Deirdre Ní Chonghaile
Co. Galway

Deirdre Ní Chonghaile is a writer, musician, broadcaster, and curator from the Aran Islands, Co. Galway. She works with artists, communities, and institutions on cultural heritage projects, specializing in Irish language and music archives. She read Music at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, worked at the University of Notre Dame and the Library of Congress, and has taught part-time at the University of Galway. Described as “one of the most important and fascinating books about Irish traditional music in recent memory,” her 2021 monograph Collecting Music in the Aran Islands: A Century of History and Practice won the Michael J. Durkan Prize for Books on Language and Culture from the American Conference for Irish Studies. Her next book will be an edition of over fifty traditional songs composed in the Aran Islands from the nineteenth century to the present day. Her exhibition on the pioneering Irish language scholar, newspaper editor, and folklore collector Prof. Tomás Ó Máille is touring Ireland throughout 2023. In January 2023, she was appointed Associate Research Scholar at New York University where she is working on a digital edition of the Irish-American bilingual newspaper, An Gaodhal, training artificial intelligence to read the cló Gaelach.

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