Aisling Ní Churraighín is a language tutor, lecturer and PhD researcher in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures in NUI Galway. Her research is funded by the Irish Research Council. Aisling is a native of Teileann, 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 doctoral research on the National Folklore Collection undertaken by Seán Ó hEochaidh, also of Teelin.
Along with her research interests, Aisling teaches 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 plays the accordion, melodeon and tin whistle.