Dr Barra Boydell, Co-General Editor, Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland, writes:
I write on behalf of the editors and publishers of the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland to express our surprise that you saw fit in the March-April issue of JMI to publish Barra Ó Séaghdha’s hypothetical, negative criticism of the Encyclopaedia in the form of a personal diatribe against one of the general editors. It will be some time yet before the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland appears in print and until that time I would suggest that Mr Ó Séaghdha is in no position to pass judgement or comment on the contents of a project about which he has no detailed knowledge.
Published on 1 July 2007
Barra Boydell is Senior Lecturer in Music at NUI Maynooth and currently holds a Senior Research Fellowship from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. He is Hon. Secretary of the Society for Musicology in Ireland and has published widely on the history of music in Ireland. He is general editor, with Harry White, of the Encyclopedia of Music in Ireland to be published by UCD Press, Dublin.