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The spectacular new home of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick was officially launched yesterday by An Taoiseach Brian Cowen TD.  The launch was marked by a cultural celebration including performances by the Chieftains, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Rex Levitates Dance Company and by students of the Irish World Academy across contemporary, traditional and world dance as well as classical and traditional music performances.

The €20million building was specifically designed to combine the elements of research, performance and teaching by leading French Architect Daniel Cordier, who was appointed following an international design competition.  It accommodates two performance workshop theatres, the Tower Theatre and the Main Theatre as well as dance performance studios, recording spaces, music performance practice rooms, seminar rooms, exhibition areas and an international research centre. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Irish Folklore Commission, now the National Folklore Collection in University College Dublin (UCD), was established in 1935 for the collection, preservation and dissemination of Irish folk tradition. To this end, collectors travelled Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Man and further afield gathering customs, beliefs, verbal art and vernacular culture.  A core element of their work focused on traditional music and song.

Throughout the year 2010 a number of events are taking place to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Irish Folklore Commission.

An exhibition based on the music and song holdings of the National Folklore Collection was launched by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Edie Wynne, at the Central Library, ILAC Centre on 3rd August 2010. The exhibition continued at the ILAC Centre until 14th August.

The exhibition consists of twelve large panels/ boards and an accompanying dvd (20 mins.) illustrating elements of music, song and dance in the National Folklore Collection.  The exhibition is now available to libraries and interested bodies.

For more information and bookings please contact Ríonach uí Ógáin, Director of the National Folklore Collection.

University College Dublin participates in the Music PAL scheme.

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Sligo County Library Service has joined Music PAL, bringing to 31 the number of organisations currently participating in the scheme. Sligo is the 11th public library authority to join the scheme.

Check the Music PAL section on this site for information on how to access  music resources in the public libraries in County Sligo.

Other welcome new arrivals to Music PAL are  Clare County Libraries and Kilkenny Libraries

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