Lecture Recitals

In collaboration with my sister Mary Louise O’Donnell, we present a number of one-hour lectures or talks on historical topics, interspersed with harp music and song. We have given lecture/recitals at the Dublin Festival of History, Reflecting the Rising (2016), World Harp Congress and at events for Heritage week and Seachtain na Gaeilge organised by Fingal and Dublin City Councils

A Celebration of the Harp / Céiliúradh na Cruite 

The Irish harp, in various shapes and sizes, surmounted by a crown, set against a blue or green background, etched on the brass buttons of military uniforms or sometimes linked with other images such as shamrocks or caps of liberty, has been embedded in Irish politics and culture focenturies. Teresa and Mary Louise O’Donnell trace the history of the Irish harp, its music and its use as a symbol in this unique talk and recital which provides a wonderful insight into the instrument that has formed part of Irish culture and history for over a thousand years

Sisters of the Revolutionaries: the story of Margaret and Mary Brigid Pearse


This talk focuses on the lives of Margaret and Mary Brigid Pearse, sisters of Patrick and Willie who were executed for their roles in the Easter Rising of 1916. The Pearse sisters have long been overshadowed by their famous brothers but they too travelled interesting paths in life. Margaret was an Irish language activist, politician and educator, working with Patrick in founding St Enda’s School and taking the school into her own hands following his execution. Mary Brigid was a musician, teacher, actress and author of short stories, children’s stories, and dramas, but did not agree with her family’s political activism. Margaret and Mary Brigid never enjoyed a close relationship like Patrick and Willie; however, they both shared a deep affection for their brothers. The talk illuminates Margaret and Mary Brigid’s relationship with their brothers, but also the poignant disintegration of their own relationship following the death of their mother in 1932.