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Prof Colum Kenny

School of Communications

Name: Prof Colum Kenny
Department: School of Communications
Role: Associate, Adjunct and Emeritus
Website: www.comms.dcu.ie/~kennyc/


Biographical Details

Emeritus Professor, B.C.L., Barrister-at-Law, Ph.D. Email: colum.kenny@dcu.ie. Former chair of the Masters in Journalism programme at DCU. Member of faculty, School of Communications, DCU, 1982-2015. Special interests include media, history and culture. His Irish-American Odyssey (University of Missouri Press, 2014) is a study of immigrants in the USA with particular reference to a family active in the arts, law and media. Other titles by him include  The Power of Silence: Silent Communication in Daily Life (Karnac, London, 2011) and Moments that Changed Us: Ireland after 1973 (Gill & Macmillan, Dublin, 2005). A member of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland 2010-2015 and of the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland/IRTC 1998-2003. He was a founding board member of the E.U. Media Desk in Ireland, and a member of the Media Mergers Advisory Group 2008. Employed by RTE (the Irish national broadcaster) between 1977 and 1982, he later produced for it Ireland's first independently commissioned current affairs programmes. A founding and council member of the Irish Legal History Society, he has published extensively in the field of legal history. He is also a journalist and a columnist. He was awarded the DCU President's Award for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2004/5, and was elected an honorary bencher of King's Inns in 2017.

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