Limerick academics awarded research funding

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Dr Liam Chambers, Head of the Department of History at MIC

IRISH emigration and children’s views on physical education are two fields of research at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) that have been chosen for funding by the Irish Research Council (IRC).

Dr Liam Chambers, Head of the Department of History at MIC and Dr Déirdre Ní Chrónín, Head of the Department of Arts Education and Physical Education at MIC will receive the awards.

Dr Liam Chambers is leading a project to investigate Irish migration to Europe between the 1500s and early 1800s. The project will bring together historians and others working on the ‘Irish in Europe’ for a conference held in collaboration with the Limerick Bastille Day Wild Geese Festival in July.

Dr Chambers commented: “The conference will provide a wonderful opportunity to hear about the latest research on the ‘Wild Geese’ and it is fitting that the event will take place in Limerick, which witnessed the departure of thousands of defeated soldiers and their families for France in the aftermath of the Treaty of Limerick in 1691.

Dr Déirdre Ní Chrónín’s project ‘Leading Children’s Voices in Primary Physical Education (VOICE PE)’,  will allow children to to have their say in PE lessons.

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Dr Ní Chrónín said: It is exciting to partner with teachers who are passionate about teaching PE and committed to making PE a positive learning experience for the children they teach.”

VOICE PE is currently recruiting participants and teachers interested in developing the teaching of PE should email [email protected] to get involved.