Aisling Ní Churraighín is a year two PhD researcher working in the field of Folklore and Ethnography in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures in NUI Galway, funded by the Irish Research Council. Aisling is a native of Teelin, a small Irish speaking region in coastal southwest Donegal, an area renowned for its richness in traditional music, song and folklore.
Aisling’s upbringing in an area in which the oral and music traditions play an important role in the day to day life of the community has greatly inspired her to undertake postgraduate research on the National Folklore Collection undertaken by Seán Ó hEochaidh, also of Teelin.
Along with her research interests, Aisling also teach courses on various aspects of Irish language, literature and culture to undergraduate and visiting students in NUI Galway as well as Irish language courses in Oideas Gael, Glencolmcille. She is a keen traditional musician, and she plays the accordion, melodeon and tin whistle.