Recent Publications

The Food Issue, volume 41 of the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies,
co-edited with Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire (2018).

Table of Contents:

Irish Food: A First Course
Rhona Richman Kenneally

Anatomy of an Award-Winning Irish Dish: Celeriac baked in barley and fermented hay, hazelnut, celeriac, and smoked hay tea
Mark Moriarty

Recipe: Celeriac baked in barley and fermented hay, hazelnut, celeriac, and smoked hay tea
Mark Moriarty

Contextualizing the Irish Food Renaissance
Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire

Sugar Bakers and Confectioners in Georgian Ireland
Dorothy Cashman

Recipe-Collecting, Embodied Imagination, and Transatlantic Connections in an Irish Emigrant’s Cooking
Mary Wack

Irish Cuisine: Irish Diplomatic Dining
Elaine Mahon

Bleak Food: William Wilde, Famine, and Gastronomy
Helen O’Connell

“This pernicious tea drinking habit”: Women, Tea, and Respectability in Nineteenth-Century Ireland
Tricia Cusack

“Take and Eat”: Links between the Eucharist and Human Flesh in some Twentieth-Century Irish Texts
Eamon Maher

“Well, we didn’t pass a bit o’ remarks on it. It was second nature to us”: The Rituals of Fasting in Ireland before Vatican II
Marjorie Deleuze

What’s for Dinner?: Eating Practices in Residential Care Centres for Young People in Ireland
Deirdre Byrne

“Sunk past its gleam in the meal-bin”: The Kitchen as Locus Amoenus in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney
Eugene O’Brien


The Vibrant House: Irish Writing and Domestic Space, a collection of essays, creative writing, and images, co-edited by Lucy McDiarmid (Montclair University). Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2017. 


‘Combining poetry, image, personal meditation, and scholarly essay into one beautifully produced volume, The Vibrant House comprises a fascinating and multi-layered examination of some of the foundational images in a literature in which notions of ‘home’, ‘property’, and ‘possession’ can never be simply and uncomplicatedly incidental’, Caitríona O’Reilly, Poetry Ireland (2018).

‘Setting the mood to house building and what the home really means … The Vibrant House is a treasure trove of original works … an inspiring read’, Selfbuild Magazine (Summer 2018).

‘From the ground surveyed by architectural historians, geographers, and scholars of folklife, this fresh book flowers with a bounty of images, memories, and fine writing to enrich our understanding of the house, the home, and the act of dwelling, while welcoming us into the common Irish homes that stand between the Georgian mansion and the thatched cabin’, Henry Glassie, Indiana University.

‘By drawing attention to the quotidian materiality of Irish domestic space this engaging book bravely puts together scholarly and non-scholarly approaches to address larger existential questions of belonging. The attention to the visual, spatial and material nature of ‘home’ is thoughtfully unpacked through discussions of interior architecture, personal memory, fiction, poetry, drama and film, in a variety of tones that invoke reflective questions of interiority, privacy, status and cultural representation. By examining how we connect to, experience and ‘see’ home, this collection gives us a template for how to overlay textual analysis, memoir, and visual culture in a manner rarely seen within Irish literary or historical studies’, Elaine Sisson, Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Ireland.  

Read an excerpt of the book in the Irish Times:
Theo Dorgan, “Theo Dorgan: Back to the House My Father Built,”

Listen to a discussion of the book on RTÉ Radio One’s current affairs program, Arena: