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New tranches of sample printed materials are made available on this website every two months for the personal enjoyment and interest of users. They represent only a small proportion of the printed materials of Irish music held for public access in the Archive, and are chosen to indicate the variety of materials available. They may not be used for commercial purposes.

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Who Took Home the Prize?: Feis Programmes, 1898–1943

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Published: September 2016
Tagged: Dublin, Donegal, Cork, Belfast, Louth

ITMA regularly collects printed and digital programmes from festivals and events which feature Irish traditional music and musicians. As well as a rich source of information and photographs, they are also a diary of the traditional music year and in some cases the only record of a local event or musical performance by an individual or group. In February 2010 ITMA uploaded here a first tranche of printed feis programmes dating between 1910 and 1963. We are now enriching this online collection with an 1898 Belfast Feis Ceoil programme and those of feiseanna held in Cork, Carlow, Dublin, Letterkenny and Drogheda, 1911−1943.
 

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William Forde (c.1795–1850), Cork Musician & Antiquarian, his 100 Irish Airs

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Published: July 2016
Tagged: Cork

Among the published works of William Forde (c.1795–1850) the Cork musician & collector, is a selection of 100 Irish airs published in ca. 1841 as part of his 300 National Melodies of the British Isles.

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Lorcán Ó Muireadhaigh and the Ulster Gaelic Song Tradition

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Published: June 2016
Tagged: Louth

Lorcán Ua Muireadhaigh [Laurence P. Murray] (1883−1941) was a renowned Irish language scholar, historian and collector, especially in the field of the Irish language traditions of Ulster.

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A Handbook of Irish Dances by J.G. O’Keeffe & Art O’Brien

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Published: March 2016
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In 1914, the second edition of A Handbook of Irish Dances: with an Essay on their Origin and History, available here, was published in Dublin by M.H. Gill & Son. As with the first edition published in 1902, the dance manual gives instruction for 26 figure dances, taken mostly from the teaching of the London-based Kerry dance master Patrick Reidy, and Tadhg Sheáin Ó Súilleabháin from Glenbeigh, Co Kerry. The descriptions of these dances and their publication were the work of two prominent members of the Gaelic League of London: James George O’Keeffe (1865–1937) and Arthur Patrick O’Brien (1872–1945).

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Erin Remember 1916 & Other Songs from the Decade of Centenaries

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Published: February 2016
Tagged: No tags

Sound recording was introduced to Ireland in the late 19th century when cylinder recording machines were used for the professional and amateur recording of Irish traditional music. But sound technology was not to play a significant role in documenting Ireland’s musical memory until three to four decades later. To learn more about what songs were known or sung during the Decade of Centenaries in Ireland (1912–1922), we have turned to the printed collections of the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

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George Petrie Music Manuscripts in ITMA, 1850s

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Published: January 2016
Tagged: Dublin

The main music manuscripts of the traditional music collector George Petrie (c.1790–1866) are in the National Library of Ireland and in the Library of Trinity College Dublin.

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Edward Bunting’s Second Published Collection of Irish Music, 1809

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Published: November 2015
Tagged: Belfast, London

A General Collection of the Ancient Music of Ireland, Arranged for the Piano Forte; Some of the Most Admired Melodies are Adapted for the Voice, to Poetry Chiefly Translated from the Original Irish Songs, by Thomas Campbell Esq. and Other Eminent Poets: to Which is Prefixed a Historical & Critical Dissertation on the Egyptian, British and Irish Harp, by Edward Bunting. Vol. 1st. Price £1.6.0. London, Printed & Sold for the Editor by Clementi & Compy. No. 26 Cheapside, and All Other Music Sellers in the United Kingdom.

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Edward Bunting’s First Published Collection of Irish Music, 1796

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Published: October 2015
Tagged: Belfast, London

A General Collection of the Ancient Irish Music, Containing a Variety of Admired Airs Never Before Published, and also the Compositions of Conolan and Carolan; Collected from the Harpers &c. in the Different Provinces of Ireland, and Adapted for the Piano-Forte, with a Prefatory Introduction by Edward Bunting. Vol. 1. Price 10s. 6d. London, Printed & Sold by Preston & Son, at their Wholesale Warehouses 97 Strand. [n.d.]

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Brereton Ballad Sheets, Dublin, 19th Century

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Published: October 2015
Tagged: Dublin

Peter Brereton of Dublin, was a ballad-sheet printer who flourished in the second half of the 19th century. During this time he occupied various addresses in Dublin city, among them 1 Lower Exchange St and 55 & 56 Cooke St. Very little is known about Brereton or his printing business, but it can be said that he was one of the most prolific printers of ballad sheets in his time. Brereton ballad sheets have survived in great numbers and are well represented in the major libraries of Ireland, Britain and the United States.

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Lady Dufferin, Songs from the 19th Century

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Published: July 2015
Tagged: London, Down

Helen Selina Blackwood’s (1807−1867) musical legacy can be found among the Irish Traditional Music Archive’s collections of 19th- & 20th-century published sheet music and song books, as well as in sound recordings, mostly from the era of the 78 rpm disc. Grand-daughter of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, she was a well-known figure in the fashionable social and literary circles of Victorian England, as was her sister Caroline Norton.

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R. Henebry, A Handbook of Irish Music, 1928

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Published: May 2015
Tagged: Waterford

One of the most substantial of the theoretical works on Irish music, and one that is difficult to understand, is A Handbook of Irish Music by the Rev. Dr Richard Henebry (Risteárd de Hindeberg, 1863–1916). Henebry was a traditional musician from an Irish-speaking and musical farming family in Co Waterford, a Roman Catholic priest who had served in Britain and the United States, an academic with a doctorate in Celtic studies awarded in Germany, and an early field recorder in Ireland of Irish music on cylinder.

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Songs from Ballyvourney, Co Cork, 1913 & 1914

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Published: March 2015
Tagged: Muskerry, Ballyvourney

A little-known collection of 84 Irish-language songs entitled Songs from Ballyvourney, Co Cork, with Irish Texts and Translations, and presented here in facsimile from the collections of the Irish Traditional Music Archive, was described in the mid-20th century as ‘incomparably the finest collection published in our time of Irish songs noted from oral tradition’.

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Carl G. Hardebeck Instrumental Collections, 1920s & 1930s

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Published: February 2015
Tagged: Belfast

Carl Gilbert Hardebeck (1869−1945) was a classical pianist, organist and composer, a music teacher and choirmaster, and also a dedicated collector, arranger and publisher of Irish traditional music. Traditional song was his main area of Irish interest, and he edited and arranged for voice and piano several influential collections of Irish-language songs. But he was also responsible for three published collections of instrumental traditional music, and these are reproduced here from the collections of the Irish Traditional Music Archive to mark the 70th anniversary year of his death.

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George Petrie’s Ancient Music of Ireland, 1855 & 1882

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Published: January 2015
Tagged: Dublin

George Petrie (c. 1790–1866), a Dublin professional artist, was a leading figure in the cultural and intellectual life of 19th-century Ireland. The benefits of his work in the areas of Irish art, archaeology, history, topography, architecture, the establishment of cultural institutions – and traditional music – are felt to this day.

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P.W. Joyce’s Collections of Irish Music: 1873, 1888 & 1906

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Published: January 2015
Tagged: No tags

Patrick Weston Joyce (1827–1914), from Glenosheen in south-west Co Limerick, was a noted Irish educationalist and popular historian, and from his youth a collector of Irish traditional music and song.

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Old Irish Croonauns and Other Tunes

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Published: December 2014
Tagged: Donegal, Derry

Miss Honoria Tomkins Galwey (31 May 1830 – 7 January 1925), an almost forgotten North of Ireland collector of Irish traditional music, edited the varied collection presented here: Old Irish Croonauns and Other Tunes, published in London and New York by Boosey & Co in 1910 and containing 72 dance tunes and song melodies (with some song texts). Many items are Irish and all were ‘written down exactly as I heard them’. Source-notes are included, and the collection was deservedly well regarded in its own time.

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The Góilín Song Project

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Published: October 2014
Tagged: No tags

The Góilín Song Project is an online microsite presenting the singers and the songs, in English and Irish, of the Góilín Club, a Dublin traditional singing institution that has been meeting socially in a variety of venues in the capital since 1979.

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A 19th-Century Sliabh Luachra Manuscript

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Published: August 2014
Tagged: Cork, Kerry, Limerick

The worn, much-used manuscript presented here gives us an historically important glimpse into an older layer of Sliabh Luachra music. It is one which predates the quadrille-based polkas and slides which now characterise the music of this region on the borders of counties Cork, Kerry and Limerick, and which are thought to have been first introduced in the late 19th century.

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Irish Music in British and American Publications, 19th Century

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Published: May 2014
Tagged: No tags

Irish traditional tunes regularly featured in ephemeral and undated British and American instrumental-music publications of the 19th century.

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Shamrock, Rose and Thistle: Folk Singing in North Derry, 1981

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Published: April 2014
Tagged: Derry

Shamrock, Rose and Thistle: Folk Singing in North Derry is a classic collection-study made by Hugh Shields of seventy-four traditional songs in English which he recorded in the field from 1961 to 1975 in Magilligan, north Co Derry. It was first published in Belfast by Blackstaff Press in 1981.

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Irish Tunes for the Warpipes, 1911

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Published: March 2014
Tagged: No tags

The mouth-blown bagpipes, commonly called the ‘warpipes’ in Ireland, have been played here since medieval times, and were then the instrument which often led Irish forces into battle.

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Folk Magazine, Dublin, 1960s

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Published: November 2013
Tagged: No tags

By the mid- to late 1960s, the Irish ballad boom had matured from its heady early days of the turn of the decade, and had settled down into a semi-commercial nationwide scene with star performers, regular concerts and cabarets, radio and television programmes, folk columns in newspapers, specialist record companies and folk clubs.

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Supplementary Online Resources for Tunes of the Munster Pipers, Volume 2

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Published: November 2013
Tagged: Cork, Kerry

Supplementary online resources for Tunes of the Munster pipers 2: Irish traditional music from the James Goodman manuscripts, Volume 2 / Hugh & Lisa Shields, eds.

James Goodman (1828–1896), a native of Dingle, Co. Kerry, was a canon of the Church of Ireland and Professor of Irish in Trinity College Dublin.  However he is now chiefly known as the compiler of an outstanding manuscript collection of more than 2,300 tunes held in the Library of the college.

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Fiddle & Accordion Manuscripts of Pádraig O’Keeffe, 1940s–1960s

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Published: October 2013
Tagged: Kerry

The famous Sliabh Luachra fiddle player and travelling fiddle-master Pádraig O’Keeffe (1887–1963) from Glountane, near Castleisland, Co Kerry, at first followed in his father’s footsteps as the principal teacher in the local national school, but in 1920 abandoned conventional school-teaching for a more bohemian lifestyle.

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Nicholson Ballad Sheets, Belfast, 1800s & 1900s

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Published: July 2013
Tagged: No tags

John Nicholson of Belfast, last of the substantial ballad-sheet printers of the city, flourished from the late 1880s to the late 1910s. During these decades, he occupied the Cheapside Song House, premises at 24 or 26 Church Lane in the city, from which he also sold songbooks, some of them of his own printing.

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Early Riverdance Publicity & Other Materials

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Published: May 2013
Tagged: Riverdance

On Saturday 20 July 2013, as part of the Irish national Gathering Festival, a free Riverdance family day of music and dance will be hosted throughout Merrion Square, where coincidentally the Irish Traditional Music Archive has its home.

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Discussing Irish Traditional Music on Paper & Online

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Published: February 2013
Tagged: No tags

Whenever people interested in Irish traditional music meet, conversation inevitably moves to a discussion of some aspect of the music. Sometimes these private discussions are formalised and made available to a wider circle in print – in paper publications since at least the 19th century or on the Internet since the late 20th century.

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Irish Music in Encyclopedias of Melody

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Published: November 2012
Tagged: No tags

Over the centuries, and especially in the 19th century, European scholars and publishers laboured to compile and publish large printed compendiums of unarranged melodies for the use of musicians and composers. Some of these have a specific focus, such as collections of chant and hymn tunes, but more are of general interest and include melodies from classical, popular and traditional sources. Invariably encyclopedias of melody of this universal type include Irish melodies.

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Irish Song & Music in 18th-Century Dublin, Bibliography, Discography: Publications of the FMSI, 1984

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Published: October 2012
Tagged: Dublin

In its second decade of existence, the voluntary Folk Music Society of Ireland (FMSI) – Cumann Cheol Tíre Éireann – added to its annual programme of public lectures, recitals, seminars, and newsletter and journal publication, with a series of other publications intended to contribute to the documentation and study of Irish traditional music.

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Ceol Tíre: Newsletter of the FMSI, 1973–89

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Published: August 2012
Tagged: Dublin

The Folk Music Society of Ireland – Cumann Cheol Tíre Éireann – was founded in Dublin in 1971 by a voluntary group of interested individuals who felt that the 1960s revival of Irish traditional music, song, and dance performance had not been accompanied by an appropriate growth in the study of traditional music.

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Ceili Dancing and the Gaelic League

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Published: June 2012
Tagged: No tags

Group dancing was a core part of the social activities of Conradh na Gaeilge/ the Gaelic League which was founded for the promotion of the Irish language in Dublin in 1893. 

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Moffat’s Minstrelsy of Ireland, 1890s

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Published: January 2012
Tagged: Scotland

The Scottish musicologist Alfred Edward Moffat (Edinburgh 1866 – London 1950) was a highly regarded scholar and editor of music, with a specialisation in early British composers for the violin.

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Cameron’s Selection of Violin Music, 1859

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Published: December 2011
Tagged: Scotland

The great relative of Irish traditional music is, of course, Scottish traditional music. The two countries have shared a closely related language and music culture seemingly for millennia now, while at the same time each has retained its own distinctly different character in both language and music.

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Irish Melodies from The Citizen Magazine, 1840s

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Published: October 2011
Tagged: Dublin

Notations of Irish traditional melodies have been published in Irish magazines and other periodicals since the 18th century, but one of the most important such bodies of melodies appeared in the 1840s, in the Dublin periodical The Citizen or Dublin Monthly Magazine.

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Charlotte Milligan Fox, Co Tyrone Collector & Arranger

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Published: July 2011
Tagged: Tyrone

Mrs Charlotte Milligan Fox (1864–1916) was born into a business and literary family in Omagh, Co Tyrone, and was a leading activist in the collection, arrangement, publishing and study of Irish traditional music in the early 20th century.

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Songsters by Nugent of Dublin, 20th Century

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Published: May 2011
Tagged: Dublin

The rare and undated songsters reproduced here were published in the first half of the 20th century by the Dublin firm of Nugent & Co at 45 Middle Abbey Street, and were compiled for the company by Denis Devereux,  a singer and printer who had been involved in the Independence movement as a friend of Arthur Griffith.

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Nationalist Songs on Sheet Music, early 1900s

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Published: December 2010
Tagged: No tags

Most published Irish political songs, whatever their shade of opinion, are to be found on ballad sheets, chapbooks and songsters, mainly dating from the 18th to the 20th centuries. Aimed at the general non-music-reading public, they carry only the words of the songs, not their music.

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Music for the Quadrille in Ireland, 1800s

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Published: October 2010
Tagged: No tags

The extraordinary vogue for Irish set-dancing that has been in full swing since the 1970s, and shows little sign of abating, has been going international in recent years. Irish dancers have been travelling on organised set-dancing holidays to Spain and elsewhere, and dancers abroad have been eagerly taking up the Irish set-dances.

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Colm Ó Lochlainn’s Claisceadal Songsheets, 1940s

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Published: August 2010
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About 1940 Colm Ó Lochlainn began the publication in Dublin of an undated series of penny Irish-language songsheets entitled An Claisceadal (‘choral singing’).

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Henebry’s Irish Music and Earlier Studies, 1903

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Published: June 2010
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The Revd Dr Richard Henebry/ Risteard De Hindeberg (1863–1916) was born into an Irish-speaking farming family in Mount Bolton, Portlaw, Co Waterford.

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Batt Scanlon’s Irish Fiddle Tutor from San Francisco, 1923

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Published: April 2010
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An explosion occurred in the publishing of cheap printed teach-yourself tutors for all kinds of musical instruments in the late 19th century in Western Europe and the United States of America, a kind of publishing that had its roots in the 18th century and even earlier and continues to the present.

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Feis Programmes 1910–1963

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Published: February 2010
Tagged: No tags

The old Irish word feis (meaning ‘a recurring feast or festival’; plural feiseanna) began to be applied in the 1890s to the annual competitive cultural festivals organised by branches of Conradh na Gaeilge (the Gaelic League), which had been founded in 1893 for the preservation and promotion of the Irish language. 

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Irish-American Song Book, 1900s

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Published: December 2009
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Irish-American Song Book: ‘Come-All-Ye’s’: Six Hundred and Seventeen Irish Songs and Ballads. This compendium of mainly 19th-century Irish song texts in the English language, produced by the Wehman Brothers publishing firm of New York, is undated. The latest date it carries internally is 1890, but the volume itself may have been published about 1900.

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Irish Country-Dance Collections, 1790s

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Published: October 2009
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Irish traditional dance music, in the forms that we know it today, evolved mainly in the course of the 18th century, although some of its forms were older and most of its melodies were composed later, in the 19th and 20th centuries. The same seems to be true of Irish traditional dance and its figures.

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Denis Cox, Songs in Irish in Print, 1933

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Published: August 2009
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This booklet of texts of songs in Irish recorded by the Dublin-based baritone Denis Cox (Donnchadh Mac Coiligh) was published in 1933, presumably for the general educational market, by the Parlophone Company of London, the recording company which since 1928 had been issuing his many 78s of songs in Irish and English.

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Grace Orpen’s Local Donegal Dances, 1931

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Published: June 2009
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The book Dances of Donegal Collected by Grace Orpen, published in London in 1931, is the first published collection of Irish traditional dances from one locality, as distinct from earlier general collections that included dances from different regions.

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Versions of the Song ‘An Draighneán Donn’, 1789–1990

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Published: April 2009
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‘An Draighneán Donn’ (The brown thorntree or sloe-tree) is one of the oldest and most widely spread songs now sung in the Irish language.

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J.J. Sheehan’s Guide to Irish Dancing, 1902

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Published: February 2009
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This rare item was printed in Dublin but published from London by the Liverpool-Irish journalist and political activist John Denvir (1834–1916), who produced an Irish nationalist series of historical, political and cultural publications around the turn of the 20th century.

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Popular Irish Sheet Music, 1900s

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Published: October 2008
Tagged: No tags

Irish popular song and music of many kinds (including national music and traditional music) has been published in sheet-music form in Ireland since the 18th century.

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Leslie Shepard Irish Ballad Sheets, 1800s–1900s

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Published: August 2008
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Leslie Shepard (1917–2004), born in London, was a world authority and prolific writer on street literature, early film, the paranormal, and many other subjects.

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