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Irish Traditional Music Archive

The Archive holds and preserves for public reference the largest multi-media collection in existence of the materials of Irish traditional music: song, instrumental music, and dance.

Directions:
Located on the south side of Merrion Square, Dublin 2. Serviced by bus, train & DART.

                                       

Opening Hours and Access Policy:
10:00am–5:00pm Monday to Friday, one Saturday in each month (see www.itma.ie for specific dates) Open access to the public. No appointment is needed but for special needs or to see specific members of staff, please ring in advance.

Collections:
The Archive holds and preserves for public reference the largest multi-media collection in existence of the materials of Irish traditional music: song, instrumental music, and dance. The Archive's primary remit covers the island of Ireland and the Irish diaspora – Irish-Britain, Irish-America, Irish-Australia etc. – and all those performers of Irish traditional music throughout the world who are not of Irish blood. It also collects traditional music from other countries in a representative way in order to provide a national access point to these musics and to the world of ethnomusicology.

The materials in the Archive collection, which exist in original or copied forms, are: Sound recordings Cylinders, 78s, SPs, EPs, LPs, reel-to-reel tapes, standard and DAT audio cassettes, CDs, digital audio files in various formats Printed items Ballad sheets, chapbooks, sheet music, song collections, instrumental music collections, dance collections, music studies, background studies, reference works, periodicals, and ephemera such as programmes, catalogues, postcards, leaflets, flyers, posters, and newspaper clippings Manuscripts Music manuscripts, card indexes, research notes, letters, lecture scripts, typescript theses Visual items Drawings, prints, photographs, negatives, slides, microfilms, video cassettes, DVDs, digital video files in various formats Artefacts Musical instruments, statues, badges, coins, trinkets.

Sample material:
Sound Recordings: Joseph Maguire, Fermanagh Singer http://www.itma.ie/digitallibrary/playlist/maguire-joseph/
Printed Materials: George Petrie's Ancient Music of Ireland
Visual Materials: Francis O'Neill's Visual Illustrations

Additional Facilities:
Materials can be copied but only in accordance with copyright law.

 

Address:

73 Merrion Square, Dublin 2

Telephone:

+353 (0)1 6619699

Fax: +353 (0)1 6624585
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Website: http://www.itma.ie/

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