Dr Eleanor O'Leary


Assistant Lecturer in Media & Communications

Department of Sport, Media and Marketing, Carlow Campus

e: Eleanor.oleary@itcarlow.ie      t: 059 9175384

  • Research Interests
  • Publications
  • Research Supervision
  • Engagement and Collaboration

Research Interests

Dr Eleanor O'Leary is Assistant Lecturer in Media and Communications at the Institute of Technology, Carlow.  She is the author of Youth and Popular Culture in 1950s Ireland (Bloomsbury, 2018). Other recent publications include 'Emigration, return migration and surprise homecomings' (Irish Studies Review, 2016) co-written with Prof Diane Negra (UCD).  Dr O'Leary is currently completing a research project in conjunction with Prof Diane Negra (UCD) and Dr Anthony McIntyre (UCD) funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland on the topic of broadcasting Irish emigration in an era of global mobility. 


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

MacIntyre, A., Negra, D and O’Leary, E, “Broadcasting Irish Emigration in an Era of Global Mobility”, European Journal of Popular Culture, (To be published summer 2018)

O’Leary, E. and Negra, D. 2016. ‘Emigration, Return Migration and Surprise Homecomings in Post-Celtic Tiger Ireland’ Irish Studies Review, May 2016

Books and Book Chapters

O’Leary, E. 2018. Youth and Popular Culture in 1950s Ireland. London: Bloomsbury

O’Leary, E. 2015. “Desperate Housewives: The Desire for Modern Lifestyles in 1950s Ireland” in Rebecca Anne Barr, Sarah-Anne Buckley and Laura Kelly (eds), Engendering Ireland: New Reflections on Modern Irish History and Literature, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press

Conference Proceedings and Papers

‘Irish Migration on British Television since 2009’, Global Irish Diaspora Conference, University College Dublin. August 2017

‘Irish Migration on British Television since 2009’, British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies Conference 2016, Reading University. April 2016

‘Emigration, Return Migration and Surprise Homecoming in Post-Celtic Tiger Ireland’, Conflict, Migration and Identity in Modern Ireland Conference, Trinity College Dublin/Carlow College/VISUAL Carlow. April 2016

Teddy Boys, Youth Culture and Class in 1950s Ireland’, Class and Culture in 20th Century Ireland Conference, Cambridge University. April 2015

‘Teenagers and Popular Culture in 1950s Ireland’, National University of Ireland Galway, Postgraduate Seminar, Department of History. October 2014

‘Teenagers and the Cinema in 1950s Ireland’, Irish Film Institute Afternoon Talk. May 2014

National & Transnational Cultural Flows & Place Summer School, NUI Maynooth/Annenberg School for Communications, University of Pennsylvania (Participant). July 2013

‘Teenagers and Teenpics in 1950s Ireland’, Ireland and Cinema: Culture and Contexts, Film Studies, UCC. April 2013

‘The “hypercomplexity” of representing social spaces in media research’, Beyond mediacentricity: Media Studies and Social Theory, DCU/NUIM Centre for the Study of Media, Power and the Public Doctoral Seminar. February 2013

Women, desire and modernity in 1950s Ireland’, European Popular Culture Association Conference 2012, London College of Fashion. July 2012

‘Women, desire and modernity in 1950s Ireland’, Gender and Irish Society in the 19th and 20th Century: New perspectives and new ideas, NUI Galway. March 2012

‘Women, desire and modernity in 1950s Ireland’, New Voices in Irish Criticism: Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference, University College Dublin. June 2011

‘The Challenges of an Interdisciplinary Approach’, An Foras Feasa PhD Colloquium, NUI Maynooth. November 2010

Other Research Outputs

O’Leary, E. and Negra, D. 2015. ‘Surprising Mammy: Why homecoming videos pack such an emotional punch, The Irish Times. 23 July. [online] http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/generation-emigration/destinations/returning-to-ireland/surprising-mammy-why-homecoming-videos-pack-such-an-emotional-punch-1.2293731

‘Teenagers and the Cinema in 1950s Ireland’, Irish Film Institute Afternoon Talk, May 2014


Research Supervision

Areas of interest as a supervisor include
  • Media studies
  • Popular culture
  • Social media
  • Television studies
  • Irish studies
  • Migration/mobility

Engagement and Collaboration