Deirdre Nuttall grew up on the outskirts of New Ross, Co. Wexford. She studied folklore and archaeology at UCD and took a master’s degree in social anthropology at the University of Durham, before returning to UCD to complete a PhD in folklore/ethnology, which explored migratory legends of the supernatural in the south-east of Ireland and Newfoundland. She has carried out research in Ireland, Newfoundland, and Guatemala.
Recent research has explored the folklore, traditions and narratives of the Protestant minority in the Republic of Ireland. With the support of the National Folklore Collection, she is exploring at the cultural, rather than specifically faith, aspects of the group, incorporating folk history, custom and belief, identity, and more.
Deirdre currently lives and works as an independent researcher and as a ghostwriter in Dublin’s historic Liberties area.