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Matthew has a proven track record in ethically managing large amounts of often sensitive archived information and summarizing its value through writing, networking, social media and teaching.

He is highly skilled at auditing and promoting special collections within cinema and broadcasting archives.

A confident and self assured, self directed, motivated and energetic team player he catalogued several thousand documents and completed a doctoral thesis in just four years and three months.

He has excellent presentation and report writing skills with two published papers, several conference papers and a doctoral thesis that he is rewriting for publication.

He has a first class honours degree and was awarded a Ph.D. scholarship through open competition.

As the co-ordinator of a second year undergraduate module, liaising with academic staff, he has excellent team leading, interpersonal and communication skills.

Along with his academic specialisation in Irish media history he has radio and television experience as a researcher and an interviewee.

Work experience

Oct 2015Present

Media Tutor

Pulse College

Designing and delivering two City and Guilds Level 3 VRQ modules on media industries in Ireland. These form part of the Advanced Diploma in Film Production at Pulse College, a subsidiary of Windmill Lane Recording Studies which also runs BA courses in Film Studies with Griffith College. Classes take the form of mini-lectures and workshops and students are assessed through in-class presentations and written assignments.

Unit 301 covers Media Law in Ireland, the Irish Film Classifications Office, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland and the Irish Film Board (see attached document). Students learn how these organisations regulate standards in Irish television and film production and provide funding opportunities for filmmakers.

Unit 302 covers the different contact bodies and service providers that Irish filmmakers can utilize. Students work towards drawing up a contacts list of emergency services, media organisations, copyright and insurance companies, exhibition outlets for film and film equipment rental. They also explore the various stock image/footage/audio providers, news agencies, media directories and Distribution opportunities available in an Irish context.

Both modules are delivered to separate groups of full-time and part-time students.

My role also involves facilitating students with learning difficulties, liaising with colleagues to implement student tracking policies, collecting, storing and processing assessment material some of which is video recorded, preparing sample materials for external examination, keeping records of attendance, motivating students, promoting high standards of written and verbal expression, and encouraging professional attitudes towards timekeeping, presentation, and conduct in group exercises.

The course has also given me an opportunity to update my own specialisation in Irish film and television history.

Sep 2013Jul 2014

Lecturer in Irish Cinema & Television

University College Dublin

Designed and delivered an innovative new course in Irish Film and Television for the BA in English with Film at University College Dublin.

  • Designing module to meet BA in English with Film academic requirements.
  • Introducing Irish television history to the degree programme based on my doctoral research.
  • Holding weekly in-office consultation hours.
  • Designing and updating a Virtual Learning Environment using University software.
  • Liaising with academic colleagues to track student progress.
  • Essay-based assessment: delivering feedback to students.
  • Attending Exam Board meeting for module evaluation by External Examiner.
Sep 2010Sep 2013

Tutor and Occasional Lecturer in Film Studies

University College Dublin
  • Lectured occasionally on Hollywood Cinema at 2nd year undergraduate level.
  • Facilitated film screenings for Hitchcock module taught by Charles Barr.
  • Lectured on research skills for the MA in Film Studies.
  • Promoted to Lecturer in Irish Cinema and Television. 
Apr 2010Apr 2012

Assistant Archivist

Irish Film Archive
  • Assisted in researching and recording the origins and historical significance of archival materials
  • Assisted in arranging, cataloguing, maintaining and disseminating registry, library and archive records using software that ensured easy and efficient circulation of records
  • Worked to increase knowledge/ awareness of materials in the Archives. 
  • Assisted in responding to a variety of inquiries and information requests internally and externally.
Jul 2005Apr 2012

English Language Teaching

Swan Training Institute

As an English teacher in a leading language institute I:

  • Generated and developed lesson plans for general and intensive English courses,
  • Taught and reviewed English at all levels.
  • Implemented a class tracking scheme based on the Common European Framework of Reference.
  • Assisted and monitored students as they worked towards a variety of international exams such as IELTS and Cambridge.
  • Worked closely with other teachers and managers in grading and assessing learners.
Oct 2005Jan 2006

Substitute Post-Primary English teacher

Colaiste Mhuire, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7
Jun 2005Jul 2005

English Language Teacher

Morehampton Language Institute, 74 Morehampton Road, Donnybrook, Dublin 4
Sep 2003Jul 2004

Data Entry Operator

Kelly Services, 136 The Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24
Sep 2000Dec 2000

Library Assistant

Dun Laoghaire Institiute of Art, Design and Technology, Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire


Dr Harvey O’Brien

Ph.D. Supervisor and Lecturer in Film Studies at University College Dublin

Professor Diane Negra

Professor of Film Studies and Screen Culture at University College Dublin

Dr Justin Carville

Ph.D. External Examiner and Chair of the BA (Hons) in Photography at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology

Dr Paul Rouse

Lecturer at School of History and Archives at UCD and part of my supervisory panel.

Tony Fitzmaurice

Co-ordinator of the MA in Film Studies at UCD on which I taught

Kasandra O’Connell

Head of the Irish Film Archive who supervised my cataloguing of the Radharc Paper Archive over a two year period. 

Media Production

I am credited as Additional Researcher on The Radharc Squad Part 1 & 2 (RTÉ, 2012). This two part documentary on the history of Radharc was made with 170,000 euro of funding from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and won Best Documentary at the 2013 Irish Film and Television Awards.

I am credited as Additional Researcher on  Misinéirí Radacacha (Esras Films/TG4, 2011). This three part documentary series dealt with the history of radical Irish Catholic missionaries in Brazil, the Philippines and El Salvador using archive footage and contemporary interviews.

Television Appearances

Battle Station Part 1 (2 Parts, RTÉ, 2012): interviewee

The Radharc Squad Part 1 & 2 (RTÉ, 2012): interviewee 

Independent Coursework

Conradh na Gaeilge

18 hours of tuition in the Irish language, European Certificate in Irish: B1.

Voluntary Work

Juror and Selector for the 2014 Offline Film Festival.

References in the Press

Declan Lynch, “Careful not to displease the Archbishop Radharc Boys,” Sunday Independent, December 9, 2012

"Radharc Lecture Delights Birr Audience," Midland Tribune, October 30, 2014

Radio Interviews

The Today Show with Pat Kenny (RTÉ, 2012): National

The History Show (RTÉ, 2012): National

Morning Call with Joe Pryce (Tipp Mid West Radio, 2012): Local

Heartland (Midlands 103, 2012): Local

The John Murray Show (RTÉ, 2014): National


Apr 2010Jul 2014


University College Dublin

I was the recipient of the Radharc Archive Scholarship, a partnership between the Radharc Trust, The Irish Film Archive and University College Dublin conducted between 2010 and 2014. I have just been awarded a Ph.D. for my dissertation 'A Programme about Religion: Radharc and the Secularisation of Irish Society, 1959-1996'.

Detailed Information

* Radharc was Ireland’s most important independent documentary production unit, producing some 400 documentary films broadcast on Irish Television between 1961 and 1996. Shot in over 75 different countries around the world, they looked at life from a religious, social and cultural point of view and were among the most popular and respected independent non-fiction films originating in Ireland during the period. 

* In order to ensure their preservation, the Radharc film and paper collections were deposited with the Irish Film Archive. In 2009 the Radharc Trust sponsored the creation of a scholarship to fund doctoral research at UCD under the broad title ‘Historicising the Radharc Documentary’ in partnership with the Irish Film Archive.

* Following an open competitive process, the current author was selected to undertake the research, which involved the twin activities of cataloguing the Radharc paper collection at the Irish Film Archive and writing a PhD dissertation based on the collection.

* The Irish Film Archive provided on-site training in the handling and cataloguing of archival materials. 

* At UCD I was advised by experts in film and history under the primary supervision of Dr. Harvey O’Brien of Film Studies at UCD, whose book The Real Ireland: The Evolution of Ireland in Documentary Film (Manchester, 2004) is the leading text in the field of Irish documentary studies. Dr. O’Brien is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Irish Film Institute.

*My examining committee at UCD was chaired by Professor Diane Negra, an internationally recognized expert in screen culture and head of Film Studies at UCD. The internal examiner was Professor Diarmaid Ferriter, Head of the School of History and Archives. The external examiner was Dr Justin Carville, Chair of the BA (Hons) in Photography at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. Dr Carville's book 'Photography and Ireland' (Reaktion, 2011) in the leading text in the field of Irish photography studies.

Oct 2005Oct 2006

M. Phil.

Trinity College Dublin

For my thesis I independently research several areas not covered in the course to produce a comparison of psychological frameworks used to understand bereavement. 

May 2005Jun 2005

115 hours MEI-RELSA TEFL Certificate

Dublin School of English


“A Scandalous Repression: Clerical Portraits in the Irish TV Documentary “in Emerging Perspectives: Postgraduate Journal in English Studies 2.1 (Autumn 2011, UCD)

“Sheltered Audiences/Hooded Men: the Hegemonic Code of Television Documentaries on the Troubles, 1980-1990” in Cross-currents in Irish and Scottish Culture (Aberdeen: AHRC Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies) Forthcoming.

Papers & Public Speaking

“Historicizing the Radharc Documentary”: Paper Delivered to the Fédération International des Archives de Télévision / International Federation of Television Archives (FIAT/IFTA) World Conference at Dublin Castle, October, 2010.

 “A Scandalous Repression: Clerical Portraits in the Irish TV Documentary” : Paper Delivered at an English Graduate Society seminar in the Humanities Institute of Ireland, UCD, January 2011.

 “More of the Same: the Political Economy of Irish Film and Television since the 1960s”: Paper Delivered at an English Graduate Society seminar in the Humanities Institute of Ireland, UCD on conservatism, liberalism and Irish masculinity in TV, filmanddrama,November,2011.

Invited to hold a Q&A after three Radharc Screenings at the Masonic Hall, Birr for the Offline Film Festival, October, 2012.

“Sheltered Audiences/Hooded Men: the Hegemonic Code of Television Documentaries on the Troubles, 1980-1990” Paper Delivered at Cross-currents Conference in Irish and Scottish Culture,AHRC Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen. April, 2013.

"A Programme about Religion: Radharc, 1959-96" Paper Delivered to Birr Historical Society. October, 2014.

Current Research

I am currently working on adapting my Ph. D. dissertation into a book.

Grants Obtained

I was awarded the Radharc Scholarship over a period of three years. This consisted of the following three elements:

The Radharc Trust contributed a stipend totalling 30,000 euro.

UCD paid annual tuition fees of 5,500 euro.

The Irish Film Archive provided training in the handling and cataloguing of paper archive materials

Membership of societies

The Irish Film Institute

The Royal Television Society of Ireland

The International Federation of Television Archives