Muiris Ó Rócháin

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Muiris Ó Rócháin (1944 in Dingle – 17 October 2011 in Milltown Malbay) was a teacher, director of the Willie Clancy Summer School, president of Oireachtas na Gaeilge and folk collector.[1]

Ó Rócháin was a qualified teacher who taught mathematics and Irish in Cahersiveen, Waterville, Dublin and Spanish Point. While working in Dublin he met his wife Una Guerin and followed her to her native place Milltown Malbay, they married in 1970.[1][2][3][4]

Muiris Ó Rócháin was one of the founders of the Willie Clancy Summer School.[1][2] He was its director for many years.[5][6]

Over the years, he spent much time to folklore, community life and especially to Irish culture. Many organisations availed of his time and knowledge. Amongst others: Dál gCais, journal on Irish culture, Oidhreacht an Chláir Teo (Clare Institute for Traditional Studies).[7] and The Clare Festival of Traditional Singing.

In 2001 Ó Rócháin was appointed as president of the Oireachtas na Gaeilge, an annually held arts festival of Irish culture.[3]

Ó Rócháin was involved in the creation of three movies:[8]



  1. ^ a b c "Founder of Willie Clancy Summer School dies". Archived from the original on 3 January 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ a b "Death of Muiris O'Rócháin". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Willie Clancy School co-founder O'Rochain passes away". Irish Independent. 18 October 2011.
  4. ^ Tributes paid on death of Willie Clancy Summer School co-founder
  5. ^ "Riches of Clare Series CD launch".
  6. ^ a b "Remembering Muiris Ó Rócháin". The Journal of Music. 19 October 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Corporate Information".
  8. ^ "Co-founder of Willie Clancy summer school". Irish Times via HighBeam Research. 22 October 2011. Archived from the original on 10 April 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014. (subscription required)
  9. ^ Muiris Ó Rócháin is honoured for contribution to trad music
  10. ^ TG4 Honours Traditional Musicians in Wexford Opera House