Established this past summer, the award is named in honor of the Irish Studies Program co-founder and co-director who died in February. It will be awarded annually to support a doctoral candidate in Irish Studies nearing completion of his or her thesis.
Brophy, who holds a master's degree in history from BC, is studying the caoineadh, or Irish woman's song of mourning. She seeks to examine the practice, a death ritual dating back to the pre-Christian period, in the context of modern Ireland. A 1991 graduate from the College of William and Mary, Brophy also wrote on the caoineadh for her master's thesis at Claremont Graduate Univerity in California, where she earned her degree in 1995.
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