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Sean Ó'Dúill

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Sean and Eileen Ó'Dúill at Glendalough

   Sean Ó Dúill is a fluent Irish speaker from Louisburgh, Co. Mayo. He taught in St. Declan’s College, Cabra, Dublin until his retirement. He has published many articles in Irish and English on various aspects of Irish Folklore. He first lectured to genealogists and family historians at the 4th Irish Genealogical Congress in Trinity College Dublin. He lectured for the first time in America at the Irish Seminar sponsored by NEHGS in 2003. He presented 3 folklore lectures to the International Genealogical Festival in Sligo in 2004 and was the keynote speaker at the National Genealogical Society conference in Nashville, Tennessee in 2005.

   Sean has been a speaker at the NGS Research trips to Ireland, New England Historic and Genealogical Society Research trips, and most recently he was a featured speaker for the TIARA/ research trips to Dublin. Sean was a lecturer and advisor at the TIARA/NEHGRS Irish seminar 2011 and has lectured at the Irish cultural Centre festivals in Canton, Massachusetts.

   The source of Sean’s research is the 1937 Irish Folklore Commission School Project which was designed to gather and preserve the richness of Irish folklore through school children of 12 to 14 years. By interviewing their grandparents and neighbours in the parish, they were able to reach back to just after the famine period and record the treasures of their elders. Sean declares himself to be "of the folk" and as he is from within the tradition, he can bring to life the voices of the children, their ancestors and ours.

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