Aisling Ní Churraighín is from Teelin, Glencolmcille, Co. Donegal – a Gaeltacht region in the northwest of Ireland. Aisling comes from an Irish-speaking background, and is the daughter of a storyteller; her upbringing has strongly influenced her interests in Irish language narrative, folklore and performance. Aisling holds an overall first class honours degree in Irish and English Literature from the NUI Galway, coming second in her cohort in Irish. She studied one of Seán Ó hEochaidh’s field diaries – a renowned collector for the Irish Folklore Commission from 1935-1985. Also from Teelin, his collecting work began in his own community. She wrote an essay on Ó hEochaidh’s diary detailing the experiences of Ó hEochaidh and those with whom he worked in Teelin and the surrounding communities.
Aisling is currently undertaking a Masters in Modern Irish (MA sa Nua-Ghaeilge) in NUI Galway, and hopes subsequently to pursue further study.
Undergraduate Award Overall & Programme Winner in 2013
University: National University of Ireland, Galway
Course: Irish Language, Literature & Folklore