The current directors of the OHNI are:


Dr. Sam Manning (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. Maura Cronin (Secretary)

Maura Cronin is a Senior Lecturer in History in Mary Immaculate College Limerick. Her research interests include nineteenth century popular politicisation, agrarianism and trade unionism, as well as class and social relationships in independent Ireland. Since 2000 she has taught oral history to undergraduates and postgraduates and has supervised oral history research, has set up the MIC Oral History Archive which holds over two thousand interviews on Irish social life, and has collaborated with Limerick City and County Council on a number of major oral history projects.

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.

Dr. Matthew O’Brien (Treasurer)


Mr. Peter Carson

Peter Carson spent four years training in Queen’s University Belfast’s Media department working in professional video programme production. He then worked in the department for a further 18 months, before moving to National Museums Northern Ireland to run the Sound Archive.

He has been working in this field now for over 20 years recording both on location and in the museums purpose-built studio covering a range of material. During this time Peter has taken the archive through the step change from the analogue days to the new digital world. Besides oral history and traditional music recording, he provides talks to history societies, clubs, etc., as well as providing training in the art of oral history recording.

In addition to running the sound archive, in recent years Peter has returned to his roots by producing professional video content for the museum which ranges from promotional videos through to short form documentaries to be used in both galleries and on the museums YouTube channel. This combines the skills required to conduct a good oral history interview with the skills necessary to turn these long interviews into a short engaging video for visitors.

National Museums Northern Ireland have been selected as the regional hub to work with the British Library as lead partner on a Heritage Lottery Fund project to run over the next 5 years to digitise 160,000 audio recordings currently at risk of being lost due to aging carriers and/or obsolete playback equipment. The museum will be one of ten hubs to carry out this work with the British Library and Peter will be leading this at National Museums Northern Ireland.

Mr. Adrian Roche