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Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences graduation ceremony, August 2018


Congratulations to all our students who graduated from the University of Limerick on Friday 31st August, we’re proud of all of you. Our album of photos can be seen on our Facebook page here:



Our newly conferred PhDs include:

  • Erin Branigan: ‘Privacy Interests and High-Profile Figures: Legal Considerations from an Irish Perspective’. Supervisor:  Eoin Quill
  • Cliodhna Donnellan: ‘The Phenomenology of Evaluative, Live Performance Experiences for Irish Traditional Musicians in a Third Level Context’.  Supervisor:  Sandra Joyce
  • Hannah Fahey: ‘An Investigation into the Experiences of Classically Trained Teachers of Singing and the Changing Landscape of Vocal Pedagogy in the Republic of Ireland’.  Supervisor:  Helen Phelan
  • Mary McLaughlin: ‘Songs Between Worlds: Enchantment and Entrapment in the Irish Otherworld Song Tradition’. Supervisor:  Joyce Sandra
  • Michelle Stevenson: ‘The Risks Posed by Mixed DNA Evidence to the Presumption of Innocence in Ireland’. Supervisor:  Andrea Ryan
  • Mazin Al-Hilu: ‘Complimenting Behaviour in the Performance of Native Speakers of Irish English and Iraqi Arabic: A Cross-Cultural Pragmatic Study’. Supervisor:  David Atkinson
  • Norah Banafi: ‘The Impact of Blended Learning on Medical Students’ Engagement and Achievement with English Language Terminology: A Case Study of Teachers’ and Students’ Self-efficacy and Attitudes at Jazan University (PYP) Saudi Arabia’. Supervisors:  Helen Kelly Holmes and Máiréad Moriarty
  • Eva Devaney: ‘Governing families: State discourses and professional practices in the making of Irish drug policy 1971-2016’. Supervisors:  Orla McDonnell and Amanda Haynes
  • Ahmed Elkbuli: ‘Native and Non-native speaker English Language teachers in an EFL context: A study of Teachers’ self-perception, students’ attitudes, and institutional regulations in Libya’. Supervisor:  Helen Kelly Holmes
  • Sana Hussein: ‘Social Media as an English Language Learning Tool among Foreign Language Learners in Libya: A Study of Opportunities and Challenges’. Supervisor:  Helen Kelly Holmes
  • Caitríona Ní Churtáin: ”Suífeam Seal ag Machnamh’: Seán Ó Ríordáin, Fealsamh Fileata’.  Supervisors:  Margaret Harper, Tríona Ní Shíocháin and Tadhg Ó hlfearnáin
  • Philomena Noone: ‘Social Change in Rural Ireland: A Sociological Study of Ageing, Place and Masculinity among Single Male Farmers’. Supervisors:  Breda Gray and Pat O’Connor
  • Majka Ryan: ‘Discretion in the decision-making practices of public servants: A case study of the Habitual Residence Condition in Ireland’. Supervisors:  Martin J Power and Amanda Haynes
  • Diarmuid Scully: ‘Political dynasties and personal political machines’.
    Supervisors:  Rory Costello and Maura Adshead
Dr Kathryn O’Sullivan with Prof Shane Kilcommins (Head of the School of Law) and Dean of AHSS Prof. Helen Kelly Holmes

The University of Limerick Award for Excellence in Teaching 2018 was presented to Dr Kathryn O’Sullivan, from the School of Law during the ceremony. Over her relatively short career as a third level teacher, Kathryn has show an exemplary commitment to enhancing the student learning experience, which has been wide reaching, substantial and impactful. She has been a key driver of curriculum development within her discipline and has led the internationalisation agenda within her school, resulting in a significant increase in international students coming to UL to study law. Her own passion for professional development is evident in her many local and national achievements in engaging in successful funding bids, and for receiving prestigious external awards as part of the School of Law team.

The Silver Medal for First Place in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences was awarded to Lauren Cassidy, Bachelor of Arts in English and History.

The Silver Medal for First Place in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences was awarded to Lauren Cassidy, Bachelor of Arts in English and History. The Cooperative Education Award 2018 went to Tanya Crotty, Bachelor of Arts in English and History, whose work placement was with Tipp FM.

After the ceremony, the Faculty held a reception for our PhD students and their families.

At the reception, the 2018 Moxon Browne FYP Prize for the best Final Year Project submitted by a student in the BA European Studies was awarded to Nathan Eacrett.
The scroll was presented by the sponsor of the prize, Prof. em. Edward Moxon Browne, in the presence of the supervisor, Dr Barrie Wharton and the Course Director, Dr Joachim Fischer.

Cian Devane, one of the winners of the Peadar Kirby FYP Award

The Peadar Kirby FYP Award, presented by Prof. Neil Robinson, was jointly awarded to three students this year Cian Devane, Tom Wright and Thomas Beales.


The Brian Faloon Prize for best History FYP was presented to Lynda Ganly (pictured above) by  Prof. Anthony McElligott. Lydia’s supervisor was Dr Karol Mullany-Dignam.

Our full album of photos can be seen on our Facebook page here:

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