Jimmy Ó Briain Billings

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Jimmy is a learner, scholar, sociologist, and lover of walking. He was raised by the river Siúr, and like many Irish people has a patchwork of ancestry from Gael to Norman to Norse to Palatine. He runs a decolonial education project called ‘Tuiscint na Talún’, which can be translated as ‘wisdom of the land’ from Gaeilge. Tuiscint na Talún was established to facilitate conversations and learning around what (de)colonization means in the Irish context as a basis for reconnection with the land and ancestral lifeways that were in relationship with it. Jimmy is an Associate Researcher with the MA in Race, Migration and Decolonial Studies at University College Dublin.

Jimmy holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Race, Migration and Decolonial Studies, both from University College Dublin. He is an Associate Researcher with the same master’s programme. His research interests broadly include (de)coloniality, anti-racism, whiteness, global inequalities, sociology of knowledge, and Gaelic lifeways.


Essays on Substack: https://tuiscintnatalun.substack.com/

Land and ancestral revitalisation as decolonising practices in Ireland (2021) in Unapologetic Magazine

Decolonial possibilities in Ireland (2021) in Airmid’s Journal


MSocSc Race, Migration and Decolonial Studies (University College Dublin, Ireland)

BA Sociology (University College Dublin, Ireland)


Associate Researcher MA Race, Migration and Decolonial Studies (School of Sociology, University College Dublin)

Academic conference papers:

Ancestral re-existence in Ireland through the Land: A decolonial exploration of
pre-Christian spiritualities and places (New Perspectives Symposium on the Humanities, NUI Maynooth, 2019)

Temporal displacement(s), spatial re-existence(s): Decolonising Ireland’s relationship to place through native woodlands and pre-Christian sacred places (Sociological Association of Ireland Annual Conference, NUI Galway, 2019)