gaa oral history project researcher, education coordinator and volunteer liaison
After completing a B.A. in History and Irish at University College Dublin, Ben went on to earn his M.A. in Scriobh agus Cumersaid na Gaeilge (Writing and Communication in Irish), with a heavy emphasis on media and journalism. As part of the course, he authored a thesis titled, "Raidio tri Ghaeilge: Culra, Stadas agus Tabhacht na Gaeilge ar an Aer (Irish Language Radio: Background, Status and Importance of Irish on the Air). Subsequently, Ben began working in Foras na Gaeilge. His work focused primarily on gathering, organising and presenting data for a new section of the website, www.gaeilge.ie, called "Gno Means Business", an initiative aimed at promoting the uses and benefits of the Irish language to businesses. Ben next worked as a Research Assistant for an inter-institutional body called Gairmeacha la Gaeilge. He was responsible for the research and initial drafting of a handbook geared towards third level students on the opportunities for employment and for and for post-graduate study for those who could speak Irish.
Ben joined the GAA Oral History Project in April 2010. He is currently working as a researcher and is solely responsible for the education element of the project. He also serves as volunteer liaison.