Bríona Nic Dhiarmada
Thomas J. and Kathleen M. O’Donnell Professor of Irish Studies
Bríona Nic Dhiarmada is an award-winning writer and documentarian. Her feminist analysis of the work of contemporary Irish-language poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill won the prestigious Merriman Prize for Irish Language Academic Book of the Year, the top honor of its kind in Ireland.
She also earned the Media Award for Best Television Program in Ireland for the documentary film she wrote and directed, Ar Lorg Shorcha, about the late Sorcha Ní Ghuairim, the renowned Conemara singer and an early activist in the Irish language movement.
Professor Nic Dhiarmada has written more than 35 screenplays and 10 documentaries, and is developing a four-part series on the 1916 Rising, which was the beginning of Ireland’s rebellion against British rule. The film is being produced in conjunction with the historical event’s centennial. In addition to her Irish language and literature classes, Professor Nic Dhiarmada teaches Screening the Irish Troubles, a course cross-listed with Irish Studies and the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT).
Tom (’61) and Kathleen O’Donnell established this professorship to honor their heritage, as well as Tom’s parents, Patrick and Johanna, who believed that through education everyone has the opportunity to realize the promise of the American dream.