Donegal Diaspora International Conference 2018

ITMA Director Grace Toland will be returning to her native Donegal on 8 June 2018 to present at the Donegal Diaspora International Conference 2018. She will join a range of national and international speakers invited to present on the theme of 'Culture and the Importance of Belonging to Place.' 

Donegal Diaspora
Donegal Diaspora International Conference 2018 poster image.

The idea of belonging to place finds resonance in the songs and voices found in the Inishowen Song Project. This online collection of over 500 hundred songs from 150 singers draws on the field recording work of local collector Jimmy McBride, which began in the Peninsula during the 1980s. The sound recordings and videos featured in the exhibition are supplemented by song words, biographies, and publications relating to this rich local singing tradition.

As well as providing ample examples of songs of place, Grace’s presentation will explore the wider impact of digital access in providing diaspora communities with meaningful connection to their localities.

Other keynote speakers include:

  • Brian Lambkin, the founding Director of the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster-American Folk Park, Omagh;
  • Lillis Ó Laoire, a Donegal native and senior lecturer in Irish, Folklore and Celtic Civilisation, NUI Galway;
  • Frank Shovlin, Professor of Irish Literature at the University of Liverpool;
  • Annaleigh Margey, lecturer in history at Dundalk Institute of Technology; and
  • John McColgan, City Archivist for Boston.

The Donegal Diaspora International Conference will take place on Friday 8 June 2018 in Solis Lough Eske, Donegal Town. For further information visit the conference website