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.
About the author
John Buckley is a composer whose catalogue of original compositions extends to over 100 works. These have been performed and broadcast in more than fifty countries worldwide. He is a graduate of St Patrick’s College Drumcondra and was a lecturer in the Music Department there between 2001 and 2016. He is a member of Aosdána, Ireland’s academy of creative artists. John O’Flynn is Associate Professor of Music at Dublin City University and was formerly Head of Music at St Patrick’s College. He has occupied various roles in the advancement of music education and musicology in Ireland, and is author of numerous publications in the areas of music in Ireland, film music, popular music and music education; he is also active as a choral conductor and baritone recitalist.
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