Trinity celebrates its new Scholars and Fellows

Posted on: 22 April 2024

In total, there are 73 new Scholars this year, 43 new Fellows, three new Professorial Fellows and four Honorary Fellows across a range of disciplines.

Group of robed academics behind a podium

Trinity College Dublin announced a new cohort of Fellows and Scholars today, on Trinity Monday. Provost Dr Linda Doyle, following the tradition, stood on the steps of the Public Theatre in Front Square at 10 am to read out their names.  

In total, there are 73 new Scholars this year, 43 new Fellows, three new Professorial Fellows and four Honorary Fellows across a range of disciplines. 

Scholar is kissed on Front SquareAbove: Piotr Gorecki (Economic and Social Studies) is congratulated by Antonina Wawrak and Stephen Flannery

Provost Dr Linda Doyle said: 

"I warmly congratulate all those who have been elected to Fellowship and Scholarship today. It really is a remarkable academic achievement, and forms part of a long and special tradition at Trinity College Dublin. 

I also want to congratulate every single person who sat the Schols exams this year. Maith sibh go léir.” 

This year’s Scholars come from a broad range of disciplines, including Law, Medicine, Computer Science, Nursing and English Studies. Each Scholar is entitled to a range of benefits, including free accommodation on campus. They are selected based on the result of an examination in their subject area. 

Four Honorary Fellows were announced. They were: 

Professor Peter Gallagher 

Peter Gallagher is Head of Astrophysics at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and Director of DIAS Dunsink Observatory. He has a long association with Trinity, having been a Professor of Physics, Director of the Physics & Astrophysics Moderatorship and Associate Dean of Research.  

Professor Gallagher led the installation of the LOFAR radio telescope at Birr Castle and is involved in numerous ESA and NASA space missions to study the Sun.  

He holds a BSc in Physics & Mathematics from University College Dublin and an MSc and a PhD in Physics from Queen's University Belfast and was a Research Fellow at Owens Valley Solar Array and Big Bear Solar Observatory in California and at NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre.  

He is a co-founder of the Astronomical Observatories of Ireland, a cross-border initiative to build closer links between Armagh, Birr and Dunsink.  Professor Gallagher was invested as a Chevalier of the Ordre des Palmes académiques in 2017. 


Deborah Kelleher 

Appointed Director of the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) in October 2010, Deborah Kelleher has played an integral role in the strategic development of the institution’s international profile, outreach, estate, and academic courses. 

In 2013, the RIAM became an associate college of Trinity College, the University of Dublin (TCD), and Deborah led this significant transition. RIAM has also forged significant performance partnerships with many of the world’s most prestigious music conservatoires, including the Juilliard School, New York, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Conservatoire de Paris, Mozarteum University Salzburg and the Liszt Academy, Hungary. RIAM successfully bid for Erasmus+ funding to investigate power relations in higher music education (known as PRIhME), a significant research project which will influence learning and working environments across the international music education sector. 

In January 2023, the RIAM re-opened its transformed campus on Westland Row in Dublin, a re-development devised and project managed under Deborah’s leadership and funded through public funds and private donors. In 2022 Deborah was elected President of the European Association of Conservatoires, an umbrella group for over 300 conservatoires and the leading voice for Higher Music Education in Europe. 

Deborah graduated from Trinity with a B.A (Mod.) in pure music in 1994. 


Prof. Dermot Kelleher 

Prof. Dermot Kelleher is a very proud graduate of Trinity College Dublin (MB 1978, MD 1994) who has led major medical schools in four countries across three continents, including Trinity College Dublin, Imperial College London concurrent with the Lee Kong Chian Medical School in Singapore and the University of British Columbia (UBC). He joined UBC in 2015 and serves as the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Vice-President, Health. 

Prof. Kelleher’s career has had a major focus on translational medicine: his research has examined immune responses in gastrointestinal disease and cancer and has resulted in more than 300 publications and 14 patents and the founding of three companies. Over the years he has received many prestigious awards including Wellcome Senior Fellowship in Clinical Science, and the St. Luke’s, Graves and Conway Medals from the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland. He has also held many leadership positions in academic medicine in Ireland, Europe and Canada. 


Elizabeth Oldham  

Elizabeth Oldham read mathematics in Trinity; she was awarded Scholarship in 1963 and a Gold Medal in 1965. Following graduate study in London, she returned to Trinity to do the Higher Diploma in Education and (after teaching in school) to take a Masters in Education degree. She then worked in the School of Education until 2010, with some part-time secondment to the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. Semi-retired, she teaches and supervises projects in the School of Mathematics while continuing her research.  

Elizabeth’s main research area is mathematics education. She has been involved especially with large-scale comparative studies of curriculum and achievement; this ongoing work informs many of her publications. She publishes also on teacher education, use of IT in education, and computing education.  Her teaching encompassed mathematics education, mathematics, IT / computing, statistics, research methods, and supervising students’ research. She served on College committees and with student societies, and was a Tutor for 32 years.  

Elizabeth has engaged with many academic and professional bodies. In 2016 she was made an Honorary Member of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe. The Educational Studies Association of Ireland and the Irish Mathematics Teachers’ Association recently gave her Lifetime Achievement awards. 

New Scholar embraced by friendsAbove: Kate Fennell, Scholar in PPES, is congratulated by friends

A full list of Scholars (in order of discipline):

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Ruairí Goodwin
Dylan Sheehan
Anastazja Kotlewska

Chemical Sciences

Ziga Roblek
Tiago Marques

Children's and General Nursing

Caitríona O Connell Shelley
Aoife Carr

Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology

Quinn Schein

Clinical Speech and Language Studies 

Aibhe Cronin

Computer Science

Justin Ikechukwu Cunningham
Adam Watters

Dental Science

Shirlynn Lee

Drama and Theatre Studies

Rachel Holmes
Mats Van Sluis

Economic and Social Studies

Piotr Górecki


Oscar Murphy
Niall Maguire

English Studies

Jane Emmins
Eavan O'Keeffe
Zoe Breen

European Studies

Joseph Carmody


Luca Reuland-Donlon

Human Health and Disease

Ava Dinnigan


Nathan Siung
Patrick O'Halloran
Ali McCarthy
Daire Murray
Shannon Watts

Law and French

Katie Wickham


Taiga Shimazu Murray


Cian Morgan
Vishnu Mohan
Ahmed Alshahrabally
Laura Cole
Ruby Kelly
Karlo Vidovic
Aleksandra Majkusiak
Harry Condell

Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures

Eve Townsley
Nicholas O'Keeffe


Julianne Prades


Joy Byrne
Nicole Adove

Occupational Therapy

Ella Martin


Abby Courtney
Íde Swanton


Maya Koka
Berenice Guerrero
Aaron Martin
Giorgia Carli

Philosophy, Political Science, Economics
and Sociology

Shane Burke
Georgina Dowling
Eoin Connolly
Kate Fennell
Lara Smith

Physical Sciences 

Erasmo Marcozzi


Erin McIlwaine


Cooney Lochlan
Michael Fanning

Trinity Joint Honours 
Irish and Modern Language Max Ó Donnchú
History and Philosophy Eva Hendley
Classical Civilisation and English Literature Rhys Pearce
Geography and Sociology Phoebe Hill
History and Philosophy Raymond Meyer
History and History of Art and Architecture Nora Mulvehill
English Literature and History Michelle Schmidt
Economics and Philosophy Nina Stremersch
Law and History Alannah Ryan
Linguistics and Philosophy Giulia Villa
English Literature and History Liam Kelly
Film Studies and English Literature Isabella Hogg
Law and Business Liam O'Flanagan
Law and Political Science Conor Healy

A full list of Fellows

Professor Joanne Banks
Professor Julie Bates
Professor Gareth Bennett
Professor Caroline Brophy
Professor Andrew Butterfield
Professor Yekaterina Chzhen
Professor Catherine Conlon
Professor Deirdre Mary Connolly
Professor Catherine Darker
Professor Jesse Dillon Savage
Professor Hal Duncan
Professor Peter Dunne
Professor Susan Flynn
Professor John Gallagher
Professor Edurne Garcia Iriarte
Professor Bidisha Ghosh
Professor Neale Gibson
Professor Joseph Augustine Harbison
Professor Meriel Huggard
Professor David Igoe
Professor Alan Irvine
Professor Jo-Hanna Ivers
Professor Iracema Leroi
Professor Kate Maguire
Professor Stephen Maher
Professor Joanna McGouran
Professor Eoin McNamee
Professor Michael Monaghan
Professor Gary Moran
Professor Damian Murchan
Professor Noel Ó Murchadha
Professor Anne O'Connell
Professor Martha O'Hagan Luff
Professor Nicholas Payne
Professor Daniele Pevarello
Professor Maria Porcedda
Professor Maria Jose Santos-Martinez
Professor Matthew Saunders
Professor Fintan Sheerin
Professor Kenneth Silver
Professor Mark Sweetnam
Professor Christofer Jürgen Uhlich
Professor Sven Vanneste

Professorial Fellows

Professor David Collings
Professor Lindsey Earner-Byrne
Professor Cathal Walsh


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