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. Adrian Roche