Conference Program

New Crops, Old Fields – (Re)Imagining Irish Folklore

Old McMordie Hall, School of Music, Queen’s University Belfast

5th – 7th September 2013

Thursday 5th September

9.30 – 10.30:               Registration and tea/coffee

10.30 –  11.30:             Panel 1: Literature, the Stuff of Legend    Chair : Joanne Burns

Anne Markey (NUI Maynooth): “Folklore and Early Irish Fiction”

Manuel Cadeddu (Università di Cagliari): “Legends and Oral History in Bram Stoker’s The Snake’s Pass

11.30 – 12.00:             Tea/coffee

12.00 – 1.30:               Panel 2: Re-Imagining Storytelling       Chair : Marjan Shokouhi

Chad Buterbaugh (Indiana University): “Commodified Folk Narrative from the Medieval Period to the Present”

Conor Farnan (Mary Immaculate College): “’Lapwings I remember’: Personal and Collective Memory in John Moriarty’s Nostos

Anjili Babbar (John Abbott College & Concordia University): “Humanizing History: Storytelling and Subjectivity in the Works of Frank Delaney”

1.30 – 2.30:                 Lunch

2.30 – 3.30:                 Plenary 1       Chair : Anne Markey

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin (Trinity College Dublin) : “Children of the Nation – Irish Children’s Literature, Folklore and the Formation of an Irish State”

3.30 – 4.00:                 Tea/coffee

4.00 – 5.30:                 Panel 3: Folklore in the Cities   Chair : Mícheál Ó Mainnín

Fionnuala Carson Williams (independent scholar) : “What’s in a name ? The underlying narrative behind contemporary names for small businesses in Belfast and their use of forms common in oral Tradition”

Marcas Mac Coinnigh (Queen’s University Belfast): “Tied Stones and Loose Dogs: Exploring an Ancestral Irish Adage”

Christopher Shannon (Christendom College): “Finley Peter Dunne’s Urban Folklore: Mr. Dooley, from Bridgeport to Hollywood”

6.00 – 7.30:                 New Words, Old Stories (Harty Room) – an evening of poetry, music and storytelling featuring

Gearóid Mac Lochlainn & friends, Ciaran Carson, and Mairi Koroleva

7.30:                            Drinks reception

Friday 6th September

9.15 – 9.30:                 Registration

9.30 – 11.00:               Panel 4: Folklore From the Land    Chair : Audrey Robitaillié

Ben Simon: “Discovering and Celebrating Ireland’s Tree Folklore”

Grigory Bondarenko (Queen’s University Belfast): “Fairies (síogaí): Their Origins and Nature in Irish Folklore”

Patrick McCafferty (independent scholar): “The Wrath of Raths: What Caused the Fear of Irish Ring forts?”

11.00 – 11.30:             Tea/coffee

11.30 – 1.00:               Panel 5: To Tír na nÓg and Beyond   Chair : Caoimhe Nic Lochlainn

Rebecca Long (Trinity College Dublin): “Who Knows where the Time Goes ? : Songs of the Past and Stories of the Present in The New Policeman

Annette Cleary (Royal Irish Academy): “The Use of Traditional Irish Music in Classical Repertoire for Cello: 1750-2000”

Mairi Koroleva (Lomonosov Moscow State University & Institute of Modern Linguistic Research): “Underwater Maidens in Northern     European Tales: A Journey of a Thousand Years”

1.00 – 2.00:                 Lunch

2.00 – 3.30:                 Panel 6: From the Fireside to the Stage  Chair : Marcas Mac Coinnigh

Des Lally (NUI Galway): “Celtic Cosmopolitanism in the Works of Micheál MacLiammóir”

Sharon Phelan (Institute of Technology Tralee): “Siamsa Tíre, Theatrical Representations of Irish Folk Culture”

Daithí Kearney (Dundalk Institute of Technology): “Revisiting Samhain: Two Directions on a Theme”

3.30 – 4.00:                 Tea/coffee

4.00 – 5.00:                 Plenary 2        Chair : Gregory Toner

Diarmuid Ó Giolláin (University of Notre Dame): “Folklore : a Zombie Category ?”

7.30 : Conference dinner at Duke’s

Saturday 7th September

9.15 – 9.30:                 Registration

9.30 – 11.30:               Panel 7: The Politics of Folklore   Chair : Catherine Arthur

Guest speaker : Prof. Bill Rolston (University of Ulster): “Mythology and Identity: Imagery in Republican and Loyalist Murals”

Róisín Ní Ghairbhí (St Patrick’s College, DCU): “The Songs of Tomás Rua Ó Súilleabhán: Changing Lenses”

Edward Molloy (Queen’s University Belfast): “Mythic Constructions of Irish National Identity in the Late 19th Century”

11.30 – 12.00:             Tea/coffee

12.00 – 13.30:             Panel 8: On Another Note: Folklore in Music and Song     Chair : Conor Caldwell

Sorcha Nic Lochlainn (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies): “’Bear my greetings across        the sea’: Emigrant Experiences and the Gaelic Song Tradition”

Maria Byrne (NUI Maynooth): “Valse Shilly Shally: An Irish Expression of the Viennese Waltz”

Angela Horgan Goff (Waterford Institute of Technology): “Fenian Characters from Early Saga-Literature Portrayed in Post-War Composition”

1.30 – 2.30:                 Lunch

2.30 – 4.00:                 Panel 9: Folklore in New Media  Chair : Conor Farnan

Jack Casey (Goldsmiths University): “Mother Ireland: Folklore and the Fractured Family in Irish-themed Cinema”

Eilís Ní Dhúill (NUI Galway): “From Stage to Page and Beyond: (Re)Imagining Cré na Cille”

Sonya Ocampo-Gooding (Concordia University, Montréal): “The Sheela-na-gig and Its Inspirational Influence in the Modern World” 

4.15 – 5.15:                 Final Plenary   Chair : Sarah McCleave

Harry White (University College Dublin): “The Lark Ascending: ‘Folk’ Music and its   Hierarchies”


To download a pdf copy of the program please follow the link below:

New Crops Program


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