Participants

This Irish-language biographies project is being developed by Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge, DCU, since 2009, in collaboration with: Cló Iar-Chonnacht; the panel of joint editors; and Diarmuid Breathnach and Máire Ní Mhurchú, authors of the Beathaisnéis series, which was published in nine volumes by An Clóchomhar (1986–2007). Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge’s research projects staff is listed here.

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht funded the digitisation of the material and the development of ainm.ie in the period 2009–2013, and currently funds hosting and technical maintenance of the site by Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge 2014–2018.

authors

Diarmuid Breathnach and Máire Ní Mhurchú

DIARMUID BREATHNACH

Born in Kiltimon, Co. Wicklow on 5 August 1930. Primary education (Bray), second level education (Christian Brothers in Áras Brianach and in Dún Laoghaire). Started librarianship (The Library Council, Bray; Co. Kilkenny; RTÉ). FLAI (The Library Association of Ireland). Honorary Doctorate 2002 (National University of Ireland). Publications: Almanag Éireannach (1981); Almanag Éireannach 2 (2001); Beathaisnéis 1-9 (1986–2007) (in partnership with Máire Ní Mhurchú). Translation: Lámhleabhar Ginearálta don Cheoltóir (1973) with Sr. Cecily OP.

MÁIRE NÍ MHURCHÚ

Born in Stoneen, Co. Kilkenny on 4 August 1932. Primary education (Mungmacody and Thomastown), second level education (Coláiste na Toirbhearta, Mountmellick, Co. Laois). Employed in the Civil Service and then in RTÉ. Qualified librarian (FLAI The Library Association of Ireland). Honorary Doctorate 2002 (National University of Ireland). Publications: Beathaisnéis 1-9 (1986–2007) (in partnership with Diarmuid Breathnach).

Joint editors

A panel of joint editors was established in January 2013 to write new biographies and to provide information regarding biographies to be updated.

FIONNTÁN DE BRÚN

DR FIONNTÁN DE BRÚN (UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER)

Senior lecturer in Irish at the University of Ulster and director of Éigse Loch Lao. Author of Seosamh Mac Grianna: an Mhéin Rúin (2002) and editor of Belfast and the Irish Language (2006). He has recently published articles on the poetry of Aodh Mac Domhnaill (1802-1867) and on various aspects of the history and literature of the Irish language.

LILLIS Ó LAOIRE

DR LILLIS Ó LAOIRE (NUIG)

Lillis Ó Laoire was born and reared in the Donegal Gaeltacht. He taught for many years at the University of Limerick and is now a lecturer in Irish and Folklore at National University of Ireland, Galway.

MÁRTAN Ó CIARDHA

MÁRTAN Ó CIARDHA (JOURNALIST/BROADCASTER)

Mártan Ó Ciardha is a journalist who was educated at National University of Ireland, Galway, St. Jarlath’s College, Tuam and Scoil Shailearna, Na hAille. He spent over 30 years working for RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. He has also worked for TG4, RTÉ and for the print media in both Irish and English.

ÉILIS NÍ ANLUAIN

ÉILIS NÍ ANLUAIN (WRITER)

Éilis Ní Anluain has worked as a researcher in RTÉ and as a secondary school teacher. She is a columnist with The Irish Times since 2004, editor of Aghaidheanna Fidil agus Púiciní (2009) with Muiris Mac Conghail, and Creidim Fós (2013) with Eoghan Ó hAnluain, and author of the novel Filleann Seoirse (2011).

The following people have also contributed biographies: Dr Regina Uí Chollatáin (UCD) (joint editor 2013-16), Dr Seán Mac Labhraí (St Mary’s University College, Belfast) and Ciara Ní Éanacháin.