Reference Code: IE 2135 N40

Title: The Jane Kellaghan Papers

Dates of Creation: 1995-2011

Level of Description: Fonds

Extent and Medium: 1 box (138 files)




Name of Creator(s): Kellaghan, Jane (b. 1968).

Biographical and Administrative History: Jane Kellaghan graduated from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, UK with a BA in Performing Arts (dance) in 1995.  In 2000, she was awarded a master’s degree with first class honours in Dance Performance from the University of Limerick.  As an independent artist, Jane has worked with Daghdha Dance Company, Wayne McGregor (Random), Mná Rua, Half/ Angel Visual Theatre, Rebus, Isabelle Meerstein Film Company & Tina Horan Films.  Her commissions include works for Firkin Crane’s New Works Series 1996, Solo Independence 1998, A Sense of Cork 1998, Trading Places with Charlotte Darbyshire 1999, and choreographic work for theatre companies including Everyman Palace under the direction of Tim Murphy (1996-1999) and for New Moon Youth Dance Company under the direction of Tina Horan.  She also choreographed and performed for Cork City Ballet annually from 1997 to 2004.

In 2000, Kellaghan founded CruX Dance Theatre to provide greater access to the art of dance.  Through its repertoire, the company has also succeeded in stimulating awareness of the possibilities of dance integrating as it does multi-media elements, particularly video, photography, and film.  Kellaghan has created work annually for the company and continues to act as its Artistic Director.

Jane Kellagahan’s other significant role is that of a teacher.  Since 1995, she has taught Contemporary Dance Technique, Choreography Craft & improvisation on the Vocational Education Committee (VEC) Diploma in Dance course run by Coláiste Stíofáin Naofa based at The Firkin Crane, Cork.  She is also the director of CruX Youth Dance, which since 2002 has provided contemporary and creative dance training for children, through weekly classes and annual performances.  Between 2008 and 2011 she was employed by The Firkin Crane to set up and manage Blank Canvas – Professional Dance Residency Programme while also acting as professional dance advisor to Paul McCarthy.  In 2006, Kellaghan qualified as a yoga instructor and teaches weekly classes in Cork City and County.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Donated by Jane Kellaghan to the National Dance Archive of Ireland on 30 November 2011.





Scope and Content: Promotional material, press cuttings, photographs, and recordings illustrating Jane Kellaghan’s training, teaching activities, and career as an independent dancer and choreographer, and the activities of CruX Dance Theatre and CruX Youth Dance.

Appraisal, Destruction and Scheduling Information: All records have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are possible.

System of Arrangement: The material has been divided into three series to reflect different aspects of Jane Kellaghan’s work and career.  Series 1 contains material relating to her training, her teaching activities, and her collaboration with dance companies and other bodies as an independent dancer and choreographer.  Series 2 contains material relating to the activities of CruX Dance Theatre and choreographies created for it.  Series 3 contains material relating to CruX Youth Dance.  Under each section, items have been divided thematically reflecting the activities to which they relate and thereunder chronologically by date.




Conditions Governing Access: Unrestricted access to all items.

Conditions Governing Reproduction: Standard copyright regulations apply to all items.  For photocopying or reproducing material, please consult with the staff.

Language/ Scripts of Material: English.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements: Paper documents and DVDs in good condition.  Items 2/2/2/12/2/8/12-132/2/9/22/2/10/72/2/11/20, and 2/2/12/10 require a DVD player.

Finding Aids: A hard copy of the descriptive catalogue is available at the Special Collections and Archives Department, Glucksman Library, University of Limerick.




Existence and Location of Originals: Most of the items in this collection are colour photocopies of documents retained by the donor.




Archivist’s Note: Papers arranged and described by Anna-Maria Hajba.

Rules or Conventions: This description follows guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd edition, 2000; Irish Guidelines for Archival Description, 2009; National Council on Archives: Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997; and EAP Guidance on Data Protection for Archive Services, 2018.

Date of Description: May 2012.  Revised August 2020.


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