In advance of his talk next week as part of the Martin Reilly Public Lecture series, Gerry Clarke was a guest this morning on Galway Bay FM. His upcoming talk, ‘Old Familiar Tunes’, introduces the shared sources of Irish traditional musicians and the emerging genre of hillbilly music (or country as it became known) as recorded on 78rpms during the first half of the twentieth century in the United States. The talk takes place on Tuesday, 28 March in Galway City Library at 6.30pm. To hear Gerry's interview, scroll in to
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Gerry Clarke will be a guest this morning on Galway Bay FM, at c11.20am, to chat about his upcoming Martin Reilly Public Lecture, taking place next Tuesday, 28 March at Galway City Library at 6.30pm. Tune in if you get a chance!

Gerry Clarke, co-founder of Oldtime Records will give the next Martin Reilly Lecture on Tuesday 28 March, Galway City Library at 6.30pm.

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Looking forward to Éamonn Costello's talk tomorrow night (Tuesday) at 6.30pm, Galway City Library. ‘Muintir Chonamara agus Oireachtas na Gaeilge: The role of the Conamara Gaeltacht community in shaping Ireland’s oldest festival’ examines the engagement of the Gaeltacht community of Connemara with Oireachtas na Gaeilge throughout its history.

Established in 1897, by members of the Gaelic League, the Oireachtas is Ireland’s oldest arts festival and is primarily concerned with ...promoting and celebrating the Irish language. However, for much of its history the native Irish speaking community, an Ghaeltacht, had little impact or input into the festival’s programme of events. This all changed in the early 1970s when the Conamara based civil rights movement, Gluaiseacht Cearta Siabhialta na Gaeltachta, effectively turned the Irish language issue from being primarily a national/nationalist cause to one which was primarily concerned with minority rights. The actions of the Gaeltacht civil rights movement inspired the Conamara Gaeltacht community to appropriate/colonise the Oireachtas for a period in the 1970-1980s. This period of appropriation and the events leading up to it will be the focus of the talk.

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Dr Éamonn Costello to give the next Martin Reilly Lecture on Tuesday 28 February at 6.30pm

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The final Sean-nós singing workshop with Sarah Ghriallais, the newly appointed 2017 Sean-Nós Singer-in-Residence, will take place on ...Wednesday,8th March at 7pm, in the Centre for Irish Studies (NUI Galway) on Distillery Rd. Workshops are free and open to all.

For a full introduction to Sarah and her singing by Dr Lillis Ó Laoire see here:…/disciplin…/irish-studies/sean-nos/. And a beautiful rendition of 'Amhrán Pheter Mhícíl Báille' sung by Sarah can be found here:

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Comhrá Ceoil and the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway, are delighted to announce details of the next talk in the Martin Reilly Lecture Series for 2016. Given by Dr Seán McElwain, it will take place at 6.30pm on Tuesday, 22 March 2016, at Galway City Library. ‘Our Dear Dark Mountain with the Sky Over it: Retracing the musical imprints of the Sliabh Beagh region of Monaghan / Fermanagh’ draws on PhD research into the traditional musical of the north Monaghan / east Fermanagh conducted by Seán at Dundalk Institute of Technology.

The album ‘Our Dear Dark Mountain with the Sky Over it’ the culmination of this academic research, was recently awarded the prestigious TG4 Comharcheol Gradam Cheoil. Uncovering a wealth of previously neglected material, this lecture will present an overview of the research findings behind the recording project, illuminating some of the major musical figures in that region’s musical history.

From Co. Monaghan and now resident in Dublin, Seán McElwain is an academic researcher and member of the traditional group Téada, with whom he has toured and recorded extensively. He is centrally involved in the Scoil Cheoil na Botha traditional festival in Scotstown, Co. Monaghan.

Free admission to all talks.
Further information on this and other planned talks in the series available at e-mail:
And/or Facebook: Martin-Reilly-Lecture-Series

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MARTIN REILLY LECTURE/ LÉACHTAÍ SA LEABHARLANN: ' "Ireland Over All", Éamonn Ceannt: A Musical Rebellion?'
presented by Dr Verena Commins.

Continuing our joint hosting this year of the Martin Reilly Lecture Series with Léachtaí sa Leabharlann, Dr Verena Commins will explore the role of Éamonn Ceannt, Galway-born signatory of the Proclamation, in the Gaelic revival of the early twentieth century. As a player of both uilleann and war pipes, Ceannt was central to the foundatio...n of the Dublin Pipers’ club and their attempts to recuperate the status of these instruments. Examining music-making contexts in the period leading up to the Rising, this talk will investigate the legacy of musical and political convergence from a Ceannt-based perspective.

The lecture takes place at 6.30pm, on Tuesday, 1 March at Galway City Library in Augustine Street.

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‘Pearse’s ‘eccentric critic’: Dr Richard Henebry, 1863-1916’
The first talk in the Martin Reilly Lecture series 2016 is co-hosted by the Léachtaí sa Leabharlann (curated by the Centre for Irish Studies to commemorate the year of 1916) will focus on Richard Henebry. The Reverend Dr Richard Henebry was a Waterford-born scholar, priest and patriot whose commitment to Irish traditional music is evident in the posthumuosly published A Handbook of Irish Music (1928), a unique anal...ysis of traditional music.
Given by Dr Méabh Ní Fhuartháin, a fellow Déiseach, this talk will introduce Henebry as a revivalist and scholar in the field of traditional music and will contextualise his music scholarship in Ireland of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The lecture will begin at 6.30pm on Tuesday 9 February at Galway City Library in Augustine Street.

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Calling all Martin Reilly Lecture aficionados! You may be interested in the lecture below, taking place on Tuesday, 2 February, at 6.30pm, in Galway City Library.

‘A soldier’s song’, the second in a series of lectures curated by the Centre for Irish Studies as part of its programme of commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising will focus on Peadar Kearney, composer of the national anthem. Kearney survived the struggle for independence and experienced pov...erty and neglect in the Free State for which so many of his close friends had given their lives. Disillusion led to depression but there seems to have been a conspiracy, involving political parties, families and friends, to mythologise him as a serene patriot rather than reveal him as a damaged veteran.
The lecture will be delivered by Colbert Kearney, Professor Emeritus of English at UCC and grandson of Kearney.

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The MARTIN REILLY LECTURE SERIES continues to go from strength to strength. Deirdre Ní Chonghaile entertained a full house last evening at Galway City Library, where she weaved the story of how sean-nós song moved transatlantically from Ireland, to Pennsylvania and back again through the Rev. Daniel J. Murphy Collection. Many thanks to all the supporters of the lecture series in 2015. We are already busy planning next year's contributions and look forward to welcoming old and new friends in 2016.

Pictured here: A full house and Deirdre with Mícheál Murphy, grandnephew of Rev Murphy and Bernard O'Hara.

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UNLIKELY AS it might seem, for a time, Pennsylvania was a hot-bed of sean nós singing, as a public lecture at the Galway City Library will show.