Teaching Team

Maeve O'Riordan


Maeve O'Riordan

Contact Details:


4 Perrott Avenue


Coordinator MA in Women's Studies Academic Director ACE Certificate and Diploma in Women's Studies Lecturer in Women's Studies


BA, UCC, 2007 First Class Honours History (Major) and History of Art (Minor) PHD, UCC, 2014

Research Area:

Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Women's History


Academic, Course Co-ordinator




Women of the Irish Country House, 1860–1914 (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2017).

Edited collection

With T. Dooley, Women and the Country House (Dublin, 2017).

Book Chapters

‘Childhood in the Big House, 1860-1914’, in R. Ni Congail et al, Childhood in Ireland: Historical Perspectives (forthcoming, Dublin, 2017).


Journal Articles

‘Placing students at the heart of institutional decision-making’ Journal of the Higher Education Area, invited submission August 2016.

‘“How to help”? The war effort of married women of the Irish landed class’ in Special issue on Ireland and the First World War of The Women’s History Review (June 2016).

Book Chapters

‘The purpose of leisure: entertaining in the Big House, c.1860-1914’ in William Murphy and Leeanne Lane, Leisure in nineteenth-century Ireland (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2016).

‘Attraction and marriage among the Irish social elite in the early twentieth century’, in Jennifer Redmond et al, Gender and Sexual Politics/ the Politics of Sexuality in Ireland (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2015).

‘Assuming control: Elite women as household managers in late nineteenth-century Ireland’ in Ciaran O’Neill (ed.), Irish elites in the nineteenth century (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2013).

Official Publications:

Report of the Expert Group: HEA National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions (2016)

Enhancing Student Engagement in Decision-Making: Report of the Working Group in Student Engagement (2016)

The importance of keeping students interested during the tutorial  ’J. Cronin et al (ed.), In at the deep end: postgraduate students’ experience of teaching and learning in higher education (Cork: National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning, 2010).


Exhibition: Lives less ordinary: the women of Airfield, multimedia exhibition, May – September 2015, Maynooth University, Airfield House and Castletown House.

Select reviews of my work:

‘Maeve O’Riordan has a fascinating account of the explicit correspondence between an upper-class couple in the early years of the 20th century…’ Susan McKay, ‘Sexual Politics in Modern Ireland review: How the other half had to live’ Irish Times, 23 May 2015.

‘The standout chapter for me however in this regard was the contribution of Maeve O’Riordan on the courtship of Mabel Smyly and Dermod O’Brien in 1901-1902….’ J. Dorney, Review: Sexual Politics in Modern Ireland, April 2015, http://www.theirishstory.com/2015/04/25/book-review-sexual-politics-in-modern-ireland/#.VWR2yU3bK70

‘Maeve O’Riordan’s chapter takes a touchingly personal look at the courtship of Mabel Smyly and Dermod O’Brien, a heterosexual, upper-middle-class Anglo-Irish couple in 1901–1902…’ Julia Brodsky, Irish America, June/July 2015. http://irishamerica.com/2015/05/review-of-books-47/

‘Maeve O’Riordan’s essay on elite women as household managers gives a great insight into relations between big house employees and the various ladies of these houses. This book will most likely prove to be essential reading for students of nineteenth century Ireland.’ Irish History Review http://irishhistoryreview.com/wp/2013/07/01/reviews-in-brief-july-2013/

Dr Sandra (Larmour) McAvoy M.A. Ph.D

teaches on and co-ordinates UCC's M.A. in Women's Studies Course. She also teaches on Adult Ed. Women's Studies outreach courses. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin (History and Political Science), she has an M.A. in Women's Studies and a Ph.D. in History.

Her PhD thesis, Aspects of the State and Female Sexuality in the Irish Free State, examined how the Irish state dealt with the issues of sexual crime, prostitution, contraception, abortion and infanticide in the period 1922-1949, with a focus on the 1935 Criminal Law Amendment Act. 

Research interests include: the history of sexuality - with a focus on the experiences of women in Ireland in the 20th century; the history and politics of reproductive rights issues; the Women's Movement, with a focus on the Munster Women's Franchise League 1911-1918; women and politics; and aspects of women's writing on political issues. She deals with aspects of some of these issues in her teaching on the MA in Women's Studies course. 

She has been involved in a number of community and national organisations including: Cork Women's Political Association; Cork Women's Right to Choose Group; and the National Women's Council.

See research interests, profile, publications: here

One recent publicaton looks at 19th and early 20th century discourse on contraception: 

Sandra McAvoy (2013) ''Bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein: Aspects of Irish discourse on contraception (1837-1908)'' In: Máire Leane & Elizabeth Kiely (Eds.) Sexualities & Irish Society: A Reader. Dublin: Orpen Press. 

Dr Mary Breen is the academic advisor for visiting students to the English Department. She co-ordinates and teaches on the early start programme Literatures in Ireland for visiting American students. She also teaches an Anglo-Irish Literature course designed for visiting European and American students. Research Interests include late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Irish Women writers, in particular the writing of Dorothea Herbert (Ph.D. Topic) and twentieth century Irish novelists including Molly Keane, Kate O'Brien, Edna O'Brien and John Banville.

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Fiona Buckley

Fiona Buckley

  • 26 May 2015

Fiona Buckley is a lecturer in the Department of Government, University College Cork (UCC). She specialises in gender politics, the politics of the Republic of Ireland and the scholarship of teaching and learningIn September 2013 she co-edited with Yvonne Galligan, a special issue of Irish Political Studies, which examines Politics and Gender on the island of Ireland (see Vol. 28; No. 3).  This special issue was published in book format by Routledge in July 2014 - Politics and Gender in Ireland: The Quest for Political Agency. Abingdon, Oxford, UK: Routledge: Taylor and Francis.




Dr. Linda Connolly is a Senior Lecturer in the Sociology Department.  

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Kathy D’Arcy is currently researching Irish women poets of the 1930s for her doctoral thesis with UCC’s Department of English. She has worked as a tutor in that department for several years, in the areas of writing and presentation as well as women’s literature.  She is a qualified and practicing youth worker.

Kathy is also poet in residence with Tigh Fili and her second poetry collection, The Wild Pupil, was recently published by Bradshaw Books.

She is a poet and her play, This is My Constitution, based on women's protest letters to DeValera's 1937 Constitution, has been performed at various locations in Ireland to mark International Women's Day.

Kathy introduces our Women's Studies students to the concept of the reflective journal and will work with them towards the development of their own journals, something they find both useful and interesting during the MA in Women's Studies course.

Dr Marie-Annick Desplanques received her PhD from Memorial University of Newfoundland for research on French Newfoundland women’s communicative traditions and was subsequently awarded a post-doctoral fellowship from the Institute of Social and Economic Research in St John's for a comparative study of Newfoundland and Irish contemporary women traditional musicians.

She joined UCC in 1995 and set up the University College Cork Folklore and Ethnology Archive. She lectures in Folklore and is research director of the Northside Folklore Project (NFP) an urban ethnology research centre and community archive. Her current research interests and multimedia publications range from urban ethnology, oral history, to the social and applied dimensions of ethnology through the digitisation and dissemination of multimedia ethnographic archive resources. On the MA in WS course, Marie-Annick and historian Liz Steiner-Scott co-teach seminars which integrate oral history and community research methodologies from feminist perspectives.


Click here for Marie-Annick's departmental webpage

Professor Nuala Finnegan is Head of the Hispanic Studies Department. Her research interests include: Latin American Women Writers, Twentieth-Century Mexican Narrative, Feminist Critical Theory, Latin American Cinema. She teaches courses on:  Twentieth Century Latin American Fiction, Chicano Literature, Gender and Writing in Latin America, the Novel in Twentieth Century Mexico, the Latin American Short Story, and Hispanic Cinema.

Her contribution to the MA in Women's Studies involves discussion of Third World Feminisms.

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Dr Catherine Forde is a lecturer in Applied Social Studies.

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Dr Sarah Hayden

Dr Sarah Hayden

  • 26 May 2015

Sarah Hayden is Associate Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, University of London and also teaches part-time in English, Women’s Studies and on the Certificate in Evening Arts for History of Art at University College Cork, Ireland. Her teaching on Women' Studies takes the figure of the virgin as a lens through which to examine twentieth-century notions of female sexuality and feminist discourses of bodily agency. Interpreting modernist artworks and texts in the context of feminist thought and the discourse on marianology, these seminars consider the case for desacralizing the virgin.




Dr Paul Hegarty has had a long-term involvement in Women's Studies.

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Dr Eileen Hogan is based in the School of Applied Social Studies. Her seminars for the MA in Women's Studies course focus on gender and popular culture.

You can access further information on Eileen's work here

Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Kiely's key contribution to the MA in Women’s Studies is in the field of feminist research methodology.  She focuses on exploring some of the contested issues in the field of feminist epistemology, method and methodology in research. What does feminist enquiry mean and involve? What key principles define research work as feminist and what challenges do these present for the feminist researcher?  These are key questions, which are explored in her contribution. Discourse analysis as a mode for facilitating feminist enquiry is covered in her sessions with a particular focus on the practicalities of employing this method in a feminist way. She is an active participant on the Board of Women’s Studies.  She also supervises students’ postgraduate research work and is an examiner on the programme.  She is employed as a college lecturer in the

Click here for Dr Kiely's Department of Applied Social Studies webpage.



Dr Anna Kingston has an MA in Women's Studies and a PhD in Social Policy. She is actively involved in disability organisations in Ireland and a member of the MA teaching team in Women's Studies. Her teaching is mainly on the topic of feminism and mothering/motherhood. Current research interests are contemporary mothering, gender, care and disabilities. She has given seminars, both nationally and internationally, relating to mothers of children with special needs.

Anna currently holds a part-time position as UCC CARL-coordinator (Community & Academic Research Links) promoting collaborative research between community groups and students. See link http://carl.ucc.ie


Mothering Special Needs: a Different Maternal Journey, London: Jessica Kingsley, 2007, This book explores the lived experience of mothers raising a child with a learning disability, through interviews with mothers of children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Down syndrome.  See  here for details.


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Dr Heathr Laird teaches in the English Department.

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Biographical Details

Dr Máire Leane has an MA in Women’s Studies and a PhD in Social Policy. She has worked as a lecturer in social policy in the Department of Applied Social Studies at UCC since 1992. Her current research interests include women in Irish society, sexuality and social policy, experiences of motherhood in Celtic Tiger Ireland and feminist oral history. Her teaching input on the MA in Women’s Studies relates primarily to the topic of feminism and motherhood. She has also given seminars on her research work on attrition in rape cases and on women’s oral history.Máire has also acted as a thesis supervisor for students on the MA course.



Click here for Dr. Maire Leane's Departmental profile and publications

Dr Hilary Lennon teaches in the School of English at University College Cork. Her areas of teaching and research interest include
Short Story Studies, Women’s Writings, Irish Literature, and Literary Theory.

She is the editor of Frank O’Connor: Critical Essays, which was published by Four Courts Press in 2007.

She is also the general editor of Short Story Studies, which is a new peer-reviewed critical journal, with a special issue forthcoming on women’s writings and the short

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Dr. Deborah Mellamphy lectures in the School of English and in Film Studies at University College Cork. She completed her Ph.D. on gender transgression in recent Hollywood Cinema at UCC in 2010.

She currently teaches courses on the horror and western genres,American Cinema, World Cinema and film theory at UCC and her research interests
include authorship, 3D, gender and sexuality. She is co-editor of the online journal 'Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media'.

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Dr Lilian O'Brien is a lecturer in the Philosophy Department.

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Dr Clíona Ó Gallchoir is a lecturer in the department of English at UCC.  Her research interests lie mainly in eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature, particularly Irish writing and women's writing.  For the MA in Women's Studies she has offered classes on Irish women's writing, including general questions of gender and writing and feminist approaches to literature, and she has also supervised MA theses for students on the course. 

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Click here for Dr. Clare O' Halloran's Departmental profile

Dr Jacqui O’Riordan has a PhD in sociology and social research and has extensive experience in equality issues in the higher education sector. Over the last ten years she has worked in areas of teaching, training, networking and research, in Ireland and in Africa. Her areas of expertise include gender and general equality issues. She has a particular interest in gendered aspects of work, participation in different types of work, and attitudes towards paid and unpaid work and workers.Jacqui also works on a range of intercultural issues, adult learning and group facilitation.

Click here for Jacqui's Applied Social Studies webpage

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Dr Silvia Ross is a former Chair of UCC's Board of Women's Studies and is a Senior Lecturer in the Italian Department. She is also Associate Dean and Head of the Graduate School of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences (CACSSS)

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Liz Steiner-Scott has an MA in European History from Rutgers University (1972).She began work  as a lecturer in the Department of History at UCC in 1983 and co-ordinated European Integration Studies.She was also the Co-ordinator of the MA in Women’s Studies from 1995-98.Her current research interests include violence against women in late 19th century Ireland, history of sexuality, and 19th and 20th century Irish and European women’s history.Teaching input on the MA in Women’s Studies comprises of the oral history and research seminars in the Research Skills module and seminars on Violence Against Women in the Women and Society module. In 1985 she published with Attic Press Personally Speaking: Women’s Thoughts on Women’s Issues. She was an active volunteer contact for victims of bullying and harassment at UCC and was a founding member and volunteer counsellor for the Cork Rape Crisis Centre. Liz has also acted as a thesis supervisor for students on the MA course.

Dr Rachel Warriner

Rachel Warriner is an IRC scholar and PhD candidate in History of Art at UCC. Her thesis focuses on the work of feminist artists in 1960s and '70s New York. Considering how art and politics interact, her project examines the ways in which feminist artworks manifested the political activism of their makers. Her research interests include art and politics, gender in art, the maternal in contemporary art, the status of the role of 'artist', and avant-gardism. Rachel is also on the board of Artefact journal of Irish Association of Art Historians, co-founded the Modernisms Research Centre, UCC and was involved in the organisation of the 'Feminism: Activism: Modernism' conference in 2012. Also a published poet, she co-curates both the SoundEye poetry festival and the Avant Festival in Cork.

Dr Darius Whelan received his BCL Degree in 1986 from UCD and then completed an LL.M. thesis, also at UCD, on 'The Comparative Method and Law Reform' in 1990. He was called to the Bar in 1988 and his Ph.D. was conferred by TCD in 2000 for a thesis on the topic 'Criminal Procedure and Mental Health'. He has held lecturing positions at Waterford IT and IT Tallaght as well as at UCC. He also runs the Irish Law e-mail discussion group and the Irish Law Site which is hosted at UCC. His research interests include Mental Health Law and Internet Regulation and subjects he teaches include: Internet Regulation, Employment and Labour Law, Legal Writing (Civil Law).

Darius contributes classes on Employment Law to the MA in Women's Studies Course.

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