Renowned fiddler and singer with Altan, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, has been inaugurated as Artist in Residence in gteic@Gaoth Dobhair. This is the first time there has been an Artist in Residence in the innovation and digital hub or indeed anywhere in Údaras na Gaeltachta’s gteic network. This will be a unique opportunity to hear inspiring Irish traditional music in the gteic@Gaoth Dobhair enterprise environment on the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park and although the arts have been promoted for many years, this will be a novel approach, linking both culture and enterprise on a new footing.
The Gaoth Dobhair facility is part of the gteic digital hub network – an innovative and creative concept that is being developed in over 30 different locations throughout the Gaeltacht. The role of Artist in Residence in gteic@Gaoth Dobhair will be central to supporting and creating links to the economy, the culture and the community. Mairéad’s approach to the appointment will inspire gteic visitors in terms of Gaeltacht culture, language and heritage.
The recipient of the TG4 Gradam Ceoil as Musician of the Year in 2017, Máiréad Ní Mhaonaigh’s life is anchored in music and the culture of Donegal. She was born and raised in Gaoth Dobhair and learned songs and music from her family and neighbours. Mairéad will run a range of activities in gteic@Gaoth Dobhair for the gteic community, the Business Park community, the gteic network community and the wider community. Mairéad already works with local youngsters in the Crannóg and the county’s young fiddlers through the annual Cairdeas na bhFidléirí workshop. As well as singing sessions, Mairéad will deliver lectures based on the music and tradition of the area – the first on the musical culture of the Gaoth Dobhair area on March 11. She will also hold conversational events with the companies based in gteic@Gaoth Dobhair.
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh said: “I am honoured to be inaugurated as Artist in Residence here in the gteic in my place of birth in the Donegal Gaeltacht. It will be a great opportunity to showcase Irish traditional music culture to all communities that come through the doors here and to share it with the next generation. This is a positive appointment to the arts community in the Gaeltacht areas and I am delighted to be the first gteic Artist in Residence.”
Chief Executive of Údarás na Gaeltachta Mícheál Ó hÉanaigh welcomed the appointment: “We are honoured that a musician such as Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh is the first Artist in Residence in gteic@Gaoth Dobhair. She will give the Irish music tradition a new platform through gteic members, the entire network and the public and will ensure that the economy, the community and culture, language and the arts are linked which is central to the work of Údarás na Gaeltachta.”