Diarmuid de Faoite Duala Launch, Kilkee, Co. Clare

ITMA Director Liam O'Connor and Clare Arts Officer Siobhán Mulcahy attended the launch of the latest Duala Artist-in-Residence Project "Dúchas is Dóchas: Amhráin Ghaeilge an Chláir / The Gaelic Songs of County Clare"

Duala Launch May 2022 Clare
Diarmuid de Faoite, Duala Artist-in-Residence

Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee, Co. Clare was the venue for the launch of the third Duala: Creator-in-Residence Scheme funded by ITMA and Clare Arts Office.

"Dúchas is Dóchas: Amhráin Ghaeilge an Chláir / The Gaelic Songs of County Clare" is an exploration by Diarmuid de Faoite of the Gaelic songs of County Clare. On Saturday night, 28 May, Diarmuid introduced the outcome of his archival research in the company of renowned singer-musicians: Gráinne Cotter, Tim Dennehy, Aindrias de Staic, Philip Fogarty, Therese McInerney, Emer O Flaherty, Conn Ó Muineacháin, Edel Vaughan, & Oireachtas Champion Dancer Seán Brown.

Through the Duala Artist-in-Residence Diarmuid began to dig through the ITMA archives and was delighted to discover that not only have the songs not been lost, singers today continue to sing and compose wonderful songs in Irish.

To date, 130 songs have been unearthed and that figure continues to grow. The songs deal with every topic and come from all over the county, even from parts of the county where the language had died out well over a century and a half ago. The richness of theme and style is vast: these songs are a storehouse of love, humour, politics, society, football, hurling, genealogy and, of course, sedition. They are jewels through which it is hoped to inspire both singers and the communities and parishes they come from to deeper understandings of themselves and their heritage, not only as historical accounts of what was but as proud expressions of who they are now and into the future.

A selection of the songs discovered will be hosted on www.clarearts.ie and www.itma.ie.


The Duala Creator in Residence award, is funded by ITMA and Clare Arts Office. Artists (musicians, visual artists, dancers, writers, performers, etc.) are invited to reflect /respond creatively to the collections and materials that are of relevance or reference County Clare, which are held in ITMA.

Former Duala Artists-in-Residence are:

Tara Breen & Nuala Kennedy: Ag Lórg ár Líne: Clare Women listening and performing

Jack Talty & Maurice Gunning: Duala: A Film


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