Dr. Maggie O’NeillPostdoctoral Researcher

Contact Details:

Room 2009
Top Floor
Irish Centre for Social Gerontology
Institute for Lifecourse & Society
Upper Newcastle Road
NUI Galway

Phone:   091 494308


Maggie’s research is interdisciplinary, exploring social, cultural, and literary representations of ageing. She is currently working on the Virtual-EngAge project, which responds to international challenges for older people concerning digital exclusion. Maggie was previously involved in projects centred on Service Involvement and Lived Experience in health and social care services, the Dynamics of Accumulated Inequalities for Seniors in Employment (DAISIE), and the power of cultural representations to inform lived experiences of ageing (MascAge). She is a founding member of the Women and Ageing Research Network and collaborator on the IRC-funded ReStorying Ageing project, which focuses on literary and cultural representations of older women and the empowering potential of creating spaces in which women can tell their own stories (https://womenandageing.network).

Research Interests

Cultural representations of ageing; narratives of ageing; gendered ageing; inequality and ageing; inclusion, involvement and lived experience.


Selected & Recent Publications

O’Neill, Maggie, and Ní Léime, Áine (2022). “Living Longer – Extending Our Working Lives”. World of Nursing and Midwifery. Journal of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation. Vol 30, No 6, July/August 2022. Pp.46-47. Available online: https://www.inmo.ie/World_of_Irish_Nursing

O’Neill, M., & Léime, Á. N. (2022). ‘In a hospital bed or… out doing Indiana Jones’: older Irish men’s negotiations of cultural representations of ageing. Ageing & Society, 1-24.

Léime, Á. N., O’Neill, M., Schrage-Früh, M., & Tracy, T. (2022). Wedded to the land? Representations of rural ageing masculinities in Irish culture and society. Journal of Aging Studies, 101058.

O’Neill, M. & Ní Léime Á (2022) Changing the Picture: Older Men’s Responses to Media Representations of Ageing in an Irish Context. In: M. Schrage-Frueh and T. Tracy, eds (in press), Ageing Masculinities in Irish Literature and Visual Culture. Routledge Studies in Irish Literature Series.

O’Neill, M. (2022) Celtic Tiger Saga Fiction: Patricia Scanlan’s City Girls and Marian Keyes’ Walsh Family. D. Flynn and C. Murphy, eds., Austerity and Irish Women’s Writing 1880-1920. Routledge Series in Irish Studies.

Ní Léime Á & O’Neill M. (2021) ‘The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Working Lives and Retirement Timing of Older Nurses in Ireland’, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, special issue ‘Health and Well-Being of Older People in an Era of COVID-19’, eds. C. Hennessy and E. Douglas, 18(19):10060.

O’Neill, M. & Schrage-Frueh, M. (2020), eds., Ageing Women: Private Meaning, Social Lives, Routledge Special Issues as Books.

O’Neill, M. & Schrage-Frueh, M. (2020) ‘Ageing Families and Generational Connections in Contemporary Irish Writing’, The New Irish Studies: Twenty-First Century Critical Revisions, ed. P. Reynolds, Cambridge University Press, pp. 177-191.

O’Neill, M. & Schrage-Frueh, M. (2020) ‘Surplus to Requirements? The Ageing Body in Contemporary Irish Writing’, Routledge International Handbook of Irish Studies, eds R. Fox, M. Cronin, B. Ó Conchubhair, Routledge, pp. 435-447.

Contribution to RTE Brainstorm

O’Neill, M. and Ní Léime Á. (2020), ‘‘Old man, take a look at my life, I’m a lot like you’ – what older Irish men have to say about how they’re represented in the media takes on new significance in the light of cocooning’, RTE Brainstorm,