Meet the Newest Additions to ITMA's Board of Directors

ITMA announces the appointment of three new board members: Áine Hensey, Lillis Ó Laoire, and Úna Monaghan.

2018 New Board Members
The ITMA Board's newest appointees, from left to right: Áine Hensey, Lillis Ó Laoire & Úna Monaghan

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, she also has been involved in the production of current affairs, sport, and history shows at both local and national levels. Áine brings a wealth of experience in the field of arts administration and public relations to the ITMA Board. 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.


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 & 1994). 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. 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 to receive this award. He is currently editor of the Folk Life, a peer-reviewed journal of ethnological studies.


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. 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. 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.


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