Organising Committee Profiles
Dr. Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire is a lecturer in Culinary Arts in the Dublin Institute of Technology. Máirtín is well known as an award winning chef, culinary historian, food writer, broadcaster and ballad singer. In 2009 he became the first Irish chef to be awarded a Ph.D. for his thesis 'The Emergence, Development and Influence of French Haute Cuisine on public dining in Dublin Restaurants 1900-2000: An Oral History' ( http://arrow.dit.ie/tourdoc/12/ ). Máirtín is a regular contributor at the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery and has published numerous articles and book chapters on the subject of Irish food history link to publications. Along with his two Ph.D. candidates, Dorothy Cashman and Tara Kellaghan, Máirtín is building a research cluster around Ireland's culinary past and heritage.
Dr. Eamon Maher is Director of the National Centre for Franco-Irish Studies (NCFIS) in ITT Dublin, where he also lectures in Humanities. In addition to organising annual conferences in various locations in France and Ireland and publishing the proceedings, the NCFIS also recruits postgraduate research students to explore relevant areas of commonality between France and Ireland.
Eamon Maher is also editor of the Reimagining Ireland series with Peter Lang Oxford, which to date has published almost 40 books. He has published widely on Franco-Irish links and on individual authors such as John McGahern, Brian Moore, Jean Sulivan, François Mauriac and Georges Bernanos. His most recent monograph is'The Church and its Spire': John McGahern and the Catholic Question (2011) and he is currently doing a study of the Catholic Novel in the 20 th century.
Brian Murphy currently lectures at the Institute of Technology Tallaght Dublin in hospitality, tourism studies. Following his undergraduate degree in DIT, Brian spent a number of years working in management positions in the hospitality sector both in Ireland and abroad. His first lecturing post was at Brookland's College, Surrey, UK. In 1998, Brian returned to Ireland to lecture at the Institute of Technology Tallaght. He has a particular interest in wine and gastronomy research and is keen to explore the role that place and heritage plays in the marketing of wine and food products. He is currently undertaking a PhD with the National Centre for Franco-Irish Studies. His research investigates the role that place, story and identity can play in modern perceptions of French wine.
Dorothy Cashman is currently researching Irish culinary manuscripts and the culinary traditions of the great Irish houses for a Ph.D. in the Dublin Institute of Technology. After her undergraduate degree in UCD she worked for Aer Lingus and in recent years completed her M.Sc. in Culinary Innovation and New Product Development in DIT (Cathal Brugha Street). Her M.Sc. dissertation was on Ireland's Printed Cookbooks. She is interested in exploring issues surrounding the question of national identity and cuisine and how this intersects with heritage tourism.