Category Archives: Irish Studies

Remembering Brian Burns: A Lasting Legacy at Burns Library

As we begin this new academic year, we are saddened by the recent loss of our primary benefactor, Brian P. Burns, and fondly recall his warm friendship and the vital roles he played in establishing Burns Library and providing ongoing … Continue reading

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Streaming Audio: James W. Smith Irish Music Recordings, Reel 112

Audio in reel 112 includes Owen Frain on flute; Jimmy Kelly on piano; and Paddy Cronin on fiddle/flute. Continue reading

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An Early Jack B. Yeats Stenciled “Broad Sheet”

Anyone who has seen one of Jack B. Yeats’s later paintings can easily recognize others. Same for his earlier watercolor work and his pen-and-ink sketches. The distinctiveness of Yeats’s style, along with his characteristic choice of subjects, have made him … Continue reading

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Streaming Audio: Joe Lamont Irish Music Recordings, Reel 9, Side 2

Audio in reel 9, side 2 includes Sean Quinn, Louis Quinn, Sean McGuire, Paddy Killoran, Pete Reilly, Paddy O’Sullivan (Baltygarron), and the Paddy Killoran Club of New York City.
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Illustration of a Political Campaign: Loyal National Repeal Association of Ireland scrapbook

The Loyal National Repeal Association was founded in 1841 by Irish politician Daniel O’Connell (1775-1847), the leader of the movement for the repeal of the Act of Union between Great Britain and Ireland. O’Connell fostered mass participation in the association … Continue reading

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Streaming Audio: Joe Lamont Irish Music Recordings, reel 9, side 1

Audio in reel 9, side 1 includes Paddy O’Sullivan (Baltygarron) on fiddle and the Paddy Killoran Club of New York City. Continue reading

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Streaming Audio: Joe Lamont Irish Music Recordings, Reel 6, Side 2

Audio in reel 6, side 2 includes James Morrison, Dan Sullivan’s Shamrock Band, Tom Cawley, Paddy Killoran, John McKenna, Michael Gaffney, Pat Gaffney, Brian O’Donnell, Mike Flynn, Andy Conroy, and others. Continue reading

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Streaming Audio: Joe Lamont Irish Music Recordings, Reel 6, Side 1

Audio in reel 6, side 1 includes fiddle legends Michael Coleman, Lad O’Beirne, Tom Cawley, Denis Murphy, and Hugh Gillespie. Continue reading

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Process of a Poem: Seamus Heaney’s Funeral Rites

A poem greets its reader as a finished project. It resides there on the page, surrounded by blankness, with its line breaks and title. It is as if the poem walked out of the poet’s mind and onto the page … Continue reading

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Digitized Irish Music Now Includes Unpublished Fiddle Playing by Michael Coleman

During a review of recently-digitized audio in John J. Burns Library’s Joe Lamont Irish Music Recordings, we asked our friend and former BC colleague Séamus Connolly to listen to a fiddle segment on tape reel #6 that Joe Lamont’s tracklist … Continue reading

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