The current directors of the OHNI are:

Ms. Regina Fitzpatrick

Regina Fitzpatrick is a freelance oral historian. She worked as a full-time oral historian on the GAA Oral History Project (2008-2012) and has carried out oral history interviewing, consultancy and training for organisations including Kilkenny County Council, Dublin City Council, Maze Long Kesh ‘Unlocking Heritage’ Project and St Michael’s Regeneration Board, Dublin.

She carried out postgraduate work in history and in cultural policy at University College Dublin and is currently undertaking doctoral research on the development of oral history in Ireland at De Montfort University, Leicester. She has written and presented on oral history and on sports history and teaches a course on Irish cultural history at the Institute for the International Education for Students, Dublin. She is a founding member of the OHNI.


Mr. Adrian Roche (Chairperson)

Adrian Roche is an independent historical researcher and oral historian based in Co Cork. He has worked on oral history projects in Cork city, including one based on workers in the Cork breweries, and a project centred around the lives of dockers, and other workers, in the Cork Docklands area. He has also recorded a range of individuals in the West Cork area.

Adrian is a founding member of West Cork Oral Heritage, a volunteer group that came together in 2014 to collaborate on recording and collecting the memories and stories of the West Cork area. He is also involved in local history, and is currently working with a local group who have restored the 19th century signal tower on the Old Head of Kinsale, and are working to create a visitor centre on the site. He has a Diploma in Local History Studies from UCC, and is a founding member of the OHNI.

Professor Eunan O’Halpin

Eunan O’Halpin, MRIA, is Bank of Ireland Professor of Contemporary Irish History at Trinity College Dublin. He was previously Professor of Government at Dublin City University (1998-2000). Educated at UCD and Cambridge, he has written widely on aspects of twentieth-century Irish and British history and politics. He is a member (2003) of the Royal Irish Academy and a fellow (2003) of Trinity College Dublin, and an elected member of Board (2005-12).

He was a member (2005-8) of the Board of Trinity College, and chairman (2006-) of the Information Policy Committee of Board. He is also a member of the Department of Justice Archives Advisory Group, a member and former chairman of the Royal Irish Academy National Committee for the Study of International Affairs, of its National Committee for History, and of its Irish Constitution project board. He is a joint editor of the Royal Irish Academy Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series, and a member of the advisory boards of The Historical Journal and of Twentieth Century British History.

His next book (with Daithí Ó Corráin), The Dead of the Irish Revolution, is in preparation for publication by Yale University Press. He is currently preparing two monographs: ‘Diplomacy, security and the Northern Ireland crisis, 1965-1998′ and ‘Between two evils: Afghanistan and the belligerent powers in the Second World War’.

Mr. Tomás MacConmara

Tomás Mac Conmara is from Tuamgraney in east Clare. He is the founder and project coordinator of Cuimhneamh an Chláir, the Clare Oral History and Folklore Group, and has been engaged in the preservation of Clare’s cultural heritage for many years. He was project manager on Ireland’s first countywide studies of antique farm machinery and traditional boats and also established a framework for the collections of fieldnames on behalf of the Clare Placenames committee in 2008.

Tomás has served as Cathaoirleach of the Clare Heritage Circle, Fóram Gaeilge an Chláir, Clare Tourist Council and East Clare Heritage and has lectured on Clare history and folklore across Ireland and America. He is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Limerick, based on the Irish War of Independence in County Clare, oral history, tradition and social memory. He is a founding member of the OHNI.

Dr. Ida Milne

Ida Milne was awarded a PHD in 2011 for her work on the 1918-19 influenza pandemic in Ireland, for which she interviewed people whose lives had been affected by the pandemic. Before returning to education, she worked for twenty years in the newspaper industry.

She is doing an oral history project on the print, clerical and editorial staff of Independent Newspapers, part of which has been published in ‘The sense of history: working at Independent House’,  Independent Newspapers: a history (Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2012). Her oral history work on Protestant involvement with the GAA is ongoing, and she is the researcher on a Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (Section on History of Medicine) history project to interview medical doctors about their working lives. She is a teacher at NUIM, and also works as a travel journalist. She and Dr. Mary Muldowney  are co-ordinating an innovative oral history project, in the auspices of the 1913 Alternative Visions Committee, to train a team of trade unionists and community activists to collect oral testimony on  the legacy of the Dublin Lockout.

Ida is a keen local historian, and has given talks on ‘Turning talk into history’ and ‘Oral History: a practical guide’ to local history societies and to the Federation of Local History Societies and the Federation of Ulster Local Studies.

Dr. Maura Cronin (Vice-Chairperson)

Dr. Arlene Crampsie

Arlene Crampsie is an historical geographer in the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy, UCD. Her research interests encompass the social, cultural and political geographies of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in Ireland.

After completing a PhD using documentary sources, she began work on the GAA Oral History Project where she was involved in the collection, cataloguing and digitisation of oral histories and developing the archival and IT specifications for the project’s digital archive and database.

She is particularly interested in creating accessible oral histories and the ethical challenges which emerge through this endeavour. Arlene is also interested in increasing awareness of oral history as both a teaching resource and as a research methodology. As such she has endeavoured to include oral history in her classes and has given lectures to academic and general audiences on the importance of oral history.

Dr. Ronan Foley

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