Dr Méabh Ní Fhuartháin

B.A., BMus., MA.,PhD

Contact Details

Lecturer (Fixed Term)
Centre for Irish Studies
Martha Fox House
Distillery Road
NUI Galway

E: meabh.nifhuarthain@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

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 
in Ireland, Journal of the Society of Musicology in Ireland and New York Irish History Roundtable.  She is also Popular Music subject editor of the landmark Encyclopedia of Music in Ireland (UCD Press, 2013).  Co-editor with David Doyle of Ordinary Life and Popular Culture in Ireland (IAP, 2013), she is centrally involved in the development of the research network Comhrá Ceoil: Irish Music and Dance Studies at NUI Galway. 


Research Interests

  • I have presented and published work in my current areas of interest: emigration and Irish music; popular music and Ireland; cultural revivalism; performance studies; and Irish music practice.  


Books

  Year Publication
(2013) Ordinary Irish Life: Music, Sport and Culture.
Ní Fhuartháin, Méábh; Doyle, David (2013) Ordinary Irish Life: Music, Sport and Culture. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2015) '‘“Irish Music in Irish Life”: Articulating a Vision of Revival’'
Niall Ó Cíoasán and John Cunningham (2015) '‘“Irish Music in Irish Life”: Articulating a Vision of Revival’' In: Culture and Society in Ireland since 1750, Essays in Honour of Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh. Dublin: Lilliput. [Details]
(2013) 'Introduction'
Ní Fhuartháin, Méabh; Doyle, David (2013) 'Introduction' In: Ordinary Life and Popular Culture in Ireland. Dublin: IAP. [Details]
(2013) ''Oh Me, Oh My': Reviving Joe Dolan and Gendering Performance’'
Ní Fhuartháin, Méabh (2013) ''Oh Me, Oh My': Reviving Joe Dolan and Gendering Performance’' In: Masculinity and Irish Popular Culture: Tigers Tales. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
(2013) Ordinary Irish Life: Music, Sport and Culture.
Méabh Ní Fhuartháin and David Doyle (Ed.). (2013) Ordinary Irish Life: Music, Sport and Culture. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. [Details]
(2013) Encyclopedia of Music in Ireland.
Harry White et al (Méabh Ní Fhuartháin, subject editor) (Ed.). (2013) Encyclopedia of Music in Ireland. Dubln: UCD Press. [Details]
(2013) Music in the Breeze of a Wind: Traditional Dance Music in West Clare, 1870-1970 by Barry Taylor.
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]

Encyclopedia Entry

  Year Publication
(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’.
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]

Online Multimedia

  Year Publication
(2014) 'The Henebry-O’Neill Wax Cylinder Collection’.
Ní Fhuartháín, Méabh (2014) 'The Henebry-O’Neill Wax Cylinder Collection’. Online Multimedia [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2009 Graduate Fellowship in Irish Studies, NUI Galway NUI Galway
2006 Government of Ireland Graduate scholarship IRCHSS
2006 Erasmus Teaching Staff Scholar Exchange Erasmus

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
ICTM Member /
ACIS member /
British Forum for Ethnomusicology Member /
Society for Musicology in Ireland Member /
EFACIS, European Federation for Irish Studies Member /

Teaching Interests

Below are some of the modules I deliver at NUIG.  Other teaching includes modules in ethnomusicology, performance theory, popular music and a wide range of Irish music and dance related courses.

  • IS122 An introduction to Irish music and dance from 1893 
  • IS211 Tunes and texts: Constructing identity in Irish music and dance
  • IR120 Imagining modern Ireland (co-taught interdisciplinary module)
  • IS302 Irish Studies independent research project 
  • SU406 Negotiating Identities through Irish music and dance
  • DT105 Irish traditional arts: Performance, performativity and practice   
  • Service teaching into the MA in Irish Studies  

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