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Traveller Story and Song

The traditions of Ireland are the background of our history; they have helped in large measure to mould the Ireland of the past; they are part and parcel of the Irish nation of today. We desire to see them known and honoured, for the Ireland of tomorrow will have need of them, finding in them a source of inspiration and pride.

J. H. Delargy, Honorary Director, Irish Folklore Commission (1942)

The Irish Folklore Commission was founded in 1935 with the intention of preserving Ireland’s oral and material culture, including folklore and traditions. Collectors went out into the field and recorded the stories and songs to be found in different communities, fragments that form part of the rich social history of Ireland. In 1971, the Commission ceased, but the archive it had collected was integrated into the National Folklore Collection at University College Dublin, along with material collected by the Irish Folklore Institute and the Department of Irish Folklore in UCD.

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Upcoming Events

Alice Rekab
Mythlantic Family/Clann Miotlantach

As part of our Culture Night 2022 programme, Alice Rekab will present a reading of their text Mythlantic Family/Clann Miotlantach. This reading will take place within the gallery activating new perspectives on the work in the exhibition. Booking required. Please complete the booking form from the link in this section.    

Éireann and I
Race, place and belonging: food and heritage

In this workshop, facilitated by Éireann and I, we invite you to share and celebrate your cultural food practices. Our food practices can be a ritual, an act of celebration, and a way to document our family histories. Participants will prepare and bring a dish and a corresponding food story. Using various artistic mediums we […]

Diana Bamimeke
Writer Reponse

As part of our Response Series The Douglas Hyde is delighted to announce a Writer’s Response where Curator and Writer Diana Bamimeke will respond to the work of Éireann and I and their current exhibition in Gallery 2 as part of The Artist’s Eye programme.  

Alice Rekab
In conversation with Georgina Jackson

We are delighted to announce an In Conversation event where artist Alice Rekab will be joined in conversation by Georgina Jackson, Director at The Douglas Hyde, to discuss the many aspects of Rekab’s FAMILY LINES Project. The conversation will take place on Friday 23 September, 7pm, as part of our Culture Night 2022 Programme at […]

Rema Hamid
FAMILY LINES Tour

In this tour, community organiser and poet Rema Hamid will explore the work of Alice Rekab within exhibition Family Lines. Booking required. Please complete the booking form from the link in this section.

Rachel Heavey
Student Forum Tour: Family Lines

In this tour, artist and Student Forum Member Rachel Heavey will explore the multiple themes addressed by Alice Rekab in their exhibition Family Lines.  Booking required. Please complete the booking form from the link in this section.

Diana Bamimeke
FAMILY LINES Tour

In this tour, Curator and Writer Diana Bamimeke will explore the work of Alice Rekab within exhibition Family Lines. Booking required. Please complete the booking form from the link in this section.

Cairo Clarke
Writer Reponse

As part of our Response Series The Douglas Hyde is delighted to announce a Writer’s Response where Curator and Writer Cairo Clarke will respond to the work of Alice Rekab and their current exhibition Family Lines.  

Dr. Fernando Sánchez-Migallón Cano
Curator's Tour | The Archive in Contemporary Art

In this tour, our Learning and Engagement Curator, Dr. Fernando Sánchez-Migallón Cano will unfold the notion of ‘the archive’ within Alice Rekab’s exhibition Family Lines. The field of contemporary art is increasingly being enriched by the work of artists whose practice is concerned with archival material. Their work have used, critiqued and re-interpreted existing archives […]

Shadi Abdel Salam
The Night of Counting the Years

The Douglas Hyde is delighted to present the tenth and final of the screenings of Art from the African Diaspora as part of Alice Rekab’s multi-platform project FAMILY LINES. Aiming to platform the voices of Black artists and artists of colour and to represent intergenerational legacies of self-representation in the production of film, writing and visual […]

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