One of the first initiatives of the CLRG was to establish an educational partnership with Cork City Council. With the support of Chief Executive, Ann Doherty, the City Council offered a bursary for a member of its staff to undertake a local government masters at UCC, under the supervision of Dr Aodh Quinlivan. Following a competitive process, the bursary was awarded to Pat Ruane. Pat is undertaking his masters on a two-year basis, commencing in January 2016, examining the identification, significance and management of maritime heritage in Atlantic port cities. Pat is studying six port cities in Ireland (Cork), Portugal, Spain, Canada, Brazil and Argentina.
According to the Director of the CLRG, Dr Aodh Quinlivan, ‘I was delighted with the quality of the applications for this bursary but Pat’s stood out. His proposal is very ambitious in scope – six port cities – but I am confident that he will do a great job and I am sure his research will be a worthwhile addition to the literature in the area. We are naming the bursary after Ireland’s first City Manager, Philip Monahan, and I hope it will become an annual award. I am very grateful to Cork City Council for coming on board and supporting innovative local government research.’