RISM Ireland

The International Inventory of Musical Sources - RĂ©pertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM) was established in 1952 by the International Musicological Society and International Association of Music Libraries. In thirty-five countries around the world, non-profit RISM groups work to locate and catalogue all surviving manuscripts, printed scores, writings on music theory and libretti. They transmit the results to the RISM Zentralredaktion in Frankfurt, which then edits and publishes the entries. The resulting catalogues have become established as primary research tools for music, and are used worldwide by academics, students, performers and others to trace and identify music materials. The work of RISM Ireland is project-based, focusing on diverse areas of Irish musical life and individual institutional holdings. These projects highlight the numerous previously unknown-of, forgotten or thought-lost musical manuscripts and scores lying dormant in repositories throughout the island of Ireland and provide access to source documents invaluable to musicologists and performers.

In 2013, RISM Ireland launched an Irish-focused free-to-access database and website of pre-twentieth century musical materials held in repositories throughout the island of Ireland. Prior to this, Ireland’s contribution to the RISM project was historically linked with the work of RISM UK. Update (2022): That site, which used to have the URL rism-ie.org, is no longer functional.

Researchers and other interested parties are invited to contact any member of the RISM Ireland Steering Committee with information they may possess regarding hitherto unidentified, uncatalogued or little-known music sources or any other repositories in Ireland. We also welcome any information regarding any completed or ongoing cataloguing or research projects.

RISM Ireland Steering Committee

  • Dr Ann Buckley (Trinity College Dublin) | Hon. Treasurer | Specialist field: Music to c.1600; iconography and organology
  • Dr Catherine Ferris (DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama) | Database and Website Editor | Specialist field: Music in nineteenth-century Dublin; music cataloguer
  • Dr Kerry Houston (DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama) | Specialist field: Church music from c.1600
  • Dr John Howard (University College Dublin) | Specialist field: Musical traditions of the Lutheran church; history of music theory; informatics/ digital humanities
  • Dr Una Hunt | Specialist field: Eighteenth and nineteenth century music from Ireland; performance
  • Dr Sarah McCleave (Queen's University Belfast) | Hon. Secretary | Specialist field: Eighteenth-century secular music
  • Dr Maria McHale (DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama) | Specialist field: Musical culture in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain and Ireland
  • Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam (NUI Maynooth) | Minutes Secretary | Specialist field: Music in Irish country houses
  • Mr Bryan Quigley | Specialist field: Music cataloguer
  • Dr David J Rhodes (Waterford Institute of Technology) | Chair | Specialist field: Classical secular music
  • Dr Adrian Scahill (NUI Maynooth) | Specialist field: Irish Traditional Music
  • Deirdre Wildy (Queen's University Belfast) | Specialist field: Special collections & archives