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Extract: Kara O'Brien Pop-Up Research Presentation
Extract: Kara O'Brien Pop-up Research Presentation

“By the time the interview was completed, the foyer was filled with students of all ages and majors, brimming with question about the Archive’s collections and resources. ”

Kara O'Brien

ITMA Pop-Up Archive, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, Univ. of Limerick, January 2020 [long]

“it was hugely valuable for Irish World Academy students to have the opportunity to interact with the richness and depth of the archive on ‘home turf’. It is a true example of accessibility and community engagement. Already, its effects are being felt throughout the student body, from BA to PhD levels and we hope that we can continue this initiative in the future”

Sandra Joyce, Director IWA

Poetry Day Ireland 2020 at ITMA / Mary O'Malley, poet, and Tommy Keane, uilleann pipes

“If Playing The Octopus is 'about' anything, it is how life takes hold of us, about the howls and screeches it squeezes out of us, the sweet or grieving music it plays on us and how much we call the tune or how often it is the tune that calls us. So there are poems that consider tunes, and what is worth keeping and celebrating in this republic of Ireland.”

'Mary O’Malley on Playing the Octopus: An alien in Eden,' The Irish Times, 30 August 2016:

“I work at an oblique angle to music.”

Mary O'Malley, phone conversation, Wednesday, 20 June 2018.
Tommy Keane, uilleann piper / Tony Kearns, photographer

The hornless cow, reel ; Gorman's reel / Tommy Keane, uilleann pipes

Recordings featuring readings by Mary O'Malley in the ITMA Collection: Behind the mist & The magic path.
The piper's apron, The wind among the reeds, and The family album by the McCarthys
Tunebooks by Tommy Keane in the ITMA Collection: The piper's apron and The wind among the reeds.
21 years of TG4 Gradam Ceoil in numbers. Together these numbers demonstrate the breadth and depth of this unique archival resource.
A selection of Gradam Ceoil records from ITMA's catalogues.
Logos for TunePal and Port, ITMA's tune resource.

“Better than a Netflix binge for traditional musicians!”

Overheard at the launch of Cartlann Ghradam Ceoil, Miltown Malbay, July 2018
A screen shot of the user interface for the Cartlann Ghradam Ceoil website
Stephanie's ITMA Office
John Cullinane and Stephanie SK Marbach, Music Department, UCC
Archival tools and research resources for processing the CAC
Processing the CAC, before and after!
No date! Post-its from the CAC

  1. 28-May-16