Would you like to connect with the ancient soul of Ireland?
This is the unexpected, non-tourist, ancestral Irish experience you've been waiting for.
Simply put, we use ancient Irish stories and songs to connect you with your deeper self and with others.
You are invited to come and experience Celtic mythology, Irish traditional song and storytelling, Irish poetry and proverbs, in a profoundly meaningful and unique way. Celtic Consciousness makes the treasures and wisdom enshrined in Ireland's mother tongue, Gaeilge, accessible to you.
The Irish language is the pre-eminent marker of Celtic culture in Ireland. It is the conduit that has given artistic expression to the life experience of Irish people over a span of at least two thousand years. We wish to share with you the wisdom and humanity voiced in this language.
Celtic Consciousness explores the expression given in six key themes from the Celtic Gaelic tradition.
Six themes of Celtic Consciousness
We offer experiences designed to give an authentic insight into the themes mentioned above and share an understanding of the human condition as lived in the Gaelic environment informed by a Celtic imagination forged over centuries.
Our focus is to create experiences that evoke a deep
sense of connection and aliveness in all who participate in them.
And so, we extend to you a very warm welcome to Celtic Consciousness.
The Circle of Collaboration
Dónall Ó Héalaí
Born and raised in Connemara, Co. Galway, Dónall is the founder of Celtic Consciousness. He is a native Gaelic speaker and a graduate of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, where he studied, Modern Irish Language and Literature. Dónall is a recipient of the Dr. H.H Stewart Literary prize awarded by the National University of Ireland for achievements in the study of the Irish language.
He has worked extensively with the national Irish-language television channel, TG4, as well as with the national Irish-language theatre, An Taibhdhearc and the Irish Arts Center in New York City. In 2015 he was presented with Irish Screen America's rising Talent Award for his performance in film. Dónall was recently invited to speak at TedxBerkeley in February 2018. Dónall lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Pádraig Ó Héalaí
Dr. Pádraig Ó Héalaí is a retired Senior Lecturer in the School of Irish and a former Dean of Celtic Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he specialized in Irish folk tradition. His primary degree in Celtic Studies was later followed by a doctorate in Irish Folklore from the National University of Ireland. He has acted as Visiting Professor at St Michael’s College, University of Toronto, and in the course of his formation as a folklorist he studied at both UCLA and UC Berkeley. Pádraig is an associate member of the Folklore Fellows, an international network of folklorists, instituted by the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters.
He was editor of Béaloideas. The Journal of the Folklore of Ireland Society from 1980-1995. He has published widely on a range of topics including traditions of the supernatural, religious legends and rites of passage. Among his recent works is an edition of sketches of traditional life on the Great Blasket Island written by his mother who taught in the Island school. Pádraig is a native of the Dingle Peninsula and now lives in Galway.
Áine Ní Éalaí
Áine completed her MA in Modern Irish in UCC in 2006, after which she traveled to South America. Although over the years she has lived in New Zealand, Argentina & Berlin, Áine is now living in Cork City where she coordinates an International volunteer programme and Award programme with EIL Intercultural learning.
She holds an LL.M in International Human Rights Law from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Áine completed her RYS yoga teacher certification (YTT 200-hr) in May 2016. She regularly attends workshops and retreats on yoga philosophy and Asana.