DkIT at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018

13 August 2018

Staff, students and graduates of DkIT will feature prominently during Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 in Drogheda. Highlights include:

A symposium, Ó Ghlúin go Glúin, Drogheda Arts Centre (Friday 17th August, 2-5PM)

A special symposium celebrating a number of important individuals in Irish traditional music and their role in passing on the tradition will take place at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Drogheda. Ó Ghlúin go Glúin: Celebrating Legacy and Transmission in Irish Traditional Music takes place in collaboration with the Creative Arts Research Centre at Dundalk Institute of Technology in Barlow House on Friday 17 August from 2pm to 5pm. A range of papers will celebrate and evaluate the legacy of notable musicians who have made a significant contribution to the development of Irish traditional music, very often through their teaching or mentoring of young musicians.

The speakers, including Dr Adèle Commins, Head of Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music at DkIT and recent recipient of a DkIT President's Prize for Research. The presenters will provide their personal insights, share recordings and perform to illustrate their subjects’ contribution to the tradition and celebrate their legacy. There will be a particular focus on acknowledging and recognising the contribution made by musicians associated with Co Louth but figures from throughout the Irish traditional music world will be celebrated. The event will be chaired by Dr Daithí Kearney, Co-Director of the Creative Arts Research Centre at DkIT and also features DkIT PhD graduate Dr Seán McElwain and current MA student Barra McAllister. For more information on the symposium, please download the promotional flyer here or contact


Requiem - Marbhna, The Augustinian Church, Drogheda (Saturday 18th August, 5PM)

DkIT presents a spectacular performance of the highly acclaimed Requiem - Marbhna which was first performed during the 1916-2016 commemorations and broadcast on TG4, Good Friday 2016. This will take place on Saturday 18th August 2018 in The Augustinian Church, Drogheda at 5pm featuring performers and soloists drawn from orchestras, choirs and bands from the Oriel region.

'Requiem -Marbhna' which is composed by Odhrán O Casaide in the Irish language, sets out to explore the beauty of sean nós voice, together with chamber choir, orchestra and solo voices. In this work, the musical motifs are carried seamlessly from genre to genre.

The concert will be conducted by renowned US composer and producer, Craig Stuart Garfinkle and will feature Sibéal N Chasaide, whose voice has been described by critics as the voice who stirred a nation. Her live performance of Mise Eire as part of RTE's 1916 Centenary concert captured the heats of audiences in Ireland and globally. 

A selection of musicians from DkIT will also participate in the concert, together with performers and soloists from local orchestras, choirs and bands. The performance represents a celebration of the diversity of musical traditions in Louth in a wonderful collaborative community effort.

To book tickets for Requiem - Marbhna please visit:


DkIT Perform at the Gig Rig

Fleadh 2018 reflects the close connection of DkIT with the traditional music community in the region and performers from the Institute feature prominently across the week. The Gig Rig programme includes many performances by members of the DkIT community. Highlights include:

Monday 13th August:

    • Lecturers Adèle Commins and Daithí Kearney to perform songs from the Louth Lilt, an album of new compositions by the DkIT music lecturers at 6pm.

Tuesday 14th August:

    • DkIT computing student and fiddle player, Caoimhe McKiverigan to perform at Seis at 9.15PM.

Wednesday 15th August:

    • Recent graduates Fiachra Meek, Ryan McAuley and Darragh Brannigan take to the stage on Wednesday at 7pm.

Thursday 16th August:

    • Music Generation Louth (DkIT is a partner) will perform at 3PM and is co-ordinated by current DkIT MA student Gemma Murray. 

Friday 17th August:

    • Current students on the BA (Hons) Applied Music programme will perform during the O-Reel taking place at 4pm.
    • Graduate Joanne Cusack brings her group Aduaidh to the stage on Saturday. 

Saturday 18th August:

    • Recent DkIT graduate Joanne Cusack brings her group Aduaidh to the stage
    • Ensemble-in-residence at DkIT, the Oriel Traditional Orchestra will begin the entertainment on Saturday at 12 noon. The Oriel Traditional Orchestra is an exciting new cross border venture that involves over sixty musicians of all ages from Counties Louth, Meath, Monaghan and Armagh who perform Irish traditional music repertoire from the region arranged especially for the orchestra.
    • The orchestra under the direction of Dr Adèle Commins and Dr Daithí Kearney and DkIT fiddle tutor Noreen McManus includes music from Meath born harper-composer Turlough O'Carolan, South Armagh fiddle player Josephine Keegan, and Louth composers Adèle Commins and Daithí Kearney in their repertoire. They also perform music from Brian O'Kane from Ballybay, Co. Monaghan, which he performed with the Siamsa Céilí Band from Dundalk, as well as tunes from local collections. Brian himself will perform on the gig rig on Saturday, when he will be joined by Daithí Kearney and others. 

Sunday 19th August:


Seachtain na Gaeilge for Bliain na Gaeilge

Seachtain na Gaeilge for Bliain na Gaeilge is being organised by Dr Adèle Commins and DkIT music student Ciara Brannigan. This programme will run throughout the week with a wide range of activities including historical walks, conversation classes, arts and crafts, dance classes and more.

An Irish language songwriting workshop will be facilitated by noted sean nós singer, Anúna member and DkIT doctoral student Ellie Nic Fhionnghaille, a former DkIT President's Prize Winner for music.

Local band Kern, with DkIT music graduate Brendan McCreanor, will feature on Sunday night before they fly to perform at Milwaukee Irish Festival; there is a special concert featuring the fiddlers of Oriel (including south Armagh fiddle player and composer Josephine Keegan, an honorary member of the DkIT Traditional Music Ensemble).


#fleadhfeversession in Dundalk Credit Union

In July, DkIT hosted a #fleadhfeversession in Dundalk Credit Union in preparation for the main event. Significant research has been undertaken at the Creative Arts Research Centre at DkIT in recent years to highlight the rich musical heritage of the Oriel region that extends from Louth into Meath, Monaghan and Armagh. 

The DkIT Traditional Music Ensemble have performed much of this music in recent years and a group O-Reel, comprised of music students from the Institute featuring Conor Walsh, Calvin McManus, Conor Bogue, Ciara Brannigan and Jane Meehan will perform on the Gig Rig at the Fleadh. Amongst the Céilí Bands performing for Céilís are the Fódhla Céilí Band led by Brian O’Kane. 

Brian was a member of the Siamsa Céilí Band from Dundalk who won a historic three-in-a-row Senior Céilí Band titles between 1967-69. The Siamsa performed a number of Brian’s compositions and the popularity of his tunes in the Senior Céilí Band competition continues to this day. Brian is an honorary member of the DkIT Traditional Music Ensemble who celebrated his music and life in the 2017 concert Marching in Tradition and is the subject of an ongoing research project at DkIT.

For more information, images or interview requests, please contact Thomas Redmond, Head of Marketing & Communications at DkIT, e. t. +353 (0)851775488.

Requiem - Marbhna