Board

The operations of the Archive are directed by a Board of directors, who have performing, collecting, broadcasting, archival, financial, marketing and management experience. One third of the members is replaced annually by election.

Brian Montague
Chairperson

Brian Montague, originally from Belfast, is a business investor with interests across a range of sectors including hospitality, commercial property, and IT. Brian has played the fiddle from a young age with a particular interest in Northern tradition. He lives in Dublin.

Dr Siobhán Ní Laoire

Dr Siobhán Ní Laoire is Lecturer in Irish and Chair of MA sa Ghaeilge Fheidhmeach/MA in Applied Irish in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) where she has also served as Head of Dept. of Languages. She previously held positions in Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (1991-2005). She is interested in all aspects of traditional music, particularly song.

Tom Sherlock

Dublin-born Tom Sherlock has worked as a full-time music business professional since 1982 when he began employment with leading Irish folk music label Claddagh Records. Since 1997 Tom has worked in music management and event consultancy. He has represented many of the leading Irish traditional music acts among them Altan, Liam O'Flynn, The Poet and the Piper (Seamus Heaney & Liam O'Flynn), Karan Casey, Seamus Begley, Lynched, Usher’s Island, Lunasa, Paddy Glackin and Roisin Elsafty among others.

As an agent and promoter he has presented Riverdance, The Chieftains and The Dubliners a number of times and has worked with most of the worlds leading Arts and Folk Music festivals .He has wide experience of organizing tours in the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Japan, China, Australia and has worked in most European countries.

Tom has a long-standing working relationship with two of Europe's largest folk music festivals: The Guinness Irish Festival in Switzerland  and Tonder Festival in Denmark as a programming consultant and advisor.  He previously was traditional music programmer of The Kilkenny Arts Festival for a  number of years. A contributor to the respected reference works The Encyclopedia of Ireland and The Companion to Irish Traditional Music, he is an occasional lecturer in music business at the University of Limerick and the University of Ulster. In 2012 he was Programme Manager of the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention in Derry and Donegal. In 2013. with Professor Rionach ui Ógáin of University College Dublin, he co-edited The Otherworld-Music & Song from Irish Tradition an illustrated book of folklore associated with otherworld belief and custom published by The Folklore Council of Ireland.

In 2011 he produced and presented a 6 part radio series entitled "Transmissions" that explored commanilities between various international folk musics-this ran successfully on RTE Radio 1. Previously he served as a Deis advisor to the Arts Council and has also worked in consultancy roles for the Government of Canada, the European Commission, the Department of Foreign Affairs( Ireland), The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, ROSA and the Danish Roots amongst others. Tom currently serves, as treasurer, on the board of the Irish Traditional Music Archive in Dublin (http://www.itma.ie) and previously served at board level for Open House Festival in Belfast and the Dublin Folk Festival.

​Clodach McGrory

Clodach McGrory is a traditional flute player and flute teacher based in Belfast.  She graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1984 with an honours degree in Early and Modern Irish.  Clodach is a barrister holding a number of part-time judicial positions in Northern Ireland.  She is currently the Chairperson of the Sentence Review Commissioners NI.

Dermot Diamond

Dermy comes from Belfast, and learned his early music from local players in Belfast, Antrim and Down, such as Andy Dickson and Gerry McCartney. Later, he and Tara travelled extensively across Ireland, playing and spending time with musicians from many parts of the country, particularly Clare, Cork, Kerry, Donegal and Fermanagh. He has played on several albums, including Thiar i nGleann Ceo (Albert Fry), Yahoo (Frankie Lane), and Lámh ar Lámh (with Pádraic Mac Mathúna). He was a participant in three Music Network tours, with, amongst others, Dolores Keane, John Faulkner, Paddy Keenan, Maighréad Ní Dhomhnaill, Fintan Vallely, Con Fada Ó Drisceoil and Charlie Harris.

Aoife Ní Bhriain

Aoife began studying the violin at an early age with teacher Maria Kelemen and played regularly as a member of Young European Strings.She has won competitions for both classical and traditional Irish music including 7 All Ireland Titles at the Fleadh Cheoil, Bonn Oir Sheáin Uí Riada 2010, Fiddler of Dooney 2009, various prizes at the ESB Feis Ceoil in Ireland, Sligo Feis Ceoil Instrumental Bursary 2010, the Bill Whealen IMRO Bursary 2010,The Alan Gillespie Ulster Bank Prize as part of the Camerata Ireland Young Musician of the Year Award 2011, the Campus Internazionale da Musica, Pontino Festival Young Musician Award and 2nd prize at the Concours International du Violon Marie Cantagrill. Most recently she has won a TG4 Gradam Ceoil, the most prestigious honour for Irish musicians for her input on the CD “Tunes from the Goodman Manuscripts” that she recorded with her father Mick O’ Brien and flautist Emer Mayock.  She is currently a student of Prof. Mariana Sirbu in the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater, Felix Mendelssohn, Leipzig.

Nuala O'Connor

In 1987, Nuala established Hummingbird Productions with Philip King to produce high quality music and arts documentary films. With Philip King she worked as producer and writer on the BBC’s 'Bringing It All Back Home' and is the author of the book which accompanied the series. Nuala won a Prime Time Emmy Award for writing a one-hour version of 'Bringing It All Back Home' for the Disney television channel in the US.
Nuala also sits on the governing body of UCC, and has worked as a traditional music reviewer for the Irish Times for many years.

Lillis Ó Laoire

Lillis Ó Laoire is a well-known performer of the traditional Gaelic songs of Donegal who has won Corn Uí Riada, a national award for sean-nós singing on two occasions (1991-94). He has highlighted the somewhat neglected tradition of Tory Island bringing these songs to a new generation of singers. He has performed and given workshops nationally and internationally. A senior lecturer in Irish and Celtic Civilisation at NUI Galway, he is also an active researcher with two monographs to his credit, four edited volumes, and many essays and articles. A Rock in the Middle of the Ocean (Indreabhán 2007) is an ethnography of song performance on Tory Island, Co. Donegal. His biography, co-written with Sean Williams, Bright Star of the West: Joe Heaney, Irish Song Man won the Alan P. Merriam Prize for best monograph at the Society for Ethnomusicology Conference in 2012. He is the only Irish national ever to have been given this award. He is currently editor of the Folk Life, a peer-reviewed journal of ethnological studies.

​Áine Hensey

Áine Hensey has worked in broadcasting since 1979. She began her career with RTÉ Radio 2 (now 2FM), and worked with Radio 1 and Clare FM before joining Raidió na Gaeltachta in 1995. Best known as a presenter and producer of traditional Irish music programmes (Heather Breeze, Sunday Folk, the Mist-Covered Mountain, Mind the Dresser, Béal Maidine, An Ghaoth Aniar, the Late Session, An Ghealach Ghorm and more) she has also been involved in the production of current affairs, sport, and history shows at both local and national levels. Most recently, she produced the flagship Raidió na Gaeltachta series of debates on the legacy of 1916.

She is a regular contributor to programmes on TG4 and has acted as a script consultant on Geantraí, Gradaim Ceoil TG4, and other productions. She was a member of the selection panel for the Gradam Ceoil awards and also wrote and edited the commemorative book that was produced to mark the tenth anniversary of the Gradaim.

Áine has many years of experience in the field of arts administration and public relations, having worked with the renowned youth festival, Slógadh, from the late 1970s. She has been musical director of Éigse Mrs Crotty in Kilrush, project animator with Oidhreacht an Chláir, and, since 2014, co-director of Consairtín, the national concertina convention.

She was awarded a PhD in early modern history from Maynooth University in 2012 and is currently chairman of the board of directors of Gael-Linn.

Úna Monaghan

Úna Monaghan is a harper, composer, researcher, and sound artist from Belfast. She is the Rosamund Harding Research Fellow in Music at Newnham College, University of Cambridge. Her research examines the intersections between Irish traditional music, experimental music practices, improvisation, and interactive technologies. She performs with harp and electronics. Her recent work combines traditional music with bronze sculpture, sound art, and movement sensors. Her compositions have been presented on BBC and RTÉ television and radio, in theatre productions, and at international festivals and conferences, such as the International Computer Music Conference, York Festival of Ideas, and New York Electroacoustic Music Festival. She holds a PhD on New Technologies and Experimental Practices in Contemporary Irish Traditional Music from Queen’s University Belfast.

Úna has held artist residencies at the Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris, the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas Montréal, and the Future Music Lab at the Atlantic Music Festival, Maine, USA. Úna also works as a sound engineer specialising in Irish traditional music, and experimental, live electronic and multichannel music—a role in which she travels worldwide.

In 2016, Úna was awarded a James M. Flaherty Research Scholarship by the Ireland Canada University Foundation. She released an album of her compositions for harp and electronics, named For in 2018.