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Máirín Nic Dhonnchadha. Máirín is from Béal an Daingin, Co. Galway, in the heart of the Connemara Gaeltacht. She holds a degree in Modern Irish and History from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and has worked as the artistic director for Oireachtas na Gaeilge for the past ten years. She has represented the Oireachtas at the Pan-Celtic Festival in Lorient in Brittany for a number of years, and is the Irish representative on the International Pan-Celtic Council.

Máirín Uí Chéide.  Máirín was born in Leitir Móir, Conamara, into a family with a long line of poets and singers.  She won the Corn Uí Riada prior to emigrating to Boston in 1986.   She has taught the Irish language and Sean Nós singing for many years.  She has an Irish language radio show on WNTN, every Saturday, as part of the “Sound of Erin” team.  She has performed before former-President Clinton, as well as various foreign dignitaries.


Labhrás Sonaí Choilm Learraí.  Labhrás is a champion sean-nós dancer, and a man who is extremely knowledgeable and loyal to the old style.  He is a judge with the popular TG4 program “An Jig Gig”, which showcases the skills of the best traditional dancers in Ireland.



Meaití Jó Shéamuis Ó Fátharta.  Mattie is from Na hAille in Connemara, Co. Galway, and is a well-known and respected figure in music circles throughout this country and further afield.  He is an acclaimed sean-nós singer, and won Corn Uí Riada, the All-Ireland sean-nós competition, in 2001.  He is also a skilled instrumentalist, and plays flute and uilleann pipes.


Liam Ó Maolaodha. Director of Oireachtas na Gaeilge in Ireland since 1996.  He was born and raised in Dublin.  He is a member of the Irish committee for the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, and also serves as treasurer of  "Comhnasg", which concerns itself with the traditional arts in Ireland and Scotland.


Lorretta Ní Churraighín. Loretta originally hails from the village of Teelin, Glencolmcille, Co Donegal. She won the story telling competition at Oireachtas na Gaeilge Story when she was a teenager. She studied Irish and Business at Letterkenny Institute of Technology, before studying Irish at University of Ulster, Belfast.  Prior to joining Oireachtas na Gaeilge, Loretta worked as advertising manager with Lá, at that stage the only daily Irish language newspaper in the country.

Ray Mac Manais. Ray was born and raised in Belfast, but lived in Dublin for most of his life, working as a teacher (Principal of Gaelscoil Míde). He has now moved on to third level education, lecturing in Dublin Institute of Technology (MA in Applied Irish) and in Marino Institute of Education, Dublin (MSc in Education Studies). Ray Mac Mánais has written extensively: for RTÉ, BBC and TG4; plays (including some for Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe); 'Agallamh Beirte' (dialogue in verse) and the 'Lúibín' (witty rhyming dialogue with a lively, catchy chorus). He has won numerous prizes at the Oireachtas festival, including an award from Oireachtas na Gaeilge in recognition of his contribution to the promotion of these unique and finely-crafted traditional arts. He served as personal Irish language teacher for the President of Ireland, Mary Mac Aleese, and wrote her biography.

Nóra Welby. Nóra Welby is the National Manager of Ghlór na nGael. She was born and raised in Ros Muc, Connemara.

Sinéad Ní Mheallaigh.  Sinéad Ní Mheallaigh spent the past year as an Irish Language lecturer at Memorial University in Newfoundland.  During the year she organized a serious of movies, céilís, Gaelic nights and Irish sports afternoons, to promote the Irish language.  In Ireland, Sinéad is a primary school teacher, teaching at Gaelscoil De hÍde in Óranmór Co. Galway. She has written articles for the Irish Times, U magazine and the Connacht Tribune. She has worked on programs for TG4, including Ros na Rún, Aifric, and Pop 4. She has worked as an Irish Language radio presenter for Raidió na Life (Dublin) and Flirt Fm (NUI Galway).

Cáit Ní Shiúrtáin. Cáit Ní Shiúrtáin was born and reared in Blarney, Co.Cork, under the shadow of the famous Blarney Castle! She qualified as a primary school teacher in 2006 from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. She has been teaching since at an all-Irish primary school, Gaelscoil Mhuscraí, in Blarney. In 2011, sheI graduated from NUI, Galway with a Masters in Teagasc Teanga, with a specific emphasis on effective strategies for teaching Irish at primary school level. She came to Canada in August 2015 to teach Irish at the University of Ottawa for a year as well as at the 'Caint & Comhrá' weekly classes. She will be staying in Ottawa also the coming academic year and will return to her role in Blarney in September 2017.

Siobhán Ní Mhaolagáin. Siobhán Ní Mhaolagáin holds BA and MA degrees in Irish from University College Dublin. She also has received a Professional Diploma in Education from Trinity College Dublin. Siobhán was awarded a Fulbright FLTA award in 2010. She is keen musician and has been playing Irish traditional music from an early age. She is currently teaching Irish as a Visiting Professor with the Ireland Canada University Foundation, at Concordia University in Montréal.