Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award

The School of English supports the activities of Munster Literature Centre and in turn benefits from connections to Cork’s vibrant community of creative writers.

Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award

UCC and Cork City Council co-sponsor this prestigious literary prize, awarded annually to the best collection of short stories published that years. Previous winners include Jhumpa Lahiri, Yi Yunhome_foc_portrait Li, Edna O’Brien and Colin Barrett.

The College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences and the Information Services Strategic Fund currently fund half of the value of the International Frank O’Connor Short Story Award. The winner gives a public reading in University College Cork.

The School of English and the Munster Literature Centre, in collaboration with UCC Library, co-sponsor a series of public lectures, Reading Writing. This year’s speakers include Kevin Barry, Nick Laird and Zadie Smith. [segment on last year’s prize from RTE News)

Irish Times mention of Reading Writing :

School   English
Discipline Creative Writing
Contact Person
Community partner   Munster Literature Centre
Date:  29.1.15

Monastic Ireland AD1100-1700: landscape and settlement.

In December 2013 the Monastic Ireland project received funding of €369,000 from the Irish Research Council for its three-year ‘Monastic Ireland: Landscape and Settlement’ research project under the Advanced Project Grant scheme (2013-16). The project’s website was launched by Minister, Heather Humphreys T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on 4 December 2014. The project team is currently preparing an international workshop on the project in April 2015 as well as an international Monastic Europe conference in Ennis, in August 2015. The project is led by Dr Rachel Moss, TCD (PI) and Dr Edel Bhreathnach, Discovery Programme (PA) monasticand Dr Małgorzata Krasnodębska-D’Aughton, School of History, UCC. Dr Annejulie Lafaye is the postdoctoral researcher on the project, with Dr Keith Smith and Dr Mirian Clyne being the postdoctoral research assistants.  See;

The aim of the tourist website is to provide visitors with access to educational, practical and entertaining information based on high quality historical and archaeological information.  This information is accompanied by a tour of each site.

The educational resource is for teachers and students wishing to develop local history and archaeological projects. This website revolves around the existence of monastic and church sites in every locality in Ireland and how these buildings and landscapes can be used to connect young people with their historic and archaeological environs and make them the custodians of their own heritage


School School of History
Discipline History
Staff members involved Dr Małgorzata Krasnodębska-D’Aughton
Date: 2013-2016

Responding to Homelessness and Housing Insecurity in Contemporary Ireland

This engagement project involves a series of seminars and round table discussions focusing the issues of housing and homelessness in contemporary Ireland. The initiative is aimed specifically at providing advocates, agencies and organisations who are working to address homelessness access to international experts in the field of policy and practice.  To date participants from the Cork Social Housing Forum, Cork Youth homelessHomeless Forum, Threshold, Dublin Regional Homeless Executive have registered as participants.

The first event in the series, which is jointly organised under the EcoWell Initiative by Cork Education and Training Board (ETB), the Centre for Adult and Continuing Education, UCC (ACE) and the School of Applied Social Studies, UCC, will be held on Friday 23rd January 2015 from 10.00am – 12.30pm at the ETB Offices Lavitt’s Quay, Cork.

This event will be led by Professor Stephen Gaetz, Dean of Research, Faculty of Education, York University, Toronto, Canada & Director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (Homeless Hub).  The title of the seminar is “O Canada Lessons from the Canadian Response to Homelessness”

A second event in the series will be held in March 2015 and will focus on the topic of housing security and will be addressed by international experts from Denmark and Scotland.


School Applied Social Studies & ACE
Discipline Social Policy
Staff members involved Dr Cathal O’Connell, Mr Joe Finnerty, Dr Seamus O’Tuama