Jamie Flannery


Jamie is a Gaeilgeoir from Dingle and is a presenter, primary school teacher, Irish dancer, actor and singer. Jamie is skilled in TV presenting and has been the presenter on various childrens programmes including Eco Laoch & Cúla 4 ar scoil. Jamie has experience in hosting panel talks as Gaeilge for various events such as Creative TechFest and TechFéile with Kinia along with event management and online content creation. Jamie previously worked as programme coordinator of the Irish language programme ‘Clár TechSpace’ with the charity Kinia and has a range of experience and knowledge in project management. Jamie also worked as the manager of the Irish language online radio station ‘Raidió Rí-Rá’ with Conradh na Gaeilge. Jamie has been performing since the young age of 6 has been Irish dancing, singing and acting on stage in Siamsa Tíre Theatre in Tralee. Jamie travelled to both Haiti & Tanzania engaging in voluntary work which included teaching teachers and pupils.

Jamie Flannery: Jamie is a qualified primary school teacher with years of experience teaching in both English Medium schools & Gaelscoileanna (Irish Medium) around the country, a performer and presenter.

Jamie has experience working within the National Folk Theatre of Ireland as a Community Staff member for over 20 years.
Jamie joined Siamsa Tíre as a student in our education programme in Teach Siamsa na Carraige, West Kerry. Following two years of training in drama, song and dance, Jamie became a member of our Community Cast in our theatre in Tralee to perform as part of our annual summer season.

Jamie has since been a performer in the shows and has been an integral part of our weekly cast, often performing for six nights a week with the company over a five-month period.

As part of the Community Cast of the National Folk Theatre, Jamie has received tuition in song and dance and in turn has taken part in guiding and helping younger members of our cast in preparation for performance. He has shown himself to be a very enthuastic, energetic, hard-working and capable individual during his time with us here at Siamsa and has always shown enormous positivity and courtesy in any task he has undertaken. Jamie was involved in the development and devising of a new show in 2018 ‘An Ghaoth Aniar’, as part of a core team of creators, where he showed wonderful affability and understanding, working as part of a large team, in an intense environment.

Jamie skills were invaluable to the development and creation of the show.
Jamie has also assisted our Folk Development and Training Officer every summer in travelling around to schools, mostly in the West Kerry Gaeltacht area, where members of the company visit primary schools to advise children about upcoming auditions and opportunities to train with the company, along with carrying out workshops in Irish song, dance and drama with the children. This is a very important part of our work here at the National Folk Theatre and Jamie has provided invaluable assistance in reaching out to young people in primary education, particularly in Irish speaking schools in Kerry to bring an awareness to the community of what the National Folk Theatre can offer a young person.

During the pandemic, when the majority of our work was remote, Jamie was employed by Siamsa Tíre as a Creative Learning Assistant, working across the company in education and community/schools outreach ensuring our ties with artists, students and teachers were maintained and strengthened during a difficult time for the arts. Jamie has a wonderful outlook and attitude to every aspect of his work. His understanding of and appreciation of our traditional culture and heritage is innate. He has a curiosity and enthusiasm for Irish culture that has been nurtured since he was very young, and I believe this shows in the manner in which he approaches his work.







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