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Ríonach Uí Ógáin

Associate Professor

National Folklore Collection
Newman Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168402
Email: rionach.ogain@ucd.ie

Biography

Ríonach uí Ógáin, MA, PhD (National University of Ireland), is Director of the National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin. She has published numerous articles on traditional song and music and has lectured widely on the subject. Among her audio publications are the compact discs with texts Beauty Deas an Oileáin: Music and Song of the Blasket Islands (Ceirníní Cladaigh) and AmhráinShorcha Ní Ghuairim (Comhairle Bhéaloideas Éireann / Gael Linn). Her book Immortal Dan: Daniel O'Connell in Irish Folk Tradition (1995) draws on her PhD study. Her more recent publications include Faoi Rothaí naGréine: Amhráin as Conamara a bhailigh Máirtín Ó Cadhain (1999). In 2003 she was awarded a Government of Ireland Research Fellowship by the Irish Reseacrch Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences for her study Mise an Fear Ceoil - The Diaries of Séamus Ennis, the celebrated musician who worked as a folk music collector with the Irish Folklore Commission 1942-1947. This was published in March 2007. Going to the Well for Water was published in 2009. She is current editor of Béaloideas The Journal of the Folklore of Ireland Society. Her most recent publication The Otherworld: Music & Song from Irish Tradition (2012) is an imaginative, innovative and scholarly edition of primary sources with analytical notes. 

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2006.
Title: Gradam Shean-Nós Cois Life
Year: 2007.
Title: Gradam Uí Shúilleabháin

Associations

Association: Business to Arts, Function/Role: member
Association: CLÉ, Function/Role: member
Association: Society for Irish Archivists, Function/Role: member
Association: ICOMOS, Function/Role: President of NSC
Association: An Cumann le Béaloideas Éireann/The Folklore of Ireland Society, Function/Role: Editor
     

Conference Contributions

*; Oidhreacht Sheáin Uí Eochaidh. [Invited Lecture], Togra Béaloidis Dháil Uladh, Gort an Choirce, Tir Chonaill .
*; (2004) Dialann Taistil Shéamuis Mhic Aonghusa 1942-1946. [N/A], Comhdháil Litriocht agus Cultúr na Gaeilge, Ollscoil na hEireann Gaillimh , 08-OCT-04 - 09-OCT-04.
*; (2004) Lore in Gigabytes: Working Towards Digitisation at the department of Irish Folklore, University College Dublin. [N/A], Folklore Archives and Cultural Dynamics: Problems of Digitising anad Management of Intangible cultural heritage, Helsinki , 19-NOV-04 - 20-NOV-04.
   

Education

Year 1972 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: MA Subject:
Year 1981 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 1976 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: H Dip in Education Subject:
Year 1970 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: BA Subject:

Languages

Welsh:
Swedish:
Latin:
German:
English:
French:
Gaeilge:

Consultancy

Client: Irish Times
Client: Newstalk
Client: RTÉ
Client: TG4
Client: Raidió na Gaeltachta

Outreach Activities

Numerous lectures throughout Ireland for local societies, county libraries, festivals of music and song. The most recent example is a lecture at Éigse na Brídeoige, Uíbh Ráthach Balcaisí agus Melodeon: Nósmhaireacht Bhríde i gCiarraí. 

My ongoing fieldwork contributes towards the development of local interest in the NFC and frequently results in radio programmes and media engagement in addition to requests for lectures. 

 

Other Activities

Special Reviewer at School of Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh 2012.

Publications

Books

Ríonach uí Ógáin (1995) Immortal Dan Daniel O'Connell in Irish Folk Tradition. Dublin: Geography Publications. [Details]
Ríonach uí Ógáin (1985) An Rí gan Choróin. Dublin: Clóchomhair. [Details]
Ríonach uí Ógáin (Ní Fhlathartaigh) (1976) Clár Amhrán Bhaile na hInse. Dublin: Clóchomhair. [Details]

Book Chapters

Ríonach uí Ógáin (2012) 'Guí an Phobail Amhráin Bheannaithe ó Iarthar Chontae na Gaillimhe' In: Stiofán Ó Cadhla & Diarmuid Ó Giolláin (eds). Léann an Dúchais: Aistí in Omós de Ghearóid Ó Crualaoich. Cork: Cork University Press. , pp.36-49 [Details]
uí Ógáin, R. (2012) ''A Small Sum of Mammon: Ceannacht Bhailiúchán Scéalta Mhichíl Uí Thiománaí'' In: Almqvist,B., Mac Cárthaigh, C., MacMathúna,S., Mac Mathúna, L., Watson,S (eds). Atlantic Currents: Essays on Lore, Literature and Language. Dublin: UCD Press. [Details]
Uí Ógáin, R., Nolan, W., Ó hÓgáin, É. (2012) 'Per Fionán Mac Coluim' In: Uí Ógáin, R., Nolan, W., Ó hÓgáin, É (eds). Sean, Nua agus Síoraíocht:Féilscríbhinn in ómós do Dháithí Ó hÓgáin. Baile Átha Cliath: Coiscéim. , pp.207-219 [Details]
Ríonach uí Ógáin (2011) 'Dialann Choicíse: Turas Bailitheoireachta ag Máire Mac Neill' In: Munira H. Mutran, et al (eds). A Garland Words for Maureen O¿Rourke Murphy. Sao Paolo: Humanitas. [Details]
Ríonach uí Ógáin (2010) 'Binneas an tSiansa: amhráin agus ceol' In: Ríonach uí Ógáin (eds). Seoda as Cnuasach Bhéaloideas Éireann. Dublin: Comhairle Bhéaloideas Éireann. [Details]
Ríonach uí Ógáin; (2008) ''A Dub in Clare': Tom Munnelly , Folkore Collector' In: Mathew Lynch and Patrick Nugent (eds). Clare History and Society. Dublin: Geography Publications. , pp.657-676 [Details]
Ríonach uí Ógáín (2007) 'Thar Farraige Anonn: Séamus Mac Aonghusa in Albain 1946-47' In: Ríonach uí Ógáín (eds). Essays in honour of Tom Munnelly:Dear Far-voiced Veteran. Clare: The Old Kilfarboy Society. [Details]
Ríonach UíÓgáin; (2002) 'Bailiú na nAmhrán i gConnachta' In: (Cló IarChonnachta) (eds). Aistí in omós don Ollamh Breandán Ó Madagáin. , pp.521-546 [Details]
uí Ógáin, R., Munnelly, T. (2002) 'The Song Tradition' In: uí Ógáin, R., Munnelly, T (eds). The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
Ríonach UíÓgáin; (2001) 'Scéala Aduaidh' In: Séamas Ó Catháin (ed.)(UCD Press: Dublin) (eds). Northern Lights: Following Folklore in North Western Europe. , pp.316-329 [Details]
Ríonach UíÓgáin; (1999) 'Songs of Boats and Boatmen' In: Patricia Lysaght, Séamas Ó Catháin, Dáithí Ó hÓgáin eds. (DBA Publications: Dublin) (eds). Islanders and Waterdwellers. , pp.325-335 [Details]
Ríonach UíÓgáin; (1998) 'Béaloideas 1798 Thiar' In: (Cló Iar-Chonnacht) (eds). Éirí Amach 1798 in Éirinn. , pp.137-153 [Details]
Ríonach UíÓgáin; (1996) 'Fear Ceoil Ghlinsce: Colm Ó Caodháin' In: Gerard Moran ed. (Geography Publications: Dublin) (eds). Galway: History and Society. , pp.703-748 [Details]
Ríonach uí Ógáin (1995) 'Traditional Music and Irish Cultural Studies' In: Ríonach uí Ógáin (eds). Irish Music Studies. London: Irish Academic Press. [Details]
Ríonach uí Ógáin (1992) 'The Folklore of County Waterford' In: Ríonach uí Ógáin (eds). Waterford History and Society. Dublin: Geography Publications. [Details]

Edited Books

Niamh Ní Shiadhail, Meidhbhín Ní Úrdail, Ríonach uí Ógáin (Ed.). (2013) Sealbhú an Traidisiúin. Dublin: Comhairle Bhéaloideas Éireann. [Details]
Rionach ui Ógain & Tom Sherlock (Ed.). (2012) The Otherworld: Music & Song from Irish Tradition. Dublin: Comhairle Bhéaloideas Éireann. [Details]
uí Ógáin, R., Nolan, W., Ó hÓgáin, É (Ed.). (2012) Sean, Nua agus Síoraíocht: Féilscríbhinn in ómós do Dháithí Ó hÓgáin. Baile Átha Cliath: Coiscéim. [Details]
Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh, Séamas Ó Catháin, Ríonach uí Ógáin, Seosamh Watson (Ed.). (2010) Seoda as Cnuasach Bhéaloideas Éireann/Treasures from the National Folklore Collection. Dublin: Comhairle Bhéaloideas Éireann. [Details]
R. uí Ógáin (Ed.). (2009) Going to the Well for Water The Séamus Ennis Field Diary 1942-1946. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
Ríonach uí Ógáin (Ed.). (2007) Mise an Fear Ceoil Séamus Ennis Dialann Taistil 1942-1946. Indreabhán, Co. na Gaillimhe: Cló Iar-Chonnachta. [Details]
Wolf-Knuts, Salomonsson, Skjelbred, uí Ógáin (Ed.). (2001) Input and Output: The Process of Fieldwork archiving and research in Folklore. Turku: *NNF. [Details]
Ríonach uí Ógáin (Ed.). (1999) Faoi Rothaí na Gréine: Amhráin as Conamara a bhailigh Máirtín Ó Cadhain. Dublin: *Coiscéim:. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Ríonach uí Ógáin (2013) 'Defining the Present Through the Past: influences and Approaches in Ethnographic Fieldwork'. Béaloideas, Journal of the Folklore of Ireland Society, 81 :114-130. [Details]
Ríonach uí Ógáin (2009) 'Baineadh ramsach astu - amhráin agus dánta Pheig Sayers'. Béaloideas, Journal of the Folklore of Ireland Society, :103-121. [Details]
Ríonach uí Ógáin; (2008) 'Caoimhín Ó Danachair agus na Laethanta Cinn Ráithe'. Béascna, 4 (4):84-97. [Details]
Ríonach uí Ógáin (2006) 'In memoriam: Micheál Ó Domhaill'. Béaloideas, Journal of the Folklore of Ireland Society, . [Details]
Ríonach uí Ógáin (2005) 'Mám as Mála an Bhailitheora- Mná Luibheanna'. Béaloideas, Journal of the Folklore of Ireland Society, . [Details]
Ríonach uí Ógáin (2004) 'Cúrsaí Áidh: Mám as Mála an Bhailitheora'. Béaloideas, Journal of the Folklore of Ireland Society, . [Details]
Ríonach UíÓgáin; (2001) ''Téacsanna ó Oirthear Mhaigh Eo '. Bealoideas, 69 :174-179. [Details]
Ríonach UíÓgáin; (2000) 'Seán Mac Mathúna (1876-1949): Bailitheoir Béaloidis'. Bealoideas, :139-158. [Details]
Ríonach UíÓgáin; (2000) 'A Tune off the River The lore of musical instruments in the Irish Tradition'. Bealoideas, 70 :127-152. [Details]
Ríonacg uí Ógáin; (2000) 'Aspects of Change in the Irish-language Singing Tradition'. Studia Fennica Folkloristica, 7 :537-555. [Details]
Ríonach Uí Ógáin1499; (2000) 'Some Comments on Context, Text and Subtext in Irish Folklore'. Studia Fennica Folkloristica, 7 :159-179. [Details]
Ríonach UíÓgáin; (1999) 'Mám as Mála na mBailitheoirí: na Baoilligh, na Páistí agus Conall'. Bealoideas, :183-185. [Details]
uí Ógáin, R., Smith, T. (1998) 'Cumhdachaí'. Béaloideas, Journal of the Folklore of Ireland Society, . [Details]
Ríonach UíÓgáin; (1997) 'Colm Ó Caodháin and Séamus Ennis: A Conamara Singer and his Collector'. Bealoideas, 64-65 :279-338. [Details]
Ríonach UíÓgáin; (1997) 'Proinsias de Búrca - In Memoriam'. Bealoideas, 64-65 :353-355. [Details]
uí Ógáin, R., Smith, T. (1996) 'Mám as Mála na mBailitheoirí: Raca Breá mo Chinn'. Béaloideas, Journal of the Folklore of Ireland Society, . [Details]
Ríonach uí Ógáin (1992) 'Music Learned from the Fairies'. Béaloideas, Journal of the Folklore of Ireland Society, . [Details]
Ríonach uí Ógáin (1988) 'Ceol ón mBlascaod'. Béaloideas, Journal of the Folklore of Ireland Society, . [Details]
uí Ógáin, R., O'Connor, A. (1983) 'Spor ar an gCois agus gan an Chois ann: A study of The Dead Lover's Return in Irish Tradition'. Béaloideas, Journal of the Folklore of Ireland Society, . [Details]

Other Journals

Rionach ui Ogain (2010) 'In search of music and song - the field diary of Seamus Ennis' Ars Lyrica (Celtica) 17 :1-25. [Details]
Ríonach UíÓgáin; (2002) 'Is í an fhilíocht anam an cheoil: Sorcha Ní Ghuairim, Amhránaí Roisín na Mainiach' Bliainiris (Carbad 2002) :84-107. [Details]
Ríonach UíÓgáin; (2002) 'Is Fearr Píobaire ná Sagart' An Píobaire 4 (No. 15) . [Details]
Ríonach UíÓgáin; (1998) 'Ceol na Réabhlóide: 1798' Comhar . [Details]

Conference Publications

Rionach ui Ogáin (2014) Fir na Scéal mo Léan! Timpeallacht an bhéaloidis in Árainn . In: Meidhbhín Ní Urdail, Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léirt eds. Mo ghnósa leas an dáin , pp.77-98 [Details]
Rionach ui Ogain (2014) Beyond Full Time Collecting. The Contribution of One Part-Time Collector to the National Folklore Collection . In: Anne Markey Anne O'Connor eds. Folklore and Modern Irish Writing Dublin, , pp.33-47 [Details]
Ríonach uí Ógáin (2013) Chun Tairbhe an Traidisiúin Sealbhú an Traidisiúin [Details]
Ríonach uí Ógáin (2007) Máirtín Ó Cadhain agus Saol an Bhéaloidis Léachtaí Cholm Cille [Details]
Ríonach uí Ógáín (2006) A Virtual Tradition Archive: The Experience for Irish Folklore Tautosakos Darbai [Details]
Ríonach uí Ógáin (2006) Dónall Ó Conaill sa Traidisiún Béil Éigse na Brídeoige [Details]
Ríonach uí Ógáin (2005) Máire Nic Néill (1904-1987): Scoláire Béaloidis Léachtaí Cholm Cille [Details]
Ríonach uí Ógáin (2005) Tomás Rua i Seanchas Béil Uíbh Ráthaigh Amhráin Uíbh Ráthaigh [Details]
Ríonach uí Ógáin; (1999) In Aghaidh Farraige agus Feothain: Amhráin Mholta Bád ó Chonamara Léachtaí Cholm Cille , pp.37-66 [Details]

Published Reports

Ríonach uí Ógáin (2014) Annual Report Comhairle Bhéaloideas Éireann: Folklore of Ireland Council. Comhairle Bhéaloideas Éireann, Dublin. [Details]
Ríonach uí Ógáin (2013) Annual Report of Comhairle Bhéaloideas Éireann: Folklore of Ireland Council. Comhairle Bhéaloideas Éireann, Dublin. [Details]
Rionach ui Ógáin (2012) Report of the Director of the National Folklore Collection. Comhairle Bhéaloideas Éireann, Dublin. [Details]
Rionach ui Ogain (2011) Report of the Director of the National Folklore Collection. Comhairle Bhéaloideas Éireann, Dublin. [Details]
Rionach ui Ogain (2010) Report of the Director of the National Folklore Collection. Comhairle Bhéaloideas Éireann, Dublin. [Details]
Ríonach ui ogain (2009) Report of the Director of the National Folklore Collection. Comhairle Bhéaloideas Éireann, Dublin. [Details]
Rionach uí Ógáin ; (2009) Comhairle Bhéaloideas Éireann Tuarascáil Bhliantúil 2008-2009. Comhairle Bhéaloideas Éireann, Dublin. [Details]
                           

Electronic Publication

Rionach ui Ogain (2010) Chansons et changements de l'environnement: une étude de cas de la région du Conamara. Electronic Publication Available Online [Details]
                             

CD-ROM

Ríonach UíÓgáin; (2003) Bun an Bhaile: Songs from the Blasket Island. CD-ROM [Details]
Ríonach UíÓgáin; (2002) Amhráin Shorcha Ní Ghuairim: Traditional Songs from Conamara. CD-ROM [Details]
Ríonach UíÓgáin; (2001) Maidin Bhog Álainn: Amhráin Sean-nóis ó Chiarraí Theas. CD-ROM [Details]

Foreword

Ríonach uI Ógáin (2014) Foreword. Miltown Malbay, County Clare: Foreword [Details]
Uí Ógáin, Ríonach (2012) Miraculous Plenty: Irish Religious Folktales and Legends, edited and trannotated by Seán Ó Súilleabháin, translated by William Caulfield. Foreword [Details]
Ríonach UíÓgáin; (2003) John Dunton and Irish Folklore. Foreword [Details]
Ríonach UíÓgáin; (2003) Memories in Time Folklore of Beithe 1800-2000. Foreword [Details]
               

Articles

Ríonach UíÓgáin; (1999) Articles on various aspects of traditional music and song in The Companion to Irish Traditional Music. Articles [Details]
     

Research

Research Interests

Within the realm of folklore and folkloristic analysis I have numerous research interests. These include traditional music, song, dance, the history of collecting and historical lore. The interaction of popular belief and legend in relation to the official record is of particular interest to me. The factors entailed in the ethnographic process from fieldwork to archive to publication have contributed to my research trajectory. 

Research Projects

Sponsor : Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFA)
Dept. of Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs
Title : O.M Sandvik Project
Start Date / End Date : 01-DEC-06 / 30-NOV-07
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Through a Swedish lens: images of early twentieth century Irish life
Start Date / End Date : 03-AUG-09 / 31-JAN-11
Sponsor : The Heritage Council
Title : Early Sound Recordings
Start Date / End Date : 06-APR-10 / 30-NOV-11
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Ethnobotany/Ethnomedicine
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-10 / 31-MAR-11
Sponsor : The Arts Council
Title : The Music of Mickey Doherty, Donegal Fiddler
Start Date / End Date : 01-SEP-10 / 31-DEC-10
Sponsor : Foras Na Gaeilge
Title : Sean Glórtha na nGael
Start Date / End Date : 01-DEC-11 / 31-MAR-12

Recent Postgraduates

Postgraduate teaching interests include interpreting oral texts and the National Folklore Collection.

 

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

Teaching interests include traditional music and song, interpreting of oral texts, the history of collecting folklore and the storytelling tradition.
 

Enhancement of Teaching

Students learn easily in a traditional classroom situation but students are also offered and have benefited from several teaching settings. In addition to the lecture theatre/classroom situation of lectures and tutorials, students are guided by me, in situ as to the use of archive and library resources. In this small group setting a highly effective, personal form of teaching takes place. Many students have reported their appreciation of this personal form of communication by the lecturer. When teaching small or large groups, however, in any setting, it is vital that students are aware of the proposed learning experience at the beginning of each session and that the outcome is discussed with the students. In a larger classroom setting, teaching naturally assumes a more formal type of presentation. I have found in the folklore modules that students expect, and react very well to, a lecture where they are comfortable taking notes and are familiar with the general structure and tone of the lecture session. In a situation where, of necessity, smaller groups of students are collectively in the library, manuscript or sound archive or in the manuscript reading rooms, I have found that follow-up on and revision of the learning experience is essential. It is difficult for students to take notes when they are moving from place to place. It can also be difficult for students as they experience a new subject for the first time, to assimilate the many different physical and practical aspects to Irish Folklore. For these reasons, I have developed and continue to emphasise a hands-on approach.

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

Of its nature, folklore is in a constant state of transition and this ensures that I introduce the most recent research and publications. I undertake a substantial amount of fieldwork each year and this enables me to draw on personal experience and recordings in my courses, thus presenting a current profile of folklore. I constantly augment and vary material and make it available to students. At national and international conferences I purchase or order material that is not readily available in Ireland. Each year I update my lecture notes and use fresh illustrative examples and revise reading lists to take account of developments and research. This places me in a position to direct students and means that my involvement with other institutions and scholarly activities enable me to give my courses a comparative international perspective. It is essential for a good lecturer to incorporate new material into the course content and presentation each year. This brings freshness and renewed relevance to the lecturer and to the students. I achieve both theoretical development and methodological advancement in my teaching. By subscribing to major journals in folklore and ethnomusicology I am cognisant with current research. In my teaching I draw on this material as appropriate. I am solely responsible for the design of the modules I teach. Each year, I vary the module content without necessarily changing the overall module description. This is partly due to developments in current research, to new publications and developments and also to shifting emphasis based on my own teaching and learning experiences. At the beginning of each course I set learning outcomes in terms of what I expect students to have learned by the end of the course.

Developing as a Teacher

In my teaching, I actively contribute to ethnomusicology and other relevant courses in other universities. Some of my modules concentrate on the narrative, the context, the function and the folklore collections of music, song and dance. My particular responsibility therefore hinges on creating an awareness of scholarly analysis in music, song and dance in the folklore context and of ensuring that on completion of the modules, students of folklore will bring away with them an understanding of the dynamics of the tradition. To this end, I have lectured and published on subjects as diverse as the lore of musical instruments and on the introduction of musical accompaniment to traditional song. This methodology has in turn encouraged students to undertake original research. My module on interpreting the oral text brings the archive to students and I create a bridge that gives them the skills to work with primary archival sources. In response to the important role of the teaching circumstance, I try to create a number of different, stimulating teaching situations, both in physical surroundings, in presentation and in teaching aids.

Innovation & Leadership

Early engagement with Elearning and a drive towards the creation of digital repositories within folklore.

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Conference Sealbhú an Traidisiúin (2011) with colleagues from the School. Collaboration on publication of conference proceedings. 
Exhibition in James Joyce Library in collaboration with the School of Archives and History and Special Collections at the James Joyce Library.
Seoda as Cnuasach Bhéaloideas Éireann/Treasures of the National Folklore Collection publication (2010) with Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh

External Collaborators

Extensive digitisation project with FIONTAR, DCU and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.