M.S.Ed, MA in English (Children’s Literature)
English Literature :
BEd 1: language, Literacy and Literature;
BEd 2 Language, Literacy and Literature 2, Traditional Story;
B.Ed 4 Children’s Literature Studies;
PME 2 Children’s Literature Specialism
Research / Professional Interests
Identity and ideology in children’s literature, the representation of the past in children’s fiction, mythology and fantasy fiction, representations of home and homeland in children’s fiction, Irish children’s literature history, picturebook interpretation and critical thinking. Ciara is co-editor of What do we tell the children? Critical essays on children’s literature (Cambridge Scholars, 2012). She has recently been involved in research on the National Collection of Children’s Books (NCCB).
(2004). Forging national identity: The adventure stories of Eilís Dillon. In C. Keenan & M. Shine Thompson (Eds.).Studies in children’s literature 1500-2000 (pp.112-119). Dublin: Four Courts Press.
(2005). Cynical or compassionate? The young adult novels of Robert Cormier. The Journal of Children’s Literature Studies 1(2): 23-32.
(2005). Championing Irish children’s literature: A postcolonial analysis of Lady Gregory’s Cuchulain of Muirthemne. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature, 43 ( 2):13-21.
(2007). A divided union; Reformation and reconciliation in Maria Edgeworth’s Orlandino. In V. Coghlan & C. Keenan (Eds.). Divided worlds; Political and social conflict in children’s literature (pp. 22-31). Dublin: Four Courts Press.
(2007). Elizabeth O’Hara. In V. Coghlan & S. Parkinson (Eds.). Irish children’s writers and illustrators 1996-2006: A selection of essays (pp. 70-88). Dublin: CICE/CBI Publications.
(2009). Reinterpreting the past: Inclusiveness in Siobhán Parkinson’s ‘Amelia’ novels. The Journal of Children’s Literature Studies. 6 (3): 60-70.
(2011). Mythologizing Ireland. In V. Coghlan & K. O’Sullivan (Eds.) Irish children’s literature and culture: New perspectives on contemporary writing (pp.7-27). London: Routledge.
(2011). Recovering a heroic past: The Táin retold. In M. Shine Thompson (Ed.)Young Irelands: Studies in children’s literature (pp.67-80). Dublin: Four Courts Press. Ed. with Patricia Kennon.(2012). What do we tell the children? Critical essays on children’s literature. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
(2014). Reading between the lines: Interpreting picture-text interactions in picturebooks. In N. Fortune, A. Kelly & F. Nic Fhionnlaoich (Eds.). Language, literacy and literature: Re-imagining teaching and learning (pp.14-23). Dublin: Reading Association of Ireland.
(2014). Recovery of origins: identity and ideology in the work of O.R. Melling. In M.T Keyes & A. McGillicuddy (Eds.) Politics and ideology in children’s literature (p.83-94). Dublin: Four Courts Press.
(forthcoming) From superstition to enchantment: The evolution of T. Crofton Croker’s Fairy legends and traditions of the south of Ireland. In K. O’ Sullivan & P. Whyte (Eds.) Collections, archives and children’s literature: A model for research. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Ciara lectures in English literature on the Bachelor in Education and Professional Masters in Education programmes. She is coordinator of the MIE Writer in Residence Programme. Ciara’s background is in primary school teaching. She specialized in the teaching of literacy and in educational disadvantage in New York State University College at Oneonta, where she conducted research on the writing process of kindergarteners. Part of her course involved work placements in a diagnostic and remedial clinic, a head-start preschool centre and a detention centre for young offenders. After a number of years teaching in Mary Help of Christians G.N.S., Ciara went on to study children’s literature in St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, where she was awarded a research scholarship to conduct a postcolonial analysis of Irish children’s literature. Since then she has published numerous articles and book chapters on children’s literature and edited a collection of critical essays by leading international scholars in the field. Ciara is a founder member and former President of The Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature (ISSCL) and served for many years on its executive committee and on the executive committee of IBBY Ireland (the Irish branch of the International Board on Books for Young People). She is a member of CBI (Children’s Books Ireland) and Poetry Ireland. She has served on the judging panel for the Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Award and was chair of the awards in 2015. Ciara is a regular reviewer for Inis and has reviewed for The Irish Literary Supplement, Bookfest, Cross-Currents: A guide to multicultural books for young people, and Bookbird; A Journal of International Children’s Literature.
MS Ed scholarship to New York State University, Oneonta awarded by St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra (1986-87) MA research scholarship awarded by St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra (2001-2002)