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Éilís Ní Dhuibhne Papers

Identifier: MSE/IR 1035

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of papers relating to the career of Éilís Ní Dhuibhne. The bulk of the collection is comprised of handwritten, typescript, and computer printout manuscripts in various stages of development for novels, short stories, plays, screenplays, and poems by the author, as well as related miscellany (including drawings and a video recording). Titles well-represented within the collection include the novels The Dancers Dancing, Singles, The Sparkling Rain, the play Dún na mBan Trí Thine, and television series Glenroe and Ros na Rún.

Also present are writings, correspondence, offprints, and research documents relating to Ní Dhuibhne’s academic studies on folklore, materials associated with her activities as a creative writing instructor, and those relating to her professional speaking engagements or attendance at conferences. Letters from the public, press clippings, and audio recordings about the work of Éilís Ní Dhuibhne are present, as well as a small quantity of personal papers and photographs. A limited number of electronic records (computer files on floppy disk or compact disc) are also found within the collection.


  • Creation: 1966 - 2016
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1979 - 2011


Language of Materials

Materials chiefly in English or Irish. Presence of Irish language material indicated at folder level.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research, however folders 244, 301, 306, 346, 357, 407, and 551 are restricted from access.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

Éilís Ní Dhuibhne (1954- ) is an Irish author and scholar who writes in both English and Irish. She studied English at University College Dublin, where she also did postgraduate studies in Middle English and Old Irish, and completed a Ph.D. in 1982 on oral and written narrative. She published her first short story in 1974, and in 1988, Blood and Water, her first collection of stories, was published. She has since written novels, stories, poetry, plays and television scripts, as well as scholarly articles and literary criticism.

Ní Dhuibhne worked as an assistant keeper, or librarian, in the National Library of Ireland for many years, and she has taught creative writing at a number of institutions including University College Dublin, Trinity College and the Irish Writers’ Centre. She is a member of Aosdána, the academy of Irish writers and artists, has been Ambassador for the Irish Writers’ Center, and she has served as President of the Folklore of Ireland Society (An Cumann Béaloideas Éireann).

Among her books are Midwife to the Fairies: New and Selected Stories (2002), The Dancers Dancing (1999), Hurlamaboc (2006), Aisling, nó Iníon A. (2015), and Twelve Thousand Days. A Memoir of Love and Loss (2018). She published a number of works for children under the pseudonym Elizabeth O’Hara.

Ní Dhuibhne’s work has been translated to Japanese, German, Scots Gaelic and other languages, and her plays have been performed at the Peacock and at the Sam Beckett Centre at Trinity College Dublin. Her short stories have been published in many anthologies. Ní Dhuibhne’s scripts include many for Ros na Rún, the long-running series on Irish language television, TG4, and Glenroe, a popular series on Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) television from 1983 to 2001.


24 Cubic Feet (18 record storage boxes, 1 document box, 4 oversize folders)


The filing system largely maintains the creator’s original order, with the exception that files formerly dispersed throughout the collection, but pertaining to the development of a single title, have been reordered to file adjacently. Items foldered as received.

Jennifer Brcka
2019 September 3
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556