The Inishowen Song Project and Other News from the ITMA

 Our upload of Digitised Materials this month is a new departure for ITMA: the Inishowen Song Project, an integrated microsite of some 2,000 connected items all related to the English-language song traditions of the Inishowen peninsula, Co Donegal. The items include audio recordings & video recordings (organised both as playlists and as individual pieces), books, photographs, song-text transcriptions and catalogue records, and they constitute a unique presentation of a local strand of Irish traditional music.


The basis of the microsite is a body of recordings made in Inishowen over some 20 years from the 1980s by Donegal singer and teacher Jimmy McBride and kindly donated by him to the Irish Traditional Music Archive. Material has also come from singer Jim MacFarland of Derry, the Belfast Central Library, the Derry Journal, and Dr John Moulden, among other donors as acknowledged, and above all from the local Inishowen singers and singers visiting Inishowen who are featured in the project. Our thanks to them all. Digitisation, song transcription and metadata cataloguing has been carried out over months by ITMA staff.


This two-year project has been brought to fruition by dedicated funding provided by the Inishowen Development Partnership, to which ITMA is greatly indebted. ITMA itself is funded by An Chomhairle Ealaíon in Dublin and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in Belfast. The site will serve people throughout the world who wish to discover and enjoy the song traditions of Inishowen, and especially Inishowen people themselves and their local teachers and students. New material of suitable quality will continue to be added to the site as it is found. The design and technology involved in the project will form a template for the future online presentation of other discrete traditions within Irish traditional music.


To explore the Inishowen Song Project begin here.



  • Comhghairdeas do Michael Tubridy, iar-bhall de Bhord na Taisce, as Gradam Ceoil TG4 2013 a fháil ó TG4, agus freisin dár gcomhghleacaithe ins Na Píobairí Uilleann a bronnadh Gradam Ceoil TG4 2013 eile orthu ag ceolchoirm i gCeoláras na hOllscoile, Luimneach, ar an Satharn 30 Márta 2013. Congratulations to Michael Tubridy, former Board member of ITMA, who was the recipient of a Gradam Ceoil TG4 2013 traditional music award at a concert in the University Concert Hall, Limerick, on Saturday night last, 30 March. Congratulations also to our colleagues in Na Píobairí Uilleann who likewise received a Gradam Ceoil TG4 2013 award on the same occasion.
  • Late-Night Opening: ITMA is now open every Thursday night until 8.00 pm.
  • Saturday Opening: Our next Saturday opening will be on Saturday 20 April 2013, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.
  • Social Media: You can follow ITMA on Twitter @ITMADublin as well as on Facebook.
  • Digitised Materials: The ITMA is continuing with its existing bi-monthly programme of publishing new tranches of digitised materials which are available here.
  • Interactive Music Files: Files are available here and here.
  • On-Line Catalogue: Entries are available here.

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