Open Call for 2018 Maria Helena Kopschitz and Gus Martin Memorial Postgraduate Scholarships

UCD Foundation is delighted to announce the continued support of the Maria Helena Kopschitz and Gus Martin Memorial Postgraduate Scholarships in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama.


Maria Helena Kopschitz was Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Fluminense Federal University, in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Professor Kopschitz retained strong links with Ireland throughout her career. She served as Vice-President of the Brazilian Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (ABEI). She was a highly accomplished and sensitive translator, her legacy of translation including a myriad of poems, plays and short stories. This scholarship will strengthen the long tradition of cultural links between Ireland and Brazil by supporting Brazilian students to further their education in Anglo-Irish literature.


The Maria Helena Kopschitz Scholarship in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama was established in 2014 and honours the pioneering contribution to Irish studies in Brazil made by Professor Maria Helena Kopschitz. This scholarship is sponsored by a generous donor and will provide full tuition (international fee) and accommodation costs to a Brazilian student to pursue the UCD MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama. For information on how to apply for the 2018 UCD Maria Helena Kopschitz Scholarship, download this pdf.


Professor Gus Martin was a respected figure nationally and internationally in academia, the study of Irish literature and politics; he served as a member of Seanad Éireann (1973-1981) and was Chairman of the Board of the Abbey Theatre (1985). In 1964 he joined the English department of UCD as a lecturer specialising in Anglo-Irish literature and was subsequently involved with the redrawing of the schools’ English literature curriculum as a founder member of the Association for Teachers of English (ATE). During this period, he edited the text books Exploring English (1 and 3) and Soundings. In 1973, he competed his doctoral thesis on James Stephens. In 1979, he succeeded Roger McHugh as Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature.


The Gus Martin Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama was established in 2015 and honours the contribution and legacy to Irish literary studies of the late Professor Augustine Martin, Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama (1979-1995). This scholarship is sponsored by a generous donor and will provide full tuition (international fee) to a graduate of a North American college/university to pursue the UCD MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama, a unique educational and cultural experience that will be invaluable to the scholar’s future life and career. For information on how to apply for the 2018 UCD Gus Martin Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship, download this pdf.


UCD Energy Institute welcomes Dr Eddie O’Connor to UCD for launch of SuperNode

UCD Energy Institute recently welcomed Dr Eddie O’Connor (BE, MIE), the founder and chairman of Mainstream Renewable Power and Global Wind Energy Council’s Global Ambassador to UCD O’Brien Centre for Science for the official launch of the SuperNode.


In 2001 Dr O’Connor initiated proposals for the Supergrid which resulted in the establishment of ‘The Friends of the Supergrid’ (FOSG) who advocate for the interconnection of different grids to achieve an interconnected smart infrastructure, empower citizens and to harmonise European Energy Policy.


“Last year, for the first time ever, Europe generated more electricity from wind, solar and biomass than from coal. This is a clear sign that a transformation is underway, but we need to go further, faster.”


Dr O’Connor also praised the work that is underway across the North Seas region to better connect countries and he emphasised the need for a single architect to design a meshed grid based on the SuperNode, which he said will be, “the electric super-highway which will link wind generation in Ireland to customers across the continent and bring Spanish solar power to light homes in Dublin.”


During his talk he referenced the President of France, Emmanuel Macron’s six key actions to change Europe and to lead international action on climate change and stated that: “Ultimately, the SuperNode will bring about the type of ‘ecological transformation’ that President Macron has called for.”






Introducing MoLI – A museum of literature for the world’s greatest storytellers

On Friday 2 February, UCD Foundation joined in the official launch event of the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) at the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Iveagh House, Dublin. A historic partnership between UCD and the National Library of Ireland, the new landmark cultural institution will be in the heart of Dublin at Newman House, the original home of UCD.


The day was significant for many reasons: it represented not only James Joyce’s birthday, but also the anniversary of the first ever publication of one of his most celebrated texts, Ulysses.


The Museum of Literature Ireland sets a precedent for large scale, collaborative public engagement projects in the cultural heritage sector. Dr Sandra Collins, Director of the National Library of Ireland said: “This exciting partnership brings together expertise and priceless treasures from the National Library and UCD to create a new and unique destination, the MoLI. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to share our extraordinary collections, including Copy No. 1 of Ulysses, with visitors from across Ireland and the world.”


Eamonn Ceannt, Chair, MoLI, acknowledged the donors and support that the project has received to date: “MoLI could not have been made possible without the extraordinary generosity of Martin & Carmel Naughton, Desmond Green and Catherine Cotter as well as other significant philanthropic contributions and a most welcome €2.5m grant from Fáilte Ireland.”


Outlining Fáilte Ireland’s commitment to the project, the tourism authority’s Chairman Michael Cawley emphasised: “Literature is in the fabric of Dublin and the city is rightly renowned for its rich literary heritage. I have always felt that Dublin, and indeed Ireland, deserves a project of scale, ambition and impact to appropriately reflect the contribution of its native writers. For us in tourism, Dublin truly is the ‘City of Words’ and-with this new attraction-we now have the ability to express that clearly and give visitors the opportunity to explore our literary past and immerse themselves in the city’s contemporary writing scene.”


While MoLI will showcase and interpret the history of Ireland’s literary culture, it will also look to the present and future of Irish writing. This dual vision will be achieved through an education and outreach programme that will include school programmes, lectures, seminars and symposia, writer and publisher interviews and readings, digital broadcasting, artistic commissions, as well as book clubs, social events and research facilities.


Simon O’Connor, Director of MoLI, spoke about the contemporary approach to the museum: “The 21st Century museum is not a place that simply remembers what went before. It is a site of vastly different experiences, inspired by the past and imagining the future, through an open door and with an open mind.”


The Museum of Literature Ireland will open in Spring 2019 and UCD Foundation looks forward to the many celebrations of Irish literature that MoLI will bring in its wake.

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