Nóirín Ní Riain


Nóirín Ní Riain, PhD, has had an extraordinary career as Ireland’s Celtic jewel of song and soul. A theologian, musicologist, and recording artist, she has written several books, including her autobiography, Listen with the Ear of the Heart, and Theosony: A Theology of Listening. From 1975 to 2005, Nóirín was married to Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin with whom she traveled, performed, and had two sons, Owen and Mícheál. In 2003, she was awarded the first ever doctorate in theology from Mary Immaculate College for her originality in creating a theology of listening, for which she coined the term theosony—meaning "the sound of God". 

She has presented workshops throughout the world and each year leads a select group on a Journey of the Soul in Ireland, a pilgrimage of transformative experience brimming with depth and joy. Nóirín is an ordained interfaith minister now immersed in her new role as a celebrant of rituals, blessings, and sacred ceremonies.

Learn more about this presenter’s work:


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    Brigid means “exalted one,” explains Irish theologian and singer Nóirín Ní Riain, while her ancient name, Breo-Saighead, means “fiery power” or “fiery arrow.” But what does she symbolize for seekers today?

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