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Ceol Phádraig

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

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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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‘This meticulously researched history of music at St Patrick’s College is at once a pioneering (and acutely diagnostic) study which chronicles the formative presence and growth of music in a great Irish educational institution, and a formidable contribution to the cultural history of music and music education in Ireland. On both counts, it deserves an ardent reception.’

- Harry White, Professor of Music, University College Dublin

‘In this magnificent collection of essays the authors of Ceol Phádraig bring to life the rich and varied musical traditions and contributions of St Patrick’s College. It represents a treasure trove for generations of students and faculty who passed through its gates, and an important cultural narrative of the impact of the institution on the musical and educational history of the nation.’

- Marie McCarthy, Professor of Music Education, University of Michigan

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...

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