Three researchers, who are based in the School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork are working on the research project.

Eileen Hogan

The project is led by Dr Eileen Hogan. Eileen is a Lecturer in the School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork. She is Course Director of the Masters in Youth Arts and Sports Education, which won the gradIreland/HEA award for Best Postgraduate Course (Arts and Humanities) in 2017. Eileen is also Deputy Director of the Postgraduate Diploma in Youth Work. Through these roles, she is involved in the professional development of youth workers and youth arts practitioners and has strong connections with youth work organisations. Eileen is a member of the Board of Directors at Youth Work Ireland Cork. She is also Chairperson of the IndieCork Film and Music Festival, which is a volunteer-led organisation that supports youth arts as an element of its broader cultural programme. Eileen can be contacted at

Nora Furlong

Nora Furlong is a Researcher on the project. Nora is a freelance consultant, educator and practitioner who has extensive practice and experience in youth work, non-formal education, and the education of professional youth workers at third level, with specialism in youth arts practice. Through many years of working in the sector, Nora has built a reputation as a creative practitioner with expertise in creative facilitation and consultation. Consequently, she has a very well-established relationship with youth arts and youth work organisations nationwide. Nora currently lectures in youth work and youth arts on the Masters in Youth Arts and Sports Education, the Postgraduate Diploma in Youth Work, and the Bachelor of Youth and Community Work programmes in UCC. Nora can be contacted at

Damian Drohan

Damian Drohan is Research Assistant on the project, with primary responsibility for designing and populating the digital map of youth arts activity in youth work settings in Ireland. Damian Drohan is a highly experienced documentary photographer, multimedia producer, and filmmaker. He is a commissioned artist with experience of delivering projects and user experiences across a range of media. Previous clients include Cork County Arts Office, Cork City Arts Office, Cork ETB and the Irish Guide Dogs. His writing and photographic work has been published on several occasions by the Irish Times and the BBC. Damian can be contacted at