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Meet the art educator… Helen Diamond
Helen is a qualified music therapist and primary school teacher, with extensive experience in education and community projects. Her areas of speciality are traditional Irish singing and fiddle playing.
Born in Dublin, Helen has strong family links with the North of Ireland, and this influence can be heard in her musical style. She has performed on Irish national radio and television and at live events such as the Róise Rua Festival (Arranmore), The Inishowen Traditional Singing Festival, Body and Soul, the Rozhybkosti festival (Slovakia), North Atlantic Fiddle Convention (Derry & Aberdeen), Minnesota Irish Musicians Weekend (USA) and Copenhagen Irish Festival. She has collaborated on projects with various other artists including singer Vincent Doherty and groups Varo (Consuelo Breschi and Lucie Azconaga) and NORTH (Danny Diamond and Conor Caldwell).
Helen launched her debut album of unaccompanied singing in 2018. She has also recorded with VARO (2020), in duet with Vincent Doherty (The High Walls of Derry, 2013) and can be heard on the Tunes in the Church compilation CD (2010).
Meet the heritage expert… Eoghan Ó Curraighín
Eoghan Ó Curraighín is a storyteller from Teileann, in the northwest of Ireland. He is a six-time winner of Corn Neidí Frainc, the most prestigious prize in Irish-language storytelling, and holds several other accolades. He is in great demand as a basket weaver and has breadth of knowledge as regards history, folklore and the traditional crafts of Ireland.