Guests 2018


Binneas Collection-Music and Song of Iveragh CD1

The Binneas Collection-Music and Song of Iveragh CD1 is a cd which was recorded live at the 25th Éigse na Brídeoige. Among the artists who feature are Peter Mullarkey, Rosaleen Mullarkey, Tim Dennehy, Marion O’Neill, Selena O’Connell, Stephen Scales, Paddy de Buis and Ceoltóirí Óga Uíbh Ráthaigh.   

Some of the songs and tunes included in the cd are A Bhríd a Mhuire na nGael (Song) and The High Road to Loher and The Ardgroom Jig (Double Jigs).

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta recorded the cd live during Éigse na Brídeoige 2017. The cd will be launched during the 2018 Éigse na Brídeoige.

Fíona de Buis

She has been living in Uíbh Ráthach for a long, long time. She worked in teaching, curriculum development and as the director of an Arts and Adult Education Centre. She is currently involved with community committees working on local development, the arts, mental health issues etc. She is active on the organisation committee of Éigse na Brídeoige since the Éigse was established in 1993 and she is chairperson of a new poetry festival - The Amergin Solstice Poetry Gathering; Éigse na Gréine which will be beginning in Waterville in June 2018.



The Celtic group Dordán consists of three women from County Galway, including tin-whistle player Mary Bergin, fiddler Dearbhail Standún and harpist Kathleen Loughnane. Dordán, whose name means “drone” in Irish, released their first album Jigs To The Moon in 1994, and gained more attention for their Narada Christmas album The Night Before … A Celtic Christmas. They released another album for Narada, Celtic Aire, in 1999 and one for Shanachie, Irish Traditional & Baroque Music in the same year. Dordán’s particular and distinctive mix of traditional Irish and European baroque music has achieved wide acclaim at home and abroad.


John Draper

John Draper is the Divisional Controller for the Coast Guard based at Valentia Coast Guard Radio Station. He was born in Dublin in 1968 and has lived in Waterville since 2003. John has worked for the Coast Guard at Valentia since 2003. His career path has been varied from sea going radio officer in the Merchant Marine through to that of a marine research assistant on salmon and sea trout stocks nationally before commencing a 4 year stint as a member of An Garda Síochána and finding his way back to the maritime sector.


Biddy Jenkinson

She was never good at sums. The advice she got from Sr. Baiste was to write. ‘Bí ag scríobh,' she said, acknowledging that she would never cross the Pons Asinorum, ‘keep writing because who knows what else you might do’. She was compliant as a student - so she began to write and she is writing ever since. Coiscéim publish her work. Her bestselling books are An tAthair Pádraig ó Duinnín - Bleachtaire (2008) and Duinnín Bleachtaire ar an Sceilg (2011).


Criostóir Mac Cárthaigh

Criostóir is the director of the National Folklore Collection. He started working as an archivist in 1997. He has studied various aspects of Irish folklore and ethnology, oral literature, poetry, drama, oral history, material culture, native architecture and Irish marine culture.  

He edited the Traditional Boats of Ireland (2008) and other books among them, New Survey of Clare Island, Volume 1: History and Cultural Landscape (1999), by Kevin Whelan. He has obtained a PhD on the lore of the sea in West Kerry.  


Eoin Mac Craith

Eoin Mac Craith is a Marine Geologist with ten years’ experience in marine surveying.  

Following his international maritime work in Kazakhstan and surveying in the Middle East, he took the opportunity to work for the Geological Survey of Ireland and to map the sea-beds around Ireland. He has a degree in Geology and a Masters in Oceanography and is interested in all aspects of Irish seas, from sunken ships and the tidal landscape to biology and climate change. He currently works with INFOMAR.


Bríd Ní Mhóráin

Bríd Ní Mhóráin has lived in Camp, West Kerry, since she was a small child and she is employed by Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne with support from Ealaín na Gaeltachta as poet in residence in Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne since 2003.
She has published six poetry collections and one prose work, Thiar sa Mhainistear atá an Ghaolainn Bhreá about the decline of Irish in Iveragh. She has been participating in international collaborative projects in Ireland and Great Britain with musicians, singers and artists over the last couple of years, i.e. Glórtha ón gCillín, 2015, Suantraí na nDaoine Fásta, 2016 agus Amhrán Grá, 2017.

Grianghraf: 'Le caoinchead thogra Phortráidí na Scríbhneoirí Gaeilge'. 


Breanndán Ó Beaglaíoch

Breanndán Ó Beaglaíoch is a renowned accordion player and singer from West Kerry.
He is the youngest of a family of nine children, with extreme musical and singing talent.
Breanndán soaked up the music and song of West Kerry from an early age.
He performs at many festivals and gatherings both here in Ireland and abroad.
Breanndán is involved in the organising of Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh which is held in West Kerry each February. Language, landscape, tradition and community inform his music. His music could not exist were it not for the mountains, seas and storms of his native Corca Dhuibhne.


Breandán Ó Cíobháin

Breandán Ó Cíobháin recorded a collection of a variety of coastal placenames throughout Iveragh fifty years ago, when the people who were immersed in the traditions of sea-faring were still alive and working. Some of his work was published in Toponomia Hiberniae I – 1V 1983-4 and he has retained some in photocopied format. Most of the names he will discuss at the Éigse are associated with the 18th-19th century, but there are others whose roots go far back in history, lore and in mythology - among those are Tigh Doinn, Inbhear Scéine, Carraig Éanna, Carraig Oisín, Cnoc an Bhráthar agus Gairdín na mBan Rialta on Scariff Island and many more besides. Sources not recorded in Toponomia Hiberniae will also be discussed.


Gerry Riordan

Gerry Riordan is a Senior Engineer with Kerry County Council. He earned his Civil Engineering Degree and Masters Degree in Offshore Engineering from UCC in 1986 and 1988 respectively. On graduating he worked for 5 years on large engineering projects such as bridge construction works, jetty construction and piling operations. Since joining Kerry County council in 1993, he has worked in Water Services, before joining Tralee Town Council as Town Engineer in 2000, where he oversaw the pedestrianisation and paving of the Square and Abbeycourt in Tralee, and the design and construction of the Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre. For the last 2 years he has been leading up the Flooding and Coastal Protection Unit and Energy Section of Kerry County Council.


Eleanor Turner

Eleanor is a marine biologist who was born and raised in South Kerry and now enjoys the privilege of being able to live and work in this fascinating landscape.She works with Seasynergy Marine Awareness Centre, in Waterville, helping to run school education programmes, nature camps and beach workshops aimed at raising awareness of marine biodiversity, conservation and pollution. She is working towards a PhD with Smartlab in UCD researching community engagement in coastal biodiversity management. As part of this Place-based PhD programme she also works with local environmental groups such as Waterville Lakes and Rivers Trust and the Caherdaniel Japanese Knotweed Group.