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The Trinity Long Room Hub core team is always on hand to support and facilitate the Schools in providing advice, guidance and assistance around a broad range of research issues including managing and promoting research projects and events.

Professor Eve Patten, Director

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Eve Patten took over as Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub in July 2020, having served as Deputy Director to Jane Ohlmeyer throughout 2019-20. A Professor in the School of English and a Fellow of Trinity, Eve has previously served as Head of the School of English and Director of the Trinity Oscar Wilde Centre. A scholar in nineteenth and twentieth-century British and Irish literature, she has lectured and written widely in this field: she is editor of Irish Literature in Transition, 1940-1980 (Cambridge University Press, 2020), and is currently completing a monograph on representations of the Irish revolution in English literary modernism, to be published by Oxford in 2021. Eve has been a frequent contributor to the Irish Times, RTÉ and the BBC, and is series editor for Liverpool University Press’s Studies in Irish Literature. She has also served on various boards for the Irish Arts Council, the Irish Research Council and the Royal Irish Academy, and was a member of the inaugural committee of the Trinity Long Room Hub. As Director, she remains a keen advocate for Arts and Humanities research both within Trinity and across the Long Room Hub’s national and international networks.

Phone: + 353 1 896 1299 | Email:

Professor Ciaran O'Neill, Deputy Director

Caitriona CurtisCiaran O'Neill began his term as Deputy Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub in September 2020. Ciaran also serves as Trinity's Community Liaison Officer. A nineteenth century historian, his first monograph, Catholics of Consequence (2014) wone the JS Donnelly Prize at the American Conference for Irish Studies. He is editor (with Finola O'Kane Crimmins) of the forthcoming MUP collection, Ireland, Slavey and the Caribbean (2021) and is currently completing a second monograph entitled Life in a Palliative State. His current research projects focus on the Eastern Caribbean. Ciaran is a series editor for both Liverpool University Press’s Reappraisals in Irish History and the SSNCI series. He has held visiting research fellowships at the University of Sâo Paulo, Boston College, University of Notre Dame, and at St Mary's University Halifax

Phone: +353 1 896 1405 | Email:

Dr Caitriona Curtis, Executive Director

Caitriona CurtisCaitriona joined the Trinity Long Room Hub as Institute Manager in 2012. She works closely with the Director on the development and implementation of the Institute’s strategic policies, programmes and initiatives. She is responsible for the financial management of the Institute, its governance and reporting, communications and public relations strategy, human resources and overall day to day operations. She is also Programme Manager of the Institute’s visiting fellowship programme (2017-20) co-funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions.

Prior to this role Caitriona worked directly with the Provost of the university, managing the diverse demands of this high profile office for 8 years as well as contributing to the development and support of key university initiatives such as strategic planning and the Creative Arts, Technologies and Cultures initiative. 

Phone: +353 1 896 4517 | Email:

Maureen Burgess, Research Programme Officer

Maureen BurgessMaureen Burgess has been the research programme officer (RPO) in the Trinity Long Room Hub since autumn 2013. Her main role is to help staff affiliated to the Trinity Long Room Hub schools to identify and apply for competitive research funding. Before working in the Trinity Long Room Hub, Maureen worked in research funding administration roles in the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (now the Irish Research Council).
She holds a B Comm (European) with French from University College Cork and a Postgraduate Diploma in international business development from the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Maureen can be contacted with queries regarding working with the Trinity Long Room Hub schools to access opportunities for research funding.

Phone: +353 1 896 4277 | Email:

Eva Muhlhause, Accounts & Projects Officer

Eva MuhlhauseEva joined the Trinity Long Room Hub in March 2008 and is the Accounts and Projects Officer with responsibility for all financial and purchasing functions as well as supporting various research projects hosted at the Institute.

In addition, she is integral to the administration of programmes such as the Research Incentive Scheme and the Visiting Research Fellowship Scheme.  She serves on various administrative financial committees on campus and is the Purchase Order Administrator for part of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Prior to the Trinity Long Room Hub Eva worked in Trinity’s School of Business, the University of Missouri in Columbia, and in the private sector.

Phone: +353 1 896 4223 | Email:

Dr Emily Johnson, Research Support

Emily JohnsonEmily initially joined Trinity Long Room Hub as a Graduate Fellow during her PhD and has been delighted to take a more active role in the institute’s operations since. Emily can be contacted about our extensive program of public humanities events and about running arts and humanities conferences, symposia, public lectures, workshops and other research events at Trinity Long Room Hub.

Emily holds a PhD in Digital Humanities from Trinity College Dublin. Her doctoral work analysed literary space and the ethics of artistic production in Roberto Bolaño’s final novel, 2666.

Phone: +353 1 896 3174 | Email:

Aoife King, Communications Officer

Aoife KingAoife joined the Trinity Long Room Hub in October 2015 as Communications Officer and co-ordinator of the Consultations series. A graduate of Politics and International Relations from the University of Edinburgh, UCD and most recently in International Business from DIT, Aoife has previously worked with Tourism Ireland in Milan in a marketing role and prior to that in Irish public affairs, advising clients on parliamentary and legislative procedures, political communications and public policy.

Aoife works with the Institute team to find new ways to bring the wide-ranging research taking place in Trinity's Arts and Humanities to a wider audience, through Institute reports, signature events, social media, news e-zines, written features for the website, videos and much more.  Aoife also assists researchers with media relations around signature and co-sponsored events taking place in the Institute in conjunction with Trinity’s Communications office.

Phone: +353 1 896 3895 | Email:

Francesca O'Rafferty, Creative and Marketing Officer

Francesca joined the Trinity Long Room Hub in September 2017 as Events Promotions Officer. Francesca has BA in Fine Art and a MSc from TCD in Interactive Digital Media, she previously worked for the Irish Film and Television Awards(IFTA) as their multimedia manager.

Francesca works with event’s organisers, researchers, fellows and Institute supported Themes and schools to promote their work and increase public engagement through the Institute website, weekly newsletters, social media channels, podcasts and live streaming of events.

Phone: +353 1 896 4560 | Email:

Dr Giovanna Lima, Research Impact Officer

Giovanna joined the Trinity Long Room Hub as Research Impact Officer in January 2020. Working closely with the Hub team and the Office of the Dean of Research and the Library’s research informatics unit, she is dedicated to identifying, supporting the development of, and communicating the diversity of impacts arising from Trinity’s Arts and Humanities research, viz. the programmes of the Trinity Long Room Hub and its nine academic partner Schools.

Giovanna holds a PhD in Public Administration and Government by Fundação Getulio Vargas in São Paulo, Brazil. She has previously worked with research and consultancy, and public administration at the local level.

Phone: +353 1 896 4075 | Email:

Dr Caoimhe Whelan, Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Research Fellow

Aoife KingCaoimhe is working on the public history documentary project, From That Small Island: The Story of the Irish, based at the Trinity Long Room Hub. This project, a collaboration between Trinity College Dublin and the University of Notre Dame, examines Irish history and identity through the ages.

Caoimhe holds a PhD from the Department of History, Trinity College Dublin which examined the influence of the writer Gerald of Wales on the medieval and early modern historiography of Ireland. This was funded by the Irish Research Council and she was awarded the title of Daniel O’Connell Scholar by the council for this fellowship. Caoimhe subsequently held a two-year IRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Trinity Medieval History Research Centre on the earliest English language writing in Ireland. She has an MA from the Department of English at University College Cork in Medieval and Renaissance literature and a BA in History and English from Cork where she was College Scholar.

She has taught in the Department of History at Trinity and her research interests include: book and textual history, translation, social history, identity, and the Irish abroad. Caoimhe is also Honorary Secretary of the heritage and research group, the Friends of Medieval Dublin.

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