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The Contemporary Music Centre and the Association of Irish Choirs are seeking information about studies (theses/articles/papers) concerning Choral Music written by composers born or based in Ireland in the last 100 years.

We aim to develop a comprehensive collection of work done in this area, and we are particularly hoping to find out about theses that may not as yet be registered on the SMI Theses Register or housed in the CMC Library.

Please contact Caitríona Honohan, CMC Library Co-ordinator at chonohan@cmc.ie with any information.

Midlands PAL was officially launched on Friday 7th June at 2pm in the Aidan Heavey Public Library, Athlone by Mr. Phil Hogan TD, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government.

Midlands PAL is the latest PAL scheme to be set up, in addition to Cork PAL and Music PAL. Midlands PAL aims to create a seamless route to information resources for the public by opening up access to a wide range of midland libraries: public, academic and HSE. These libraries have all been made easily accessible through the scheme. The current participants in Midlands PAL are Athlone Institute of Technology; HSE Midlands Libraries; Laois County Libraries; Longford County Libraries; Offaly County Libraries; Roscommon County Libraries; and Westmeath County Libraries.

Welcome Midlands PAL!

In honour of Katie Taylor and the day that’s in it, the Irish Traditional Music Archive has unearthed a great Irish traditional song about female boxers The female prize-fight

Sharing the same air and structure as Morrissey and the Russian sailor, it’s a round by round account of the fight between the Ireland’s Jane Murphy and a German fighter. The song was unearthed by Dublin singer Barry Gleeson for his 2005 CD I heard a bird sing at dawn. He is accompanied on the recording by Grace Toland, ITMA’s Music PAL Co-Ordinator.

A worldcat search revealed an 1860 ballad sheet printed in Dublin by Brereton held in Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen called A new song on the American Female Prize fight and glorious victory over the Germans. It can also be found in The Mercier book of old Irish street ballads. Volume III. The people at play / edited with music by James N. Healy, published in Cork, 1969.

 

 


25th Anniversary of Founding of the Irish Traditional Music Archive

ITMA Online Catalogue Reaches 750,000+ Content Items

The Irish Traditional Music Archive / Taisce Cheol Dúchais Éireann was founded 25 years ago, on 29 July 1987, at a meeting in the Arts Council in Dublin.

Since that time it has grown from a concept without holdings, staff or premises to become the largest collection in existence of the materials of Irish traditional music – sound recordings, books, sheet music, ballad sheets, serials, theses, videos, photographs, manuscripts, programmes, posters, flyers, born-digital material, interactive digital music files, etc. – all of which is freely available for open reference access by the general public. The Archive is operated by a permanent staff of 10 and a number of contract and voluntary staff, and its operations are overseen by a voluntary rotating Board of 12. The collection has been built up by an extensive programme of field-collection, copying and digitisation, and by purchase and donation. It is housed in a Georgian heritage building at 73 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, which has been restored for the Archive by the Office of Public Works.

The Archive also now holds the largest collection of information on Irish traditional music, digitally classified, catalogued and indexed on computer databases, and this also is fully accessible in the Archive’s premises. For the past five years this information has also increasingly been made available world-wide on the Internet through the ITMA Online Catalogue, and a huge anniversary tranche of catalogue information has been added to it today.

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Welcome to PAL – the Pathways to Learning programme which supports greater access to library and archives collections and services throughout the island of Ireland.

There are currently three PAL resource-sharing schemes, Cork PALMusic PAL and Midlands PAL which make access easier to libraries and archives throughout the island of Ireland.

Read the latest news on PAL below or click here for further information on this initiative.

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