Collection comprises sound recordings, manuscript transcriptions of songs and interviews, images, and broadsheets, collected by Aidan O'Hara in areas of Irish settlement on the south shore of Newfoundland in the 1970s. This collection is unique to ITMA, some portions are duplicated in other archives and special collections in Ireland and North America.
This collection focuses primarily on music and song from the Irish Traveller community recorded around County Dublin between 1965 and 1971. Materials in this collection include reel-to-reel tapes, 1 commercial LP, and notes about recordings in two jotter notebooks and loose-leaf paper.
Copy of a handwritten music and song manuscript compiled by Andrew Mac Intyre in Co. Donegal in the 1920s and 1940s from local musicians including a "Mr Kelly in Killybegs, Stationmaster, Lifford", a "B. Quinn, Castlefin" and a "Dilla Mac Intyre" who was Andrew's daughter. Also included is a handwritten letter from Eamon Mac Intyre with biographical information about his paternal grandfather Andrew Mac Intyre.
Collection consists of CD copies of a radio documentary on traditional singing entitled 'Herosongs: Where History and Song Meet'. The 8-part series was originally broadcast on RTÉ Radio One in July 2013. It is spread across four CDs, with additional material on the fifth CD.
These fonds were largely created by Breandán Breathnach while he was chairman of the uilleann piping society, Na Píobairí Uilleann, from its establishment in 1968, right through the 1970s and into the early 1980s. The majority of the material dates from the decade 1968-1978. The first series contains letters from Francis O'Neill (O'Neill, Francis, 1848-1936) to William Halpin and letters from various individuals to Seán Reid (Reid, Seán, 1907-1978), mostly dating from the 1930s. It is most likely that the Seán Reid and Francis O'Neill letters were purchased by, or donated to, Breandán Breathnach in 1973 by Seán Reid after a request by Breathnach to deposit the originals in his newly established 'National Archives'. Breathnach wrote 'I am making so bold as to suggest you should donate these & other papers you might have to the National Archives new established in this Department or perhaps you would not mind offering them for sale' (M/187/3/3/2, 30 Oct 1973). These fonds also contain papers relating to Seán Ó Riada (Ó Riada, Seán, 1931-1971) from Len Clifford who seemed to be acting as an agent for ÓRiada during the early 1970s. It is not known how Breathnach came to be in possession of these papers, it is most likely that they were given to him as part of his national music archive project. The last series in this collection relates to the organisation Na Píobairí Uilleann. It includes correspondence and papers of a financial and administrative nature, as well as, documents relating to the organisation's various activities i.e. exhibitions, concerts, and pipe making.
Collection of reel-to-reel tapes donated to ITMA by Caitlín Ní Dhomhnaill featuring performances of traditional songs and dances. The original reels contain a mixture of non-commerical material and dubs of commerical and radio material. When the reels were transferred to CD-R the off-air dubs and commerical material were not transferred over. Recordings include performances by Joseph McCafferty, Eibhlin Ni Bheaglaoich and Neili Ni Dhomhnaill.
Collection comprises cassette tape recording of performance at Na Píobairí Uilleann on Henrietta Street in Dublin. Performers include Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh on fiddle and Mikey Smith and Ronan Browne on pipes.