Irish Fulbright Alumni Association Board


Dr. Jimmy O'Brien Moran -

Jimmy joined the IFAA board in 2009. He was awarded his primary degree at WIT, where he now lectures, and his PhD at the University of Limerick. His academic interests centre around Irish traditional music manuscripts of the 19th century. During 2008 he spent five months at Boston College as a Fulbright Visiting Professor with a Culture Ireland-Fulbright award. He is considered to be one of Ireland's foremost uilleann pipers. A member of the group Scullion in the late 1970s and early 1980s, he now concentrates on solo performance.

Vice President

Dr Anne Cleary -

Anne Cleary is a lecturer in the School of Sociology, University College Dublin and her teaching and research interests are in the area of gender and health. Before joining UCD she worked in the Health Research Board and was later appointed to the board of the HRB. She is a former editor of the Irish Journal of Sociology and has undertaken research projects funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and the Social Sciences, the National Disability Authority and The Department of Social and Family Affairs. She was based in the University of California, Berkeley, as a Fulbright Scholar in 2010.

Hon. Secretary

Ms Sinéad Murnane -

Sinéad Murnane held the Fulbright-CRH Award in Business Studies 2010-11, while conducting research for her doctoral thesis on technology and knowledge sharing in multi-disciplinary teams. Her research was carried out at the Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is now a Research Fellow at the Innovation Value Institute at the National University of Ireland in Maynooth and completing her PhD at the UCD Smurfit Graduate School of Business.

Membership Secretary

Professor Darach Turley -

Darach Turley is professor of marketing in Dublin City University Business School. Prior to joining DCU, he lectured in the Dublin Institute of Technology. His teaching and research interests lie mainly in the field of consumer behaviour with a particular focus on the relationship between human mortality and the marketplace. He was based in Georgetown University as a Fulbright Scholar in 2007-2008.


Lisa Nic an Bhreithimh -

Lisa Nic an Bhreithimh graduated with a BA in Modern Irish and Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin, and a Masters in Communications with a focus on Media and the Irish language from University College Dublin. She was a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) at the University of Connecticut for the 2012-13 academic year. Lisa worked for two years in the role of Awards Manager at the Fulbright Commission and is now a Senior Executive Assistant at the National University of Ireland.

Bhain Lisa Nic an Bhreithimh bunchéim amach ó Choláiste na Tríonóide sa Nua-Ghaeilge agus san Fhealsúnacht, agus máistreacht i Scríobh agus Cumarsáid na Gaeilge le béim ar na meáin chumarsáide ó Choláiste na hOllscoile, Baile Átha Cliath. Ba Chúntóir Múinteoireachta i dTeanga Iasachta (FLTA) Fulbright í in Ollscoil Connecticut i rith na bliana acadúla 2012-13. Chaith Lisa dhá bhliain ag obair mar Bhainisteoir Dámhachtaine leis an gCoimisiún Fulbright agus is Cúntóir Feidmiúcháin Sinsearach í anois le hOllscoil na hÉireann.

Web Editor

Oisín Ó Doinn

Is céimí de chuid Fiontar, DCU é Oisín Ó Doinn a bhain a bhunchéim amach sa Ghnó agus sa Ghaeilge in 2011. Sa bhliain chéanna tugadh deis dó dul go hOllscoil St. Thomas in Minnesota le Gaeilge a theagasc mar chúntóir múinteoireachta i dteanga iasachta (FLTA). Ó tháinig sé ar ais go hÉirinn chríochnaigh sé máistreachta i Scríobh agus Cumarsáid na Gaeilge le UCD agus faoi láthair tá sé i mbun dochtúireachta sa teic-oideolaíocht in DCU. Tá an-spéis aige i gcúrsaí teanga agus i gcúrsaí teicneolaíochta.

Oisín Ó Doinn is a graduate of Fiontar, DCU who completed his undergraduate degree in Business and Irish in 2011. In the same year he was given the opportunity to go to the University of Saint Thomas in Minnesota to teach Irish as a foreign language teaching assistant FLTA. Since returning to Ireland he has completed a masters in Scríobh agus Cumarsáid na Gaeilge (The writing and communication of Irish) in UCD and currently he is pursuing a doctorate in techno-pedagogy in DCU. He has a great interest in language and technology.


Grainne Cuffe

Grainne Cuffe is a Printmaker [etchings]. A graduate of IADT, and Central St. Martin’s, London, she was awarded a Fulbright in 1984 to do a Master Printmakers course in Tamarind Institute, New Mexico. A member of Graphic Studio, Dublin she also works in her own studio in Wicklow. She shows her work regularly at Royal Academy, London, RHA, Dublin and Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin.

Nóirín Ní Laighin

Nóirín is the Príomhoide (Principal) of Scoil an Duinnínigh, Draighnéan, Bóthar Faoldroma in Swords, Co Dublin. She was an FLTA at University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

Dr. Aileen Dillane

We are delighted to welcome Aileen to the Board of the IFAA. Aileen is an ethnomusicologist, performer, and lecturer in music in the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, where she also co-directs the Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies, the Popular Music, Popular Culture and the Power, Discourse, Society research clusters. Aileen was a Fulbright Scholar in 1998 at the University of Chicago's Music Dept where she subsequently completed her PhD in Ethnomusicology as a Century Fellow.

Dr. Anne Graham Cagney

We are delighted to welcome Anne to the Board of the IFAA. Anne lectures in the School of Lifelong Learning & Education at Waterford Institute of Education.

Oisín Fergal Lyons

We are delighted to welcome Oisín to the board of the IFAA. Oisín is a Data Scientist with the Research & Development team in the Aon Centre for Innovation & Analytics in Dublin. He is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from Trinity College Dublin. In 2011 he was awarded the Fulbright-GlenDimplex scholarship in renewables to investigate the use of superhydrophobic surfaces in electronics cooling. He completed this research under the tutelage of Prof. S. Garimella at the CTRC at Purdue University, Indiana.

Dr. Frances Fahy

We are delighted to welcome Frances to the Board of the IFAA. Frances is the Head of Geography in NUI Galway. She completed her Geography and Sociology degree and Ph.D. in the Department of Geography, Trinity College Dublin. Frances formerly worked as an EPA Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Geography, NUI, Galway and as a Lecturer in Human Geography in the School of Environmental Sciences in University of Ulster before joining Geography, NUI Galway as a Lecturer in November 2008.

Frances is the cluster leader of the Planning and Sustainability Research Cluster in Geography and is a member of the Centre for Environment, Development, and Sustainability research cluster at NUIG.

Frances is the Past President of the Geographical Society of Ireland (2012-2014). She is a past Chair of the Planning and Environment Research Group (PERG) of the Royal Geographical Society (2007-2012). Frances was the recipient of the 2013-14 Fulbright Scholar Award and during her research leave in the US she explored the experiences of academics involved in policy-relevant research in the field of sustainability.

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