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Imbolc & the first day of Spring

Inspired by St Brigid’s Day and the Celtic festival of Imbolc, which traditionally mark the beginning of spring in Ireland, DIAS will be profiling some inspiring female researchers from its disciplines in the lead-up to International Women’s Day on 8th March.

This week, we will be focusing on influential women from the history of Celtic Studies, both at DIAS, where we have a world-leading hub in the discipline, and more broadly. Over the coming days, we will be uploading a series of videos in which current researchers at DIAS and other institutes with which we have friendly links tell us about one of these inspiring figures and give us an insight into her legacy.

The first of these is by Dr Christina Cleary, O’Donovan Scholar at the School of Celtic Studies at DIAS. In this video, Dr Cleary discusses the life and work of Prof Eleanor Knott, MRIA, the first Chair in Early Irish at Trinity College Dublin.

In case you missed it, last week, our Registrar and CEO, Dr Eucharia Meehan, MRIA, was interviewed by the Heritage Council for International Day of Women and Girls in Science as part of a podcast on Dr Sheila Power Tinney, the first Irish woman to achieve a PhD in mathematical science and one of the first postdoctoral fellows to be appointed by DIAS after its establishment in 1940. You can listen to it here: