Symposium programme


The symposium will be held over 2 days: Thursday 18th September and Friday 19th September, 2014. It will be held in the Canada Room and in the Old Staff Common Room, both in the main Lanyon Building of Queen’s University Belfast.

The symposium will feature 2 plenary speakers:

Nicholas Carolan (ITMA), ‘The Irish-Language Songs of Patrick Lynch’

John Moulden (Independent), ‘“The best English-Irish poetry before Yeats?”: eighteenth-century Irish ballads’

Confirmed panel speakers are:

Ann Buckley (QUB), Joanne Burns (QUB), Conor Caldwell (QUB), Andrew Carpenter (UCD), Moyra Haslett (QUB), Miriam Uí Dhonnabháin (UCC/Melbourne), Lillis Ó Laoire (NUI Galway), Maurice Leyden, Sorcha Ni Lochlainn (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies), Ian Ó Loingsigh, Colette Moloney (Waterford Institute of Technology), and Sheila Rooney (QUB).

Full details of the programme are given below.


An Historical Typology of Irish Song: A Symposium

18th-19th September 2014


Council Chamber, Queen’s University Belfast

10.30-11.30am             Registration and Coffee

11.30-11.45am              Welcome

11.45-1.00pm                     Plenary Lecture:

  • John Moulden, ‘“… the best English-Irish poetry before Yeats…”(?)’

1.00-2.00pm. Lunch (provided in the adjoining Canada Room)

2.00-3.30pm. Panel 1: Genre and Performance Practice: Historical Perspectives

  • Miriam Uí Dhonnabháin (UCC / Melbourne), ‘Two Munster Agallaimh[Dialogue Songs] from the James Goodman Song Manuscript of 1857’                                                               
  • Conor Caldwell (QUB), ‘Developing dance music from the song tradition’
  • Lillis Ó Laoire (NUIG), ‘Reifying Irish Song: in the interstices of orality and literacy’

3.30-4.00pm. Tea / Coffee break.

4.00-5.00pm. Panel 2: Printed Songs in early eighteenth-century Dublin

  • Andrew Carpenter (UCD), ‘Swift and Song’
  • Moyra Haslett (QUB), ‘Singing at the Club: the Drapier and the Guilds in early eighteenth-century Dublin’

6.15-7.45pm. Wine reception and Irish Song Performance: Panel (3)

  • Maurice Leyden and Ian Ó Loingsigh, ‘Urban singing in the nineteenth century’

7.45pm. Symposium dinner for speakers and interested participants.


Friday 19th September, 2014

Training Room 2, McClay Library

9.30-10.45am. Trialling the Irish Song Project web-site.

In this session, participants will conduct exploratory searches on the current web-site of the Irish Song project in discussion with the Project Team.

Old Staff Common Room.

11.00-12.15pm. Plenary Lecture

  • Nicholas Carolan (ITMA), ‘The Irish-Language Songs of Patrick Lynch’

12.15-1.15pm Lunch (provided in the Canada Room)

1.15-2.45pm. Panel 4: Varieties of Irish Song in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries

  • Joanne Burns (QUB), ‘”Our finest and most popular airs are modern”: Thomas Moore on Irish Song’
  • Sheila Rooney (QUB), ‘Landscapes and Songscapes: landscape and nature in the songs of Moore’
  • Colette Moloney (WIT), ‘Irish song of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, as transcribed by James Cody’

2.45-3.15pm. Coffee / Tea.

3.15-4.15pm. Panel 5: Investigating Ireland’s Oldest Song Repertories

  • Sorcha Nic Lochlainn (UCC), ‘The Early Irish cepóc and some possible parallels in early modern Gaelic song’.
  • Ann Buckley (QUB), ‘Varieties of song in medieval Ireland’

4.15pm. Closing remarks





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