Cork LGBT Digital Archive

This project involves collaboration and co-operation between Digital Arts and Humanities in UCC and the LGBT community in Cork, with the aim of developing an open and interactive Digital Archive on the History and Development of the LGBT Community in Cork from the 1970s onwards.

The Digital Archive is being developed by Orla Egan who is a PhD candidate in DAH in UCC and has also been actively involved in the Cork LGBT community since the 1980s.  The Digital Archive will be based on a private collection gathered over the past 30 years and stored in a private home, as well as materials gathered from other sources in the community.  Oral Histories will also form part of the archive.   A broad based Advisory Group has been formed to advise and support the project.

The Cork LGBT Digital Archive is being developed with the aim of redressing the invisibility of the history of the LGBT community and document and acknowledging its contribution to Cork’s social and political history.  This is an exciting and timely project.  The development of a Cork LGBT Digital Archive will create a sustainable resource that will be accessible and searchable by future scholars.   It will also create a repository for archiving materials from current lesbian and gay organisations for future historical research.  It will create a template for others who wish to develop digital historical archives.

Discipline Digital Arts and Humanities
Contact person for the project and any related queries: Orla Egan,


Community Partner Cork LGBT Archive Advisory Group

Contact via Orla Egan

Contact details
Date: 2/02/2015

O’Donovan Rossa centenary commemoration

Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa was a famous Cork Fenian, whose death in June 1915 gave rise to one of the most famous of all Irish political funerals, when he was buried in Glasnevin cemetery on 1 August, with Padraig Pearse delivering his celebrated ‘The fools! The fools! The fools!’ graveside oration.
The School of History, in conjunction with many partners and in both a collective sense and through the activities of individual members of staff, is actively engaged with the commemoration.

Funeral of O'Donovan Rossa

Funeral of O’Donovan Rossa

School   History
Community partner   Many individuals and groups in the West Cork area, including Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Eireann, Conradh na Gaeilge, GAA, theatrical groups
Outline of Community partner activities General cultural, including music, Irish language and culture, sport, theatre
Date:  June 29 – July 30 2015


DUETS brings together UCC research strengths with creative ideas and expertise from organisations or individuals who have a presence in Cork city and/or county. Funded by UCC’s Strategic Research Fund, the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences and the Information Services Strategic Fund, the inaugural DUETS workshop was held in November 2013. Subsequently, DUETS funded two collaborative projects. Funding for 2015 announced shortly; an exploratory workshop on the theme of Creativity and Context took place in November 2013.


Discipline English, Music, Drama and Theatre Studies, German, History of Art
Staff members involved Steering Group: Claire Connolly, Fiona Kearney, Mel Mercier, Rachel MagShamhráin

UCC Solidarity with Asylum-Seekers

In recent years, a growing collective of UCC staff and students have been developing connections with people living in Direct Provision locally. Some of these members are affiliated with Anti-Deportation Ireland, which is a national network of activists, asylum seekers, refugees, community workers, trade unionists, and academics who campaign against forced deportation in Ireland, and for the abolition of the Direct Provision system. Since government policy denies asylum seekers the right to education beyond the age of 18, we seek to counter this state-sanctioned exclusion through developing partnerships between asylum seekers, UCC staff and students.

Although these activities have a human rights focus, many are social and are organised for the benefit of asylum-seeking children, most of whom were born in Direct Provision and have spent their entire childhoods there. Some are these are now 9 and 10 years old. This means that social occasions are important in offering brief respite to parents and fun-filled activities for children. For example, last December we organised a Family Fun Day in UCC, which was attended by about 160 people and generously supported, in part, through a fundraising campaign. UCC students from the BSc in International Development and Food Policy and the Societies Guild took lead roles in organising the event. The students organised gifts for each child, created a Santa’s grotto, laid on a magnificent feast, and entertained the children with boundless enthusiasm and energy. Children and families living in Direct Provision have few resources, so this was a particularly heart-warming festive event.

School Various
Discipline Human rights
Staff members involved Various

Mike Fitzgibbon
Jacqui O’Riordan
Eileen Hogan
Karl Kitching
Claire Dorrity
Becci Jeffers
Féilim O’hAdhmaill
Angela O’Connell
Andre Kenneally
Angela Veale

Date: Ongoing

The Certificate in Contemporary Living (CCL)

The Certificate in Contemporary Living (CCL), is a flagship programme which has seen University College Cork open its doors for the first time to students with intellectual disabilities.

Inclusive education for people with intellectual disabilities is being promoted at primary and secondary level, however adults with intellectual disabilities are largely denied opportunity for 3rd level participation.


life3The CCL programme which initially began in 2009 as a pilot initiative with three service providers in the Cork area, namely Enable Ireland, Brothers of Charity and Cope Foundation has now developed into a two year part-time NUI special purpose certificate programme.  To date the programme has over 40 graduates and another cohort of 23 students enrolled in September 2014.  The programme is characterized by innovative teaching and learning activities designed to help students develop strategic skills to promote self-reliance and independence and increased participation in society.

The programme exemplifies a creative, mutually enriching synergy between the university and the local civic society and represents a bespoke response to an educational need identified by the local community. The CCL course provides structured opportunities for embedded knowledge exchange facilitating interaction and shared learning between students with intellectual disabilities and non-disabled students pursuing programmes such as sports studies, social work, occupational therapy and speech and language etc. at UCC.

School Applied Social Studies
Staff members involved Dr Máire Leane, Applied Social Studies, Course Director,
Ms Deirdre Madden (Disability Office), Lecturer
Ms Nicola Maxwell, Applied Social Studies, Lecturer
Ms Andre Kenneally, Applied Social Studies, Course Co-ordinator,
Date: 24 October 2014

Planning in the Community

Each year students from the Masters in Planning and Sustainable Development Programme work with a community client to study planning issues. Over recent years this has involved the Ballincollig Community Forum, the Youghal Town Council and  Socio- Economic Development Group, the Passage West Town council and this year the communities in the Marsh area of Cork City Centre. Each year students explore with locals the pressing planning and amenity issues in the location and envisage possible practical solutions. Not always dramatic these local solutions arePASSAGE_MEETING valued by the community clients where possible providing them with a basis on which to base their plans and develop campaigns and always helping them to articulate and present ideas for their locality. From the students point of view the engagement with “real world” communities and exposure to “real world” problems provides and an excellent addition to their professional development.


Extracts from the Youghal Report

School   Applied Social Studies, Sociology and Philosophy and the Human Environment
Discipline Centre for Planning Education and Research
Contact Person Will Brady and Jonathan Hall
Staff Members Involved   Will Brady and Jonathan Hall
Date:  11th February 2015

Evaluating the National Counselling Service Psychotherapeutic Drama Initiative

This project works in partnership with the National Counselling Service to explore the lived experiences of a psychodynamic psychodrama group for both practitioners and survivors of child abuse that have “graduated” from this group. The research examines the therapeutic process through socio-cultural and discourse analysis lenses to explore hidden and conflicting narratives of lived experience. In particular, this research explores transitions from service provision and how resilience is maintained for survivors of abuse, once their therapeutic journey ends.

School School of Applied Psychology
Discipline Applied Psychology
Staff members involved Dr. Angela VealeSarah Robinson
Date: 13th January 2015

The Intersections: Culture and Creativity Project

The Intersections: Culture and Creativity Project supported by the College of ACSSS Creative Practice Support Fund will run a series of workshops that aim to develop an original performance piece. The project jointly coordinated by Dr Małgorzata Krasnodębska-D’Aughton, UCC School of History and Dr Bernadette Cronin, UCC Drama and Theatre Studies brings together Irish and international creative artists and researchers, who work on development of an original performance piece based on a fourteenth-century pilgrimage account through a series of workshops and outreach activities.

School School of History and Drama & Theatre Studies
Discipline History
Staff members involved Dr Małgorzata Krasnodębska-D’Aughton
Date: October 2014-June 2015

Teaching for Transitions

This project is currently reviewing teaching for transitions-related teaching and learning activity and international research.

The project is supported by the National Forum for Teaching and Learning, see

School The Teaching and Learning Centre
Ionad Bairre, University College Cork
Discipline Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Staff members involved James Cronin (School of History; Adult Continuing Education)
Professor Shane Kilcommins (Univesity of Limerick)
Dr Catherine O’Mahony (NAIRTL)Mr Daniel Blackshields (Economics)
Dr Marian McCarthy (Education and Ionad Bairre)
Dr Bettie Higgs (Geology and Ionad Bairre)
Professor Anthony Ryan (Medicine)
Date: December 2014