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Dr Méabh Ní Fhuartháin B.A., BMus., MA.,PhD
Having completed her undergraduate degrees at UCC under the mentorship of Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Méabh continued her graduate research and teaching at Boston College and Brown University and was awarded the James Carroll Memorial Fellowship and the Father Martin Harney Irish Studies Fellowship for her work in Irish Music and Dance Studies. She spent a number of years lecturing at UCC, before she began teaching at the Centre for Irish Studies in 2002. An IRCHSS scholar, her PhD thesis Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann: Shaping tradition, 1951-1970 (2011) supervised by Professor Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, explores the institutionalization of musical revival in the mid-twentieth century and its symbolic significance to Irish music practice and reception.
Méabh has contributed articles and reviews to a variety of journals such as Ethnomusicology, Journal of Music
|Méabh Ní Fhuartháin (Ed.). (2013) Music in the Breeze of a Wind: Traditional Dance Music in West Clare, 1870-1970 by Barry Taylor. Ireland: OaC. [Details]|
|Harry White et al (Méabh Ní Fhuartháin, subject editor) (Ed.). (2013) Encyclopedia of Music in Ireland. Dubln: UCD Press. [Details]|
|Méabh Ní Fhuartháin and David Doyle (Ed.). (2013) Ordinary Irish Life: Music, Sport and Culture. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. [Details]|
|Méabh Ní Fhuartháin (2013) ‘Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem’, ‘Liam Clancy’, ‘Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann’, ‘Copley Records’, ‘Fleadh Cheoil’, ‘Earl Gill’, ‘Ray Lynam’, ‘Daniel O’Donnell’, ‘Joe Dolan’, ‘Gerry Smith’, ‘Hot House Flowers’, ‘IMRO’, ‘Seán Ó Sé’, ‘Johnny Duhan’, ‘Johnny McEvoy’, ‘Christy Moore’, ‘Ruby Murray’, ‘Dermot O’Brien’ and ‘Brendan Shine’. Encyclopedia Entry [Details]|
Honours and Awards
| Year: 2006.
Title: Erasmus Teaching Staff Scholar Exchange
| Year: 2006.
Title: Government of Ireland Graduate scholarship
| Year: 2009.
Title: Graduate Fellowship in Irish Studies, NUI Galway
|Association: EFACIS, European Federation for Irish Studies , Function/Role: Member|
|Association: Society for Musicology in Ireland, Function/Role: Member|
|Association: British Forum for Ethnomusicology, Function/Role: Member|
|Association: ACIS, Function/Role: member|
|Association: ICTM, Function/Role: Member|
|Méabh Ní Fhuartháin (2006) ‘The Joe Burke Archive Project: Fieldwork and fieldworking’, with Joe Burke. [Chaired Session], Galway Conference of Irish Studies, NUIG , 07-JUN-06 - 07-JUN-06.|
|Méabh Ní Fhuartháin (2009) ‘Notaí do Mholtóirí/Notes for Adjudicators: Codifying Irish Traditional Music and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, 1951-1972’. [Invited Lecture], Irish Studies Seminar Series, Boston College , 21-JAN-09 - 21-JAN-09.|
|Méabh Ní Fhuartháin (2009) ‘Popular music and politics in Ireland’. [Other], Politics and Culture, Wheaton College, MA , 22-JAN-09 - 22-JAN-09.|
|Méabh Ní Fhuartháin (2010) ‘The Fleadh Down in Ennis: Festivity in song’. [Chaired Session], Meitheal Irish Studies Reading Group, NUI Galway, NUIG , 10-NOV-10 - 10-NOV-10.|
|Méabh Ní Fhuartháin (2010) 'Articulating a vision of revival: Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, 1951-1972'. [Chaired Session], Graduate History Seminar, Moore Institute, NUI Galway, NUIG , 13-OCT-10 - 13-OCT-13.|
|Méabh Ní Fhuartháin (2011) Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Ēireann: Tradition and Identity, 1951-1972’. [Chaired Session], EFACIS Irish Studies Graduate Seminar, KU Leuven , 06-SEP-11 - 08-SEP-11.|
|Méabh Ní Fhuartháin (2012) ‘In Fleadh time: Festivity and symbolic composition in Ireland of the 1950s’. [Invited Lecture], Transcultural Identities Seminar, Dalarna University, Sweden , 21-NOV-12 - 12-NOV-12.|
|Méabh Ní Fhuartháin (2012) ‘Dr Richard Henebry: musical priest and Déiseach’,. [Chaired Session], Waterford County Museum Winter Lecture Series, Waterford , 18-JAN-12 - 18-JAN-12.|
|Méabh Ní Fhuartháin (2012) ‘The Flop-Ceoil: Dungarvan and festival expectations, 1957’,. [Invited Lecture], Scoil Éigse, Waterford , 21-JUL-12 - 21-JUL-12.|
|Méabh Ní Fhuartháin (2013) ‘’In the mood for dancing’: The emigrant Irish female and popular music’. [Chaired Session], American Conference for Irish Studies, Chicago , 10-APR-13 - 13-APR-13.|
|Méabh Ní Fhuartháin (2011) Oh Me, Oh My: Reviving Joe Dolan. [Chaired Session], Ireland, Masculinity, And Popular Culture, 1990 -2010: A Multidisciplinary Conference, NUI Galway , 14-OCT-11 - 15-OCT-11.|
|Méabh Ní Fhuartháin (2012) ‘Complicating music genres: Count John McCormack, the Clancy Brothers and inventing the popular’. [Chaired Session], American Conference for Irish Studies, New Orleans , 14-MAR-12 - 17-MAR-12.|
Below are some of the modules I deliver at NUIG. Previous teaching includes modules in ethnomusicology, performance theory, popular music and a wide range of Irish music and dance related courses.
| Over the past number of years I have supervised theses from a variety of programmes including, the MA in Irish Studies, the MA in Arts Policy and Practice, and the MA in History and and now supervising PhDs in Irish Studies
For PhD candidates, I encourage any application proposals in the broad area of Irish music and dance, but particularly in the following research areas: popular music and Ireland; cultural revivalism; performance studies; and Irish music practice.