The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland

President Michael D. Higgins (centre) with (l-r) Prof. Brian Norton, Prof. Barra Boydell, Prof. Harry White and Dr Kerry Houston at the launch of The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland on Friday 4 October 2013 in the Grand Hall, Freemasons’ Lodge, Molesworth Street, Dublin. 


Hosted by DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, and published by UCD Press in September 2013, the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (EMIR) is the first comprehensive account of Irish musical life across recorded history.  It also documents Ireland’s musical relations with the world at large, notably in Britain, continental Europe and North America, and it seeks to identify the agencies through which music has become an enduring expression of Irish political, social, religious and cultural life. 

Under the General Editorship of Professor Barra Boydell (NUIM) and Professor Harry White (UCD) the Executive Editor of EMIR is Dr Mark Fitzgerald (DIT). Its Subject Editors are Prof. Barra Boydell, Dr Ann Buckley (TCD), Dr Gareth Cox (MIC), Prof. Gerard Gillen (NUIM), Dr Kerry Houston (DIT), Dr Maria McHale (DIT), Dr Mel Mercier (UCC), Dr Michael Murphy (MIC), Dr Méabh Ní Fhuartháin (NUIG), and Dr Adrian Scahill (NUIM) 

The project has received support from Atlantic Philanthropies, the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, NUI Maynooth and DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.

The Encyclopedia of Music in Ireland is published by UCD Press and is available from the publisher and all good book shops.