Dublin, Professor Angela Bourke, University College Dublin and Professor Bríona Nic Dhiarmada are among the recipients.


Naughton Fellow Cathal Goan will visit Notre Dame as a fellow in the Fall of 2012.


Naughton Fellow Brian O'Conchubhair will teach at University College Dublin in 2011-2012 and Cathal Goan will visit Notre Dame as a fellow in the Fall of 2011.


Distinguished poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill will teach at Notre Dame for the Spring 2011 semester as the Naughton Fellow.


Ian Kuijt taught at University College Dublin as the Naughton Fellow for 2010.


The Institute will welcome Gearóid Ó Crualaoich to the University as the '08-'09 Naughton Fellow. Professor Ó Crualaoich is a graduate of University College Cork and earned his graduate degree in Folklore at the University of Pennsylvania. He has studied as a Fulbright grant reciepient and worked as Associate Professor of Folklore and Ethnology at University College Cork. His most recent publication is The Book of the Cailleach, an analysis of the “wise woman” in the Irish oral tradition. Professor Ó Crualaoich, who established the Ethnology Department at the National University Cork, is regarded as the eminent senior folklorist in Ireland. In his long career, he been a visiting professor at Cornell, UCLA and Boston College. He has also served as the External Examiner in Scottish Ethnology at the University of Edinburgh. Along with his former student, Diarmuid Ó Giolláin, who is visiting for the year, Professor Ó Crualaoich will not only contribute to the Department of Irish Language and Literature curriculum but address an identified need in the Irish Studies program for courses in Irish Folklore.


Professor PJ Mathews was the 2007-2008 Naughton Fellow. He teaches at the School of English and Drama, University College Dublin. He is the author of Revival: the Abbey Theatre, Sinn Fein, the Gaelic League and the Cooperative Movement (Field Day/Cork UP/NDUP, 2003) and editor of the inaugural volume of New Voices in Irish Criticism. He is currently editing The Cambridge Companion to J.M. Synge. Dr. Mathews was director of the Parnell Summer School 2002-2005.


We are delighted that Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill has agreed to join the Keough-Naughton Institute and the Department of Irish Language and Literature as Distinguished Professor of Irish Poetry and Naughton Fellow during the Fall semester of 2006-2007. The greatest living poet in the Irish language, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill has won every major prize in the field, including the American Ireland Fund Literature Prize (an award also won by Donald and Marilyn Keough Professor Seamus Deane MRIA). Her work has been translated into a number of languages and into English by Seamus Heaney, John Montague and Paul Muldoon, among others. Her poetry features prominently in the Field Day Anthology and The Penguin Book of Contemporary Irish Poetry. She was the second holder of the Ireland Chair of Poetry at Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and Queen's University Belfast. (The first holder of the Ireland Chair was John Montague). She has previously been a Visiting Professor at New York University and served as Burns Professor at Boston College. Her Spring, 2006 reading to a standing room only audience in McKenna Hall Auditorium was a resounding success, as was her visit to several classes.

While here for the Fall semester 2006, Nuala will teach a class on Modern Irish Poetry that will include one of the top students in Irish in Ireland (first in her class at University College Dublin) who is here on a Presidential Fellowship through The Ph.D. in Literature Program. Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill will also participate in the Keough-Naughton Institute faculty graduate student seminar, give a public reading, and finish work on her new collection of poetry. Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill's presence at Notre Dame with O'Donnell Professor Breandán Ó Buachalla MRIA and a great cast of younger scholars adds strength upon strength and helps put our Irish language and literature program on the international map.


Bríona Nic Dhiarmada was the Naughton Fellow for 2005-2006. She lectures in Irish in the Department of Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Limerick. Among her publications are Téacs agus Comhthéacs and various articles on contemporary Irish-language writing and literary theory. She was co-editor of The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing Vols. IV and V and is a contributor to the forthcoming Cambridge History of Irish Literature. Her next book, Glór Baineann, Glór Mná, is a groundbreaking study of the Irish-language poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill.


Angela Bourke was the Naughton Fellow for 2004-2005. A Senior Lecturer in Modern Irish at University College Dublin and Member of the Royal Irish Academy, Angela has published widely on oral culture and literature, including two books Caoineadh na dTrí Muire (1983), a study of the Crucifixion in oral religious poetry, and The Burning of Bridget Cleary: A True Story (1999; American Edition, 2000), a critically acclaimed cultural history of how a young Tipperary woman came to be burned to death by her relatives in 1895. In 2001, this book won The Irish Times Literature Prize for Non-Fiction. Her new book Maeve Brennan: Homesick at The New Yorker was published in London by Jonathan Cape in June 2004; the American edition will be published by Counterpoint, New York in October. Angela was one of the editors of The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, vols iv and v: Irish Women's Writing and Traditions (2002) and is also the author of a well-received collection of short-stories, By Salt Water (1996). A highly regarded teacher, she has previously been a Visiting Professor at Harvard University and the University of Minnesota, and has taught graduate students at Boston College. While at Notre Dame, Angela taught an undergraduate course on "Women in Irish Oral Tradition" and a graduate course on "Memory, Meaning and Migration in Irish Oral Tradition."

Spring 2002

Ciaran Brady, History, Trinity College Dublin came to the University of Notre Dame in January 2002 as the Naughton Fellow in Irish Studies. Brady is an eminent historian of early modern Ireland whose many publications include The Chief Governors (1994), a study of the English administration in mid-sixteenth-century Ireland, Shane O’Neill (1996), a biography of Seán an Díomáis, a sixteenth-century Tyrone chieftain, and A Viceroy Vindicated (2001), a scholarly edition of the memoir of Sir Henry Sidney, a sixteenth-century English governor of Ireland, and Contending Conquests: The Struggle for Mastery in Sixteenth-Century Ireland (2002). While in residence in the Keough-Naughton Institute, Brady taught two courses on early modern Ireland and was available for consultation with graduate students. He completed a co-edited volume entitled Power and Argument in Early Modern Ireland, worked on a Calendar of State Papers Ireland, 1558-1565 for publication by the Irish Manuscripts Commission and British Public Records Office in 2003 and continued to research a biography of the nineteenth-century historian, James Anthony Froude.

Spring 2000

Robert Schmuhl, Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame, spent the spring semester at University College Dublin. Professor Schmuhl is an authority on contemporary American public life. His publications include Statecraft and Stagecraft: American Political Life in the Age of Personality (1990), Demanding Democracy (1994) and Indecent Liberties (2000).

Spring 1999

Thomas Bartlett is Professor of Modern Irish History at University College Dublin; he is a highly regarded historian of eighteenth century Ireland and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. Among his publications are McCartney in Ireland, 1769-72. Calendar of the Chief Secretaryship. Papers on Sir George McCartney (Belfast, 1979); with David Hayton (ed.), Penal Era and Golden Age (Belfast, 1979); The Fall and Rise of the Irish Nation: the Catholic Question, 1690-1830 (Dublin, 1992); with Keith Jeffrey (ed.), A Military History of Ireland (Cambridge, 1996); Life and Times of Theobald Wolfe Tone (Lilliput, 1998); with David Dickson, Dáire Keough and Kevin Whelan (ed.), 1798: A Bicentenary Perspective (Dublin, 2003) and Revolutionary Dublin, 1795-1801.The Letters of Francis Higgins to Dublin Castle (Dublin, 2004).

We are grateful for the generous support of Martin and Carmel Naughton, which makes the Naughton Fellowship possible.