Bilingual Interview

Guest and Date TBC

The Blas Bilingual Interview is an annual public event conducted by RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta’s Áine Hensey and a seminal performer in the Irish tradition. This lecture is open to the public and takes place in the Tower Theatre, Irish World Academy Building. Admission is free (saor in aisce). This event is supported by funding from Foras na Gaeilge.

 

Áine Hensey

Áine Hensey is one of Ireland’s best-known traditional music broadcasters. She began her career with RTÉ 2FM and Radio 1 and was involved in the setting up of Clare FM, where she had special responsibility for the central role of traditional music in the new station. She has worked as a presenter/producer with RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta since 1995.

Áine has more than 30 years’ experience of organising and administering arts events, having spent 20 years working in various roles with Slógadh, Gael-Linn’s national youth festival and, more recently, with Siansa Gael-Linn. From 1996 to 2001, she was musical director of Éigse Mrs Crotty, the Kilrush festival that celebrated the music of the concertina. She has been involved, in various capacities, with the organisation and production of TG4’s annual Gradaim Ceoil and wrote and produced a commemorative booklet for the 10th anniversary of the awards. From 2012 to 2013, she spent twelve months as Cultural Projects Animator with Oidhreacht an Chláir, considerably raising the profile, both locally and nationally, of the west Clare music and culture archive.

Áine is currently chairman of the board of directors of Gael-Linn and is a former board member of the Irish Traditional Music Archive. She was awarded a PhD in early modern history from NUI Maynooth in 2012.

 

 

 

 

PAST BLAS BILINGUAL INTERVIEWEES: 
2019 – Aodán  Ó Dubhghaill
2018 – Cathal Goan
2017 – Gearoidín Breathnach
2016 – Nóirín Ní Riain
2015 – Nicholas Carolan
2014 – Maighréad Ní Dhomhnaill
2013 – Prof. Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin (Inaugural Event)