I am working as a post-doctoral researcher at University College Cork (UCC) on the interdisciplinary Irish Research Council-funded project 'Deep Maps: West Cork Coastal Cultures', led by Prof Claire Connolly (School of English) and Dr. Rob McAllen (School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences).
I completed a PhD in 2017 under the supervision of Dr. Laurence Geary, School of History, UCC. My thesis examined 'Place, Community and Organisation on the Courtown Estates, 1649-1977'. I received 4 years of funding via PRTLI 5 to undertake this structured PhD in Digital Arts and Humanities, during which time I learned how to apply new media and computer technologies, in particular Geographical Information Systems (GIS), to historical research.
|Areas of expertise||
Landed estates, C19th history, environmental history, local history, the history of family, digital and spatial humanities.
PhD History & Digital Humanities (University College Cork)
Postdoctoral Researcher, Deep Maps: West Cork Coastal Cultures, University College Cork
Researcher, Irish Historic Towns Atlas, Royal Irish Academy (2013-14)
|Management & Administrative experience||
Prior to undertaking my PhD I worked for 20 years in management and marketing roles for companies including Eneclann, eBay, PayPal, Accenture and Lloyds of London
MA Local History UCC
'West Cork Fisheries, 1700-1920'
|Committees & Associations||
Member of Irish Historic Towns Atlas Editorial Committee, Digital Working Group (January 2015 – current)
Student representative, Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland (2013-2015)
4-year PRTLI 5 funded PhD studentship (2011-2015)
Group for the study of Irish Historic Settlement Student Bursary (2014)
Travel bursary of US$ 1,000 to attend workshop ‘Taking TEI Further: Transforming and Publishing TEI’ at Brown University, USA (2012)
'Lady Charlotte Stopford: A Lady of Leisure?' in Leann Lane and William Murphy (eds.), Leisure and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century (Liverpool University Press, 2016)
|Peer Reviewed Journals||
Ronan Foley and Rachel Murphy 'Visualising a Spatial Archive: GIS, Digital Humanities, and Relational Space' in Breac, a Digital Journal of Irish Studies, October 2015
‘Digital History – Some Tools and Techniques’
Review of Maria Luddy and James M. Smith (eds.) 'Children, Childhood and Irish Society, 1500 to the Present' in Children & Society, Volume 30, Issue 4, July 2016, pp 335–336
'Space, Place and Community on the Courtown Estate, 1650-1931' in Newsletter of the Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement, No. 19, 2014-15
‘Griffith’s Valuation as a Source for Irish Family History‘