About the Researchers

This project is led by Dr John O’Flynn (Principal Investigator) and Dr Áine Mangaoang (Research Fellow), based at the Department of Music, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra (Dublin City University).

Dr John O’Flynn, Principal Investigator


John is Senior Lecturer and Head of Music at St Patrick’s College, and currently directs the department’s MA in Music. He began his music studies at St Patrick’s College and at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama, continuing with postgraduate studies at the Kodály Institute in Hungary and later at the University of London. From 1999-2008 he lectured in music at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick where he also established and directed an MA in Music Education. Following awards for excellence in university teaching from Mary Immaculate College in 2007 and the Shannon Consortium in 2008, he was recipient of a Government of Ireland IRCHSS fellowship in 2008-2009, and was further awarded a research fellowship by An Foras Feasa (The Institute for Research in Irish Historical and Cultural Traditions) in 2011.

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John has contributed to international publications in the areas of national identity and  music, popular music, and intercultural music education. His monograph The Irishness of Irish music (Ashgate) was published in 2009 and he is co-editor of Music and Identity in Ireland and Beyond (Ashgate, 2014) with Dr Mark Fitzgerald, DIT, Conservatory of Music and Drama. He is a member of the editorial board of Music Education Research, and in 2012 co-edited a special issue of the journal on music in higher education with Dr Stephen Broad, Royal Scottish Conservatory of Music. He has been a steering group member of several national music development research projects, including Live Music in the Classroom (Sligo County Council/The Arts Council 2004) and Tiny Voices: An Early Years Music Research Report (Common Ground/ St Patrick’s College, 2013).

Dr Áine Mangaoang, Research Fellow

Áine recently joined the faculty at St Patrick’s College as Postdoctoral Research Fellow, and holds a Visiting Lectureship in Popular Musicology and New Media at Listaháskóli Íslands (Iceland Academy of Arts) in Reykjavik (2013-’16). A graduate of University College Cork, and an Associate Fellow with the Higher Education Academy (UK), Áine received her PhD from the University of Liverpool, where she was the Institute of Popular Music Scholar (2010-‘14). Before joining St Patrick’s College, she was a Lecturer in Musicology at University College Cork, where she convened courses for the MA in Music and Cultural History, B.A. and B.Mus programmes. In 2012-‘13 she was Visiting Research Associate at the Institute of Philippine Culture, Ateneo de Manila University, undertaking field research for her doctoral thesis on the use of music and dance in a Filipino prison.

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Áine is on the Editorial Board for the journal Arts, and peer reviewer for Asian Studies journal, Kritika Kultura, and Networking Knowledge. Recent publications include Postcolonial TextPopular MusicTORTURE: Journal of Torture and Rehabilitation, and MusicSound and the Moving ImageAn advocate of popular music research, since 2011 she has served on the board for the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM UK & Ireland chapter), and is a member of the Society for Music Education in Ireland national committee since 2014. As a musician and music educator, Áine worked with the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s community music programme Sing Out with Strings (2014-’15), and is currently involved with summer SING!, a large-scale, inclusive music education project in Cork city in collaboration with ARTcultureLIFE, Cork Deaf Association and Music Generation Cork City.

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