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Ceol Phádraig

Music at St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, 1875-2016


Edited By John Buckley and John O'Flynn

Since its foundation in 1875, the activities of St Patrick’s College Drumcondra and its graduates have been closely woven into the educational and cultural fabric of Irish society. This volume charts how music and music education have fulfilled a major role throughout the history of the Dublin-based establishment that began as a teacher training college and later evolved into a college of education and liberal arts. Graduates of St Patrick’s College have taught hundreds of thousands, if not millions of pupils across the country, have made significant contributions to various facets of professional and amateur music activity, and have had an invaluable influence on the wellbeing of individuals, the development of communities and the advancement of the nation as a whole.

The book records and interprets key musical developments, appraises the work of major contributors, and captures the activities of students, staff and visiting musicians at St Patrick’s College up to its incorporation into Dublin City University in 2016. It represents a major scholarly work that details the progress of music at a university college in Ireland, and it is envisaged that its varied chapters and themes will evoke further memories and discussions among graduates of the College and others.

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Chapter Nine: Music and Tourism: Mapping Popular Music from St Patrick’s College (Áine Mangaoang)


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Chapter Nine: Music and Tourism: Mapping Popular Music from St Patrick’s College

Áine Mangaoang


In February 2015, St Patrick’s College Drumcondra (SPD) became the epicentre for the first applied research project mapping Dublin’s contemporary popular music landscape. The Mapping Popular Music in Dublin (MPMiD) project charted the popular music experiences of fans, musicians, and music personnel in Ireland’s capital city. Led by Principal Investigator John O’Flynn and Postdoctoral Research Fellow Áine Mangaoang, the project was funded for twelve months by Fáilte Ireland – the National Tourism Development Authority – and was based at the Department of Music at St Patrick’s College, Dublin City University.

This chapter presents a brief background to and overview of the MPMiD project, before focusing on three aspects: one methodological – map-making workshops, and two associated outcomes – a new Dublin Music Map, and a grass-roots community initiative, GlasDrum. The chapter then considers how St Patrick’s College itself played a vital role in the shape, nature, and outcomes of the MPMiD project. I trace how St Patrick’s College as an institution, its location, and most crucially, its people all played a role in the conversations and collaborations that formed through the research. I highlight how the frequent opportunities for inter-departmental discussions afforded by the College went a considerable way in fostering the convergence of ideas across disciplinary boundaries, bringing musicologists and popular music scholars together with cartographers, geographers, and historians.

SPD’s geographical situation in...

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