September/October 2001

Letters: The Trip to Cashel

Letters: The Trip to Cashel

Dear Editor, Towards the end of August I went to Cashel to visit the Brú Ború centre to see the show there and visit the newly opened 'Sounds of History' permanent exhibition.

Published on 1 September 2001

Tom Munnelly (1944-2007), born in Dublin but resident in Miltown Malbay, Co Clare, since 1978, made the largest field-collection of Irish traditional song ever compiled by any individual. After recording privately in the 1960s, and collecting especially from Traveller singers, he became a professional folklore collector and archivist with the Department of Irish Folklore, University College Dublin (now the UCD Delargy Centre for Irish Folklore and the National Folklore Collection), from 1974 to date, with a concentration on English-language song. He lectured and taught widely, was a leading activist in many folk music organisations and festivals, including the Folk Music Society of Ireland, the Willie Clancy Summer School and the Clare Festival of Traditional Singing, and he served on national bodies such as the Arts Council. He was the founding Chairman of the Irish Traditional Music Archive from 1987 to 1993. Recently he was presented with the festschrift Dear Far-Voiced Veteran: Essays in Honour of Tom Munnelly, and was made an honorary Doctor of Literature by the National University of Ireland Galway.

Letters: Rossa Ó Snodaigh's article on 'Nua Traditional'

Letters: Rossa Ó Snodaigh's article on 'Nua Traditional'

Dear Editor, In your July/August issue your correspondent, Róisin Loughrey, chastises me as a 'child who refuses to share his markers' and criticises me for 'rejecting [Rossa] Ó Snodaigh's system of classification'

Published on 1 September 2001

Terry Moylan is a researcher and archivist with Na Píobairí Uilleann. He is the author of The Age of Revolution in the Irish Song Tradition 1776-1815.