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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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Introduction (John Buckley / John O’Flynn)

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Introduction

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. For more than a hundred years the College’s sole function was the preparation of students for teaching in the Irish primary school system. From the 1990s onwards a range of new programmes, including a BA in Humanities and an array of postgraduate degrees, was introduced in addition to the teaching courses. The College’s graduates have taught hundreds of thousands, if not millions of pupils across the country and have made an invaluable contribution to the wellbeing of individuals, to the development of communities and to the advancement of the nation as a whole.

Music and music education have fulfilled a major role throughout the history of St Patrick’s College. This book represents a history of music at the College until its incorporation into Dublin City University (DCU) in 2016, marking the end of St Patrick’s as an independent entity. The book is not intended to be a comprehensive inventory of all the musical activities over that period, which would be beyond its scope or intention. Rather, it sets out to examine and interpret key developments, appraise the work of major contributors to the progress of music at the College and capture the activities of students and staff over the years. This is the first time that...

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