Dick Beamish was born and reared in a the townland of Carrigroe between Clonakilty and Rosscarbery. He is an active member of the Muskerry Local History Society and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, and has an interest in local history and lore, contributing to journals in his home parish as well as in his adopted Ballincollig. He is also involved in acting, traditional singing and sean-nós dancing and associated events.
Dr. Maura Cronin is a Senior Lecturer in History at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Her research interests are centred on nineteenth century Ireland and include popular politicisation, popular song, labour organisation, agrarian movements and the evolution of towns. She has also established the study of oral history as an integral part of the undergraduate history programme at Mary Immaculate College, and has set up the college’s Oral History Centre, which collects memories of Irish work and social change from the 1930s onwards. Her publications include Country, Class or Craft: the politicization of the skilled artisan in nineteenth century Cork (Cork University Press, 1994).
Mary E. Daly, M.A. D.Phil.MRIA is Principal of UCD College of Arts and Celtic Studies and Professor of History. She is the author of numerous books and articles on the history of 19th and 20th century Ireland, on topics such as the great famine, economic and social history, government policies, emigration and women. She is a Principal Ivestigator in the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland at UCD, funded by the Wellcome Trust. A former member of the National Archives Advisory Council and the Irish Manuscripts' Commission she is a member of the Higher Education Authority, the UCD Governing Authority and the Council of the Royal Irish Academy.
A native of Drogheda, Co Louth, Nicholas Carolan has been Director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive in Dublin since its foundation in 1987. An archivist, researcher, writer and public lecturer on Irish traditional music, he was Secretary of the Folk Music Society of Ireland 1977–92; and lectured on Irish traditional music in Trinity College Dublin 1985–98. He is best known as a broadcaster – especially as researcher and presenter of the RTÉ archival television series Come West along the Road (1994 to date) and its Irish-language version for TG4 Siar an Bóthar (2001 to date). Among his published work is an edition of the first collection of Irish music A Collection of the Most Celebrated Irish Tunes of 1724; A Short Discography of Irish Folk Music; A Harvest Saved: Francis O'Neill and Irish Music in Chicago; and a wide variety of articles and audiovisual publications.
Liam Mac Mathúna is Professor of Irish and Head of the UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore and Linguistics since 2006. Before that he was Registrar of St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin (1995-2006) and Lecturer in Irish (1976-1995). He was awarded an MA in Celtic Studies in University College Dublin (1970) and a Dr.Phil. in Linguistics in the University of Innsbruck (1974). He lectured in Celtic languages in the University of Uppsala (1974-76). He has published widely in Ireland and abroad on many aspects of Irish language scholarship. His most recent book is Béarla sa Ghaeilge. Cabhair Choigríche: An Códmheascadh Gaeilge/Béarla i Litríocht na Gaeilge 1600-1900 ( 2007). He is chairman of Coiste Léann na Gaeilge, RIA, and a member of committees in the RIA, Foras na Gaeilge and the Dept of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs dealing with lexicography and standardization. He was recently appointed editor of Éigse by the NUI. He also spent many years editing the journals Teagasc na Gaeilge and Studia Hibernica.
Angela Bourke MRIA is Professor Emeritus in the UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore and Linguistics, UCD. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota, Harvard University and the University of Notre Dame in the United States, has held a Japan Foundation Fellowship at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, and the Parnell Fellowship at Magdalene College, Cambridge, UK. Along with numerous articles and reviews in Irish and English, she is the author of Caoineadh na dTrí Muire: Téama na Páise i bhFilíocht Bhéil na Gaeilge (1983, as Angela Partridge); The Burning of Bridget Cleary: A True Story (1999), winner of the Irish Times literary prize, and Maeve Brennan: Homesick at The New Yorker (2004). She was one of eight editors of the Field Day Anthology, vols. 4 & 5: Irish Women’s Writing and Traditions (2002), with special responsibility for the section ‘Oral Traditions’.
Ríonach uí Ógáin is Director of the National Folklore Collection UCD. Her research interests are primarily related to traditional song in Irish. She has also published and lectured widely other areas of folkloristics. Her publications include the cds Beauty an Oileáin: Music and Song of the Blasket Islands and Amhráin Shorcha Ní Ghuairim. She is current editor of Béaloideas: The Journal of the Folklore of Ireland Society and her most recent publication is Going to the Well For Water: The Field Diary of Séamus Ennis 1942-1946.
Professor Emeritus of Modern Irish at University College Cork and Member of the Royal Irish Academy. Formerly Professor of Irish Studies at Harvard University.
Following undergraduate and postgraduate studies at UCC, he was awarded the Travelling Studentship of the National University of Ireland in 1967, choosing to study at Harvard, where he was greatly influenced by the work of Professor John V. Kelleher in Irish history and literature and of Professor Albert B. Lord in oral theory and composition. Their teaching informs much of his own subsequent writings in the area of Irish literature, from the Guaire cycle (the subject of his Harvard Ph.D.) to Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire. An influence of a different kind, which also grew into personal friendship, was that of Seán Ó Ríordáin; his literary biography of Ó Riordáin was awarded the literary prize of the Irish-American Cultural Institute in 1984. Other scholarly interests include the literature of the Great Blasket, his work on which includes a new edition of An tOileánach (Cló Talbóid, 2001).
A long-time member of the Senate of the National University, he takes an active interest in Irish-language matters and is Chairman of Gaelachas Teoranta which overseas the operations of Coláiste an Phiarsaigh and Scoil na nÓg in Glanmire, County Cork.
Peadar Ó Riada is from Cúil Aodha, Co. Cork. His main interest is in music with particular emphasis on traditional music. The structure and philosophy of music are areas which also appeal to him. Peadar composes church music, traditional dance music, music in the European style and other music which he is developing. He works with video and film. Peadar is also a writer and has written books of stories for children, a book on sean-nós singing, articles and short stories. Active in a number of voluntary bodies, he was involved in setting up Acadamh Fódhla, Iontaobhas Fódhla, Cór Ban Chúil Aodha, Aisling Gheal, Ionad Cultúrtha Bhaile Bhuirne and Ealaíontóirí Mhúscraí. He has been the musical director of Cór Chúil Aodha since 1971.
He was Archivist and Assistant Registrar with the Irish Folklore Commission 1959-1968. He was Assistant Secretary to the RTÉ Authority and, subsequently, Manager of the RTÉ Superannuation Scheme 1968-1991. A member of the committee of the Folklore or Ireland Society since 1962, he has been President of the Folklore of Ireland Society since 1987. He is Patron of Léachtaí Cholm Cille, National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He was Clerk of Convocation, National University of Ireland, in the 1960s and 1970s. He has been a member of Comhairle Bhéaloideas Éireann for more than twenty years.
Tomás Mac Con Iomaire, Cuileán, An Cheathrú Rua, Co. Galway is an independent radio producer. He is former Head of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.