National award for County Limerick researcher

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Miriam Cummins being congratulated on her award by Professor Eda Sagarra and Professor Jane Ohlmeyer.

A Trinity College postgraduate researcher from County Limerick has been awarded the ‘Eda Sagarra Medal of Excellence’ from the Irish Research Council.

Miriam Cummins from Abbeyfeale was one of four early-career researchers who were awarded ‘Medals of Excellence’ to mark the 15th anniversary of the Irish Research Council and its forebears, the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology.

The ‘Medals of Excellence’ are named after previous Chairs of the Irish Research Council and recognise excellence in the 2017 postgraduate and postdoctoral funding calls run by the Council in both science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) fields and the arts, humanities and social sciences (AHSS).

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The core function of the Council is to support excellent frontiers research across all disciplines and to promote diverse career opportunities for researchers by partnering with employers.  The Council also has a particular role in supporting research with a societal focus, and has established partnerships across government and civic society.

Chairperson of the Irish Research Council, Professor Jane Ohlmeyer said that Ms Cummins received the award for being the top-ranked postgraduate researcher in the arts, humanities and social sciences category, for her research is in post-secularism, gender performativity and performance in the postcolonial world.

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Award winning researcher Miriam Cummins with Irish Research Council chairperson Professor Jane Ohlmeyer.

“This year is a milestone year for the Irish Research Council and its forebears as we are celebrating 15 years of funding excellent research across all disciplines. Over that period, the Council have awarded 7,776 researchers across all disciplines of research. Having a vibrant research community – and strong public support for research – is now more important than ever before.

“I would like to take this opportunity to commend all of the previous Council Chairs, members, Directors and staff of the Irish Research Council and its forbears and would like to wholeheartedly acknowledge their respective contributions to the work of the Council,” Professor Ohlmeyer concluded.

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