Ailbhe Nic Giolla Chomhaill
Award: Fulbright Irish Scholar Award
Institution: University of Limerick
Ailbhe Nic Giolla Chomhaill is a lecturer in Irish in the School of English, Irish, and Communication at the University of Limerick. She holds a PhD in Modern Irish from the University of Galway. Her doctoral thesis on folklore and oral traditions of the Joyce Country, Co. Galway and Co. Mayo, was funded by the Irish Research Council. Her first monograph to date, An Chaora Ghlas agus Scéalta Eile as Seanadh FarrachA¡in, is a study of international folktales collected in Seanadh Farracháin in National School, Co. Galway, in 1937-38, under the auspices of The Schools’ Folklore Collection. Ailbhe has published a number of articles on Irish language folklore and storytelling in Gaeltacht communities in the west of Ireland. As a Fulbright Irish Scholar based at Indiana University, Bloomington, her research project will analyse Irish and Gaelic language folktales narrated by female storytellers from Ireland and Scotland during the 20th century.