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Irish World Academy of Music and Dance University of Limerick Dรกmh Chruinne ร‰ireann Rince agus Ceol Ollscoil Luimnigh

Autumn 2015 / An Fomhar 2015

Front cover photo: Daniel Palmizio performing with the Xenia Ensemble at the Irish World Academy

Sharon Howley, MA Community Music, performing with her fellow students at The Limerick Fling (University Concert Hall)

Photograph Š Maurice Gunning

Photograph Š Maurice Gunning













General Editor: Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin Text Editor: Gráinne O'Donovan Compilation of Material: Alexandra Dougall Photography: Maurice Gunning Design: Joe Gervin Space Booking Coordination: Melissa Carty Ag Féachaint Siar/Recent Events: Jennifer de Brún (Media Office) Tower/Logos Module Coordinator (Colloquium): Aileen Dillane Tuesday Lunchtime Performance Coordinator: Sandra Joyce/Niall Keegan Taighde/Research Editor: Helen Phelan






I am very fortunate to have had a strong relationship with many of the people who compose and embody the mission, ethos, creativity, and deep humanity of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. My relationship with the Academy began in 1995, when I was invited to be one of several keynote speakers – including Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Richard Colwell, Marie McCarthy, Patricia Campbell, and Kari Veblen – at the first Irish Music Education National Debate. After the conference, Mícheál invited me to speak at a subsequent conference of his own at the University of Limerick, which was followed by a reception where he talked to me about his vision for the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. I was captivated – heart, mind, and soul. As I learned, the President of the University of Limerick in 1994 facilitated a clear road for Mícheál, as the inaugural Chair of Music, to create and develop innovative graduate music programs that would offer courses unavailable elsewhere in the Republic and, in some cases, the rest of the world – including Irish Traditional Music and Dance Performance, Ritual Chant and Song, Classical String Performance (in association with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, which had relocated from Dublin to the new Academy on the UL campus), Contemporary Dance Performance, Music Education, Ethnomusicology, Ethnochoreology, and Community Music. An important part of the plan was to foster students’ creativity and self-development by encouraging them to move across degree programs.


I was extraordinarily honored that Mícheál and his colleagues, many of whom had started to gather around him as his doctoral students, planned to put into practice several important concepts and practical strategies I proposed in Music Matters: A New Philosophy of Music Education (1995), including the book’s emphasis on praxis – the basic idea being that musical concepts of all kinds must be continually integrated with all forms of musical actions (performing, improvising, etc.) and applied in real-world contexts.1 For example, the study and performance of Irish traditional music and dance in the Academy would be taught and learned in the ways it is authentically taught, learned, and performed by masters of the tradition and put into action in real-world situations. The establishment of a vibrant cross-genre artist-in-residence initiative (entitled Cónaí, the Irish word for home) in 1995 has already seen 20 years of residencies covering some 30 artists and arts institutions (including the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Daghdha Dance Company, Rex Levitates/Liz Roche Dance Company, The Chieftains, and Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Company, the latter of which has now moved its base full-time to the environs of the Limerick campus as a direct response to the residency). Furthermore, a cultural community pathways structure (entitled Bealach,

Professor David J. Elliott

the Irish word for path) was established at the same time, linking the tapestry of Academy curricular offerings to a variety of social energies (including NOMAD – linking to the Irish Traveller community and SANCTUARY – linking to the New Irish). In the 20 years since its founding, the Academy has gone from an absolutely zero base to offering 19 degree programs with graduates from in excess of 50 countries worldwide, and it has attracted a blend of public finance and private philanthropic funding in excess of €50 million. In 1996, Mícheál invited me to spend one year living on the campus of the University of Limerick, participating with his colleagues in the creation of the curricula for the Academy’s programs. It was to prove to be one of the most joyful and meaningful periods of my life. At the time, we only had three small offices in the Foundation Building. As I recall, we hurtled through the back roads of Ireland with Niall Keegan at the wheel on a national tour to raise public awareness of the new Academy. Now, 20 years later, the original dream has come true: the Academy is one of the most innovative and rigorous international schools of music and dance in the world. And it has taken up its home, finally, in an extraordinarily beautiful, innovative, and creative building that embodies its mission on the banks of the River Shannon as the river flows majestically through the middle of one of the world’s most elegant, spacious, and ecological campuses. During my 1996/97 residence at UL and every time I’ve visited the Academy during the last 20 years, I’m transported back to my earliest childhood memories of my grandfather and father playing Irish traditional music in our home in Toronto. Permit me to reminisce a bit about my family and link it to the kinds of doings, makings, and sharings that occur every day at the Irish World Academy. I trace my heritage to the southwest of Ireland. My great-grandfather was a farmer in County Clare. My grandfather (Harry) was the youngest of 13 children and learned to play the Irish button accordion as a child on my great-grandfather’s farm. Harry was well known in the area for playing at Irish dances as a teenager. Like others in Ireland at the time, my grandfather wanted to leave for a new life in the USA or Canada. He was booked on the Titanic but missed the boat when it stopped at Cobh. He eventually made it (via New York) to Toronto, where some of his brothers had settled before him and where my father was born. Harry continued to play the box throughout his life, and he “taught” my father and me. As a laborer working at all sorts of back-breaking jobs, Harry was still able to buy my dad a piano, but he had no money for lessons.

My father taught himself to play the piano extremely well. He instantly learned (by ear) hundreds of popular songs, big-band tunes, jazz, and so on. My musical inheritance is rooted in – and was gifted to me by – the Irish world of music making, informal musical gifting-and-sharing, and the stories and poetry of my Irish past. In addition to the welcoming warmth, hospitality, and humanity of my colleagues at the Academy, I’m “back home in Ireland” each and every time I visit. For what is music, and what is it for, if it’s not about networks of relationships? Relationships between self and another and multiple others; relationships between the past, present, and future; and relationships between my worlds and your worlds in our moments of shared musical oneness. Let me examine for a moment a key idea in Music Matters that Mícheál and his colleagues have actualized. Music is not simply one or more pieces of music. Musics – all the different kinds of music in the world – are actually, at their centers, networks of people. That is, each individual kind of music is actually a “musical practice” – meaning people (music makers and listeners) who form specific musical communities (e.g., Irish fiddlers and listeners; Indian tabla drummers; Jazz bebop players; Baroque performers) and who share certain musical abilities, understandings, histories, and values in common and who, therefore, make and value “their musics” for themselves and others. In other words, a musical practice is a set of human-musical relationships. A musical practice is something that a particular group of people organizes toward some kind of practical end. In praxial terms, music is vital to all societies and cultures because its doings-and-makings help to define, embody, and reflect a society’s values by fulfilling a wide range of divergent and evolving needs. Thus, the diverse human practice of “musics” includes thousands of specific socio-musical practices and communities that thrive at local and regional levels, across national borders, and overlap for a variety of reasons and purposes. Again, in praxial terms, specific kinds of sounds are valued as “music” according to the personal, social, and cultural functions they serve. In short, musics are made by people for people. Thus, musical values and meanings are not intrinsic, they are not “fixed-in” sonic forms or captured in notated scores; musical values are socially assigned to sounds according to how sounds are used, experienced, and understood as being “good for” various purposes in people’s personal and social lives. As Tia DeNora says, “Music is not about life but is, rather, implicated in the formulation of life; it is something that gets into action, something that is a formative, albeit often unrecognized resource of social agency.” To quote William Butler Yeats: “O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, / How can we know the dancer from the dance?” We are because of the music we make and celebrate. These ideas take me back to the beginning. “You’re very welcome” were the first words Mícheál spoke at the 1996 UL conference. I’d never heard these words of welcome and hospitality in that way before. A common turn-of-phrase in Ireland (as I later learned), they were extremely meaningful on a personal level, but also musically significant to me.

As I understood and felt them then and now: “Let me welcome you into my world, and, also, welcome to our worlds of music at the Academy on the River Shannon.” The music makings, takings, and sharings at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance have been part of my body, mind, and spirit for 20 years. They’ve enabled me to be the thinker in/for musics that I am. They’ve helped me deepen and extend my understandings and experiences of the many actual and potential values and “goods” that lie in and surround musical relationships. The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance has gifted me the deepest possible relationships. Because of the Academy’s continual welcomes – your human welcomes – I have been reminded of my past, present, and living heritages. The people and the music making at the Academy are central parts of my life’s narrative, and the relationship of music and dance has once again lifted us all into a new station where a shared humanity can be sung, danced, and celebrated. 1 See The Pipa Report: Towards an Institute of Performing Arts, compiled by Dr Helen Phelan

(Irish World Academy 1996), which captured the essence of our conversations at the time and upon which the Irish World Academy was built.

David J. Elliott is Professor of Music and Music Education at New York University. He is co-author of Music Matters: A Philosophy of Music Education, 2nd edition (2015), editor of Praxial Music Education (2009), co-editor of Community Music Today (2012) and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Artistic Citizenship (in press). He has published numerous journal articles and invited book chapters, including chapters in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Music Education, The Oxford Handbook of Music Education and Music, Health, and Wellbeing. He has given more than 300 keynote papers and university lectures in 45 countries and is an award-winning composer/arranger. Malachy Robinson, Principal Double Bass with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, performing ‘Metamorphosen for 23 Solo Strings’ with MA Classical String Performance members of ACADEMOS Photograph © Maurice Gunning




Dr Sandra Joyce Director Course Director, MA Irish Traditional Music Performance +353 61 202065

Dr Niall Keegan Associate Director Director of Undergraduate Studies + 353 61 202465

Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin Founding Director Chair of Music Course Director, MA Irish Music Studies +353 61 202149

Paula Dundon Academy Administrator +353 61 202149

Barbara Christie Senior Administrator +353 61 202030

Melissa Carty Assistant Administrator, +353 61 202590

Jennifer de Brún Performing Arts Coordinator, +353 61 202917

Dr Yonit Kosovske Lecturer, MA Classical String Performance +353 61 234922

Dr Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain Course Director, MA Irish Traditional Dance Performance +353 61 202065

Jean Downey Course Director, MA Education (Music), Professional Master of Education (Music), MA Community Music +353 61 203160

Dr Helen Phelan Programme Director, PhD Arts Practice Senior Lecturer, MA Ritual Chant and Song +353 61 202575

Dr Mary Nunan Course Director (on sabbatical), MA Contemporary Dance Performance +353 61 213464

Dr Triona McCaffrey Lecturer  (on leave), MA Music Therapy +353 61 234358

Dr Alpha Woodward Course Director, MA Music Therapy +353 61 213122

Dr Mats Melin Course Director, MA Irish Dance Studies +353 61 202542

Dr Colin Quigley Course Director, MA Ethnochoreology +353 61 202066

Laura Murphy Acting Course Director, MA Contemporary Dance Performance +353 61 213464

Ernestine Healy Director, BLAS International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance +353 61 202653

Diane Daly Acting Course Director, MA Classical String Performance + 353 61 202918

Dr Niamh NicGhabhann Course Director, MA Festive Arts +353 61 202798

Dr Óscar Mascareñas Lecturer, BA Voice and Dance +353 61 202990

Dr Catherine Foley Course Director, MA Ethnochoreology +353 61 202922


Dr Aileen Dillane Lecturer, BA Irish Music and Dance +353 61 202159

Marketa Formanova, MA Contemporary Dance Performance Photograph © Maurice Gunning




Performance Series

Venue: The Tower, Irish World Academy (unless otherwise stated) 1.15pm ADMISSION IS FREE, ALL ARE WELCOME

BA Voice and Dance students performing at the Academy for their final-year exams Photograph Š Maurice Gunning


Music Matters Inclusive Community Choirs

Tonos: Eamon Sweeney and Róisín O’Grady

Limerick Voices – The Tower Sessions

Scoil Áth a’ Mhuilinn Óige le Ceol

Every Tuesday

Thursday September 24th

Wednesday September 30th

Traditional Music and Dance

Songs of Identity and Belonging

Limerick Voices – The Tower Sessions

Every Tuesday at 1.15pm in The Tower Theatre, a traditional music and/or dance performance takes place featuring a wide variety of traditional performing artists visiting the Academy during that week.

Tonos: Róisín O’Grady (soprano) and Eamon Sweeney (baroque guitar)

Music Generation Limerick City


Wednesday September 23rd One Choir, One Community, No Divides, ALL Abilities Music Matters Inclusive Community Choirs Following on from its very successful representation at Academy 20, Music Matters Inclusive Community Choirs is looking forward to showcasing some of its choirs performing in a variety of genres. Music Matters Inclusive Community Choirs was established by Gráinne O'Grady (MA in Community Music, 2006) in April 2012. Since then, Music Matters has gone from strength to strength with 14 different community choir projects throughout Dublin – inclusive of people with and without disabilities, people from various cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, older people, those with dementia and our newer choirs for members of the Transgender community and "Singing Amach'' LGBTQ women’s singing group.

Songs are repositories of the core emotions of a culture. They preserve the imprint of feelings and beliefs from ages past. This concert programme focuses on the theme of identity as expressed in songs from the Age of Discovery: themes of nationhood, art, religion, love, mortality. The programme blends and weaves the various musical styles together to reveal surprising similarities between the musical and expressive languages of the different cultures. The music originates from Ireland, England, Italy and France and will include works by Henry Purcell, Turlough O’Carolan, Thomas Connellan, Éttienne Moulinié and José Marín and from the folk tradition. Tonos specialises in the music of the 16th to 18th centuries; its mission is to explore and elucidate common musical themes between different cultures of the early-modern period. Soprano Róisín O’Grady has performed in recital and oratorio throughout Ireland and specialises in the performance of early music. She has performed as a soloist with early music ensembles, orchestras and choral societies throughout Ireland and the UK. Dr Eamon Sweeney gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Arts Council and Music Network through the Music Capital Scheme and the Artist Bursary Award.

Limerick Voices is a series of connected performances that take place in various settings across Limerick. The common threads that tie each series of performances together is multiple genres, generations and stages that allow a rich variety of music to seamlessly flow from one part of the space to another. In addition to this performance, Limerick Voices – The Tower Sessions performs at the Irish World Academy on Wednesday 28 October and Wednesday 18 November. Musicians include young people from Music Generation Limerick City’s network of band and rap mentorship programmes and teaching hubs. The young musicians are joined by some of Ireland’s most respected professional performers drawn from a range of styles, including classical, traditional, jazz and rock. Connecting the two groups are students and musicians in transition from learner to established performer. OCTOBER

Wednesday October 7th Céiliúradh Ceoil Scoil Áth a’ Mhuilinn Óige le Ceol On Wednesday 7 October at the Irish World Academy, children from the Milford National School Band (Óige le Ceol) and Milford National School Choir will perform a


Mary Collins

Claire Duff

repertoire of musical genres ranging from traditional Irish melodies to contemporary chart music. Milford National School endeavours to provide children with rich musical experiences and, above all else, the joy of performing together. Since the foundation of the school, music has been an integral part of daily school life. It seemed a natural progression that a school band should develop, tapping into the wealth of musical talent evident in our pupils. The essence of Óige le Ceol is performance. Through its association with other school bands, Óige le Ceol has been invited in the past to play at ‘The Band Spectacular’ in UL, glór (Ennis) and Thomond Park (Limerick). Comprising 70 children, Milford National School Choir enjoys singing pop and rock songs as well as sacred music. The choir competes every year in the Limerick Choral Festival and was invited to sing with the Irish Three Tenors in the Lime Tree Theatre. The choir recently came second in the Middleton Choral Festival.

Thursday October 15th Baroque Dance Mary Collins (baroque dance), Claire Duff (baroque violin), Aoife Nic Athlaoich (baroque cello) and Yonit Kosovske (harpsichord) MA Classical String Performance faculty keyboardist Yonit Kosovske and Irish Chamber Orchestra cellist Aoife Nic Athlaoich will be joined by renowned baroque dancer Mary Collins and Irish Baroque Orchestra principal violinist Claire Duff for a programme of historical dance and music played on period instruments. The recital will include unaccompanied Bach, a Corelli violin sonata, a Corelli

Aoife Nic Athlaoich

Yonit Kosovske

Students from Scoil Ruáin, Killenaule, Thurles

La Follia and a sonata for cello and continuo. Beyond the concert hall, colourful costume will bring dance into the foyer and open spaces of the Academy.

Melissa Phelps. She is a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and plays regularly with the Irish Baroque Orchestra.

Widely respected early dance specialist Mary Collins teaches at the Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music in London. As a dancer, choreographer and teacher, she travels the world giving master classes, lecture recitals and workshops. She revives original choreography and gesture for historical performance and is currently a faculty member of Aestas Musica in Croatia and the Austria Barock Akademie. Concerts in 2015 include programmes with the London Handel Players at the Tilford Bach Festival and York Early Music Festival in England, the Gregynog Festival in Wales and the East Cork Early Music Festival in Ireland.

Dr Yonit Kosovske performs on both modern and historical keyboard instruments, including harpsichord, fortepiano, modern piano and chamber organ. Playing repertoire 1500– Contemporary, she performs as a soloist, chamber artist and orchestral player. She holds a Doctor of Music degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Her book Historical Harpsichord Technique: Developing La douceur du toucher was published by Indiana University Press in 2011. She lectures in music at the Irish World Academy, where she is active both as a teacher and an accompanist in piano, harpsichord, chamber music and historical performance practice.

Claire Duff is in constant demand as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Ireland and Europe. She has played as leader with Florilegium, I Fagiolini, English Touring Opera and The Kings Consort and has regularly performed with the English Concert, Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and English Baroque Soloists. She is leader of the Irish Baroque Orchestra, with whom she regularly performs as soloist. She has an extensive discography, including a highly acclaimed CD recording of Bach’s Double Violin Concerto with Monica Huggett and the IBO.     

Wednesday October 21st

Aoife Nic Athlaoich is equally at home playing on period instruments and performing newly commissioned works. She has collaborated with jazz musicians and contemporary dance groups and plays as an orchestral musician under the baton of eminent conductors such as Sir John Elliot Gardiner, Sir Colin Davis and Bernard Haitink. She gained scholarships for her studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music, London, where she studied with

Scoil Ruáin Music Students Students from First Year to Leaving Cert from Scoil Ruáin, Killenaule, Thurles, Co. Tipperary This performance features a variety of songs from traditional to modern pop and includes soloists and group performers. Founded in 1939, Scoil Ruáin is a co-ed Education and Training Board (ETB) school. Music is a relatively new subject to the Scoil Ruáin curriculum – the first full-time music teacher was appointed in September 2012. Since then, music has grown in stature in the school and students perform at various events throughout the school year. Scoil Ruáin is delighted to announce that the Department of Education and Skills has recently sanctioned the refurbishment of the music room, which will further enhance and promote music in the school.



Steve Boyland

Thursday October 22nd Mythos Steve Boyland and Óscar Mascareñas Mythos is a sequence of five spontaneously composed rituals for voice created and performed by improviser and performance artist Steve Boyland. For the ancient Greeks, the word ‘mythos’ was suggestive of certain forms of embodied knowledge and a powerful and necessary counterbalance to the more pragmatic claims of ‘logos’, or reason. It was also, as now, descriptive of a certain type of powerfully distilled, symbolic story-telling that came to fruition in the ancient world. Drawing on both definitions and inspired by the rich imageries of these narratives, MYTHOS locates the artist’s expansive, improvised vocalisations within an enigmatic, immersive, ritual context. The piece will be introduced and followed by a collaborative work devised by Steve Boyland and Óscar Mascareñas. One of the UK’s most accomplished improvising voice artists, Steve Boyland creates solo work and collaborative projects with leading international practitioners in improvised music, visual and sound art, innovative poetry, dance and performance and presents his work in gallery, festival and concert spaces around Europe. Projects include Condemnation (Salzamt Gallerie, Linz 2010); Songs from a Metal Forest, with Jorge Macchi (Liverpool Biennial 2012); Improvisations for Solo Voice (Carmelite Chapel, Toulouse 2013); Bonfire Interventions, with Bob and Roberta Smith (Niet Normaal 2014); and The Good Eater, with The Aleph (Tate Britain 2015).


Óscar Mascareñas

Nuallan and Fileanta

Dr Óscar Mascareñas is a poet, composer, performer and musicologist. He has given concerts, conferences and master classes extensively in Ireland, the UK, Slovakia, Hungary and Mexico. He is the founding course director of the BA Voice and Dance and was acting and assistant director of the MA Ritual Chant and Song at the Irish World Academy. He is founding director of the Irish ensemble HIBERNIA and founding chair of the Cage-Cunningham Professorship in Contemporary Performance at the Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey in Mexico. He currently lectures and researches in music and performance at the Academy.

Wednesday October 28th Limerick Voices – The Tower Sessions Music Generation Limerick City See page 8, Wednesday September 30th, for details on this performance. NOVEMBER

Tuesday November 3rd Tráth na gCos – Gaelic Cape Breton Music and Dance Nuallan and Fileanta Nuallan comprises three Cape Breton (Nova Scotia) pipers and three support musicians, and Fileanta is a group of world-renowned professional step dance artists from Cape Breton. Nuallan seeks to represent, promote and explore the style of piping brought by Highland Gaels and developed over the past 200 years in Cape Breton. This rich style of

Young musicians from Ennistymon Vocational School

playing had a strong focus on the rhythm and musicality of the music and an inherent link with the song and dance traditions of the Gaelic culture. The musicians include renowned pipers Kenneth MacKezie and Kevin Dugas, and the dancers feature, among others, Jenny MacKenzie, Dawn and Margie Beaton, Mac Morin and Coll and Kyle MacDonald. These performers have strong ties with Colaisde na Gaidhlig – the Gaelic College in Cape Breton, and with Celtic Colours International Festival. This performance forms part of the Tráth na gCos special event on Monday 2 November and Tuesday 3 November. See page 22 for details.

Wednesday November 4th Spraoi agus Spleodar!!!!!! Ennistymon Vocational School Students from Ennistymon Vocational School are delighted to present a selection of Irish traditional tunes at this lunchtime performance. The concert showcases the talent of the young musicians, who love to learn and share their music-making in a strong community context. The group is made up of a cross-section of young people who enjoy playing the tunes of North Clare. Ennistymon is in the heart of the North Clare Music tradition.

Elikya Choir

Advanced student soloists from Limerick School of Music

Thursday November 5th Elikya Choir Congolese Catholic Liturgical Songs Elikya Choir This concert launches the second recording of Elikya Choir. Featuring Catholic liturgical songs in Congolese style, the concert celebrates the 14th anniversary of the choir in Ireland. Award-winning Elikya Choir (Elikya is the Lingala word for ‘Hope’) was formed 14 years ago in Limerick city in association with Doras Luimní and the Irish World Academy ‘Sanctuary’ initiative. Its members come from the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Angola, Nigeria, Burundi, Kenya, Holland, Scotland and Ireland. The choir has a close association with the MA Ritual Chant and Song programme and has participated in many choral festivals and competitions.

Wednesday November 11th Limerick School of Music Recital Student soloists from Limerick School of Music This recital features advanced student soloists from Limerick School of Music performing music from the classical and romantic eras. Limerick School of Music was founded in 1962. Located in the heart of Limerick city, the school is the largest provider of music education in the mid-west region. The teachers are performers of the highest calibre, and students enjoy being part of an exciting, vibrant and supportive community of musicians. Students are encouraged to take every

Eve Stafford

opportunity to become involved in live performance, both individually and as members of the school’s many ensembles and orchestras.

Thursday November 12th Art Song: An Exploration of Beauty, Nature and Love Eve Stafford (soprano) and Yonit Kosovske (piano) Based on four elements: poet, composer, singer and pianist, an art song strives to be the perfect combination of music and text. Songs become a marriage of exquisite music and beautiful poetry. This programme features works by renowned Irish, English and other European composers, including Michael Head, Haevlock Nelson, Hector Berlioz, Hugo Wolf, Hubert Hastings Parry, Eric Coates, Armstrong Gibbs and Roger Quilter. Soprano Eve Stafford has won numerous competitions at the Féile Luimní, including ‘Voice of Féile Luimní’ (2013), in operatic solo, art song, lieder and sacred music. She won prizes at Feis Maitiú Corcaigh in early music, show songs and the soprano soloist category. While specialising in classical repertoire, she sang Rosalia in West Side Story, her first musical to date, with the Cecillian Society. A student of Olive Cowpar, she enjoys a freelance performance career and has sung in various venues throughout Limerick, including the Hunt Museum and the University Concert Hall. See page 9 for a biographical note on Dr Yonit Kosovske.

Dr Nóirín Ní Riain and BA Voice and Dance student Rita O’Carroll during rehearsals for the Lumen i Luimneach concert at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick Photograph © Maurice Gunning


Students of the MA Irish Traditional Dance Performance

John Scott

Tuesday November 17th Students of the MA Irish Traditional Dance Performance This performance features a number of choreographies created specifically by guest tutors for students of the MA Irish Traditional Dance Performance. In addition, the programme features solo choreographies created by the students themselves.

Wednesday November 18th

Iseli-Chiodi Dance Company

Dublin-born John Scott worked in Dublin City Ballet before founding Irish Modern Dance Theatre in 1991. He performed in Meredith Monk’s Quarry and with Yoshiko Chuma, Sarah Rudner, Anna Sokolow and Thomas Lehmen. His work has been performed at Ireland’s Abbey Theatre, La MaMa, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church and throughout Europe. He has created works for Blanca Arrietta company, Spain and Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse, Paris.

See page 8, Wednesday September 30th, for details on this performance.

Iseli-Chiodi is a contemporary dance company based in Ireland. Founded in 2009 by Jazmin Chiodi and Alexandre Iseli, the company has created several pieces and performed in many festivals and venues around Ireland and the world (France, Germany, Russia, Venezuela, Mexico, USA and Korea).

Thursday November 19th

Wednesday November 25th

Contemporary Dance Performance

One Choir, One Community, No Divides, ALL Abilities

MA Contemporary Dance Students

Music Matters Inclusive Community Choirs

This performance features a number of ensemble choreographies re-created and adapted by guest choreographers specifically for the students of the MA Contemporary Dance programme. We are delighted to announce that the programme will include re-creations of the renowned work HYPERACTIVE by John Scott (Artistic Director of Irish Modern Dance Theatre) and The Moor by Iseli-Chiodi Dance Company. In addition, the programme features solo choreographies created by the students themselves.

See page 8, Wednesday September 23rd, for details on this performance.

Limerick Voices – The Tower Sessions Music Generation Limerick City



Thursday December 3rd MA Classical String Performance Students of the MA Classical String Performance with Irish Chamber Orchestra musicians, directed by Katherine Hunka, and with Yonit Kosovske, harpsichord

Katherine Hunka

Students of the MA in Classical String Performance will be joined by musicians of the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Irish World Academy for a lively lunchtime concert. ICO leader Katherine Hunka will direct a programme featuring a dance suite of Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn's soaring String Symphony in B minor. Without Mendelssohn we may well not be familiar with Bach: Mendelssohn revived Bach's music; he made the scores accessible across Europe and championed this forgotten composer throughout his lifetime. The MA Classical String Performance is a two-year, full-time programme offering advanced string and keyboard tuition in violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano and harpsichord. The programme is unique in its interaction with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, a professional ensemble resident at the Irish World Academy on the UL campus and sponsored by the Arts Council of Ireland (An Chomhairle Ealaíon). Katherine Hunka, Leader of the Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO), appears as both a soloist and chamber artist across a wide range of repertoires. She directs and performs as a soloist with the ICO both in Ireland and beyond. She frequently performs at chamber music festivals throughout Ireland and plays in a trio with accordionist Dermot Dunne and bassist Malachy Robinson. A guest leader of various ensembles, Hunka has been a guest soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and RTÉ Concert Orchestra. She teaches at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. See page 9 for a biographical note on Dr Yonit Kosovske.


Derek Hickey performing at the University Concert Hall with Irish World Academy tutors Conor Crimmins and John Carty Photograph Š Maurice Gunning


Eirini Loutzaki

Catherine Foley


Elizabeth Painter

Rebeca Mateos Morante

Ras Mikey Courtney with Pilobolus Dance Company

Wednesday September 30th Partnering in Dance

Wednesday September 9th Greek Dance in History, Culture and Geography Presenter: Professor Eirini Loutzaki Chair: Dr Catherine Foley (Irish World Academy) This seminar considers representations of Greek dance today. Greece’s rich dance culture, which originated in ancient times, encompasses a diversity of styles, genres, techniques, meanings, persons and relations. Today, Greek dance – when displayed or performed out of the country – is mainly conceived as a genre of popular world dance with specific geocultural and audiovisual connotations. Some of these associations derive from older myths about Greek dance, some are based on conservative, nationalistic and populist conceptions of it and some are postmodern constructions of the contemporary mass media. This seminar examines these associations and representations. Eirini Loutzaki is an Associate Professor in Music Studies at the University of Athens, Greece. She is a social anthropologist who specialises in dance. She studied dance notation at the Folkwang Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Tanz in Germany. With a grant from the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation (PFF), she studied ethnomusicology at Queen’s University Belfast, from where she received an MA and a PhD. From 1996 to 2002, she taught ethnomusicology and dance anthropology in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of the Aegean, Greece. Her research interests revolve around issues such as gender, cultural associations and the political dimension of dance.


Presenters: Dr Catherine Foley, Elizabeth Painter, Rebeca Mateos Morante, Ras Mikey Courtney and Jennifer de Brún Chair: Dr Catherine Foley (Irish World Academy) This seminar investigates the concept and aesthetic of partnering in dance across different dance genres. Dr Catherine Foley examines the concept and practice of partnering in vernacular social dancing in Ireland; Elizabeth Painter examines the challenges and creative opportunities for the follower in contemporary Cuban casino, which is performed as a fusion of classic ballroom casino with AfroCuban dances, including rumba and reggaeton; Rebeca Mateos Morante examines Seguidillas and Sevillanas in Spain; Ras Mikey Courtney explores how Pilobolus Dance Company uses a particular style of weight-sharing and counter-balancing of bodies to create its world-renowned theatrical modern dance; and Jennifer de Brún examines Pas de Deux training in Cecchetti classical ballet. Dr Catherine Foley is course director of the MA Ethnochoreology and founding course director of the MA Irish Traditional Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy, where she also supervises doctoral research. She is founding chair emerita of Dance Research Forum Ireland and is founding director of the National Dance Archive of Ireland. Elizabeth Painter is a PhD candidate in ethnochoreology at the Irish World Academy, where she earned a first-class honours MA in Ethnochoreology. She holds a master’s degree

Jennifer de Brún

in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. Her geographic area of specialisation is Cuba. Rebeca Mateos Morante is a professional Danza Española and Flamenco dancer and is currently studying for her PhD at the Irish World Academy. A philosophy graduate with a first-class honours master’s degree in psychoanalysis and cultural studies, she trained at the renowned conservatory Centro Coreográfico Mariemma in Madrid. African-born RAS Mikey Courtney holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He holds a first-class honours MA in Ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick, where he is now pursuing his PhD in Arts Practice at the Irish World Academy. He has toured extensively with Pilobolus Dance Company. Jennifer de Brún received a first-class honours BA in Voice and Dance and a first-class honours MA in Ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick. She is now pursuing a PhD in Cecchetti classical ballet training in Ireland at the Irish World Academy. OCTOBER

Wednesday October 21st Inventing Ireland: 20 Years Later (A seminar exploring contemporary approaches to Irish studies at the Irish World Academy) Presenters: Dr Catherine Foley, Mattu Noone, Dr Sandra Joyce, Dr Niall Keegan and Dr Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain Chair: Dr Niamh NicGhabhann (Irish World Academy)

20 Years of Irish Studies

Michelle Greenwell

Alpha Woodward

In 1995, Declan Kiberd published Inventing Ireland, a text that has had a far-reaching impact on the development and direction of Irish studies. Marking 20 years since the first publication of this text, this seminar explores contemporary approaches to Irish studies by faculty members and students at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Dr Catherine Foley, Dr Sandra Joyce, Dr Niall Keegan and Dr Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain are all members of faculty at the Irish World Academy. Mattu Noone is Arts Practice PhD student and tutor at the Academy. NOVEMBER

Wednesday November 4th The Healing Effects of Sound and Movement Presenters: Michelle Greenwell, Dr Alpha Woodward and Dr Mats Melin Chair: Dr Mats Melin (Irish World Academy) Life is manifested in patterned vibration: each construct of matter, including our universe, is a vibrational system. We, and all the rest of matter, are therefore vibrational beings, and since vibration is sound, we are sound. This seminar explores how moving in ways we love through dance or similar movement systems and how we feel and experience music can allow for positive energy patterns to form and flow through our bodies to encourage healing and wellbeing. Both kinetic energy and yintegration, or the coordination of aspects of energy in and out of the body, will be discussed.

Mats Melin

Canadian independent scholar and practitioner Michelle Greenwell has developed the K.E.Y. to Health with Energy Medicine™ based on her personal experience with dance, Tai Chi, health and healing. Starting with the Feet First System™, she introduces a new way to experience energy and vitality from the ground up, and her research into how energy moves and how patterns develop within the body has led to the system’s successes. Her own injuries and recovery have created a way for her to explore how moving in ways we love can be healing and supportive to our body. Dr Alpha Woodward is course director of the MA in Music Therapy at the Irish World Academy. As a clinical music therapist, she has 16 years of diverse fieldwork experience in geriatric music therapy in government healthcare institutions and with traumatised children and youth in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her research explores the complex experience of sound as a collective systemic phenomenon in institutional healthcare environments.  Recent publications and research focus on the role of the arts in cultural healing and global stewardship in humanitarian aid. Swedish-born traditional dancer, choreographer and researcher Dr Mats Melin has worked professionally with dance in Scotland since 1995 and in Ireland since 2005. He has been engaged in freelance work nationally and internationally as well as having been Traditional Dancer in Residence for four Scottish local authorities. He co-started the dynamic Scottish performance group Dannsa in 1999. He is a former member of the Scottish Arts Council’s Dance Committee and Scottish Government Working Group on Traditional Arts and was an office bearer for Dance Research Forum Ireland for seven years. He currently lectures in dance at the Irish World Academy.

Kirsty Strang

Niamh NicGhabhann

Wednesday November 11th Festival and Place-making in Scotland Presenter: Kirsty Strang Chair: Dr Niamh NicGhabhann (Irish World Academy) Since the publication of Mona Ozouf’s Festivals of the French Revolution (1988), the process of place-making has been recognised as a key theme when exploring the relationship between festivals, memory and identity. This seminar considers this relationship by looking to a number of festivals in the city of Glasgow, particularly state-funded events such as the Garden Festival (1988), City of Culture (1990) and the Commonwealth Games (2014). The seminar also explores the role of smaller festivals that have come to symbolise reactionary counter-events to the dominant programme, such as the Govan Fair. Kirsty Strang holds an MA (Hons) in English Literature and an MPhil in Contemporary Scottish Culture and is currently pursuing a PhD. Her doctoral research explores the role of place and memory in post-industrial Glasgow through a novel methodology that combines memory studies and the study of literature, art and cultural policy. She has worked for a number of arts venues and record labels and given advice to a number of literary and music festivals across Scotland. She is currently leading the initial consultation process in the creation of an ‘ecomuseum’ that explores the social and cultural significance of tenement buildings in Glasgow.

Yoshiko Chuma performing at Dance Limerick Photograph © Maurice Gunning


Claudio Pasceri performing with the Xenia Ensemble at the Irish World Academy Photograph Š Maurice Gunning


IRISH WORLD AC ADEMY OF MUSIC AND DANCE LOGOS is a series of events taking its place alongside the longestablished public Tower Seminar and Lunchtime Performance series. Venue: Conference Room, First Floor, Irish World Academy 10am to 12 noon ADMISSION IS FREE, ALL ARE WELCOME


Eirini Loutzaki

Ronald Grimes



Thursday September 10th

Thursday October 8th

Dance as Politics

Bridging Rituals, Commemorative Gestures

Presenter: Professor Eirini Loutzaki

Presenter: Professor Ronald Grimes

Chair: Dr Catherine Foley (Irish World Academy)

Chair: Dr Sandra Joyce (Irish World Academy)

This seminar investigates dance as a type of performance that expresses and generates specific emotional experiences and new categories of thought for its producers and recipients. Many connections can be developed between dance and politics, and dance can be used to shape political ideology. Furthermore, many forms of dance (classical, modern, ethnic, social) can have explicit themes that can be used to express political agendas. Dance can mobilise the sentiment and action of masses of people and can be an important political tool both for oppressors and the oppressed. These are all important areas for investigation and fundamental anthropological issues.

This LOGOS presentation forms part of the Designing Commemoration conference – see page 21 for details on that event.

See page 14 for a biographical note on Professor Eirini Loutzaki.

At the heart of this presentation is A Daughter’s Song, a short film about a commemorative ceremony enacted in Montreal, Canada in 2014 by Mohawks and artists, Jews and Muslims. Such an event challenges popular and scholarly assumptions about ritual, such as ritual being primarily backward-looking or consolidating an in-group against an out-group. The Mohawk Condolence Ceremony, which provides the central gestures of this memorial, is not only traditional but also forward-looking; it constructs bridges across chasms that divide groups. Participants in commemorative rites are not typically recollecting events they once experienced. Rather, they are imagining retrospectively. A Daughter's Song helps viewers understand how and why. Ronald L. Grimes is the author of several books on ritual, most recently The Craft of Ritual Studies (Oxford University Press, 2014). He resides in Waterloo, Ontario, where he is Director of Ritual Studies International and Professor Emeritus of Religion and Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University. Recently, he has held the following positions: Visiting Professor of Religious Studies at


Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic; Senior Researcher and Senior Lecturer at Yale University; and Chair of Ritual Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. A former external examiner on the Irish World Academy’s MA Ritual Chant and Song programme, his work inspired the emergence of ritual studies at the Academy, and he was central to the identification and emergence of the Academy’s newest programme, the MA in Festive Arts.

BA Voice and Dance student Erris Burke performing during the MA Festive Arts event Wondermess Photograph © Maurice Gunning




Beverley Diamond


Sunday September 13th to Wednesday September 16th SEM-ICTM Joint Forum: Transforming Ethnomusicological Praxis through Activism and Community Engagement Irish World Academy The SEM-ICTM Joint Forum is being hosted in the Irish World Academy and brings together members of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) and the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM). Participants will include SEM Chair Professor Beverley Diamond (current external examiner for the MA in Ethnomusicology) and ICTM Chair Professor Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco (former external examiner for the MA in Ethnomusicology). This first collaboration between the two largest academic organisations for ethnomusicology (and ethnochoreology) endeavours to bring some of the finest thinkers and social activists within the global academy of music scholars together with public sector actors, advocates and activists who understand the relevance of sound and movement studies in addressing social, political and environmental issues of urgent importance. Music making has been recognised as a means towards mobilising human and environmental resources as well as a platform for generating communication, agreement and dispute in response to such phenomena and conditions. The forum will strive to understand the potential uses of research and the roles that ethnomusicologists are playing and can play as activists and community collaborators.


The conference features speakers from all over the world. Included is a presentation by Dr Aileen Dillane (Irish World Academy) and Dr Tony Langlois (Mary Immaculate College (MIC)) on the UL- and MIC-based LimerickSoundscapes project and by Dr Colin Quigley (Irish World Academy) on his research on re-examining ethnic boundary making in Transylvania. Musicians and dancers from the Irish World Academy will perform for this influential international audience, and volunteering graduate students from the MA and PhD programmes in ethnomusicology and ethnochoreology will gain invaluable vocational experience and professional exposure by being part of this event. A full programme of presentations is available online at Beverley Diamond is Canada Research Chair in Ethnomusicology at Memorial University of Newfoundland and SSHRC’s 2014 Gold Medal Winner. She is a renowned feminist musicologist and is considered to be a guiding voice in contemporary ethnomusicology in Canada. Her influential scholarship examines music as a means of both defining and decolonising intercultural relationships and a medium for addressing rights and social change, notably through her work on indigenous musical cultures in Canada and Scandinavia. Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco is Professor of Ethnomusicology and Director of the Instituto de Etnomusicologia – Centro de Estudos em Música e Dança, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. She is the recipient of the Glarean Award for music research of the Swiss Musicological Society (2013), the Gold and Silver Medals for Cultural Merit of the City Halls of Lisbon and Cascais respectively (2012 and 2007) and the Pro-Author Award of the Portuguese Author’s Society (2010).

Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco

Tony Langlois

Dr Tony Langlois lectures in Media and Communications at Mary Immaculate College (MIC), Limerick. While his core research field is the music and culture of Algeria and Morocco, he also has interests in Icelandic electronica, Irish soundscapes, Canadian multiculturalism and the Eurovision Song Contest. Tony is a founder member of the Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association, is current editor of the online journal Ethnomusicology Ireland and is on the management committee of IndieCork Film and Music festival. He is co-director of the LimerickSoundscapes project and the Audio Research Centre at MIC. Intermittently but exuberantly, he also performs music/sound art.

Wednesday September 16th to Sunday September 20th 31st Annual European Seminar in Ethnomusicology (ESEM) Conference – ‘Making a Difference: Music, Dance and the Individual’ Irish World Academy The Irish World Academy will host the 31st European Seminar in Ethnomusicology (ESEM) in September. Scholars from across Europe and beyond will explore the ways in which attention to individuals (musicians, dancers, listeners, producers, promoters, activists and, indeed, people who occupy any of the myriad roles relevant to dancing and musicking) might offer a usefully different perspective than the more usual and well-established approaches in ethnomusicology and ethnochoreology to the study of music/dance in relation to social groups. Presenters will examine how individuals act upon and affect the worlds in which they live, what their relationships to communities

Mίcheál Ó Súilleabháin

Designing Commemoration Conference

around them are and what individuals’ distinctive roles are in the making of music and dance.

contextualising and exploring these events and their broader symbolic meaning.

A number of faculty members and graduate students from the Irish World Academy will be presenting at the conference. On Friday 18 September at 4pm, the John Blacking Memorial Lecture will be given by Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Founder Director of the Irish World Academy and a former student of Blacking.

Thursday 8 October: Theatre 1, Irish World Academy, University of Limerick, 10am to 6pm

In the current conversation around the Decade of Centenaries, the emphasis has been on the historical events themselves and their larger political impact and position. This conference seeks to move beyond this narrative by focusing on the participatory, performative, visual, material and social aspects of commemoration. The conference will explore and reflect on the experience of designing and creating commemorative events, works of art or places and the experience of participation in commemoration in visual and material culture. Moving beyond the chronological limits of the Decade of Centenaries, conference presenters and keynote speakers will explore a wide range of contemporary and historical, national and international commemorative events or experience. Keynote speakers include Professor Ronald Grimes, Noeline Kavanagh and Sir Professor Christopher Frayling, and several panel discussions with invited guests will be conducted.

Friday 9 October: The Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2

For further information and programme updates, visit

Conference chairs: Dr Niamh NicGhabhann (UL) and Dr Kathryn Milligan (NGI and TCD)

Dr Niamh NicGhabhann is course director of the MA Festive Arts at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

A full programme of events is available online at


Thursday 8th and Friday 9th October Designing Commemoration: Performance, Process and Participation

In 2015, we are nearing the mid-point of what has been termed Ireland’s ‘Decade of Centenaries’. This period has already seen the development of several large-scale commemorative projects, such as that around the centenary of 1913 and of the beginning of the Great War, and many conferences, lectures and events

Dr Kathyrn Milligan is a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Irish Art, National Gallery of Ireland. Alisha McMahon (BA Irish Music and Dance) celebrating with her Academy tutor, Lisa Canny Photograph © Maurice Gunning


Aonad na Gaeilge

Wednesday October 14th and Thursday October 15th


Traditional Song Symposium

Monday November 2nd

Theatre 1, 9am to 5pm each day. Singing session Wed 14th, 9pm, Scholars Bar, UL

Samhain Festival of Research

Lillis Ó Laoire, Síle Denvir, Ríonach Uí Ógáin, Tríona Ní Shíocháin, Peter Smith, John Moulden, Melanie Marshall, Grace Toland, Michael Hackett, Carrie Dike, Mary McLaughlin, Róisín Ní Ghallóglaigh, Eamonn Costello, Sandra Joyce, Brian Doyle, Jim Carroll, Pat Mackensie and more. Jointly supported by the Irish World Academy and Aonad na Gaeilge, this symposium will explore aspects of traditional song studies, particularly in areas of interest to current PhD researchers on song and related areas. It will include academic papers, presentations and panel discussions. There will also be a song session on Wednesday 14 October in Scholars Bar, UL. All are welcome to participate in the symposium and singing session. The symposium will bring scholars involved in traditional song throughout Ireland to the Irish World Academy in anticipation of the International Ballad Conference of the Kommission für Volksdichtung, which will be hosted by the Academy in July 2016. This prestigious event has only been held in Ireland once before and will include conference presentations, field trips, concerts and singing sessions.

The Irish World Academy is home to over 35 postgraduate research students, the vast majority of whom engage in PhD research. Some researchers are completing projects with traditional, text-based outputs while others are registered on the PhD in Arts Practice. While students on the PhD in Arts Practice produce text-based research outputs, their work specifically includes aspects of practice. The work of both groups of researchers reflects the whole range of expertise represented in the Academy and beyond. Once a year, the work of this exceptionally rich research community is presented in a festival known as Samhain. The 2015 Samhain festival will take place during the week commencing Monday 2 November. For further details, see the Irish World Academy research website,



This Tráth na gCos event celebrates Cape Breton (Nova Scotia) dance and music with Nuallan, which comprises three Cape Breton pipers and three support musicians, and Fileanta, a group of world-renowned professional step dance artists from Cape Breton. Nuallan seeks to represent, promote and explore the style of piping brought by Highland Gaels and developed over the past 200 years in Cape Breton. Each member of Fileanta performs and teaches traditional Cape Breton dancing locally and around the world, and most are well-known musicians. With a name meaning tuneful, melodious and fluent, Fileanta embodies the true essence of Gaelic dance tradition. Fileanta’s mission is to promote the living dance and Gaelic music traditions from Nova Scotia and display the original way dance and music interacted with our settlers. See page 10 for more details on Nuallan and Fileanta. The event will include classes and workshops during Monday night and Tuesday and will conclude on Tuesday evening with the launch of Mats Melin’s book One with the Music: Cape Breton Step Dance Tradition and Transmission, published by Cape Breton University Press, and a driving Cape Breton square dance, which will include step dance performance.

Monday November 2nd and Tuesday November 3rd

Thursday November 19th to Sunday November 22nd

Tráth na gCos – “One with the Music”: Cape Breton Music and Dance

Light Moves International Festival of Screendance

Irish World Academy, various rooms (Tower 2 plus Foyer for 5pm book launch and dance) Nuallan and Fileanta


Grace Toland

Dance Limerick, John’s Square, Limerick Light Moves International Festival of Screendance is dedicated to the art of dance film and video art with movement as a central theme. Combining invited works and open submissions, for the second year running, Light Moves

Mats Melin

Light Moves International Festival of Screendance

will showcase the unique diversity of movement on screen by means of a series of curated events in the exceptional setting of the Dance Limerick Daghdha Space in John’s Square, Limerick. The festival will include feature-length films, short film screenings, panel discussions, symposium speakers and a dance film laboratory.  Light Moves is curated and directed by Mary Wycherley and Jürgen Simpson in collaboration with Dance Limerick and DMARC (UL) with additional support from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (UL). The festival is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland Festivals and Events Scheme and Limerick City and County Council. Full details are available at

Blas International Summer School

wisdom and tutelage of eminent figures from the traditional music and dance world, such as Dónal Lunny, Steve Cooney, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, John Carty, Colin Dunne, Louise Mulcahy, Kieran Munnelly, Martin Hayes, Michelle Mulcahy, Niall Keegan, Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain, Mats Melin, Sandra Joyce, Catherine Foley, Aileen Dillane and Jim Higgins, to name but a few. In addition to expert tuition and master classes, Blas students will partake in a whole range of activities, including lectures on Irish traditional music topics, field-trips, Irish traditional music sessions, Irish language classes, lunchtime and evening concerts and céilís. Above all, students will be given a unique opportunity to share tunes with some of Ireland’s leading traditional musicians. For further information, visit


Monday June 20th to Friday July 1st 2016 20th Blas International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance Irish World Academy Now firmly established as one of Ireland’s most prestigious summer schools, the 20th annual Blas International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance will take place in the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick from Monday 20 June to Friday 1 July 2016. Every year the summer school creates an educational platform for students from all over the world to benefit from the expertise,

Nic Gareiss performing at a lunchtime concert at the Irish World Academy Photograph © Maurice Gunning




Ag Féachaint Siar A Backward Look

Eibhlín Broderick performing with traditional music students of the Irish World Academy at The Limerick Fling (University Concert Hall) Photograph © Maurice Gunning


University of Limerick International Cultural Festival MA Ethnochoreology graduate and current PhD Arts Practice student Ras Mikey Courtney worked this semester in collaboration with the University of Limerick’s International Education Division on UL’s International Cultural Festival. He choreographed his third ‘University of Limerick Flash Dance’, which was performed at the On the Plaza event. He also associate-produced, co-emceed, choreographed and performed in the International Music and Dance Performance at the University Concert Hall. 

Tracy Fahey, event collaborator and leader of the Gothicise initiative, performs at the Waking St. Munchin event in Dance Limerick in October 2014.

‘Waking St. Munchin’ – Open House Limerick 2014

Jakari Sherman and Ras Mikey Courtney

Students of the MA Festive Arts designed, produced and performed the opening event of the 2014 Open House Limerick architecture festival. Held at Dance Limerick on 3 October 2014, the event was produced in collaboration with the Gothicise art collective (led by Tracy Fahey, LSAD) and featured the Sionna vocal ensemble. The students created a collaborative ritual centred on the story of St. Munchin and his curse on Limerick city. The event featured music and song and concluded with tea, sherry and cake for all.

(photo: Louise O’Rahilly Photography)

Launch of Cantoral CD, 29 October 2014

Launch of Cantoral’s inaugural CD recording Let the Joyous Irish Sing Aloud!/Laetabundus Decantet Hybernicorum Cetus is a recording from Cantoral, the early-music female schola of the Irish World Academy. Cantoral comprises doctoral students and faculty from the Academy; it specialises in medieval chant and polyphony and has a particular interest in chant from and related to Ireland. The CD was the result of more than two years of research and includes repertoires from manuscripts in Trinity College Dublin, Cambridge, Oxford, the British Library and continental sources from Augsburg to Paris. The recording was launched by Columba McCann OSB, a Glenstal Abby monk, on 29 October in the Dance Limerick Space (St. John’s Church). Proceeds from the sale of the CD will be used to fund scholarships in the area of chant and ritual song.


Kate Lawrence presented at the Vertical Dance Symposium at the Irish World Academy in November 2014.

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Irish World Academy at Dance Limerick were Professor Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin (poet, Trinity College Dublin), Dr Fearghus Ó Conchúir (choreographer and dance artist), Professor Gerry Kearns (Maynooth University), Dr Helen Carey (curator, Limerick City Gallery of Art), Professor Nigel Osborne (composer, University of Edinburgh) and Dr Helena Enright (playwright, Bath Spa University).

Joseph O’Connor at The Darkest Midnight event, 27 November 2014

Dr Sandra Joyce, Director, Irish World Academy (left) and President Don Barry (third from left) welcome US Ambassador Kevin O’Malley and his wife Dena to UL in November 2014.

Vertical Dance Symposium

Academy 20 Convocation

As part of a two-day meeting on vertical dance on 5 and 6 November 2014, Fidget Feet and the MA Festive Arts programme hosted a public symposium with some of the world’s leading creators and practitioners of vertical dance. CIE Retouramont (France) joined Fidget Feet and Aeriosa Dance Society (Canada), Gravity & Levity and Kate Lawrence (UK), Histeria Nova (Croatia) and Il Posto Vertical Dance Company (Italy) to discuss a wide range of topics around vertical dance, a proposed EU network and the Irish Aerial Creation Centre. Chaired by Dr Niamh NicGhabhann of the Irish World Academy, the event explored the discipline of vertical dance; the different ways in which artists explore their own practice, spaces and surfaces; and the development of the art form internationally.

On 14, 15 and 16 November 2014, the Irish World Academy hosted a special convocation to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Entitled “Between the Poetic and the Practical”, the event gathered many of the national and international contributors to the development of the Academy as well as those who wished to share in the celebration of its achievements and explore future directions. The threeday event brought together students, graduates, current and former staff and invited special guests to a programme of performances, panel discussions, presentations, master classes and workshops from a host of critical thinkers. Explored themes included the arts in education and the role of the artist in the world. International contributors included Professor David Elliott (New York University), Professor Marie McCarthy (University of Michigan), Professor Anya Peterson Royce (Indiana University) and Professor Graham Welch (University College London). The events took place in the Academy’s state-of-the-art landmark building and in selected locations throughout Limerick’s city centre.

‘The Darkest Midnight’ – an evening of song, poetry and carols in support of Rape Crisis Midwest

Irish World Academy welcomes US Ambassador Kevin O’Malley

The Irish World Academy was delighted to host an evening of song, poetry and carols in support of Rape Crisis Midwest on 27 November. Introduced by Joseph O’Connor, novelist, broadcaster and professor of creative writing, the event featured a number of artists, including the Sionna vocal ensemble directed by Hannah Fahey, Cantoral chant ensemble directed by Catherine Sergent, Mary McLaughlin, Nóirín Ní Riain, Róisín Ní Ghallóglaigh, Sandra Joyce, the BAVAD Chamber Choir directed by Óscar Mascareñas and the BAVAD Gospel Choir directed by Kathleen Turner. All proceeds from the event went towards the provision of services at Rape Crisis Midwest, and all artists on the evening provided their services free of charge.

On 13 November 2014, newly appointed US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley and his wife Dena were greeted by UL President Professor Don Barry and enjoyed a visit to the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. The ambassador and his wife were welcomed by Dr Sandra Joyce, the Academy’s director, and students of the Academy gave a special performance for the honoured guests. Praising the relationships between Ireland and the US, Ambassador O’Malley said, “There is no doubt that the bond between the two countries is wonderful, and we should do everything we can to nurture that bond because it is the basis for a number of very good things, the cultural exchanges being one. I met 20 students from the US who are studying music and dance here, which is a wonderful thing and is good for both countries”.


Brian Kennedy, the monks of Glenstal Abbey and the BA Voice and Dance Singers perform at Lumen i Luimneach in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick in December 2014.

Roisin White is presented with a gift by MA Irish BA Irish Music and Dance students Kelsey Schuhle, Traditional Music Performance student Creena Kevin Prendergast and Kathryn Monaghan perform Mulchrone at the Gathering of Irish Traditional Song at the Limerick Fling on 5 March 2015. event in February to mark the occasion of Roisin’s nomination as TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year 2015.

BA Voice and Dance Gospel Choir © Munster images

Lumen i Luimneach – Limerick City of Culture

A Gathering of Irish Traditional Song at the Irish World Academy

BA Voice and Dance Gospel Choir win at Limerick Choral Festival

Bringing the curtain down on an eventful year of Limerick City of Culture, students and faculty of the Irish World Academy performed in a stunning concert on 27 December in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick. The concert featured the work of Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and included performances by special guests Brian Kennedy, the monks of Glenstal Abbey, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Noirín Ní Riain. The concert was aired on TG4 at 8pm on 16 January 2015.


The Irish World Academy hosted a series of seminars, concerts and sessions of Irish traditional song as part of the Gathering of Irish Traditional Song event on 25 and 26 February. The event featured singers from the Inishowen Song and Man, Woman + Child projects. A new Irish traditional song research group was launched as part of the event.

The Limerick Fling One hundred performers from five continents came together in the University Concert Hall on Thursday 5 March to celebrate in a unique concert all the creativity, talent and passion that the Irish World Academy has to offer. Honouring the past and creating the future, the Limerick Fling is a spectacular flash of music and dance at the cutting edge of the Irish tradition. Celebrating the sounds and gestures of our times, the concert featured noted musicians, singers and dancers including Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, John Carty, Derek Hickey, Niall Keegan, Conor Crimmins, Sandra Joyce, Anne Burke, Linda Ball Hoban, Michael Ryan and many more. Students of the BA Irish Music and Dance, BA Voice and Dance, MA Irish Traditional Music Performance, MA Irish Traditional Dance Performance, MA Community Music and the Irish World Academy Choir (directed by Hannah Fahey) also performed.

Comprising students from first and second year of the BA Voice and Dance, the BAVAD Gospel Choir won the Best Gospel Choir award at the 10th Annual Limerick Choral Festival held from 6 to 8 March 2015 in Limerick city. Directed by Kathleen Turner, the choir performed ‘Criminal on the Cross’ and ‘Every Time I Feel the Spirit’. The Special Adjudicators’ Award was awarded to Kathleen Turner, conductor of both the BAVAD Gospel Choir and St. Mary's Sing Out with Strings Choir, for communication between conductor and choir.

Galway Community Circus

Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin performs for the worldwide gathering of The Atlantic Philanthropies on their recent visit to the Irish World Academy

Launch of CIRCUS+ project and Members of The Atlantic partnership between ISACS Philanthropies visit the Irish and the MA Festive Arts World Academy CIRCUS+, an ERASMUS+ funded project exploring youth and social circus in Europe, was officially launched by Professor Paul McCutcheon, UL Vice President Academic & Registrar, on 11 March 2015 at the Irish World Academy. Professor McCutcheon also launched a partnership between ISACS (the Irish Street Art, Circus and Spectacle Network) and the Academy’s MA Festive Arts. Both projects will build important connections between festive and community arts within the Academy and allow students to engage and work with the professional performing festive arts throughout their studies. The launch was followed by a seminar featuring Dr Stephen Cadwell, post-doctoral researcher on the CIRCUS+ project at UL; Lucy Medlycott from ISACS; Will Chamberlain from Belfast Community Circus; and Ulla Hokkanen from Galway Community Circus.

The Irish World Academy was delighted to host The Atlantic Philanthropies for a special performance of Irish traditional music, song and dance in Theatre 1 of the Irish World Academy as part of the group’s recent visit to the University of Limerick on 11 March. Later that evening, Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Dr Sandra Joyce, the BA Irish Music and Dance ensembles and members of the Irish World Academy Choir performed for the visitors at Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare.

Joachim Roewer, Irish Chamber Orchestra, at the performance of Metamorphosen in the Irish World Academy on 12 March 2015

Metamorphosen Rising-star string students from three of the country’s foremost academies – the Irish World Academy, CIT Cork School of Music and the Royal Irish Academy of Music – came together in March as part of the newly established Academos Irish Chamber Orchestra Academy initiative to perform Richard Strauss’s seldom-heard masterpiece Metamorphosen in Limerick (at the Irish World Academy), Cork and Dublin. This exciting collaborative project was led by members of the dynamic Irish Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Katherine Hunka. 


Left to right: Professor Tom Moylan, Dr Michael G. Students celebrate the city and its culture in Limerick Irish World Academy students perform at a farewell Kelly and Dr Aileen Dillane with American science on 11 April 2015 concert for UL international students at University fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson at UL in April 2015 Concert Hall on 21 April 2015.


Participants at the Songs of Social Protest conference held in UL from 29 April to 1 May

A week with Kim Stanley Robinson

Limerick Students: Our City, Our Culture

International Education Songs of Social Protest Division Farewell Celebration Conference

The Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies – currently joint-directed by Dr Aileen Dillane (Irish World Academy) and Michael G. Kelly (School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics, UL) – held a series of interdisciplinary events across campus from 4 to 10 April centering on the work of renowned American science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson. The week included a public lecture by Robinson on ‘Time in the Novel’; a reading from Robinson’s upcoming novel Aurora (2015); and the 11th Ralahine Workshop on Science Fiction, which featured presentations from Professor Tom Moylan, Dr Carmen Kuhling, Dr Aileen Dillane, Dr Sara Buggy, Dr Mariano Paz and Dr Jack Fennell. Robinson responded to all six papers given at this workshop and was equally generous and challenging in his engagement in seminars with students on the MA in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, MA in Creative Writing and MA in Ethnomusicology and from the School of Architecture and the Centre for Interactive Design. For further details on the Ralahine Centre, visit

On Saturday 11 April 2015, the Limerick Students: Our City, Our Culture initiative was launched. Involving students from the University of Limerick, Limerick Institute of Technology and Mary Immaculate College, this collaborative initiative was coordinated by Gabriella Hanrahan, the Community Liaison Officer at UL. The project’s main objective was to profile Limerick city as a vibrant intercultural student city. Saturday's event opened this conversation with the city by displaying and showcasing the intercultural diversity of Limerick’s student population through music, dance, song, symbols, rituals, costumes and, of course, flags. Irish World Academy PhD candidate and MA Ethnochoreology graduate Ras Mikey Courtney directed the entire performance, which involved including the audience in a final flash dance performance. Ras and fellow students provided Limerick city with a variety of performances and rituals for over two hours. The feedback from the audience was extremely positive; Ahmed Hassan, student coordinator at LIT, is already planning next year’s event, and the Mayor of Limerick, Michael Sheehan, has expressed his commitment to continuing the conversation. 

Undergraduate students from the Irish World Academy performed at UL’s first farewell celebration for international students at the University Concert Hall on 21 April. The event, which was held to honour and inspire the  international student community, featured guest speaker Adi Roche, Founder and CEO of Chernobyl Children International, and a selection of performances from the Irish World Academy, including the BAVAD Gospel Choir directed by Kathleen Turner, Aureate Dance Company directed by Jennifer de Brún and the Irish World Academy Choir directed by Hannah Fahey. Dance students from the BA Irish Music and Dance performed Rince and Repeat, a piece choreographed by Ciara Sexton. 

A major international three-day conference, Songs of Social Protest, was held at the University of Limerick from 29 April to 1 May. The conference, which was organised by Dr Aileen Dillane (Irish World Academy) and Dr Martin J. Power, Dr Eoin Devereux and Dr Amanda Haynes (all from the Department of Sociology), attracted more than 100 delegates from 22 different countries. A rich programme included 75 presentations, two keynote lectures, musical performances and discussions on the establishment of research networks. Presenters examined issues such as the Arab Spring, Kurdish protests in Turkey, AfricanAmerican protest songs and the relationship between protest songs and mental health. Professor Joseph O’Connor performed a reading from his novels Star of the Sea and The Thrill of It All. Special guest performer Damien Dempsey played a sold-out show on 30 April in Dolan’s Warehouse. Delegates spoke at length about the campus and the warmth of the welcome they received, which has a very positive impact on those visiting. Arrangements are already underway for the publication of at least two books from this major event, which should copper-fasten UL’s growing reputation in the area of popular music and the sociology of music. For further details, see

Gavan O’Brien, GradIreland Sales Director; Dr Niamh NicGabhann, MA Festive Arts Course Director; and Tom Boland, CEO of the Higher Education Authority at the 2015 GradIreland Awards.

MA Festive Arts wins ‘Best New Course’ at 2015 GradIreland Awards The MA Festive Arts programme at the Irish World Academy was chosen as ‘Best New Course’ at the 2015 GradIreland Awards in the Mansion House, Dublin on 30 April. Under its director Dr Niamh NicGabhann, the MA Festive Arts offers students the opportunity to develop skills in arts management, curating, production, performance and research with an emphasis on festivity and the role of festival in society. Bringing together artists, performers, curators, producers and researchers, the MA Festive Arts provides a unique context for the acquisition and development of skills in this field. There is a strong emphasis on the development of practical skills and experience, with a central internship module, and a focus on working with practitioners and experts in the field.

Not only is this course a world first, it supports national economic, social and cultural needs with a clear practical focus. Well done! 2015 GradIreland Awards judges’ commendation on MA Festive Arts

Commenting on the win, the judges said, “Not only is this course a world first, it supports national economic, social and cultural needs with a clear practical focus. Well done!”


Joachim Roewer, Irish Chamber Orchestra, at the performance of Metamorphosen at the Irish World Academy Photograph Š Maurice Gunning



Community Cultural Pathways at the Irish World Academy



Ionad na Cruite

Maoin Cheoil an Chláir

Dance Limerick


National Dance Archive of Ireland

Maoin Cheoil an Chláir

Cruinniú, the Irish World Academy’s outreach initiative, sees staff from all walks of life at UL engaging in free weekly classes/sessions of Irish traditional music. The sessions have been facilitated by a number of players within the group and by students of the Irish World Academy. All members of UL staff are welcome to participate, so come along if you fancy a tune! Sessions take place at the Irish World Academy from 1pm to 2pm every Wednesday in Room IW2.51.

The National Dance Archive of Ireland (NDAI) at the Glucksman Library, University of Limerick was founded in 2009 with a seed funding award from the Arts Council. The NDAI works in partnership with the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and Dance Research Forum Ireland.

In partnership with the Vocational Education Committee of County Clare and with the assistance of Clare County Council and Ennis Urban District Council, Maoin Cheoil an Chláir (MCC) is a local cooperative model serving the needs of County Clare from its Ennis headquarters in the eighteenth-century Erasmus Smith School building owned by the Sisters of Mercy. MCC celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2014. With members of faculty from the Irish World Academy on its board (Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and Jean Downey along with former board member Helen Phelan), MCC enjoys a special relationship with the Academy. MCC Director Hans Boller is a graduate of the Academy’s MA Ritual Chant and Song programme. MCC is a member of the Clare Music Education Partnership, which was awarded €450,000 from Music Generation (funded by U2 and The Ireland Funds) in 2014.

For more information, contact Noel McCarthy at, telephone 061 213326.

Ionad na Cruite (Irish Harp Research Centre) Ionad na Cruite was established at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in 2013 and was formally launched with a special performance by The Chieftains. Ionad na Cruite aims to stimulate scholarship, performance and advanced research on the Irish harp. It also aspires to being a national and international centre of excellence for the Irish harp at doctoral and postdoctoral level, to building effective links with colleagues in the field of harp research and performance internationally and to providing a stimulating environment for performances, research and interdisciplinary projects at the University of Limerick. Ionad na Cruite recognises the centrality of The Chieftains Fund (in memory of Derek Bell) in its founding.


National Dance Archive of Ireland

The NDAI is devoted to the collection, preservation and promotion of dance in Ireland and is accessible to all. It chronicles dance in Ireland in all its manifestations (contemporary dance, traditional step dancing, set dancing, ballet, social dance, urban dance and world dance) and conveys an understanding of the different processes and practices of creating, performing and writing about dance in Ireland. For further information, please contact the NDAI founding director, Dr Catherine Foley, at, telephone +353 61 202922 or Special Collections Librarian Ken Bergin at, telephone +353 61 213158. Alternatively, email or telephone +353 61 202690. Visit the NDAI at Access to the National Dance Archive of Ireland is by appointment only.

For more information on Maoin Cheoil an Chláir, email or call +353 65 6841774.

Dance Limerick Since its inception, the contemporary dance programme at the Irish World Academy has sought to twin-track its activities with the professional contemporary dance energy in Limerick city. The emergence of Dance Limerick at the former Daghdha Space in St. John’s Square sets the scene for a new level of cooperative dance activity. The Irish World Academy is proud to be associated with Dance Limerick and looks forward to reclaiming the original spirit of contemporary dance cooperation in Limerick.

Ionad na nAmhráin

ACADEMOS Irish Chamber Orchestra Academy

Ionad na nAmhráin Ionad na nAmhráin (The Song Centre) was set up in 1995 by sean-nós singer and academic Dr Lillis Ó Laoire (NUI Galway) and Professor Mícheál Ó Súílleabháin to support the performance and transmission of Irish sean-nós/traditional singing. Each year it presents Lá na nAmhráin, a gathering of traditional singers who come together to celebrate this unique tradition. Joined by Academy graduate Dr Síle Denvir and under its new chair Dr Sandra Joyce, Ionad na nAmhráin has now reconvened under its two initial founders. With Ceol na nUasal as its theme, the next Lá na nAmhráin will take place at the Irish World Academy on Wednesday 17 February 2016.

BA Irish Music and Dance students Michael Gardiner and Chelsea Kane Photograph © Maurice Gunning

ACADEMOS Irish Chamber Orchestra Academy A initiative entitled ACADEMOS Irish Chamber Orchestra Academy has been established to mark the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick and the 20th anniversary of the renaissance and relocation of the Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO) to UL. Featuring a central full-time, two-year programme at master’s level offered jointly by the ICO and the Irish World Academy, students at ACADEMOS Irish Chamber Orchestra Academy interact with the ICO throughout the two-year period. Individual classes are taught by ICO leaders, and students engage in ensemble work with orchestral members. Classes, workshops, seminars and performances with a host of international performers, conductors and directors with whom the ICO works on a regular basis are a feature of the programme. Members of ACADEMOS Irish Chamber Orchestra Academy have regular opportunities to engage with acclaimed ICO community music public outreach programmes. Graduates of the ICO Academy are invited to apply for a place on the innovative PhD Arts Practice (a four-year structured doctoral programme) at the Irish World Academy while maintaining ongoing contact with the ICO. The Irish Chamber Orchestra resides in its own specially designed expansive building beside the Irish World Academy in a wooded area on the banks of the river Shannon on UL’s north campus. The location also includes the university’s Graduate Entry Medical School, Health Sciences, superb sports facilities and three modern student villages.





Artists in Residence at the Irish World Academy

Arts Practice PhD student Alec Brown performing with Paddy Kiernan at the Irish World Academy Photograph © Maurice Gunning


Irish Chamber Orchestra

The Chieftains

Irish Chamber Orchestra

Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Company

The Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO) has gained a remarkable reputation as a fresh and vibrant force on the Irish and international music scene and is recognised as one of Ireland’s world-class cultural assets. The ICO excels in a diverse repertoire that ranges from classical to modern-day masterpieces and new commissions. Outside the concert hall, the ICO stimulates minds and hearts with a vitality unmatched by other ensembles. It offers music as an instrument of social change; by introducing children to music, creativity, innovation, understanding and openness, it helps them to reach their full potential as individuals. The ICO resides on UL’s north campus adjacent to the Irish World Academy and is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Company has been appointed Irish World Academy Dance Company in Residence for an additional three years following a year of creative interaction with the Academy’s newest programme – the MA Festive Arts. Originating in Donegal, Fidget Feet is Ireland’s leading aerial dance theatre company and is internationally renowned for creating spectacular indoor and outdoor productions for both theatres and festivals. The company’s dynamic work draws on dance, aerial circus, theatre, music and video art. Founded in 2004 by choreographer Chantal McCormick (Donegal) and musician Jym Daly (Cork), Fidget Feet work with an outstanding production team to create productions that are both original and fresh.

The Chieftains

Elements of aerial dance have already begun to permeate aspects of the curricular offerings of the Irish World Academy’s programmes.

Interacting with up to 80 student musicians and dancers from Irish World Academy programmes, The Chieftains continue their iconic association with the Academy through their occasional concerts at UL. In memory of their late harper Derek Bell, The Chieftains Fund has been in operation at the Academy for a number of years, and it is through this fund that the Academy launched Ionad na Cruite, the Irish Harp Research Centre, in 2013.


Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Company


Research at the Academy

Alisha McMahon (BA Irish Music and Dance) performing at the Irish World Academy Photograph Š Maurice Gunning


Since its foundation in 1994, the Irish World Academy has been recognised as a global leader in Irish music and dance scholarship. Its areas of research excellence have expanded to include research clusters in arts and health, ethnographic and practice-based research approaches as well as pedagogical, therapeutic and community-led research in music and dance. Developments in festive arts have enhanced curatorial, entrepreneurial and landscape-based research initiatives. Supporting a variety of artistic practices, including contemporary, traditional and aerial dance, Western art music practices, theatre and early music performance, the Academy is a national leader in arts practice research. Doctoral, postdoctoral and facultyled research initiatives give rise to a wide range of outputs, including peer-reviewed journal articles, books, commissioned compositions and choreographies, audio and audio-visual recordings, and live performances of international calibre. The following is a selection of recent publications from faculty and postgraduate students at the Irish World Academy.


Courtney, Ras Mikey

Foley, Catherine E.

Mascareñas, Óscar

(2015) Our City, Our Culture, choreography and performer, Limerick City, Bedford Row.

(2014) ‘Negotiating the ‘native self’ and the ‘professional self’: ethnochoreological and ethnomusicological challenges in the field’ in Fiskvik, A.M. and Marit Stranden, M., eds., (Re) Searching the Field: Festschrift in Honor of Egil Bakka, Bergen: Fagbokforlaget, 227-242.

(2014) E.D.G.E. (For voice) [choreosonography], Coventry, England: INTIME Symposium of Experimental Music/Coventry University.

(2015) YeBuna Alem (A Coffee World), choreography and performer, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, Africa Day. (2014) Limerick Winter Carnival Cabaret, choreography and performer with Nigerian musician David Idioh, Limerick Milk Market.

Dillane, Aileen (2015) with Langlois, T. ‘Our sounds, our city: urban soundscapes, critical citizenship and the LimerickSoundscapes project’, Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, 2(1/2), 11-24. (2015) with Devereux, E. and Power, M. J. David Bowie: Critical Perspectives, New York: Routledge. (2014) with Power, M. J., and Devereux, E. ‘I can have both: a queer reading of Morrissey’, Journal of European Popular Culture, 5(2), 149-163.

Fahey, Hannah (2014) Cantoral. Let the Joyous Irish Sing Aloud!/Laetabundus decantet hybernicorum cetus [CD], ensemble performer. IWA001. (2014) ‘Blood and Bone’, director and performer, Sionna ensemble performance, 24 October, Mary Immaculate College Chapel, Limerick. Locating the Gothic Conference & Festival, in association with Limerick City of Culture. (2014)  'Amhrán na mBan', director and performer, Sionna ensemble performance, 30 July, King House, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. Boyle Arts Festival.

(2013) Step Dancing in Ireland: Culture and History. Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series, Scott, D.B., ed., Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Ltd. (2012) Irish Traditional Step Dancing in North Kerry: A Contextual and Structural Analysis [Book and DVD]. Listowel: North Kerry Literary Trust.

Joyce, Sandra (2015) with Ní Ghallóglaigh, R. ‘Threshing in the haggard to her heart’s delight: women and erotic expression in Irish traditional song’ in Mantymaki, T., Rodi-Risberg, M. and Foka, A., eds., Deviant Women: Cultural, Linguistic and Literary Approaches to Narratives of Femininity, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 211-229. (2014) Naturstimmen Klang Festival im Toggenburg, [CD], track 4, ‘The Haymaking Song’, CD1; Track 17, ‘Gemeinsamer Ausklang’, CD2, Toggenburg: Toggenberg Festival Recording. (2013) Transforming Carolan, Ó Riada Memorial Lecture, Cork: University College, Cork.

Keegan, Niall (2015) Traditional Music and Irish Society: Historical Perspectives by Dowling, M., reviewed in The Journal of Music [online], available:

(2014) From With-In Not With-Out (For mixed ensemble) [composition], Monterrey, Mexico: The Council for the Arts and Culture of Nuevo León. (2013) 21 SOLOS PARA CUERPO [choreosonography], Monterrey, Mexico: Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey/National Council for the Culture and the Arts/ National Institute for the Fine Arts.

Mateos Morante, Rebeca (2015) Shadow. Duet choreography, MA Irish Traditional Performance Final Presentation, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, 11 May.

McCaffrey, Triona (2015) ‘Music therapy’s development in mental healthcare: An historical consideration of early ideas and intersecting agents’, Music and Medicine, 7(2), 28-33. (2015) ‘Music therapy in mental health care for adults’ in Edwards, J., ed., The Oxford Handbook of Music Therapy, London: Oxford University Press. (2014) Experts’ by Experience Perspectives of Music Therapy in Mental Healthcare: A Multi-Modal Evaluation through Art, Song and Words, unpublished thesis (PhD), University of Limerick. Available: [accessed 21 May 2015].

(2012) 'The linguistic turn at the turn of the tune: the language of 'contemporary ensemble' in Irish traditional music', Ethnomusicology Ireland, 1. (2012) Gradam Ceoil TG4, arrangement of music for live television broadcast on TG4, April 15, 21.30.


Melin, Mats (2014) The Piper’s Schottische, choreography of a new social couple dance [online], available: http://hdl.handle. net/10344/4362 [accessed 21 May 2015]. First performed in South Uist, Scotland, at the Ceolas Summer School. (2013) ‘Step dancing in Cape Breton and Scotland: contrasting contexts and creative processes’, MUSICultures. Special Issue: Atlantic Roots and Routes, Sparling, H., Szego, K. and Wilkinson, F., eds., 40(1), 35-56. (2013) ‘Visual learning in the 21st century: Cape Breton step dance on the small screen and as a learning tool in the dance class’, Canadian Folk Music, 46(4), 1-6.

Murphy, Laura (2014) A Dance Concerto (opening event), Cork Midsummer Festival, 19 June, Cork City Hall, supported by Firkin Crane and the Arts Council. (2014) Wunderbar (premiere), duet dance performance with live music by Irene Buckley. Directed by Tom Creed and Dramaturgy by Ailish Claffey. Firkin Crane, Cork; Dance Live, Aberdeen (2014). Project Arts Centre, Dublin; Tocht Festival, Siamsa Tire, Tralee; Cork Midsummer Festival (2015). Supported by Cork City Council, Creative Scotland, Dance Limerick and Firkin Crane, Cork.


(2015) with Shanahan J., Morris M.E., Saunders J. and Clifford A.M. ‘Dance for people with Parkinson’s disease: what is the evidence telling us?’, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 16, 96(1), 141-53. (2015) with Shanahan J., Morris M.E., Saunders J. and Clifford A.M. ‘Is Irish set dancing feasible for people with Parkinson’s disease in Ireland?’, Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 21(1), 47–51.

NicGhabhann, Niamh (2015) 'Festival studies and museums studies: building a curriculum', Museum Ireland, 19.

(2013) ‘North Indian classical music and the Kolkata experience: alchemical schismogenesis and being-in-theworld in a musical way’, Ethnomusicology Ireland, 2, 22-37.

Nunan, Mary (2014) Starting with T 2, director; screen video installation, FabLab, Limerick, November, funded by Limerick City of Culture, LCGA and Create. (2014) ‘In the Bell’s Shadow’, performer; film directed by Mary Wycherley and Joan Davis. Premiere showing IFC Dublin December, funded by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

(2015) '… All the most approved modern arrangements': building for mental health care at Monaghan, 1886-1950s' in Mac Lellan, A., NicGhabhann, N. and Byrne, F., eds., St. Davnet’s: The Story of a Monaghan Institution, Monaghan: Stair: An Irish Public History Company Ltd.

(2013) Dancers ensemble, choreographer; premiere performance Oct 3, the Daghdha Space, Limerick. Commissioned by Dance Limerick.

(2014) 'Irish Antiquarian Artists' and entries on William Wakeman, Gabriel Beranger, Mary Ward, Margaret Stokes and Phoebe Anna Traquair in Volume II, Art and Architecture of Ireland, London and New Haven: Royal Irish Academy and Yale University Press.

(2015) Lumen i Luimneach. Closing concert of Limerick National City of Culture, St. Mary’s Cathedral Limerick, RTE Concert Orchestra, David Brophy conductor, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin piano. Televised concert broadcast on TG4 on 16 January 2015. Repeat broadcast March 2015.

Ní Ghallóglaigh, Róisín

(2014) Pioneers and Aviators: A Century of Irish Aviation. Limited edition publication [Book/DVD/CD] from the film documentary by Alan Gilsenan with orchestral score by Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, performed by the composer with the RTE Concert Orchestra.

(2014) Folkestone Moves, exhibition and site specific installation with filmmaker Gemma Riggs and sound artist JJ Maurage, 25 October. Folkestone Fringe Festival. Funded by the Arts Council of England and the University of the Creative Arts.

(2015) with Joyce, S. ‘Threshing in the haggard to her heart’s delight: women and erotic expression in Irish traditional song’ in Mantymaki, T., Rodi-Risberg, M. and Foka, A., eds., Deviant Women: Cultural, Linguistic and Literary Approaches to Narratives of Femininity, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 211-229.

Ní Bhriain, Orfhlaith

Noone, Mattu

(2015) with Cahalan, R., O'Sullivan, K., Purtill, H. Bargary N. and O'Sullivan, P. ‘Inability to perform due to pain/injury in elite adult Irish dance: A prospective investigation of contributing factors’, Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports.

(2015) ‘A way in to India’, Journal of Music [online], available: [accessed 20 May 2015]. (2014) Indian Tour with Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, December 6–21, 2014. Tour manager, collaborator and performer. New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai. Funded by Culture Ireland and the Irish Embassy.  

Ó Súílleabháin, Mícheál

(2013) Three Sean-Nós Songs for Singer and Symphony Orchestra. First Performance RTE Concert Orchestra. Soloist Iarla Ó Lionáird (National Concert Hall, Dublin). Broadcast RTE lyric fm.

Painter, Eli (2015) ‘Born to dance’, Centrepiece, Spring 2015, 18-20.

Phelan, Helen (2014) Cantoral. Let the Joyous Irish Sing Aloud!/ Laetabundus decantet hybernicorum cetus [CD], managing director and ensemble performer. IWA001. (2012) ‘Voicing imbas: performing a philosophy of music education’ in Bowman, W. and Frega, A., eds., Oxford Handbook of Music Education Philosophy, Oxford: Oxford University Press. (2012) ‘Sonic hospitality: migration, community and music’ in McPherson, G. and Welch, G., eds., Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Vaughan, Mairéad (2014) TerrainSkin: Four dimensional flow, Director; collaborative dance, video and visual arts installation, Firkin Crane, Cork, funded by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, supported by Firkin Crane and Dance Limerick. (2014) TerrainSkin, choreographer; dance video installation, Premiere 29 April, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, Firkin Crane, Cork, Light Moves Festival of Screendance, Limerick, funded by the Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon, supported by IWAMD. (2014) ‘Emanating awareness: tracing the impact of Bharatanatyam and Iyengar yoga on my contemporary dance and choreographic practice’. The Journal of Dance, Movement and Spiritualties, 1(1).

Woodward, Alpha (2015) Tapestry of Tears: An Autoethnography of Leadership, Personal Transformation, Music Therapy and Humanitarian Aid in Bosnia and Herzegovina, unpublished thesis (PhD), Antioch University, USA. Available: http:// [accessed 21 May 2015].

Maeve Gilchrist performing at a lunchtime concert at the Irish World Academy Photograph © Maurice Gunning



IRISH WORLD AC ADEMY OF MUSIC AND DANCE Marketa Formanova and Vivian Brodie Hayes, MA Contemporary Dance Performance Photograph Š Maurice Gunning


Cantoral Voice Ensemble


Sonas UL Global Choir

ACADEMOS Irish Chamber Orchestra Academy

Cantoral Voice Ensemble

Sonas UL Global Choir

Cantoral is an all-female vocal ensemble from the University of Limerick, Ireland. The ensemble specialises in Western plainchant and early polyphony and has a particular interest in medieval Irish repertoire. Formed in 2008 at the Irish World Academy, the ensemble had its first international appearance in 2009 at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. Other highlight performances include Imbolc, a programme of chant and Irish language song for St. Bridget, which premiered in New York in 2010, and a programme for the Galway Early Music Festival entitled … sed diabolus irrisit (‘… but the devil laughed’) in the same year. In April 2011 Cantoral sang for the Dalai Lama during his visit to Ireland, and in April 2012 the ensemble conducted a public seminar and a concert of Irish medieval music for Holy Week at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Cantoral Artistic Director Catherine Sergent is an acclaimed Paris-based singer who has performed and recorded extensively with several early-music ensembles, including Discantus and Obsidian. Catherine is a chant tutor for the MA Ritual Chant and Song programme at the Academy. The singers in Cantoral are graduates, doctoral students and members of faculty at the Irish World Academy and are from Ireland, France, the United States and Mexico. International performances in 2013 took place at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris and at Harvard University and the University of Notre Dame in the USA. Cantoral issued its first CD recording, Let the Joyous Irish Sing Aloud/Laetabundus Decantet Hybernicorum Cetus, in 2014. The CD was recorded on location at Ballintubber Abbey, Co. Mayo with the assistance of the Keough Naughton Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.

Started in 1992 by Clem Garvey as the UL Choir and in recent years embodied as the UL Gospel Choir under the direction of Irish World Academy alumnae Kathleen Turner (to 2010), Jaimee Jensen (2011-12), Dr Wolodymyr Smishkewych (201213), Dr Robin Garner (2013-14) and its current director Hannah Fahey, Sonas is a UL global choir in the truest sense. Sonas is the new banner flying above the twenty-year history of the UL Choir: faithful to the University’s and the Irish World Academy’s ethos of diversity and global music and cultural exchange, Sonas explores vocal ensemble music of all times and places, with a special focus on repertoires, timbres and styles outside the remit of the Western classical vocal tradition. All of the music is learned aurally, and the ability to read music is not a prerequisite. A compulsory ensemble for students in the MA Ritual Chant and Song (MARCS) programme, Sonas is also open by audition to other students and staff at the Irish World Academy and the University of Limerick and to interested members of the community. For more information about Sonas, please contact


ACADEMOS Irish Chamber Orchestra Academy Academos is the graduate string orchestra of the MA Classical String Performance programme at the Irish World Academy. Established in 2008, Academos performs as a larger chamber orchestra, as a collegium and in smaller chamber groups and has toured internationally. In 2014, with the establishment of the Irish Chamber Orchestra Academy, Academos now represents a living bridge between the Irish World Academy and the Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO). Leaders of the ICO teach weekly master classes, and many opportunities have arisen for interaction between Academos members and the ICO programme itself.

Hazelwell Hazelwell is a female vocal ensemble that focuses on Irish traditional repertoire and repertoires from related traditions such as Scottish and American (particularly Appalachian and Americana). Its repertoire and focus is influenced by the diverse musical backgrounds of its members: Sandra Joyce, Róisín Ní Gallóglaigh and Joanna Hyde. At its heart, Hazelwell is an a capella group, although it is open to experimenting with instruments played by its members and with guest musicians. Its arrangements are influenced by many musical genres, including Scandinavian traditional song and classical music. Its roots and repertoire are strongly in traditional song, but it is open to exploring diverse sounds, influences and ideas. Brian Kennedy, the monks of Glenstal Abbey and the BA Voice and Dance Singers performing at Lumen i Luimneach in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick Photograph © Maurice Gunning



IRISH WORLD AC ADEMY OF MUSIC AND DANCE The RTÉ Concert Orchestra (conductor David Brophy) and the Monks of Glenstal Abbey in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick, featuring the music of Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin Photograph © Maurice Gunning


Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Award: Mattu Noone

Maeghan Dineen (photo: Lucy Dawson)

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance student Maeghan Dineen is a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Graduate Arts Award, America’s leading graduate scholarship in visual arts, performing arts and creative writing. Having previously studied under Dr Anneliese Weibel at SUNY Geneseo, New York and Dr Ambrose Field at University of York, UK for music composition, Maeghan now seeks to broaden her creativity on the master’s programme at the Irish World Academy.

PhD Arts Practice candidate Mattu Noone is in receipt of an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Award. Originally involved in the post-rock scene in urban Australia, Mattu has travelled an eclectic musical route via North India to Ireland. A student of the sarode (25-stringed India lute) since 2004, he has spent many years studying Indian classical music with Sougata Roy Chowdhury in Kolkata and more recently with K Sridhar in the UK. He completed his MA (1st Honours) in Ethnomusicology at the Irish World Academy and has been supported by both Culture Ireland and the Music Network to tour India and develop a new sarode, particularly for playing Irish music. Mattu’s research topic is Reclaiming the Mongrel: Irish Traditional and North Indian Classical Musical Connections – a practice-based exploration of hybridisation. This research is an interdisciplinary investigation of the relationship between Irish traditional and North Indian classical music. Grounded in ethnomusicological theory (Rice, 1994; Aubert, 2007), the research utilises an arts practice approach, theorising complex musical relationships through practice, analysis and the production of new hybrid musical works. The methodology draws upon the concept of ‘critical metapractice’ (Melrose, 2002) to employ musical skill sets to generate data and pursue research questions.  Mattu Noone


Jack Talty

Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Award: Jack Talty Doctoral student Jack Talty is the recipient of an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship Award for his study entitled Exploring Fifty Years of Institutionalisation in the Transmission, Pedagogy and Performance of Irish Traditional Music in Irish Higher Education from 1963 to 2013. This study looks at the relationship between the ‘Ivory Tower’ – a metaphor for the university, commonly misconceived as being removed from reality and social contact with others (Phillips and Pugh 2000) and the ‘Commons’ – the perceived ‘community-owned’ practices of Irish traditional music (McCann 2001; Smith 2006). New discourse is offered to the ethnomusicological record to present a critique of prevailing perceptions on the intra-communal relationship between academic and extra-academic representations of Irish traditional music discourse, pedagogy, transmission and performance.

Arts Council Research Bursaries: Mairéad Vaughan Mairéad Vaughan received Arts Council research bursaries in the academic years 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14 in support of her Arts Practice PhD, which she is undertaking at the Irish World Academy under the supervision of Dr Mary Nunan. Mairéad’s PhD researches the deep symbiotic relationship between body(mind) and environment through the creation of a choreography for camera and a site-specific installation performance. To see Mairéad’s work, visit

Mairéad Vaughan (photo: Dara O’Brien)

EMI Music Sound Foundation Bursary in Community Music 2014/15: Kate Corkery, Sharon Howley, Siobhán Nelligan, Andrew O’Grady, Sadhbh O’Sullivan and Kate Scales The 2014/15 EMI Music Sound Foundation Bursary in Community Music was awarded to MA in Community Music students Kate Corkery, Sharon Howley, Siobhán Nelligan, Andrew O’Grady, Sadhbh O’Sullivan and Kate Scales. EMI Music Sound Foundation was established by EMI in 1997 to commemorate the centenary of EMI records. EMI Music Sound Foundation is an independent charity supported by Universal Music Group. EMI Music Sound Foundation is now the single largest sponsor of Specialist Performing Arts Colleges in England and has created vital bursaries at music colleges to assist music students. In 2005, EMI Music Sound Foundation extended its remit to cover the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. A bursary was made available on an annual basis for the establishment of the EMI Music Sound Foundation Bursary in Community Music at the Irish World Academy. Applicants should normally be under 25 years of age, have been born in either the UK or Ireland and have applied for admission to the MA in Community Music at the Irish World Academy. In certain instances, bursary applications may be considered with applications for admission to Irish World Academy programmes other than Community Music. The criteria for selection of a bursary winner include the excellence of the CV submitted and evidence of financial need. There is no separate application form. A relevant CV should be included with the application form for admission to the relevant

Kate Corkery, Siobhán Nelligan, Kate Scales and Sadhbh O’Sullivan

degree programme along with a covering letter applying for the bursary and sent to Jean Downey, Irish World Academy, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland. Telephone: +353 61 202030; Email: EMI Music Sound Foundation Patrons: Sir George Martin, Sir Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Cliff Richard, Diana Ross and Tina Turner. For more information, visit and


Jakari Sherman

Cooperative Education award-winner Woody Schiettecutte with his parents and Dr Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain (left) at the January 2015 UL conferring ceremony

Jakari Sherman receives his UL Smarter Travel Champion of the Year award from President Don Barry in Plassey House on 22 April 2015.

Slingshot: Jakari Sherman

BA Irish Music and Dance student receives Co-op award

MA Ethnochoreology student wins UL Smarter Travel Champion of the Year award

Irish World Academy MA Ethnochoreology student Jakari Sherman was selected as one of 150 Irish students to participate in Slingshot, an entrepreneurial event that brings the best and brightest Irish student thinkers and doers together with inspirational business leaders and academics committed to innovation and entrepreneurship. Slingshot comprises Ireland’s leading student innovators who have excelled in fields from the areas of science, business, sport and the arts. Jakari joined the other selected students at Dublin Castle on 18 November to share ideas, experiences and knowledge and to create future opportunities and partnerships. The event included a range of panel and round-table discussions and presentations led by CEOs, prominent academics and student leaders.


BA Irish Music and Dance student Woody Schiettecatte won the 2014 UL Cooperative Education Award. The award, which was presented to Woody at the January 2015 conferring ceremony, recognises an outstanding performance by a student during his or her cooperative education work placement.

MA Ethnochoreology student Jakari Sherman won the 2015 UL Smarter Travel Champion of the Year award and was nominated for the 2015 Irish Smarter Travel Champion of the Year award. Jakari received the UL award from President Don Barry at a reception in Plassey House on 22 April. Jakari won the award in recognition for his work with the UL Smarter Travel Office and the Students’ Union on organising events and activities for UL students, including cycle tours and walks for examination study breaks.  


Irish World Academy Programmes

Karina Gallagher (Collailm Duo) performing at a lunchtime concert at the Irish World Academy Photograph Š Maurice Gunning


Certificate in Music and Dance Dr Niall Keegan, Director, Undergraduate Studies; + 353 61 202465

MA Irish Traditional Dance Performance Dr Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain, Course Director; +353 61 202065

BA Irish Music and Dance Dr Niall Keegan, Director, Undergraduate Studies; + 353 61 202465

MA Irish Traditional Music Performance Dr Sandra Joyce, Course Director; +353 61 202065

BA Voice and Dance Dr Niall Keegan, Director, Undergraduate Studies; + 353 61 202465

MA Music Therapy Dr Alpha Woodward, Course Director; +353 61 213122

MA Classical String Performance (in association with ACADEMOS Irish Chamber Orchestra Academy) Diane Daly, Acting Course Director; + 353 61 2918

MA Ritual Chant and Song Course Director (to be announced) Enquiries: +353 61 202575

MA Community Music Jean Downey, Course Director +353 61 213160 MA Contemporary Dance Performance Dr Mary Nunan, Course Director (on sabbatical) Laura Murphy, Acting Course Director; +353 61 213464 MA Ethnochoreology Dr Catherine Foley, Course Director; +353 61 202922 MA Ethnomusicology Dr Colin Quigley, Course Director; +353 61 202066 MA Festive Arts Dr Niamh Nic Ghabhann, Course Director; +353 61 202798 MA Irish Dance Studies Dr Mats Melin, Course Director; +353 61 202542 MA Irish Music Studies Professor Mícheál Ó Súílleabháin, Course Director; +353 61 202149


MEd (Music) Jean Downey, Course Director; +353 61 203160 Professional Diploma in Education (Music) Jean Downey, Course Director; +353 61 203160 MA (Research) Enquiries: Relevant Supervisor/Faculty Member or; +353 61 202149 PhD Arts Practice (Structured Programme) Dr Helen Phelan, Programme Director; +353 61 202575 PhD (by dissertation) Enquiries: Relevant Supervisor/Faculty Member or; +353 61 202149 Blas International Summer School in Irish Traditional Music and Dance Ernestine Healy, Director; +353 61 202653


Jonathan Castillio, MA Ethnomusicology, performing during the MA Festive Arts event Wondermess Photograph Š Maurice Gunning

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Other Programmes and Arts Offices Faculty of Education and Health Sciences: Graduate Diploma/MA in Dance (part-time) The Graduate Diploma in Dance is a one-year, part-time programme of study that enables participants to acquire the necessary skills to teach Leaving Certificate Physical Education. Students who satisfy the necessary requirements may be considered for admission to the master’s programme. Course Director: Brigitte Moody Email: Phone: +353 61 202807 Website:

Faculty of Science and Engineering, Centre for Computational Musicology & Computer Music: MA/MSc in Music Technology The MA/MSc in Music Technology is a one-year, intensive course designed for graduate musicians from all disciplines who are interested in combining technological competence with artistic endeavour. Course Director: Nicholas Ward Email: Phone: +353 61 234246 Website:

Faculty of Science and Engineering, Interaction Design Centre (IDC): MA in Interactive Multimedia The MA in Interactive Multimedia is a one-year, intensive course designed specifically for art and design graduates who are interested in pursuing studies that combine technological competence with design/artistic endeavour. Course Director: Mikael Fernstrom Email: Phone: +353 61 202606 Website:


Association of Irish Choirs

Irish Language Office/Aonad na Gaeilge

The Association of Irish Choirs supports and promotes excellence in choral music in Ireland. It does this by providing information and advice and presenting a range of programmes and activities designed to respond to the needs of members, the wider choral community and the public.

Deirdre Ní Loingsigh, Stiúrthóir na Gaeilge Email: Phone: +353 61 213463

CEO: Dermot O’Callaghan Email: Phone: +353 61 202715 Administrator: Michelle Hynes Phone: +353 61 234823 Email: Website:

University of Limerick Arts Office Arts Officer: Patricia Moriarty Email: Phone: +353 61 202130

University of Limerick Visual Arts Administrator: Yvonne Davis Email: Phone: +353 61 213052

Ciara Considine, Oifigeach Margaíochta/Riarthóir Feidhmiúcháin Email: Phone +353 61 234754

Department of Music, Mary Immaculate College, UL The Department of Music at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) offers music for the BEd and BA (Liberal Arts) programmes as well as a taught MA in Music Education and other postgraduate degrees to doctoral level by research. Regular choral and chamber concerts are a vital part of the life of the department and there are close ties with the Irish World Academy. MIC has a 500-seater performing arts venue, the Lime Tree Theatre (www. Dr Gareth Cox (Head of Department); Dr Paul Collins; Dr Michael Murphy; Dr Gwen Moore; Dr Ailbhe Kenny Departmental enquiries: Phone +353 61 204540 Website:

Digital Media and Arts Research Centre (DMARC) Director: Jürgen Simpson Email: Phone: +353 61 202759 Website:

Sadhbh O’Sullivan, MA Community Music, performing with her fellow students at the Irish World Academy Photograph © Maurice Gunning

Back cover photo: Daire Mac Maghnuis, Double Bass (Dublin Institute of Technology), performing ‘Metamorphosen for 23 Solo Strings’ with MA Classical String Performance members of ACADEMOS and the Irish Chamber Orchestra Photograph © Maurice Gunning

Maurice Gunning MFA is an Irish photographer and documentary filmmaker. Appointed to the position of artist in residence at many cultural institutions, Gunning continues to exhibit internationally with support from the Irish Arts Council and Culture Ireland. He is currently a member of the advisory board of PhotoIreland. Dance Ireland invited Gunning to be their artist in residence at Dance House, Dublin, where he created a new body of photographic work. This work was premiered in May 2013 with a large permanent solo show at Dance House. “We are delighted to commission such unique images from Maurice, a photographic artist of the highest quality whose work will add to our understanding of the beauty of movement.” (Paul Johnson, Dance Ireland Chief Executive). Gunning has worked extensively in Buenos Aires with the Argentine Irish Diaspora over a number of years. With support from Culture Ireland and the Irish Embassy, he exhibited his solo show, Encuentro, at the Centro Cultural de Recoleta in Buenos Aires, in several UK galleries and at the Irish National Photographic Archive at the invitation of PhotoIreland Festival 2012. According to Sean O’Hagan of The Guardian, the show “focuses on the Argentine-Irish community in Buenos Aires, descendants of the original immigrants that arrived there in the 1800s. Gunning’s poetic, fragmentary style is perfectly suited to the kind of visual storytelling that draws on memory, text and longing to at once evoke the past and the present”. In 2013, the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest invited Gunning to be their first artist in residence. The work produced during this residency will be premiered in Budapest at the Liszt Academy in 2015 with support from Culture Ireland, the Arts Council and the Irish Embassy. Since 2006, Gunning has been the resident photographer at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. He continues to collaborate with many national and international artists through this residency. His work was celebrated in 2010 in the form of an extensive permanent exhibition and catalogue at the Irish World Academy. In 2014, Hope & Homes for Children (Romania) commissioned Gunning to create a book and exhibition, Family:Familie – Stories of Five Romanian Families, which were premiered in May of that year at the National Parliament and National Library, Bucharest. In 2015, Irish Aid and the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade awarded Gunning the Simon Cumbers Media Fund, which enabled him to work in The Gambia on themes relating to the UNHCR Millennium Development Goals. Gunning’s first documentary, The Chile 33, filmed during 2010, was broadcast in over 50 countries to commemorate the first anniversary of the mining incident. Gunning continues to work internationally as a cinematographer with Swedish intergovernmental organisation The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA).

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Of Our Times - Autumn 2015  

Irish World Academy of Music and Dance University of Limerick

Of Our Times - Autumn 2015  

Irish World Academy of Music and Dance University of Limerick