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Maeve Conrick

Professor Maeve Conrick is Principal of the UCD College of Arts and Celtic Studies. Research interests include the Linguistics of French and English, Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics, Language Policy and Language Planning, Canadian Studies and Québec studies. She has published widely in those areas in books, journal articles and book chapters. Professor Conrick is currently President of the Association for Canadian Studies in Ireland (ACSI), Chair of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) Committee on Modern Language, Literary and Cultural Studies and Deputy Chair of the Higher Education Authority (HEA). She is also a Director of the Ireland-Canada University Foundation (ICUF) and of the Association internationale des études québécoises (AIEQ). In 2009, she was appointed by the UK House of Commons as a Specialist Advisor on Language Policy. The Government of Québec has awarded her the Prix du Québec in recognition of her contribution to Québec Studies.

Máire Ní Annracháin

Professor of Modern Irish in University College Dublin since 2009. She is interested in literary theory and in modern literature in Irish and Scottish Gaelic. Her PhD thesis was on the poetry of Sorley McLean, published as Aisling agus Tóir: an Slánú i bhfilíocht Shomhairle MhicGill-Eai. She has written over forty academic articles and has edited academic publications in collaboration with colleagues from Ireland and Scotland. Her most recent articles relate to the resilience of the Gaelic literary tradition and to the work of certain major writers of the modern period. She spent six years as Chair of Glór na nGael and is currently a member of the board of governors of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Scotland.

Ríonach uí Ógáin

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.

Seán Ó Coileáin

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.

Anraí ó Braonáin

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.

Michael Gibbons

Michael Gibbons is an archaeologist in private practice, director of a heritage tourism company specializing in academic and cultural tourism to the Boyne Valley and the West of Ireland and a regular contributor to archaeological and history conferences in Ireland. He has directed surveys and excavations. He lectures to local archaeological and historical societies and contributes to archaeological and maritime programmes on radio. His current research interests include the archaeology of Irish uplands and islands, in particular the maritime pilgrimage tradition.

Diarmuid Ó Giolláin

Diarmuid Ó Giolláin is Professor in the Department of Irish Language & Literature, Concurrent Professor in the Department of Anthropology, and Fellow of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies in the University of Notre Dame. He previously worked for many years in the Department of Folklore and Ethnology in University College Cork. He is the author of Locating Irish Folklore: Tradition, Modernity, Identity winner of the Katherine Briggs Folklore Prize 2000, An Dúchas agus an Domhan and many essays. He recently guest edited Irlande: Après Arensberg et Ó Duilearga, a special issue of Ethnologie française dedicated to Ireland, and co-edited Léann an Dúchais: Aistí in Ómós do Ghearóid Ó Crualaoich. His research interests include the intellectual history of folklore studies and popular religion in Ireland. 

Ciara Leonard

Ciara Leonard has been involved in technology knowledge transfer activities since 2001 in both the US and Ireland predominately in the development of university spinouts and early stage technology ventures. Currently she is Project Manager, Innovation, in the Office of the Vice-President for Innovation at UCD. Prior to this she was Project Manager, Enterprise Development at UCD; Market Analyst for UUTech Ltd, University of Ulster; and Programme Manager with the Northern Ireland Technology and Development Centre based in Boston. Ciara’s undergraduate studies were completed at QUB and post-graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University and she undertook a PhD at QUB.

Ruairí Ó Cuív

Ruairí Ó Cuív is an independent curator and arts consultant. He has been Public Art Manager with Dublin City Council since 2008 devising and implementing the City’s first Public Art Programme. He has also commissioned work for the Dublin Airport Authority, HSE, Department of Education and Skills, educational institutions and Kerry County Council. He has worked closely with many architects, including the development of Temple Bar Gallery and Studios and Rua Red Arts Centre in Tallaght. Previously he was director of Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, curator of exhibitions at the Douglas Hyde Gallery and Royal Hospital Kilmainham. In 1982 he co-founded Ireland’s first professional art installation and transport company. He began his career as a History of Art lecturer. His writing has been widely published.

Francis Devine

Francis Devine was born in London and educated in Leeds, Hull and Dublin. His is Honorary President, Irish Labour History Society and editor of Saothar. He is a member of the Government Advisory Group on Centenary Commemorations and a member of the Executive of the Musicians’ Union of Ireland. He is a trustee of the Working Class Movement Library, Salford. His publications include Acting for the Actors: Dermot Doolan and the Organisation of Irish Actors, James Connolly Labour College, 1919-1921, Organising History, A Centenary of SIPTU, History of the Medical Laboratory Scientists’ Association, two collections of poetry, and, with Manus O’Riordan, James Connolly, Liberty Hall and the 1916 Rising, with Fintan Lane and Niamh Puirséil, Essays in Irish Labour History, and with James Curry, The Irish Worker Christmas Number, 1912. He is a member, of Howth Singing Circle: Ciorcal Ceoil Bheann Éadair.

Ed Penrose

Ed Penrose is a Peace Comissioner and is deeply involved in the Irish Labour History Society. He is director of Watchword, a publishing company set up by a group of individuals interested and involved in the wider Irish labour movement. The purpose of the company is to facilitate publication of material of an Irish labour history interest. He is branch treasurer of IMPACT trade union and has been director and treasurer of Community Services Sandymount, Irishtown & Ringsend since 1975. He has held various positions with Community Alliance of Lower Crumlin.