Anthony (Tony) Candon
Head of the Folklife Division and Manager of the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life.
Tony is an archaeologist and mediaeval historian who has worked in heritage and museums on both sides of the Irish border for nearly thirty years, His current research focuses on the changing role of museums in contemporary society.
Dr Séamas Mac Philib
Assistant Keeper Grade I. Séamas Mac Philib M.A., Ph.D., H.Dip.Ed. trained in University College, Dublin as an ethnologist and historian and also at Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Nordic Museum (IFF), Stockholm and Musée National des Arts et Traditions Populaires (CEF), Paris.
Prior to joining the National Museum of Ireland, he worked in the government departments of Finance (inc. Heritage Expenditure) and the Department of the Taoiseach (Arts and Culture Division). He has many publications, in particular in Béaloideas and in Ulster Folklife. Current research: the currachs of Ireland and ethnology and Irish landlords. He is curator of agriculture, boats, fishing, hunting and transport.
Dr Anne O Dowd
Assistant Keeper Grade I. Anne O’Dowd MA, PhD, has been a curator in the Irish Folklife Division since 1976. She has published two books, Meitheal: A Study of Co-operative Labour in Rural Ireland
(1981), and Spalpeens and Tattie Hokers: History and Folklore of the Irish Migratory Agricultural Worker
(1990), as well as many articles in both academic and popular publications. Current research: the uses of natural materials such as straw, hay and rushes for making household and everyday objects and the history of traditional clothing and textiles.
Assistant Keeper Grade II. Rosa Meehan has been a curator in the Irish Folklife Division for five years. She is particularly interested in the Museum's collection of drawings and water-colours of Irish homes from the 1930s and 1940s. She also has responsibility for the Irish Country Furniture and tools collections. Rosa studied Irish history and Librarianship at University College Dublin and is author of The Story of Mayo
Assistant Keeper Grade II. Clodagh Doyle has been working with the Irish Folklife Collection of the National Museum since 1995. She has a degree in Irish Folklore and Archaeology and her MA thesis is on the subject of Traditional Hearth Furniture. Clodagh is curator of the Calendar Custom, Religion, Sport & Leisure, Childhood, Ceramics & Glass and Hearth Furniture Collections.
Sharon is is based at the National Museum's Collections Resource Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin.