NewsroomStudy at DITResearchIndustry and InnovationLibraryServices and FacilitiesFaculties and Schools

Deirdre Lynch

Deirdre Lynch

P: +353-1-4027191
Campus: Aungier Street

Research Topic: The Return of Elderly Irish Migrants to Ireland: Multiple Sites, Subjects and Agencies

This practice-based research project explores the collective work of statutory and voluntary organisations that facilitate the return of older Irish migrants from Britain to Ireland. Return is a complex and multifaceted configuration shaped and determined by many different people and agencies both in the UK and Ireland. In its filmic and textual representation the research aims to unravel institutional, cultural, political and social processes enabling the possibility of resettlement in Ireland. In so doing, it attempts to humanise the story of return from the perspective of both committed social actors working in key organisations and older Irish emigrants, documenting their life stories and histories, exploring questions of memory and subjectivity, together with the lived reality of the returned Irish migrant subject.

Selected Films and Screenings

The Richness of Change (2007, Ireland, Camera, 7 x 1-min shorts):

Broadcast on RTE (7-11 April), Intercultural Week.

Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival, Irish Film Institute, Dublin, Short Film Selection.

The Royal Irish Academy, Dublin.

The Street (2003, Ireland, 26 mins, Camera):


Broadcast on RTE (11 June).

Galway Film Fleadh, Irish Short Documentary Section.

Selected Conferences

'Re-configuring Elderly Male Irish Emigrants in London through Ethnographic Film Practice', Screening the Irish in Britain Symposium, School of Drama, Film and Music, Trinity College Dublin.

'Audiovisual Practice as a Mode of Intervention: Representing the Life Histories of Irish Immigrants in London', Performing Lives International Conference, Kingston University, UK.

'Elderly Irish Return Migration: Narratives of Home-Making and Belonging', Sociological Association of Ireland, Annual Postgraduate Conference, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

'Audiovisual Ethnography, Testimonial Interviews and the Biographical Narrative Method', PhD Workshop, Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK.

'Re-Turning to Elderly Irish Immigrants in London: Multiple Sites, Subjects and Agencies', AVPhD Regional Workshop, University of Wales, Newport, UK.
'Framing the Phenomenon of Return: The Re-Settlement of Elderly Irish Emigrants', Migration Studies in Ireland: An InterdisciplinaryPostgraduate Conference, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

top ^