Cartlanna Sheosaimh Uí Éanaí

The Joe Heaney Archives

Joe Heaney

Portait picture of Joe Heaney.
Joe Heaney

Joe Heaney — in Irish, Seosamh Ó hÉanaí (modern, formal standard spelling) or Joe Éinniú (‘daily-use’ form; actually close to that which appears on his birth certificate) — was one of the twentieth century’s greatest exponents of the sean-nós singing tradition. To this day, his name is known and respected nationally and internationally in that regard. These archives — the Cartlanna — contain several hundred examples of his singing, storytelling and knowledge of folklore, in Irish and in English, along with copious annotations.

The Cartlanna are also a celebration of Joe Heaney’s life and work. Most of the archival audio and video recordings available on these pages were made by his students and friends but there’s also a growing amount of new material featuring contributions from his family, neighbours and successors.

This project a collaborative venture between National University of Ireland Galway (Roinn na GaeilgeAcadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge) and University of Washington.

Cuardaigh leat — agus bain taithneamh as a n‑aimsíonn tú!