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Dr. Eamonn Costello



Éamonn is an ethnomusicologist, an Irish traditional musician and native Irish speaker from the Conamara Gaeltacht, in Co. Galway. He is currently working as a research assistant developing a national strategy for Irish-language based arts, for the Dept. of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht He was a Teaching Assistant in Irish in the School of Culture and Communication at UL from 2016-2019. Éamonn lectured on Irish traditional music, ethnomusicology, and world music at the Irish World Academy from 2010 to 2015. He has published articles in Ethnomusicology Ireland, and the Éire/Ireland Jouranl of Irish Studies, as well as reviews in academic journals such as Ethnomusicology: Journal of the Society for Ethnomusicology, and the World of Music (new series). Éamonn has collaborated widely with other musicians and groups; in 2010, along with Limerick fiddler, Cathal Clohessy, he released a duet album of Irish traditional music, Bosca Ceoil and Fiddle, which has been lauded by critics both nationally and internationally. He is currently working on an edited book on song in Ireland.

Research Interests

 Éamonn graduated with a PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Limerick in 2016. His PhD is concerned with the relationship between the Oireachtas na Gaeilge festival, Ireland's oldest arts festival',and vernacular Irish language song; it is titled 'Sean-nós singing and Oireachtas na Gaeilge: Identity, Romantic Nationalism, and the Agency of the Gaeltacht Community Nexus'. Éamonn is particularly interested in researching the influence ideologies have on musical aesthetics. He is also concerned with Irish cultural identity, nationalism and the role individual agency plays in the construction of national narratives.             

Teaching Interests

Éamonn was a lecturer in music in the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick from 2010-2014; where he lectured on Irish traditional music and song, world music, and ethnomusicology.  Éamonn is currently working in the School of Culture and Communications at the University of Limerick, where he teaches Irish (written/grammar and spoken), lectures on Romantic nationalism, the Gaelic revival and sociolinguistics.


Conference Publication

Other Publication


'The Folk as Revivalist: An Exploration of the Agency of the Traditional Singer within the Oireachtas na Gaeilge Festival
Costello, É.
Kommission für Volksdichtung (International Ballad Commission annual conference)


Vernacular Irish Song as Battle
Costello, É
TradSong Symposium


Macaronic Song
Costello, E.
The Encyclopedia of Music in Ireland


Costello, E.
The Encyclopaedia of music in Ireland vol 2


Review of’
Costello, E.
The World of Music Journal (new series)


From Lord-Randal to Amhrán na hEascaine: Change and Continuity in the Medieval Ballad Lord Randal
Costello, É.
the 42nd International Ballad Conference of the Kommission für Volksdichtung,