Mumming Traditions in Cross-Border and
Cross-Community Contexts

An international conference focussing on mumming traditions in cross-border and cross-community contexts will be held at the Academy for Irish Cultural Heritages, University of Ulster, Londonderry, from 9-14 June 2003. [Please note that this is a change of date from previous announcements/]

The Conference is being organised in cooperation with Room to Rhyme, a collaborative mumming project undertaken by University College Dublin (Department of Irish Folklore), University of Ulster (Academy for Irish Cultural Heritages), and the University of Turku (Finland).

A panel of specially invited speakers from Europe and North America will address issues relating to mumming in a variety of cross-border and cross-community contexts. Additional elements of the programme will also be held in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh and Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

Details of the conference programme can be accessed at or by contacting Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh, Department of Irish Folklore, University College, Belfield, Dublin 4, Email: Telephone: +353.1.716 8216, Fax: +353.1.7161144.

In December 2000, the Department of Irish Folklore (University College Dublin), in partnership with the University of Ulster and the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, initiated a collaborative project on mumming, entitled ‘Room to Rhyme’.

Saint George and Saint Patrick, taken from a woodcut in J.Nicholson's chapbook "The New Christmas Rhyme-Book", Belfast, 1890s

The goal of the project, which is ongoing, is to document the nature and extent of mumming, particularly in north Connacht and west Ulster where there is a long-standing and vibrant tradition of mumming. Room to Rhyme is supported by the: Department of Foreign Affairs, Foras na Gaeilge, Údarás na Gaeltachta, and the Ulster Scots Agency.

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