Traditional Music and Song

july, 2022

thu21jul8:30 pmthu9:30 pmNotes & Narratives: Michael O'Malley on Chief O'NeillNa Píobairí Uilleann, 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 18:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Event Details

Na Píobairí Uilleann presents Notes & Narratives – a series of monthly performance-based lectures on traditional music, song and dance by some of Ireland’s finest traditional artists.

This month, Michael O’Malley reflects on the legacy of Chief Francis O’Neill in his illustrated talk entitled O’Neill’s World: Community and Class through the Eyes of a Cop and Collector.

Michael O’Malley is Professor of US history at George Mason University in Virginia, USA. He is the author of Keeping Watch: A History of American Time and Face Value: The Entwined History of Race and Money in America as well as his most recent publication: The Beat Cop: Chicago’s Chief O’Neill and the Creation of Irish Music.

The Beat Cop is the remarkable story of how modern Irish music was shaped and spread through the brash efforts of a Chicago police chief.  Francis O’Neill was a larger-than-life Chicago police chief and an Irish immigrant with a fervent interest in his home country’s traditional music.

Born in Ireland in 1865, he emigrated to the United States where, having survived a rough-and-tumble early life there, by 1901 he had worked his way up to become Chicago’s chief of police.  In this role, he developed new methods of tracking criminals and recording their identities. At the same time, he also obsessively tracked and recorded the music he heard from local Irish immigrants, enforcing a strict view of what he felt was and wasn’t authentic. Chief O’Neill’s police work and his musical work were flip sides of the same coin, and O’Malley delves deep into how this brash immigrant harnessed his connections and policing skills to become the foremost shaper of how Americans see and hear the music of Ireland.

The talk will take place in 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1 and will start at 8:30pm on Thursday 21st April 2022. Admission is €10 (concession rate €5). Tickets are available through Eventbrite or contact the office at or by phone +353-1-8730093. For those unable to attend in person, it will also be live streamed for free through the NPU’s channel NPU-TV.


(Thursday) 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Na Píobairí Uilleann

15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1


Na Píobairí Uilleann

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