Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon

The Arts Council of Ireland is the Irish government agency for funding, developing and promoting the arts in Ireland.

Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Arts Council is the leading development agency for the arts in Northern Ireland.

The British Library

The British Library holds 14 million books, 920,000 journal and newspaper titles, 58 million patents, 3 million sound recordings, including much relevant to Irish traditional music.

The British Library Sound Archive

The British Library Sound Archive holds many sound and video recordings, with over a million discs and thousands of tapes. Its collections come from all over the world and cover the entire range of recorded sound from music, drama and literature, to oral history and wildlife sounds. Formats range from cylinders made in the late 19th century to the latest digital media.

Cairde na Cruite

Cairde na Cruite, since its establishment in 1960, has played a central role in the revival and development of interest in the Irish harp.

Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí

Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí was formed in the early 1980's to help support and promote the art of fiddle playing in the Donegal tradition.


Cecilia is IAML(UK & Irl)'s online searchable database of Music Collections in libraries, archives and museums throughout the UK and Ireland.

Claddagh Records

Claddagh records is a leading publisher of sound recordings of Irish traditional music; it also runs a music shop and a mail-order facility.

Cló Iar-Chonnacht

Bunaíodh Cló Iar-Chonnachta (CIC) i 1985, agus ó shin i leith tá os cionn 150 albam ceoil curtha amach acu, agus suas le 300 leabhar.

The Colonial Music Institute

The Colonial Music Institute promotes research and educational outreach in early American music and dance.

Come West along the Road

The long-running RTÉ television programme Come West along the Road features traditional music, song and dance from the RTÉ and other television archives. Presented and researched by Nicholas Carolan, director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive, the programme is now in its 13th series. It began broadcasting in 1994, and is the longest-running television series ever on Irish traditional music.

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann promotes traditional Irish music and culture around the world.

Contemporary Music Centre

The Contemporary Music Centre is Ireland's national archive and resource centre for new music, supporting the work of composers throughout the Republic and Northern Ireland.


DHO:Discovery is a gateway to Irish digital collections and resources, information and knowledge.

Dublin Culture Trail

Dublin Culture Trail is an interactive, virtual trail that opens up a unique window into the world of culture in some of Dublin's finest visitor attractions.

English Folk Dance and Song Society

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is one of the leading folk development organisations in the UK with a history dating back to 1898.


Europeana enables people to explore the digital resources of Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections.

Frankie Kennedy Winter School/ Scoil Gheimhridh Frankie Kennedy

Scoil Gheimhridh Frankie Kennedy' was established in December 1994 following Frankie's untimely death. The school's vision is to continue his huge contribution to Irish traditional music, especially the music and song of Donegal.

Gael Linn

Bunaíodh Gael Linn i 1953 ar mhaithe le fiontair úra a chur chun cinn chun leasa na Gaeilge. Leanann an comhlacht leis an bhfealsúnacht fiontraíochta a chur chun cinn tríd an réimse leathan d’imeachtaí a dtugann foireann Gael Linn fúthu ó bhliain go bliain.

Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle

The Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle was formed in 1988
to celebrate, encourage, foster and perpetuate the folk song and ballad tradition of the Inishowen Peninsula.

International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA)

The International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) was established in 1969 in Amsterdam to function as a medium for international cooperation between archives that preserve recorded sound and audiovisual documents.

International Council for Traditional Music

The aims of the ICTM are to further the study, practice, documentation, preservation and dissemination of traditional music, including folk, popular, classical and urban music, and dance of all countries.

International Council for Traditional Music Ireland

The Irish National Committee of ICTM is one of thirty-three National Committees of ICTM. The range of music played, studied, and researched on the island of Ireland and by Irish people abroad has a particular relevance for the organisation. As such, ICTM (Ireland) brings a local focus to the activities of ICTM and provides a regional forum for scholars of diverse musical traditions.

Ireland Newfoundland Partnership (INP)

The Ireland Newfoundland Partnership (INP) manages an agreement between the Governments of Ireland and Newfoundland, to recognize the deep historical links between the two Islands and identify new areas for collaboration.

Irish Tune Info

Irish traditional music tune Index.

IRTRAD-L Listserv

Web forum for Irish traditional music.

Journal of Music

The Journal of Music aims to provide a space to develop ideas and debates in the world of music, including Irish traditional music.

Learn About Archives

A guide to archives in Ireland.

Mudcat Discussion Forum

The Mudcat Café is an online discussion group and song and tune database, which also includes many other features relating to folk music.

Music PAL

The Music PAL scheme facilitates access to music information and materials available across a broad range of libraries and archives throughout the island of Ireland.

Musical Traditions

Online magazine about traditional music.

Na Píobairí Uilleann

Na Píobairí Uilleann (The Uilleann Pipers) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the Irish Uilleann pipes and its music.

National Library of Australia

Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more. Includes material related to Irish traditional music.

National Library of Ireland
Pavee Point

Pavee Point is an Irish NGO supporting Human Rights for Irish Travellers. Among its publications are sound recordings of Irish traditional music performed by travellers.


RASCAL is an electronic gateway to research resources in Ireland.

School of Scottish Studies

Part of the University of Edinburgh, the School of Scottish Studies is a study and research centre for Scottish folklore and folk life, with an extensive folk music archive and many traditional music publications.

The Session

One of the most popular websites for searching for and accessing Irish traditional dance tunes.

SMI Music Theses Register

The SMI Music Theses Register is a fully searchable register of Irish postgraduate theses and dissertations in musicology at PhD, MLitt and MA levels.

Society for Musicology in Ireland

The organization promoting musicology in Ireland.


The highly innovative and popular search engine for Irish traditional dance tunes.

Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

Among the collections of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum is much traditional music and song.

William Kennedy Piping Festival

The William Kennedy Piping Festival celebrates the life and work of William Kennedy, the 18th century piper, pipe maker and inventor who was born in 1768 near Banbridge and died in 1834 in Tandragee, County Armagh.

Willie Clancy Summer School/ Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy is Ireland's largest traditional music summer school, held annually since 1973 in memory of the piper Willie Clancy.