Professor Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin is the inaugural holder of The Johnson Chair in Québec and Canadian Irish Studies in The School of Canadian Irish Studies, Concordia University, Montréal. SCIS offers a Major, Minor and Certificate in Canadian Irish Studies, as well as graduate and post doctoral research opportunities. Courses focus on Ireland’s extraordinary history and culture; the Great Famine and the resulting global Irish diaspora; its modern transformation in the Celtic Tiger era; and the social, cultural, economic, religious, educational and political contributions of Irish immigrants to Canada.
Since coming to Concordia in 2009, Ó hAllmhuráin has secured, as principal investigator and co-investigator on multi-institutional research teams, more than $2 million in funding from provincial and federal sources. His graduate students have secured in excess of $300,000 from provincial, federal and international sources since 2012.
From 2000-2009, Ó hAllmhuráin was The Jefferson Smurfit Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of Music at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. A five-time All Ireland Champion uilleann piper and concertina player, he has presented over 1,000 concerts on four continents during the past thirty years. He is also an extern advisor for the Centre for Irish Studies at the National University of Ireland-Galway and is involved with several research collaboratives in the European Union and North America.