Welcome to Ireland by Chance!

This site began as a way to share cultural experiences while I was a Fulbright Fellow in Ireland 2012-2013. I ended up falling for Ireland and I returned as a Marie Curie research fellow in 2014, and when that ended I got a full-time lecturing post at TU Dublin, although I was allowed a two-year career break to complete a second Marie Curie research fellowship, this time to University College London, in 2018 and 2019. I returned to Ireland and just recently earned Irish citizenship and an Irish passport.

Today, this website shares stories of being a “researcher on the move”, but a huge majority of visitors come to learn about the process of applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) individual fellowship. I’ve posted lots of advice. You can find out more using the following links:
Abstract and Eval
• Excellence Section 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4
Notes on using tables
• Impact Section 2.1, 2.2
Implementation Section 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
Ethics Section
Final Report (after I subsequently won the fellowship!)

A happy glowing Shannon in September 2022!


  1. Congratulations on your Irish Citizenship.
    My grandfather the son of Dubliners, was unfortunately born in Liverpool and much as we have all enjoyed being British, our family would dearly love to be within the European Community still. No passport automatically available to us.
    Sadly we are not kind or thoughtful enough to be a United Kingdom. Our population as they say is the wrong electorate.
    We met you at the theatre a few years ago in Dublin and I keep a weather eye on your adventures.
    Best wishes
    Lawrence Hanlon



    1. Thank you for your message! The Brexit situation convinced me to keep my feet planted firmly on Irish soil!

      I wonder if we are related via the O’Hanlons in Balleylongford? A distant connection, but it seems like most everyone is a distant cousin to everyone else here!



      1. My grandad certainly and my Dad were both O’Hanlons.
        The O got lost in some No dogs etc. nonsense.


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