Francis Roche Memorial Lecture

Thursday June 22nd, 5pm

The 2017 Francis Roche Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Helen Lawlor. This lecture is open to the public and takes place in the Tower Theatre, Irish World Academy Building. Admission is free (saor in aisce).


Helen Lawlor

Dr. Helen Lawlor: “Come Summer, Come Winter, from the Mouth of Harps”, the Irish Harp in Myth, Poetry and Music


Dr Helen Lawlor is a lecturer in Irish music, ethnomusicology and music education at Dundalk Institute of Technology. She graduated from UCD with a PhD in music in 2010. Her research on harping in Ireland focuses on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, encompassing issues of transmission, gender, identity and musical styles. Her 2012 monograph is entitled ‘Irish Harping 1900-2010’ was published by Four Courts Press. Helen specialises in traditional Irish harp playing.













2016 – Dr Ryan Molloy: “Traditional Contemporary Music – Conflicts of Influence”
2015 – Dermot McLaughlin: “A Soundscape of the Donegal Fiddle – a response to the challenges of defining a regional style”
2014 – Toner Quinn: “The Thin Green Line: In Writing About Irish Traditional Music”
2013 – Professor Breandán Ó Madagáin: “The Elemental function of music and magic in the Gaelic tradition of Ireland and Scotland”
2012 – Dr Mel Mercier: “Making Music Together: Father and Son Duets”
2011 – Dr Breandán de Gallaí: “Noċtú: Irish Dance Laid Bare”
2010 – Paul Brady: “From Holyrood to Hooba Dooba: My Life in Music”
2008 – Dr Matt Cranitch: Learning and Teaching ‘Outside the Tradition”