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American Memory

A wealth of resources relating to Ireland and Irish America. Highlights include three recordings by Eamonn de Valera from the 1918-1920 period, a film from the Edison studios c 1900 entitled 'Congress of Nations' which features a Hibernian policeman, maps, sheet music, pamphlets, and scans of historical documents. Try searching under 'Ireland' or 'Irish' for a broad overview.

Arts Council of Northern Ireland

British government agency distributing proceeds from the National Lottery to the arts in Northern Ireland.

Belfast Festival at Queens

The annual arts festival which has been on the go for over 40 years. It is the largest festival of its kind in Ireland. It brings the best of international art to Belfast, while also bringing international attention to the city's dynamic arts practitioners. The Festival covers all art forms including theatre, dance, classical music, literature, jazz, comedy, visual arts, folk music and popular music, attracting over 50,000 visitors. The site contains information about this year's and past years' events, a history of the festival, and booking information.

Ceolas

An information service for celtic music on the internet. Features links to individual artists and groups, definitions of Irish instruments, reviews and sound samples, and a directory of Irish music events in Ireland and abroad.

Comhaltas Archive

The Comhaltas Traditional Music Archive comprises the recordings, documents and images collected by Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann during its 50 years of promoting Irish music and culture. The Comhaltas Archive contains Irish cultural material collected throughout Ireland and abroad, including audiovisual recordings, tunes, images, documents and periodicals. Many of the holdings are held at Comhaltas Head Office, and significant local collections were developed in Clare, Sligo and elsewhere. Comhaltas continues to make original recordings for the Archive at concerts, fleadhanna and music festivals, and they gratefully accept donations of suitable content from private collectors. New indexes and materials will continue to be added over time.

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann

A traditional music association founded in 1951 which promotes traditional Irish music at home and abroad. The website lists current music sessions around Ireland, educational opportunities, information about the Fleadh Cheoil, and Comhaltas Branches in Ireland, the UK, US, Australia and beyond.

Contemporary Music Centre Ireland

The Contemporary Music Centre is Ireland's national archive and resource centre for new music, supporting the work of composers throughout the Republic and Northern Ireland. The site includes biographical information about Irish composers, articles on Irish music, information on festivals, music in education, and publications.

Folk Music of England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and America

A site devoted to folk and traditional music and popular songs, including lyrics, midi, tune information, and history behind the folksongs and ballads. Many tunes can be listened to online. A valuable search engine allows users to search by country or topic (such as songs of war or love).

Irish Arts Center

Founded in 1972, the Irish Arts Center's mission is to promote an awareness of Irish Arts and Culture through lectures, readings, exhibits, and events. The site includes an up to date calendar, and a list of previous events.

Irish Folksongs

An extensive list of Irish folk songs. About two thirds of the songs have printed lyrics. Many of the songs also have melodies which can be played over the internet.

Irish Music Box

An online magazine which covers the whole spectrum of Irish music, in Ireland and world-wide, including rock, traditional, and pop. The site also features a jukebox, a directory of useful music-related associations and organisations, and a news and reviews section.

Irish Music Magazine

A magazine which highlights Irish music in Ireland, the UK, the US, with links to worldwide Irish music. The table of contents for current and back issues are available (1995 to the present), as well as news about current musical events.

Irish Music Rights Organisation

IMRO is a national organisation that administers the performing right in copyright music in Ireland on behalf of its members - songwriters, composers and music publishers - and on behalf of the members of the international overseas societies that are affiliated to it. The website contains many IMRO press releases, Irish music and music-makers in the news, and a page of affiliated links.

Irish Pipe Organ Page

Information about Irish organists, organ builders, recordings, and an Telford Organ Database. There is even a section on organ jokes!.

Irish Traditional Music Archive

The Irish Traditional Music Archive is a public multi-media reference archive and resource centre for the traditional song, instrumental music and dance of Ireland. Its collections consist of sound recordings, books, serials, sheet music, ballad sheets, photos, videos, etc. Its functions are the collection, preservation, organisation, and dissemination of material related to Irish traditional music by personal access; a phone, fax and letter query service; lectures; publication; exhibition; broadcasting; and a wide variety of partnerships. The Archive is currently transferring its extensive computer catalogue records to the Internet, and it publishes regular tranches of digitised sound recordings, printed material and visual material from its collections on its website.

Island Ireland

Island Ireland is an Internet directory to Irish art, culture and environment with hand-picked links to Irish history, architecture, music, news, genealogy, travel, literature, folk culture, archaeology, the Irish language and more. Nicely presented and full of interesting links.

Journal of Music in Ireland

The Journal of Music in Ireland (JMI) publishes a range of articles and reviews on traditional, classical and contemporary music in Ireland. The journal is published every two months, with the online version offering one full article per issue, as well as abstracts from selected articles.

Michael W. Balfe

A site dedicated to nineteenth-century Irish opera composer, Michael W. Balfe, best known for 'The Bohemian Girl'. Site includes comprehensive biographical information, information on the allusions to Balfe in the works of James Joyce, bibliographic information and a discography of Balfe compositions.

SMI Music Theses Register

The SMI Music Theses Register is a fully searchable register of Irish postgraduate theses and dissertations in musicology at PhD, MLitt and MA levels. The Register includes theses which have been submitted or are currently in progress at universities and third-level colleges in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland; are by members of the Society for Musicology in Ireland; or which have been submitted or are in progress at universities elsewhere but are directly related to music in Ireland. A number of undergraduate dissertations of original research merit are also included.

Wexford Festival Opera

The official Wexford Festival Opera site. Performances at the Theatre Royal in Wexford. Lists extensive information relating to the Festival, including historical information on works produced and biographical sketches of artists involved in late night recitals and other special events.