Frank Byrne

Frank Byrne, MA
Academic Director, Dublin Internship Program, and Lecturer, Contemporary Irish Society

Frank Byrne Ph D is a native Dubliner.  He trained originally as an elementary school teacher and spent the first four years of his career in special education.  During that time he embarked on a night degree at University College Dublin and graduated with a BA in Irish, English and Philosophy.  He then progressed to teaching in one of the city’s first Comprehensive Schools (Junior High).  He worked there for 34 years – spending the last 16 as principal.  Over those years he also qualified as a radio producer and worked on a freelance basis for RTÉ, the national broadcaster.  In 1991 he attained a MA in Communications and Culture at DCU.  He retired from teaching in 2005 and embarked on a Ph D course in DCU, focusing on the place of talk radio in the democratic process.  In 2006 he began lecturing in Contemporary Irish Society on the Dublin BU Program.  He achieved his doctorate in 2011 and became Academic Director of the Dublin Program in January 2013.