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Dr Ciarán Ó Gealbháin

A native of an sean-phobal (the oldest part) in the Waterford gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area), Ciarán Ó Gealbháin is a musician, singer and head of the Department of Folklore and Ethnology, University College Cork, where his doctoral research focused on aspects of the Déise song tradition. A former member of the very well-known, traditional Irish music group, Danú, he has toured extensively in Europe and North America sharing his special interest in the music and song traditions of his native area. He currently lectures on the Béaloideas and Folklore programmes at UCC, and has co-edited Béascna: UCC Journal of Folklore and Ethnology since 2007, acting as senior editor to the Journal since 2012.