Briona Nic Dhiarmada is a native of New Ross and is the Thomas J. and Kathleen O’Donnell Professor Emerita of Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame in the US. A writer, academic and filmmaker, Nic Dhiarmada was educated in Trinity College and UCD. She lectured at UCD and worked in television for RTE and TG4 before returning to academia at UL in 2006. She has been a Distinguished Visiting International Scholar at the University of Missouri and held a Senior Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame before joining the fulltime faculty as a tenured endowed professor. Nic Dhiarmada has written numerous screenplays and produced and directed award winning documentaries including the multi-award winning documentary series 1916 narrated by Liam Neeson for RTE, PBS and BBC. Her book 1916- The Irish Rebellion which acted as a companion to the series won the Foreward Prize for History. She is currently working on a new 4-part series for RTE and international broadcast entitled From that Small Island- The Story of the Irish.