The word IMRAM can mean a ‘voyage of discovery’ and the festival takes its audiences on a magical journey that reveals the depth and diversity of modern literature in Irish, through eclectic and imaginative event programming that fuses poetry, prose and music in lively venues. IMRAM has also featured film, drama, puppetry, debates, lectures, and writing workshops for both adults and children. IMRAM’s core mission is to bring writers and readers – and particularly new readers – together.
IMRAM’s message is positive – and places the Irish language and its literature at the heart of public life within a modern, energetic and multicultural framework. IMRAM also works as a highly effective publicity mechanism that attracts much-needed media attention to Irish language writers and books.
IMRAM has built on its success year-by-year, building audiences, and bringing Irish language literature to the streets of Dublin, in an annual festival that is now an integral part of the city’s cultural life.
Liam Mac Mathúna is Emeritus Professor of Irish at UCD. He spent ten years as Registrar of St Patrick’s College, DCU. He is editor of Éigse: A Journal of Irish Studies, published by the NUI. He is currently researching the life and work of Douglas Hyde, together with Dr Máire Nic an Bhaird, Maynooth University.
Fionnuala Ní Dhúgáin is barrister practising civil law with specialisations in land law and commercial law. She obtained a law degree from Trinity College and a Higher Diploma in Applied Communications from NUI Galway before studying at the King’s Inns. She was called to the Irish Bar in 2005 and to the Bar of England and Wales in 2013.
Siún Ní Dhuinn is originally from Dundalk, Co. Louth but has been living in Dublin for 15 years.
She has a degree in Modern Irish and English from UCD and an MA in Journalism from the same university.
She has worked as bilingual lecturer, author and blogger. At the moment, she is working as RTÉ’s digital coordinator for Irish.
Bríd is a singer, actor and producer. She worked for years in television before founding Tí Aitreo, a production company dedicated to new dramatic writing in Irish. She works with Arts & Disability Ireland as a facilitator for artists/arts audiences with a range of access requirements. She is an opera singer & voice coach.
Osgur is a hospitality specialist, with over 10 years’ experience in the tourism industry, specifically in ownership, management and consultancy both in Ireland and South America, where he was based for 8 years. He is currently converting Jacobs Inn hostel in Dublin 1 into a pod hotel and bar. 2018 was a busy year for him, presenting the “Beidh mé ar ais” TV series on TG4, securing an MBA from Smurfit Business School and, along with his friend, Peadar Ó Caomhánaigh being awarded a “Glór na nGael” award for the Pop Up Gaeltacht concept. He has a particular interest in language, sustainable enterprise, culture and innovation.
Cearbhall Ó Síocháin is a Dubliner. He has worked as a radio producer for over 12 years having spent time working in television prior to that. Married to an artist, he appreciates the process involved in the creation and presentation of art from beginning to end. Its an honour for him to be associated with the legacy IMRAM has left to date.
Tristan is a native of Dublin and has a degree in Early & Modern Irish and in Film and Television Studies. He works as a broadcaster, focusing on arts and current affairs programmes. He is literary editor ofComhar, and performs all over the world with traditional group Téada.
Alan Titley was born in Cork in 1947. He has spent time in Africa, where he taught in Nigeria. In 1981 he was appointed Head of the Irish Department in St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. In 2006 he was appointed Professor of modern Irish in UCC.
He is a journalist, critic, novelist, poet and playwright, and has won numerous awards.