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May 20– Ennis, Ireland- Meet the Author (Fleadh Nua)

May 20, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Ennis BookShop

The Ennis BookShop

The Ennis Book Shop invites you to meet the author and celebrate yet another superb book by Clare’s own award-winning Irish musician, ethnomusicologist and cultural historian Professor Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin.

Ó hAllmhuráin’s popular Pocket History of Irish Traditional Music (O’Brien Press, Dublin, 1998, 2003) remains one of the top-selling books on Irish music and is enjoyed by music fans and students around the world.

Now, his Short History of Irish Traditional Music (O’Brien Press, Dublin, 2017) takes the reader on through the exciting evolution of Irish traditional music in recent decades.

Most notably,Ó hAllmhuráin is credited for writing Ireland’s women musicians back into written history to claim their due.  A detailed index helps the reader quickly search for specific topics.  Come meet the author, have your book signed and enjoy the very music it celebrates!

In this latest book, Ó hAllmhuráin updates the legacy of Irish traditional music, song and dance from the mythological harp of the Dagda right, to Riverdance and and the explosion of Irish music on the global scene.

Exploring an abundant spectrum of historical sources, music and folklore, this guide uncovers the contribution of the Normans to Irish dancing, the role of the music maker in Penal Ireland, as well as the popularity of dance tunes and set dancing from the end of the 18th century.

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His 2016 book Flowing Tides– History and Memory in an Irish Soundscape (Oxford University Press, 2016) takes the reader on a fascinating journey across 200 years of music in County Clare.

Explore the historical events–from the Napoleon Wars to the modern Celtic Tiger era, the ‘cultural currents’, and musical characters that shaped the beloved traditional music of County Clare.

HOSTED BY the Gaelic Roots Program at Boston College, this lecture will examine the sonic transformation of Irish music. By investigating the forces—indigenous, diasporic, virtual, prosthetic, Ó hAllmhuráin will reveal Ireland’s national and transnational soundscape during the past century.

Public Lecture


Since 2009, Professor Ó hAllmhuráin has held  The Johnson Chair in Québec and Canadian Irish Studies in The School of Irish Studies at Concordia University in Montréal, Québec.

From 2000-2009, Ó hAllmhuráin was The Jefferson Smurfit Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of Music at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. For many years, he ran the UM-SL Irish Music Concert Series.


May 20, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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The Ennis BookShop
353 65 682 9000


The Ennis BookShop
13 Abbey Street
Ennis, Ireland
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353 65 682 9000