Public Lectures & Events

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Listen to our most recent lecture on the blind storyteller from Kilbaha Bríd Uí Choisteala

 mr costelloe and his blind wife

Public Lectures and Events

We have held successful lectures across Clare on various folkloric subjects in an attempt to further enhance public interest and awareness of Clare’s folk heritage.  We have also presented at conferences nationally and internationally, where we’ve been able to demonstrate samples of our work.  We will continue to hold public lectures where resources allow. 


The following is a list of public lectures organized and hosted by Cuimhneamh an Chláir


Who was Biddy Early? 

By historian Meda Ryan, November 6, 2010


Storytellers and Collectors’ - the work of the Irish Folklore Commission in Clare

By Criostóír Mac Cárthaigh – UCD Folklore Department, November 24, 2010


Collection Oral Heritage in the Burren

Burren in Bloom Festival, Ballyvaughan – May 2011


Animal Cures of County Clare

By John O’Flaherty – Farmer and PhD Student from Kerry – November 2011


Bríd Bean Uí Choisteala – The Blind Storyteller of Kilbaha

By Criostóír Mac Cárthaigh – UCD Folklore Department – April 2012



95 year old Mae Tuohy (centre) from Feakle outlines her knowledge of Biddy Early


The following is a list of conferences we have presented at


National and International 

  •       Milwaukee International Irish Festival – Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA – August 2009
  •       New York Clare Association- New York City – March 2009
  •       Kerry International Folklore Conference – December 2009
  •       Clare Roots – Ennis – March 2010
  •       University of Limerick – Oral History Symposium – June 2010
  •       Muckross Traditional Farms, Killarney – February 2011
  •       Galway Folklore Conference, Tuam, March, 2011
  •       Slógadh Eachtaí – Caher House – May 2011
  •       Galway GAA Folklore Seminar, NUI Galway – October 2011
  •       Oral History Network of Ireland Inaugural Conference – Kilkenny Castle, September 2011
  •       Mary Immaculate College – March 2012    
  •     Clare County Council/Newry & Mourney Twinning District Council


Local Workshops

  •       Kilkee Civic Trust Presentation – June 2009
  •       Clare Heritage Week Presentation - Clare Museum – August 2010
  •       Ragairne Irish Language session – Kilnaboy – September 2010
  •       Presentation to Clare County Council, July 11, 2011
  •       Feakle International Music Festival – August 2011
  •       Clare VEC History Workshop – Kilkee – April 2012
  •       Clare VEC History Workshop – Kilrush – April 2012
  •       Ogonnolloe Community Group – March 2012


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