Shining a light on Chief O’Neill

The Beat Cop: Chicago's Chief O'Neill and the creation of Irish music was launched in ITMA on Tuesday.

Author of The Beat Cop, Professor Michael O'Malley of the University of Chicago (centre) along with (l-r) Professor Kevin Whelan, Director of the Keough Notre Dame Centre in Ireland, concertina player Caoilfhionn Ní Scolaí, piper Sorcha Ní Scolaí, piper Mick O'Brien and ITMA Director Liam O'Connor.

Author of The Beat Cop, Professor Michael O'Malley of the University of Chicago (centre) along with (l-r) Professor Kevin Whelan, Director of the Keough Notre Dame Centre in Ireland, concertina player Caoilfhionn Ní Scolaí, piper Sorcha Ní Scolaí, piper Mick O'Brien and ITMA Director Liam O'Connor.

Michael delivered a fascinating talk about O’Neill and the relationship between his life as Chief Of Police in Chicago and his role as a meticulous collector of Irish traditional music. The lecture was punctuated with terrific music from the O’Neill Collection including tunes from Patsy Touhey played by Mick O’Brien.

The Beat Cop - Chicago’s Chief O’Neill and the Creation of Irish Music by Michael O'Malley is the remarkable story of how modern Irish music was shaped and spread through the brash efforts of a Chicago police chief. The book is available from the ITMA shop priced €25.

The Beat Cop / Michael O'Malley