Dr Irene Boada-Montagut is a part-time lecturer in Spanish and Catalan in Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is also a journalist and broadcaster. Her D.Phil thesis was published as Women Write Back: Contemporary Irish and Catalan Short Stories in Colonial Context (Irish Academic Press: Dublin, 2002).
While lecturing, she spent much of the 1990s working as a correspondent for Spanish media while based in Belfast. For some twenty years or so she has been a columnist for El Periodico, a major Spanish newspaper, writing on education, gender issues and current affairs more generally. She has organised major media events, including a conference in Barcelona in 2003 on the Northern Ireland Peace Process and its relevance to Catalan and Basque separatist demands, with the then First Minister and the Nobel Laureate, David Trimble. Her academic publications include “Nationalism and Language in Irish and Catalan Contemporary Short Stories”, Catalan Review(Barcelona, 1998); “Adam and Aoife: Gazing at Gender Ratios” and “Celibacy in Irish Society: Men Without Women, Women Without Men", both in Kennedy et al., Mapping the Great Irish Famine(1999). She is the co-author of "La ben plantada i Cathleen Ni Houlihan. Dos símbols femenins de nació.", Afers (Catarroja, 2000) and “Llengua i nacionalisme en el conte català i irlandès”, Journal of Catalan Studies (University of Cambridge, 1999).