Staff and students from the Ceol Oirghialla Traditional Music Ensemble are heading to Brazil this July to represent Ireland at the International Society for Music Education World Conference.
As part of the trip, the group will engage in performances, workshops and collaborations with a number of international and local groups and will promote Dundalk as a place for tourism, education and business.
Led by Dr Adèle Commins, Head of Music, and Dr Daithí Kearney, Director of the Ensemble, the trip is part funded by Culture Ireland and exemplifies the commitment in the Section of Music at DkIT to creating international links and opportunities in performance and education.
According to Dr Commins, who began lecturing at DkIT in 2004, the project has received great support locally.
“Individuals such as Conor Hughes, well-known for his work with the Cross Cause charity, May Tohill, a retired school teacher who continues to contribute to the community, and Senator Mary Moran, have come on board in an effort to help with the fundraising to provide students with the opportunity to travel,” said Dr Commins.
The selection of the Ceol Oirghialla group to perform at the ISME have just returned from a very successful and intensive tour of North America, where they performed at a number of venues in New York, Kansas and Missouri including visits to partner institutions Molloy College, New York and Baker University, Kansas.
The group are not only ambassadors for DkIT; they engage with various community and business groups to promote awareness of Dundalk and the surrounding region as a vibrant and positive place to live, study and do business.
Over the past few years the Ceol Oirghialla Section of Music have been building links with a number of institutions in Europe and America.
Dr Commins has overseen the growth of music programmes and spearheaded the development of a number of international partnerships including a highly successful Erasmus Intensive Programme with partners in Belgium and Norway. She has recently returned from a high profile trip to the USA where she was part of a team promoting the Institute and developing links with partner colleges in New York and Kansas. An internationally recognised scholar with a PhD from NUI Maynooth, Adele will present at conferences in Nevada and London this summer, as well as participating at ISME in Brazil.
The group The DkIT Ceol Oirghialla Traditional Music Ensemble will be the first ever representatives of Ireland at the ISME World Conference in Porto Alegre, Brazil and it will provide staff and students the opportunity to engage with music education on the world stage, highlighting the quality of education available in Ireland. The conference will provide DkIT with an invaluable stage from which to market programmes to an international audience and attract international students to study in Ireland.