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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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The editors are greatly indebted to St Patrick’s College Research Committee and the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation for the subvention of book production costs. Thanks are also due to Dan Farrelly, Carysfort Press and Lucy Melville and colleagues at Peter Lang Publishing for their expert guidance, and to Áine Mulvey for her meticulous preparation of the index.

Our sincere thanks go to the many library staff, archivists and others who provided access to a range of handwritten, print, digitized and media materials, including: Orla Nic Aodha, Sophie Dowling and staff of the Cregan Library, DCU; Paul Murphy, Senior AV Technician, DCU Institute of Education; Teresa O’Farrell, President’s Office, DCU; Tina Byrne, Senior Archivist and Records Manager, RTÉ Document Archives; Avice-Claire McGovern, Mary Broderick and Nóra Thornton, Special Collections and Manuscripts Department, National Library of Ireland; Sarah Burn, Potter Archive.

We deeply appreciate the committed work of music and humanities administrators at St Patrick’s College over the past two decades who helped digitize many of the records accessed in preparation for this volume, notably, Emer Benson, Evelyn Cuddy, Carol Davis, Bronagh Farrell, Geraldine Healy, Barry O’Halpin and Annette Slattery.

The production of this volume has been greatly assisted by a range of colleagues and friends who provided additional materials or who furnished details on various aspects of musical life at the College, including: Albert Bradshaw, Patrick R. Burke, Gareth Cox, Paul Deegan, Marion Doherty, Lilla Gábor, Péter Erdei, Helen Fleming,...

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