St. Patrick’s Festival presents

ABAIR: Treasured Memories with Nuala Hayes & Doireann Glackin

Storyteller Nuala Hayes and sean–nós singer Doireann Glackin present an evening of bilingual songs and stories on the theme of ‘treasured memories’.

Nuala Hayes has been telling, recording and collecting stories throughout Ireland for many years. She has appeared at all the major storytelling festivals in Ireland and abroad. Her special interests are in Irish Folklore, Legends and Myths.

Doireann Glackin hails from the north side of Dublin and is steeped in the rich musical tradition of the area. She is currently undergoing a PHD in NUIG on this topic. Much of her thesis relates to the music studied by her grandfather Seán Ó Riada.


Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland

Abair is a program of traditional singing and storytelling events exploring the oral folk traditions of Ireland. Taken from the Irish word meaning both ‘to say’ and ‘to sing’, the four-day program offers a broad range of intimate, unplugged performances, each highlighting the richness and beauty of the Irish singing and storytelling traditions still preserved and practiced to the present day.

The events will also feature a 'songs from the floor' session, giving audience members a chance to provide a song or story of their own, relevant to the theme of ‘treasures’.