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Irish Music

A guide to Irish music resources in the Hesburgh Library and online.


The Journal of Music

JMI: The Journal of Music in Ireland was founded in 2000 by Toner Quinn, and recently made a transition to an online-only publication, The Journal of Music.  It features articles, reviews and news on all kinds of musical events, people, publications and recordings.


The magazine of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.  Bound editions of Treoir are in the Hesburgh Library at ML5 .T79.  A selection of articles and musical scores are available in digital scans on the website of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.

Websites/ Blogs

Amhráin Árann - Aran Songs:

Winner of the "Best [bilingual] Blog in the Irish Language" award for 2013, Deirdre Ní Chonghaile seeks to publish an edition of songs composed in Aran, and ultimately to "enable the people of Aran to create easy access to these endangered songs, to preserve them, and to present them to communities beyond Aran".

Donegal Fiddle Music: The Home of Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí

Website of Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí, an organization of Donegal fiddle players.  It includes information on musicians and recordings and a set of online video fiddle lessons.

NPU: Na Píobairí Uilleann

Website of Na Píobairí Uilleann (the Uilleann Pipers) which includes information on the instrument as well as the music.


The website of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, the major organization promoting Irish traditional music.

Irish Studies at the Hesburgh Library
This blog has occasional notes on Irish music books, collection or resources:
The Francis O'Neill Collection
Music and the Library Collection

Dublin Music Trade:  The historic music trade in Dublin: a database of people in the music trade in Dublin between 1515 and 1850.

Aloys Fleischmann (1910-1992), UCC website including digitized scores and audio recordings.

TV and Radio Links

The following is a list of places to look for programs.  This list may become dated very quickly, and we would appreciate comments and corrections.

TG 4 (Irish language television)

The Rolling Wave - program on RTÉ Radio 1.

Traditional music is often played on the Irish Language radio station, Raidio na Gaeltachta.

ThistleRadio: The official onlin home for The Thistle & Shamrock, ThistleRadio, Thistlepod, Fiona Ritchie.

Information on the broadcast schedule and stations on this page.

The Pure Drop: Every Sunday at 6 p.m. on WMUK.