Karol Mullaney-Dignam


Contact Details

Course Director, MA in Public History & Cultural Heritage
Department of History
Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
E: Karol.Mullaney-Dignam@ul.ie
 
researcher

Biography

I am a Lecturer in History and Director of the MA in Public History & Cultural Heritage at the University of Limerick. This unique online MA is offered as a one year full-time or two-year part-time online/blended postgraduate degree programme, and aims to provide a structured academic approach to the practice of history in public settings. Details: https://www.ul.ie/graduateschool/course/public-history-cultural-heritage-online-ma

My own work in
cludes public history and heritage interpretation projects, most notably with the Office of Public Works, as well as contributions to regional and national radio and television programmes. My research interests lie in the cultural and social history of Ireland in the long nineteenth century, focusing on processes of individual and collective identity formation. I have a particular interest in socio-economic and political aspects of music history, particularly the roles that music has played in Irish nation-building. I also explore the social life and musical culture of country houses in Ireland and have received grants and awards for this work from the Irish Research Council and the Royal Irish Academy. 

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the cultural and social history of Ireland in the long nineteenth century, focusing on processes of individual and collective identity formation. I have a particular interest in socio-economic and political aspects of music history, particularly the roles that music has played in Irish nation-building. I also explore the social life and musical culture of country houses and landed estates in Ireland, work that has been supported by the Irish Research Council and the Royal Irish Academy. As well as contributions to local and national radio and television programmes, my work includes public history and heritage interpretation projects with the Office of Public Works including a travelling exhibition on pioneering Victorian Irish photographer W.D. Hemphill, and the Bryce House restoration project at Garinish Island in Co. Cork, specifically its reinterpretation as a historic house museum. I am a member of the international Sound Heritage network – leading the Irish Research Council-funded Sound Heritage Ireland project – an inter-sectoral forum for communication and collaboration on issues concerning the ‘sounding’ of historic properties with a particular focus on music in country houses.

Books

  Year Publication
2011 Music and dancing at Castletown, Co. Kildare, 1759-1821.
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2011) Music and dancing at Castletown, Co. Kildare, 1759-1821. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2014 William Despard Hemphill, Irish Victorian Photographer
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (Ed.). (2014) William Despard Hemphill, Irish Victorian Photographer Dublin: Irish Government Publications for National Historic Properties, Office of Public Works. [Details]
2014 Aspects of Irish aristocratic life: essays on the FitzGeralds and Carton House
Karol Mullaney-Dignam, Patrick Cosgrove, Terence Dooley (Ed.). (2014) Aspects of Irish aristocratic life: essays on the FitzGeralds and Carton House Dublin: University College Dublin. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2019 '‘Masters and musicianers: census records and Irish music history, 1821-1911’'
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2019) '‘Masters and musicianers: census records and Irish music history, 1821-1911’' In: Kerry Houston, Maria McHale and Michael Murphy (eds). Documents of Irish music history in the long nineteenth century. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
2018 '‘“What do we mean by Irish music?”: the politics of state-sponsored music publication in independent Ireland’'
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2018) '‘“What do we mean by Irish music?”: the politics of state-sponsored music publication in independent Ireland’' In: Lorraine Byrne Bodley (eds). Music Preferred: Essays in Musicology, Cultural History and Analysis in honour of Harry White. Vienna: Hollitzer Verlag. [ULIR Link] [Details]
2016 '‘Useless and extravagant? The consumption of music in the Irish country house’'
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2016) '‘Useless and extravagant? The consumption of music in the Irish country house’' In: The country house: material culture and consumption. Swindon: Historic England. [ULIR Link] [Details]
2014 'French horns playing at every meal: musical activity at Carton, 1747-1895''
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2014) 'French horns playing at every meal: musical activity at Carton, 1747-1895'' In: Aspects of Irish aristocratic life: the FitzGeralds and Carton House. Dublin: UCD Press. [Details]
2014 '‘Hemphill’s world: Clonmel and beyond’'
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2014) '‘Hemphill’s world: Clonmel and beyond’' In: Karol Mullaney-Dignam (eds). William Despard Hemphill, Irish Victorian Photographer. Dublin: Irish Government Publications for National Historic Properties, Office of Public Works. [Details]
2014 'Persevering post-PhD: contemporary issues for early career academics’'
Karol Mullaney-DIgnam (2014) 'Persevering post-PhD: contemporary issues for early career academics’' In: Restating the value of Humanities in contemporary contexts. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 2014. [ULIR Link] [Details]
2011 '‘The Music in the Irish Country House project: origins and objectives’'
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2011) '‘The Music in the Irish Country House project: origins and objectives’' In: The Irish country house: its past, present and future. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
2008 'Forging a musical culture: state, nation and music in Ireland, 1922-1932'
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2008) 'Forging a musical culture: state, nation and music in Ireland, 1922-1932' In: Tatjana Marković and Vesna Mikić (eds). Musical Culture and Memory. Belgrade, Serbia: Belgrade University of Arts. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2012 ''Irish country house music collections: Birr Castle, Co. Offaly''
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2012) ''Irish country house music collections: Birr Castle, Co. Offaly''. Brio: Journal of the International Association of Music Libraries, UK and Ireland Branch, 49 (2):23-36 [ULIR Link] [Details]
2012 '‘Spacious and splendid': music, dancing and social life at Glin Castle, 1781-1854'
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2012) '‘Spacious and splendid': music, dancing and social life at Glin Castle, 1781-1854'. Irish Architectural And Decorative Studies, xiv :16-37 [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2015 'Treasure island [on Ilnacullin/Garinish island, Co. Cork]'
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2015) 'Treasure island [on Ilnacullin/Garinish island, Co. Cork]' Irish Arts Review, Summer 2015 . [Details]
2013 ''An “Italian palace” in Co. Roscommon: the creation of Rockingham House, Boyle’'
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2013) ''An “Italian palace” in Co. Roscommon: the creation of Rockingham House, Boyle’' Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society Journal, :12-16. [Details]

Encyclopedia Entry

  Year Publication
2013 Feis Ceoil.
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2013) Feis Ceoil. Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
2013 Tailteann Games [Aonach Tailteann].
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2013) Tailteann Games [Aonach Tailteann]. Encyclopedia Entry [Details]

Article

  Year Publication
2018 What was St Patrick's Day like in 1918?.
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2018) What was St Patrick's Day like in 1918?. Article [ULIR Link] [Details]

Video recording / TV

  Year Publication
2018 Tríd an Lionsa (Through the Lens), episode 1.
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2018) Tríd an Lionsa (Through the Lens), episode 1. Video recording / TV [Details]
2013 The Big House in Ireland.
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2013) The Big House in Ireland. Video recording / TV [Details]
2012 Music and the Irish Country House.
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2012) Music and the Irish Country House. Video recording / TV [Details]

Audiovisual material

  Year Publication
2015 Cultural nexus: the country house in Ireland.
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2015) Cultural nexus: the country house in Ireland. Art Institute of Chicago: Audiovisual material [Details]

Radio Presentation

  Year Publication
2017 Ireland's National Anthems: from God Save the King to The Soldier's Song.
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2017) Ireland's National Anthems: from God Save the King to The Soldier's Song. Radio Presentation [Details]
2014 The FitzGeralds in Ireland.
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2014) The FitzGeralds in Ireland. Radio Presentation [ULIR Link] [Details]

Exhibition

  Year Publication
2015 Bryce House Museum, Co. Cork.
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2015) Bryce House Museum, Co. Cork. Exhibition [Details]
2014 Silent Exposure: The photography of William Despard Hemphill.
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2014) Silent Exposure: The photography of William Despard Hemphill. Exhibition [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2013 Review: Helen Berry, The castrato and his wife (Oxford, 2011).
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2013) Review: Helen Berry, The castrato and his wife (Oxford, 2011). Book Review [ULIR Link] [Details]
2011 Review: Patrick Walsh and A.P.W. Malcomson (eds), The Conolly Archive (Irish Manuscripts Commission, Dublin, 2010).
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2011) Review: Patrick Walsh and A.P.W. Malcomson (eds), The Conolly Archive (Irish Manuscripts Commission, Dublin, 2010). Book Review [Details]

Blog

  Year Publication
2013 ‘Larkin' About: Topical humour from the Weekly Irish Times’.
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2013) ‘Larkin' About: Topical humour from the Weekly Irish Times’. Blog [ULIR Link] [Details]

Consultancy

  Year Publication
2013 Visit Maynooth: Heritage Interpretation Strategy.
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2013) Visit Maynooth: Heritage Interpretation Strategy. Consultancy [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2010 IRC Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow Irish Research Council
2015 Charlemont Research Scholar Royal Irish Academy
2016 New Foundations Grant Awardee Irish Research Council

Consultancy

  Client Description
Office of Public Works

Teaching Interests

I coordinate and contribute to a range of survey and elective modules on Irish, cultural and social history at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I am also course director for the online MA Public History and Cultural Heritage, working with local and national public history practitioners and cultural heritage partners.

International Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country
Sound Heritage University of Southampton
EAERN: Eighteenth-century Arts Education Research Network University of Glasgow