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Dr. Rosemary Day

Head of Department

Course Director of Masters in  Media Studies

Co-ordinating Director of Audio Research Centre (ARC)

Ph: 061 204327

Email: rosemary.day@mic.ul.ie

Dr. Marcus FreeDr. Rosemary Day is the Head of the Department of Media and Communication Studies in Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick.

She is also the director of the Audio Research Centre (ARC), the only such centre in the country.

She was the first Chairperson of the Radio Research Section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) and the founder of Radio Research Ireland (RRI).

Her publications include:



 Day, Rosemary. (2009). Community Radio in Ireland: Participation and Multi-Flow Communication.Cresskill, New Jersey: Hampton Press

Day, Rosemary. (2007). (Ed) Bicycle Highway: Celebrating 10 Years of Licensed Community Radio in Ireland. Dublin: LIffey Press. A collection of reflections on the development of Irish Community Radio.

Day, Rosemary. (2006). Droichead: Lámhleabhar do Chraoltóirí Gaeilge ar Raidióanna Pobail. An Irish language radio handbook published by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland in 2006 . Dublin: BCI.

Book chapters include:
Day, R. (2012) “Voice of a Nation: Radio and Identity in Ireland” in: Hand, R. and M. Traynor (Eds.) Radio and Small Nations. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.

Day, R. (2011). "New Technologies and the Facilitation of Participation in Community Radio Stations".  In Gazi,A., S. Jedrzejewski & G. Starkey, (Eds.), Radio Content in the Digital Age: The Evolution of a Sound Medium, Bristol: Intellect Press.

Day, R. (2011). Community Radio in Ireland. In: The Encyclopaedia of Social Movement Media, edited by J. Downing. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Day, R. (2007) “Community radio and community development”. In Day, R. (Ed.)
Bicycle Highway: Celebrating Community Radio In Ireland. Dublin: Liffey Press. (56-87).

Day, R. (2005) “Listen to yourself: The audience as broadcaster in community Radio”. In: Horgan, J, O’Connor, B and Sheehan, H. Mapping Irish Media: Critical Explorations. Dublin: UCD Press. (237-253).

Day, R. (2000). “Radio and the Irish language” . In: Kelly-Holmes, H. (Ed)
Minority Language Broadcasting: Breton and Irish. Clevedon:
Multilingual Matters. (73-82).



She was one of the founders of Raidió na Life, the Irish language community radio station in Dublin, of Wired Fm, Limerick’s cross campus student community radio, of Wired Luimnigh, a community radio project for Irish speakers in the Republic of Ireland’s third largest city and of CRAOL, the community radio forum of Ireland. She won a national award for the radio series Fonn na Seachtaine in 2004 and was on the editorial board of Foinse, the national weekly Irish language newspaper from 1996 t0 2006.

Nicky Fennell

Ph: 061 204523

Email: Nicky.Fennell@mic.ul.ie

Dr. Marcus FreeNicky Fennell lectures in Media and Communications at Mary Immaculate College. He completed his BA at UCG and undertook a Post Grad Diploma in Video Production at GMIT before completing a research MA at DCU. Prior to joining the Department in MIC he worked as a freelance editor and was Education Officer for the Galway Film Centre. He also worked as a staff writer for Film West magazine and has written for The Irish Review, Film Ireland and The Irish Film and Television Network. He specialises in the practical end of Media Training – teaching the students camera, sound, lighting, editing and production techniques.

Currently his research interests are Irish Film; the relevance of indigenous Irish film, the impact of new technologies and the effects of globalisation on the modern Irish industry.

Dr. Marcus Free

Ph: 061 204544

Office: N23, Gerard House

Email: Marcus.Free@mic.ul.ie

Dr. Marcus FreeMarcus Free completed his PhD at Dublin City University, and has taught previously at the Universities of Sunderland and Wolverhampton. 

He currently teaches Film and Television Studies on the BA Liberal Arts and on a variety of modules on the MA Media Studies programme, including ‘Critical Issues in Media Theory’, 'Media, Sport and Popular Culture', ‘Research Methods’ and ‘Television Drama: Industry, Form and Audience’. 

His current research interests are in gender, identity, sport and the body in popular culture; psychoanalytic perspectives on sport and sport fandom; representations of gender, sport, race and national identity in film, television and print media; Irish migration and national identity in media and popular culture; and the role of media consumption in the construction of autobiographical memory and narrative.

Publications include:

Free, M. (forthcoming, 2017).'“From there to here”: Narratives of Transition, Migration and National Identity in Irish Media Representations of Rugby Union in the Professional Era', European Journal for Sport and Society, Volume 14.

Free, M. (2016). 'Diego Maradona and the psychodynamics of football fandom in international cinema'. In: C. Cusack & P. Kosnac (Eds.) Fiction, Invention and Hyper-reality: From Popular Culture to Religion. Abingdon: Routledge.

Free, M. & Scully, S. (2016). 'The run of ourselves: Shame, guilt and confession in post-Celtic Tiger Irish media', International Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol. 19, published online April 2016. DOI: 10.1177/1367877916646470.

Free, M. (2015). '"Don’t tell me I’m still on that feckin’ island":  Migration, Masculinity, British Television and Irish Popular Culture in the Work of Graham Linehan', Critical Studies in Television,Volume 10 (2): 4-20.

Free, M. (2015). 'Envy, Jealousy, Guilt and the Construction of Whiteness in Contemporary Hollywood Sport Films'. Free Associations, No. 67: 20-53.

Free, M. (2015). '"He is my strength and my shield": The antinomies of Katie Taylor as female sporting Celebrity in 21st Century Ireland'. Sport in Society, published online, April 2015. DOI: 10.1080/17430437.2015.1024232

Ging, D. and M. Free. (2015). 'Gay in the GAA: the Challenge of Dónal Óg Cusack’s "coming out" to heteronormativity in contemporary Irish culture and society'. In: F. Dukelow & R. Meade (Eds.) Defining Events: Power, Resistance and Identity in Twenty-First Century Ireland. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 218-235.

Free, M. (2014). 'Diego Maradona and the Psychodynamics of Football Fandom in International Cinema'. Celebrity Studies, Volume 5 (1-2): 197-212, 223.

Free, M. (2013). 'Diaspora and Rootedness, Amateurism and Professionalism in Media Discourses of Irish Soccer and Rugby in the 1990s and 2000s'. Éire Ireland, Volume 48 (1/2): 211-229.

Hughson, J. and M. Free. (2011). 'Football’s "Coming Out": Soccer and Homophobia in England’s Tabloid Press'. Media International Australia, No. 140: 117-125.

Free, M. (2011). 'On the Edge: the Irish as a Troubled and Troubling Presence in the Work of Jimmy McGovern and Alan Bleasdale'. Irish Studies Review, Volume 19 (1): 55-64.

Free, M. (2010). 'Migration, Masculinity and the Fugitive State of Mind in the Irish Emigrant Footballer Autobiography: the Case of Paul McGrath'. Estudios Irlandeses Volume 5: 45-57.

Free, M. (2010). 'Antihero as National Icon?  The Contrariness of Roy Keane as Fantasy Embodiment of the ‘New Ireland’. In: P. Dine & S. Crosson (Eds.) Sport, Representation and Evolving Identities in Europe. Oxford: Peter Lang, 189-213.

Free, M. (2010). 'Disunited damning: From The Damned Utd novel to The Damned United film'. Sport in Society, Volume 13 (3): 557-565.

Free, M. (2008). 'Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Sport: A Critical Review', International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, Volume 5 (4): 273-296.

Free, M. (2008). ‘Tales from the Fifth Green Field: The Psychodynamics of Migration, Masculinity and National Identity amongst Republic of Ireland Soccer Supporters in England’.  In: P. Darby and D. Hassan (Eds.), Emigrant Players: Sport and the Irish Diaspora.  London: Routledge: 144-162.

Free, M. (2007). ‘From Barrytown to Ballymun: The Problematics of Space, Class and Gender in Roddy Doyle’s Family (1994)’.  Critical Studies in Television, Volume 2 (1): 57-73.

Free, M. (2007). ‘Tales from the Fifth Green Field: The Psychodynamics of Migration, Masculinity and National Identity amongst Republic of Ireland Soccer Supporters in England’, Sport in Society, Volume 10: 476-494.

Free, M. and P. Walsh. (2006). 'Papa Don’t Preach: Irony, Contradiction and the Unmarried Mother in December Bride and The Snapper'.  In: M.C. Ramblado-Minero & A. Perez-Vides (Eds.), Single Motherhood in 20th Century Ireland: Cultural, Historical and Social Essays.  NY: Edwin Mellen Press:

Free, M. and J. Hughson.  (2006). 'Common Culture, Commodity Fetishism and the Cultural Contradictions of Sport'.  International Journal of Cultural Studies, Volume 9 (1): 83-104.

Free, M. and J. Hughson. (2006). 'Paul Willis, Cultural Commodities and Collective Sport Fandom'. Sociology of Sport Journal, Volume 23: 72-85. 

Free, M. (2005). 'Keeping them under pressure: masculinity, narratives of national regeneration and the Republic of Ireland soccer team'. Sport in History, Volume 25 (2): 265-288. 

Hughson, J., D. Inglis and M. Free. (2005). The Uses of Sport: A Critical Study. London: Routledge. 

Free, M. (2004). 'Preparing to fail: gender, consumption, play and national identity in Irish broadcast coverage of the ‘Roy Keane Affair’ and the 2002 World Cup'.  In: R. Barton & H. O’Brien (Eds.), Keeping it Real: Irish Film and Television. London: Wallflower Press, 172-184. 

Free, M. and J. Hughson. (2003). 'Settling Accounts with Hooligans: Gender Blindness in Football Supporter Subculture Research'. Men and Masculinities, Volume 6 (2): 136-155. 

Free, M. (2001).  'From the ‘Other’ Island to the one with ‘no west side’: the Irish in British soap and sitcom'.  Irish Studies Review, Volume 9 (2): 215-227.

Free, M. (1998).  '"Angels" with Drunken Faces?:  Travelling Republic of Ireland Supporters and the Construction of Irish Migrant Identity in England’. In: A. Brown (Ed.), Fanatics! Power, Identity and Fandom in Football.  London: Routledge, 219-231.  

Dr. Susan Liddy

Phone: 061 204918

Office: N36

Email: Susan.liddy@mic.ul.ie

Susan Liddy holds a BA in English and Philosophy from NUIG; a Graduate Diploma in Women’s Studies from the University of Limerick; an MA (Research) from the University of Limerick; an MA in Screenwriting from the Huston School of Film and Digital Media, NUIG; and a PhD from Lancaster University, UK.

She has worked on the following projects:

• Producer/Researcher, Black Tunnels, (Tollain Dhubha), Irish Film Board & TG4, 2004.
• Producer/Researcher, Ar Meisce, TG4, 2002.
• Producer/Researcher, Scaruint, TG4, 2000.
• Production Assistant, Images of Ourselves, TG4, 1999.

Her feature length screenplay, Reckless, was supported by the Irish Film Board and was developed with Blinder Films, Dublin.

Her research interests include gender issues in the (film) script development and production process, female screenwriters and a female ‘voice’ and the representation of older women in screen narratives. She is currently researching the experiences and narrative preoccupations of Irish female screenwriters and assessing the potential for affirmative action strategies in the Irish Film Industry.


Liddy, S. (in press) "'Open to all and everybody?” The Irish Film Board: Accounting for the scarcity of Women Screenwriters’, Feminist Media Studies.

Liddy, S. (in press) "Short 'n Sweet: The Short Film as Calling Card". In Perform: Succeeding as a Creative Professional, edited by Anna Weinstein. Burlington MA: Focal Press.

Liddy, S. (in press) "A 'Female Voice'? Reflections on the Irish Film Industry and Beyond". In Gender and the Screenplay: Processes, Practices and Perspectives. A special issue of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network,  edited by Louise Sawtell and Stayci Taylor.

2015. “Look Who’s Talking! Irish Female Screenwriters”. In Women Screenwriters: An International Guide, edited by Jill Nelmes and Jule Selbo. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

2015. “Stories We Tell Ourselves: Writing the Mature Female Protagonist.” Sexuality and Culture. doi:10.1007/s12119-015-9280-7.

2015. “Missing in Action: Where are the Irish Women Screenwriters?” Film Ireland. April 20.http://www.filmireland.net/.

2014. “First Impressions: Debut Features by Irish Screenwriters”. In Screenwriters and Screenwriting: Putting Practice into Context, edited by Craig Batty, 130-150. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

2014. “The Representation of Mature Female Sexuality in British and Irish Film, 1998- 2013”. Postgraduate Journal of Women, Ageing and Media, 1, (1): 38-66.

Conference Papers

“Open to All and Everybody”? The Irish Film Board: Accounting for the Scarcity of Women Writers”. Screenwriting Research Network International Conference. Screenwriting: Text and Performance. University of London, UK, 10-12 September, 2015.

“‘That ‘Old-Folk Stink’: Aging as Decline and Loss in Lance Daly’s ‘Life’s a Breeze’”.
Women Aging and Media (WAM) International Research Summer School. University of Gloucestershire UK, 20-21 July, 2015.

“Mature Female Sexuality On-Screen: Euphemism and Evasion”. Women and Ageing: New Cultural and Critical Perspectives. University of Limerick, 20-22 May, 2015.

“With One Voice? Irish Female Screenwriters”. Screenwriting Research Network International Conference. Screenwriting and Directing in Audio-visual Media. Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, Potsdam-Babelsberg Germany, 16-19 October, 2014.

“Stories We Tell Ourselves: The Power Behind the Camera”. Women Aging and Media (WAM) International Research Summer School. University of Gloucestershire UK, 18-19 June, 2014.

“Writing the Mature Female Protagonist: Lessons from France?”
Women Aging and Media (WAM) International Research Summer School. University of Gloucestershire UK, 23-24 July, 2013.

“Representations of Mature Female Sexuality in British and Irish Film, 1998-2011”. Women Aging and Media (WAM) International Research Summer School. University of Gloucestershire UK, 20 - 21 July, 2012.

“‘It’s never over”? Representations of Mature Female Sexuality in Film Narratives”. Great Writing: International Creative Writing Conference. Imperial College London, 16 – 17 June, 2012.

 “No Country for Old(er) Women? Representations of Mature Female Sexuality in Irish Film”. Past Imperfect. Present Tense: Creative Writing in Contemporary Ireland. Open University Belfast, 15 October, 2011.

“Missing Persons? Sexually Active Mature Female Characters in British and Irish Film”. Screenwriting Research Network International Conference. Beyond Boundaries: Screenwriting Across Media. Universite Libre de Bruxelles, 8-10 September, 2011.


Dr. Tony Langlois

Ph: 061 204981

Email: tony.langlois@mic.ul.ie

Dr. Marcus Free

Tony Langlois received his Phd in 1997 from The Queen's University, Belfast , for his thesis on the Rai Music of Algeria and Morocco .

He has since taught at the University of Ulster , Trinity College , Dublin ; the Open University and University College , Cork . He has also worked in the cultural diversity section of the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council.

Research interests include: Music and New Media, North Africa, Film Sound, Islam and Globalisation, Ireland , Cultural Politics.

Please visit my website at tonylanglois.wordpress.com/


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