Visiting Fellows arriving week 9th of April – David Gange, Dara Downey and Margaret O’Neill

Dara Downey  

Trinity College Dublin.

Project Title in The Moore Institute: ‘Locating the Irish Servant in American Gothic Fiction’

Associate Researcher at School of English, Trinity College Dublin.

I lecture and research in American literature, and teaching modules on Contemporary British and Irish Fiction and Supernatural Literature.
I also have advanced proofreading and copy-editing skills, having edited for both The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies and the Irish Journal of American Studies for several years. I have tutored privately at every level from Junior Cycle to Masters, and am adept at both giving writing and career advice.
I am author of American Women’s Ghost Stories in the Gilded Age and Vice Chair of the Irish Association for American Studies.


Margaret O’Neill

University of Limerick

Project title in The Moore Institute: Women and Ageing: Private Meaning, Social Lives

My primary research lies in twentieth century and contemporary Irish women’s fiction, popular culture, and cultural theory. I am currently Project Coordinator for the Gender ARC research consortium in the University of Limerick. This year I will visit the Moore Institute NUI Galway on a Visiting Research Fellowship. I previously lectured in English in the University of Limerick. Previous roles include: Project Fellow in Digital Arts and Humanities in the An Foras Feasa research institute; Lecturer in College Writing (NU in Ireland at DBS); Seminar Leader (feminism, postmodernism & Irish studies) at Maynooth University; Writing Centre Tutor at Maynooth University. I am Co-Editor of the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists (IACAT) Journal. I received a PhD in English from Maynooth University, supported by the Irish Research Council. I hold a Level 9 Specialist Diploma in Teaching, Learning & Scholarship in Higher Education (First Class Honours). I am registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland.


David Gange

University of Birmingham

Project Title in The Moore Institute: Coastal Temporalities: Perceptions of Time on the Irish Atlantic.

I’m a historian at the University of Birmingham. I’m currently researching coastal lifeways in the British and Irish archipelago, exploring the processes of history that have made diverse coastal communities out of the similar ingredients of land, sea and sky on Atlantic shorelines. To begin this project I kayaked from northern Scotland, via Atlantic Ireland, to the Scilly Isles in 2016-17 for a book entitled The Frayed Atlantic Edge: a Historian’s Journey from Shetland to the Channel (Harper Collins, 2019). I’m now doing the work to turn that jaunt into a research project, publishing articles such as ‘Time, Space and Islands: Why Geographers Drive the Temporal Agenda’, Past & Present, 2018 and ‘Retracing Trevelyan? Historians and the Archive of the Feet’, Green Letters, 2017.

My previous work explored the intersections between ancient histories and religion in nineteenth-century Britain, including Dialogues with the Dead: Egyptology in British Culture and Religion, 1822-1922 (Oxford, 2013) and an edited collection Cities of God: the Bible and Archaeology in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Cambridge, 2014). I also write for general audiences in magazines, newspapers and a book, The Victorians: a Beginner’s Guide (Oneworld, 2016). I’m spending my time at the Moore Institute exploring contemporary constructions of the Irish coastal past, particularly ideas concerning distinctive perceptions of time on coastlines, whether in deep mapping or fishers’ knowledge projects, geological, archaeological or language schemes, literature, art, music or heritage concerns.