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Some of the mandolin players in Irish traditional music since the 1960s and 1970s are regarded amongst the most successful and creative musicians in Irish traditional music but the role and place of the mandolin within the tradition has not yet been explored.  In this dissertation, the introduction of the mandolin to Irish traditional music and the various styles and approaches used by various performers are critically assessed through an examination of historical sources, engagement with available recordings and interviews with mandolin players in Irish traditional music

The Ceol Oirghialla Section of Music Master Class Series continues this Thursday 14 November 2013 at 2.30pm in the Mac Anna Theatre with a Master Class given by renowned flautist, William Dowdall.
DkIT music lecturer Una Hunt has been awarded funding from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland to make two radio documentaries devoted to musical heritage in Ireland.
Carrie McCarthy, a third year music student at DkIT, recently took part in the Festival Experience Programme at Milwaukee Irish Fest, Wisconsin, one of the largest Irish festivals in America.
The Irish harp in its social, cultural and musical contexts will be the focus of Dr Helen Lawlor’s forthcoming lectures at Harvard University, the New England Conservatory and the American Irish Historical Society.

Zélie Asava, a lecturer on the BA & BA (Hons) in Video & Film Production has recently had her book - The Black Irish Onscreen: Representing Black and Mixed-Race Identities on Irish Film and Television - published by the Peter Lang Publishing Group.  

The book is also the winner of the 2011 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in Irish Studies.

The Ceol Oirghialla Section of Music Masterclass Series continues on Thursday 13 November 2014 at 3.30pm in the MacAnna theatre with a guest lecture presented by Nicholas Carolan, Director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive.
Tune in to The Lyric Feature on RTÉ Lyric fm on Friday 16 May 2014 from 7-8pm to 'A Musical Calendar of Irish Saints' produced by DkIT music lecturer, Una Hunt.

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Pianist and Irish music specialist, Dr Una Hunt, will present a new series of concerts at this year’s international opera festival in Wexford.

The Minister of State for Overseas Development, Mr Peter Power T.D., today announced funding of over €4.7 million to higher education institutions in Ireland for research and capacity building on global development issues.

This is the second round of funding announced under Irish Aid's Programme of Strategic Cooperation with Higher Education and Research Institutes, which was launched in 2006. A final call for applications under the scheme will be made in spring 2009. Making the announcement Minister Power said:

Census 2011 Results.
Profile 9; What We Know – Education, Skills and the Irish Language.

First year, final year undergraduate and taught postgraduate students are asked to give their feedback in the Irish National Student Survey.

This research integrates the software and medical device industries.

Supporting and monitoring the implementation of Irish Language Scheme commitments and promoting a positive environment for the inclusion of Irish language in campus life.

Mr Joe Costello TD, Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with responsibility for Trade and Development will officially open the’ Water is Life’ project workshop on Thursday 8th November at the Royal Irish Academy, 19, Dawson Street, Dublin. The Ugandan Minister for Water and the Environment Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu will give an address at the workshop.

The Ceol Oirghialla Section of Music Master Class Series continues this Thursday 17 October 2013 at 2.30pm in the Mac Anna Theatre with a Master Class given by renowned singer, Cathie Ryan.
On October 11th at 16.30, Dr. Zélie Asava, Programme Director of Video and Film will discuss aspects of the research in her recently published book The Black Irish Onscreen: Representing Black and Mixed-Race Irish Identities on Film and TV
Ethnomusicologists and musicians from a wide range of institutions around the world will visit the Section of Music at Dundalk Institute of Technology this weekend for the annual conference of ICTM Ireland, ‘Tracks less Travelled’.