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.

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.

​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.

Máire Ní Ghráda

Máire is an uilleann piper originally from Cork, now living  in Clonlara, County Clare. She is a regular teacher at international piping tionóil and and at the annual Willie Clancy School in Miltown Malbay. Máire also teaches Irish and Irish Folklore Studies in the University of Limerick. On behalf of the university, she has developed an innovative collaboration between UL and RTÉ-Raidió na Gaeltachta,  Ar Bhruach na Sionainne. This radio series airs over a six week period each summer and gives students of the university, including those studying in the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, the opportunity to gain experience of the  research, performance and presentational aspects of Irish language and music broadcasting.

 

Bob Collins
Síle Denvir

Síle Denvir is a harpist and sean-nós singer from the Connemara Gaeltacht. She is a founding member of the group Líadan, she has toured with The Chieftains and recent performances include a collaboration with Liam Ó Maonlaí and Peter O’Toole in Macalla, a performance of music and sounds. She also performed as part of Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin’s composition Fill Arís with Iarla Ó Lionáird, Lillis Ó Laoire and The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in June 2018. Síle is a regular contributor to various TV and radio programmes and has also presented the programmes ‘Sean-Nós’ and ‘Fleadh TV’ on TG4. 

Síle is also an academic and works as an Irish language lecturer in Dublin City University. She has a particular interest in Irish-language song and her publications include Ciarán Ó Fátharta - Amhráin, an edition of songs composed by the Connemara songwriter Ciarán Ó Fátharta, published by Cló Iar-Chonnacht. Síle has a BA in Music and Irish from NUI Maynooth, an MA in Irish from NUI Galway, a Graduate Diploma in Music Education and an MA in Traditional Music Performance from the University of Limerick. She also received her PhD doctorate from the University of Limerick in 2012. Her latest research project, a CD/Booklet called Caithréim: Ceol agus Amhráin ó Dhrámaí an Phiarsaigh, was published by Cló Iar-Chonnacht in May 2016 and was shortlisted by The Irish Times in the highly competitive ‘Best Traditional Album 2016’ category. 

Iarfhlaith Ó Domhnaill

Iarfhlaith grew up in the parish of Inver in South West Donegal, but his family hails originally from Kilcar where they now live. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant having previously completed a degree in Business, Economics and Social Studies in Trinity College Dublin. Iarfhlaith trained as an accountant with Walsh O’Brien Harnett before moving to KPMG where he worked with some of Ireland’s largest private and public companies. He worked as an audit manager in KPMG before departing in September 2019 to pursue a career in TV & Digital Media. 

Iarfhlaith is a keen fiddle player whose music reflects, in particular, the fiddle style of South West Donegal. He has taught and performed his music throughout Ireland and the world and regularly features on television, most recently performing on Tradfest TG4.


Iarfhlaith has prior experience working with charitable organisations – he is a member of the governing committee of Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí and currently works as a consultant on a part time basis with Na Piobairí Uilleann.

Cian Ferriter