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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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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.

RHONA CLARKE is an associate professor in the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music at Dublin City University. She is a composer whose output includes choral, chamber, orchestral and electronic works. She has received commissions from RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the Cork International Choral Festival, Concorde, Music Network, Chamber Choir Ireland and the National Concert Hall, among others. Her works have been performed and broadcast throughout Ireland and worldwide.

NIALL DOYLE attended St Patrick’s College from 1978-81. He taught in St Maelruan’s NS in Tallaght before returning to college in TCD to study music while also working as a professional tuba player. From the early 1990s he has been a full-time manager, working as CEO of Music Network, as Director of Music in RTÉ, CEO of Opera Ireland and as a management consultant. He is currently Head of Music and Opera in the Arts Council.

PATRICIA FLYNN is Associate Professor of Music in DCU. She lectured in St Patrick’s College Drumcondra from 1998 until its incorporation into Dublin City University in 2016. A graduate of UCD and the University of Huddersfield, her research engages with infrastructure...

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