Dr Piaras Mac Éinrí

NameDr Piaras Mac Éinrí
PositionPrincipal Investigator
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Piarasis a Lecturer in the Department of Geography in UCC. After graduating from UCD, he held diplomatic postings for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs in Brussels, Paris and Beirut. He subsequently examined the Irish in Paris in the late 1980s for his postgraduate work at the Sorbonne University in Paris before arriving at UCC. He was the Director of the Irish Centre for Migration Studies at UCC between 1997 and 2003 and was involved in several of their key projects, including ‘Breaking the Silence’, which examined the lives of young people who did not emigrate from Ireland in the 1950s. He has published widely on immigration into and emigration out of Ireland (see here for more details).

Dr Irial Glynn

Name: Dr Irial Glynn
Position: Post-Doctoral Researcher
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Irial specialises in migration history. He co-edited, with J. Olaf Kleist, History, Memory and Migration: Perceptions of the Past and the Politics of Incorporation for Palgrave Macmillan (2012) and has recently written articles about the 1951 Refugee Convention in the Journal of Refugee Studies and the treatment of migrants in Europe during economic crises in Comparative Population Studies. Irial obtained his Ph.D. from the European University Institute, Florence, and has held visiting fellowships at the University of Oxford and New York University. Before starting work on the Emigre project, Irial worked as an adjunct lecturer for the School of History and Archives and the School of English at University College Dublin and taught Irish and European history on the UCD and Trinity Access programmes. You can find out more about him here.

Tomás Kelly

Name: Tomás Kelly
Position: Researcher
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Tomás completed his BA, MA and MPhil in Geography at UCC. His Masters' theses involved studies of rurality in Kerry and West Cork, combining both qualitative and quantitative methods. His work in this regard developed his capabilities in utilising mixed methodologies, statistical analysis and Geographical Information Systems in Social Research. Tomás recently finished work as an Editorial Assistant on the Atlas of the Great Irish Famine project carried out by the Department of Geography at UCC (2012) - one of the most successful publications from Cork University Press. Tomás will be constructing the first comprehensive cluster analysis/typology of Irish Small Areas (SAs), first established for the 2011 census, for the Emigre project.

Cian Tobin

Name: Cian Tobin
Position: Postgraduate Researcher
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Cian obtained his BA in Geography and History from UCC in 2012. He is currently completing his MA in Contemporary Migration and Diaspora Studies in Cork. His dissertation focuses on whether people are leaving Ireland today because they feel they have to or because they feel they want to. Of particular interest is whether emigrants from different social backgrounds depart for divergent reasons. In addition to using the results of Emigre's nationwide field work on this issue, which he has helped to collect, Cian is examining how the Irish media have framed current Irish emigration. He also intends to interview several recent emigrants in the course of his research to delve deeper in to the issue of why people are moving abroad today.


Emigre Department of Geography University College Cork College Road Cork Ireland