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Successful Traditional Music Concert Celebrates Local Music Making

23 November 2018

The Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music and the Oriel Traditional Orchestra performed to a full house at An Táin Arts Centre on Wednesday 14 November with a concert entitled Oirghialla Oscailte, celebrating the musical traditions of Oriel and beyond. The concert is part of a collaborative cross-border initiative funded by the Department of Culture, Hertiage and Gaeltacht, Creative Ireland and Louth County Council.

The concert opened with a performance from the DkIT Ceol Oirghialla Traditional Music Ensemble, which has developed a strong local following and had been well received internationally in areas such a North and South America, Norway and Scotland. This summer, the ensemble performed at the renowned traditional music festival, Speyfest in Scotland

Reflecting on the concert, final year student on the BA (Hons) Applied Music programme Conor Walsh said:

“To play such a beautiful venue with my dear friends is something I will never forget. It was fantastic to play to a full house and hear such a great response. It makes you feel good about the hard work you put in during class.”

Conor is one of a team of students preparing to travel to Belgium at the end of the month to participate in International STEAM week at DkIT’s partner university in Antwerp. He will be exploring interdisciplinary approaches to education that includes engaging with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

Another student from the Applied Music programme, Jane Meehan, was delighted to have the opportunity to play in a venue like An Táín:

“Last night’s concert is one that I will remember for a long time. Having grown up in Dundalk, An Tain was always a great venue for a wide variety of musicians and I’m glad to say that I got to share the stage with some brilliant musicians and my friends.”

Jane was part of the group from Dundalk that performed in Scotland during the summer, having previously performed with the group in Norway for the 2016 Rauland Winter Music Festival.

The concert provided an opportunity to launch the new Certficiate in Traditional Music Studies which introduces students to the rich and varied musical heritage of Ireland with a particular focus on the Oriel Region. This makes for a unique programme, attractive to those with a strong interest in Irish music and culture. To find out more about this programme please contact


To find out more about the Music programmes offered at DkIT, please click on the relevant course below:

BA (Hons) in Applied Music

BA (Hons) in Production of Music & Audio 

Certificate in Traditional Music Studies

MA in Traditional Music

MA/MSc in Music Technology


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