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Dr Fáinche Ryan

Director, Loyola Institute

Assistant Professor in Systematic Theology


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Fáinche Ryan is the current Director of the Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin. She has lectured in theology at Trinity since 2013. Before taking up her post at Trinity she lectured for five years at Mater Dei Institute, Dublin City University, and prior to this was Tutor in Theology at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, Cambridge, and an affiliated lecturer at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge.

Her research and teaching interests include:

  • New thinking in the theology of leadership and ordination
  • The role of Church in a pluralist society
  • Eucharistic theology
  • Medieval theology and the theology of Thomas Aquinas
She is currently working on the virtue of truth telling, with particular focus on how the theology of Thomas Aquinas might be brought to engage in current debate in what might be termed about the concept of 'post-truth'. Since joining the staff at Trinity her research interests have expanded to include an interest in the early Irish church, and in particular the theology of the Book of Kells.