Patricia Brennan

Lecturer in Community Development


A native of Kilkenny Patricia Brennan has worked as a community worker since 1995 in Dublin, Kilkenny and Waterford. She has experience in regeneration projects in Dublin 2 and in Kilkenny city. Patricia has worked on a community project with traveller community on issues of men’s and womens’ development, childcare and accommodation. Patricia began teaching in MU in 2014 and commenced in Carlow College in 2021.

Patricia is also a member of Community Work Ireland and the Community Work Educators Forum.


Research Interest

Patricia’s research interests include community development, equality and social policy issues affecting the most marginalised, housing and homeless ness, violence against women, irish traveller community and minority groups.


Conducted and compiled evaluation of the experience of Syrian Refugees in Kilkenny 2020 MA Thesis on Reproductive Rights and Community Work in Ireland 2013.

Compile booklet and training resources for National Women’s Council of Ireland on VAW an issue of gender and gender mainstreaming in health in conjunction with HSE 2014.

Researched and compiled education pack on Homelessness for Good Shepherd Centre, Kilkenny 2010.

Stories from the Silence – documentary and education resource material on HIV and AIDS compiled for IFPA 1991 Traveller Profile for the County of Kilkenny 2013


BA Adult and Further Education, Waterford Institute of Technology 2019 and ongoing Partial doctorate programme over 2 years in Applied Social Studies. 2015 Maynooth University MA in Applied Social Studies Maynooth University 2013 Higher Diploma in Community and Youth Work 1994 Maynooth University BA in History and Psychology 1986 UCD.

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