NDAI: Cliodna O’Riordan

Reference Code: IE 2135 N2
Title: The Cliodna O’Riordan Papers
Dates of Creation: 1955-1969, 2010
Extent and Medium: 44 items (29 files)

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Name of Creator: O’Riordan, Cliodna (1941-2002).

Biographical History: Cliodna O’Riordan and her sister Sally were among the first pupils of the Irish National Ballet School, which was set up in 1954 by Blanaid and Eoin O’Brolchain and Cecil ffrench Salkeld.  The school was located at 19 Ely Place, Dublin, and its first director was Valentina Dutko.  Dutko was replaced in 1956 by Patricia Ryan, during whose directorship the school evolved into the National Ballet Company.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Donated by Cliodna O’Riordan’s sister Sally Corcoran to the National Dance Archive of Ireland on 22 August 2010.


Content and Structure 

Scope and Content: Programmes, press cuttings, photographs, letters, and certificates collected by Cliodna O’Riordan.  The items reflect the early years of the Irish National Ballet School and O’Riordan’s subsequent interest in ballet and other forms of dance.

System of Arrangement: Documents have been arranged into four series according to their form (programmes, press cuttings, photographs, and other items), and thereunder chronologically by year.


Conditions of Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access: Unrestricted access to most items.  One item contains personal information relating to people other than Cliodna O’Riordan and is closed until 2041 to protect individual privacy.  This item has been identified in the descriptive catalogue.

Conditions Governing Reproduction: Standard copyright regulations apply to all items.  For photocopying or reproducing material, please consult with the staff.

Language/ Scripts of Material: English.


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