Musical Doctors

Pictured (from left): Mary Bergin, Mary O’Hara, Andy Irvine, Mary Black, Paddy Glackin, Finbar Furey and Triona Ni Dhomhnaill (Photo UCD).

Some of our leading traditional musicians have been honoured by University College Dublin in recognition of their contribution to arts and culture.Performer and composer, Paul Brady, has been awarded the Ulysses Medal – the highest honour the university can bestow.

Previous recipients include poets Séamus Heaney and Thomas Kinsella; novelists Margaret Atwood and Edna O’Brien; as well as playwrights Frank McGuinness, Thomas Kilroy, Tom Murphy and Brian Friel.

For their commitment to Irish music and culture, and for playing a central role in helping to revive Irish folk music, a further seven musicians have received honorary doctorates from the university: Mary Bergin, Mary Black, Finbar Furey, Paddy Glackin, Andy Irvine, Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill and Mary O’Hara.

After the ceremony, the honourees were joined by guest Donal Lunny for a special  performance for an invited audience of 700.

Doctor Brennan, I presume

Meanwhile, in Dublin City University, Moya Brennan has been awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition  of her fifty-year-long commitment to performing and composing traditional and folk music.

Delivering the citation, Dr. Síle Denvir of DCU’s Scoil na Gaeilge, who is, herself, an accomplished musician and sean nós singer, said:

“Moya has an innate ability to find the heart of music, to reach the essence of a song or a tune, and to make the ordinary extraordinary. Her many accolades, including a Grammy and an Emmy, are testament to this. Moya has played on the greatest stages in the world with many, many famous singers and musicians, but her generosity of spirit and grounded connection with her roots always bring her back home to the stage her father carved out for her and for her siblings in Tábhairne Leo in Mín na Leice.”

Paul Brady
Moya Brennan and Dr. Síle Denvir of Dublin City University (Photo: Síle Denvir)
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