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The Beatles in 12 Movements

The 50th anniversary of the Beatles' only Irish concert was celebrated in Trinity College Dublin with a series of lectures hosted by the School of English in conjunction with the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute.

On November 7th 1963, The Beatles played two shows at the Adelphi Cinema in Dublin, their one and only live appearance in the Republic of Ireland. Each Monday evening of Michaelmas Term 2013 saw a different guest speaker share their thoughts on a different Beatles studio album. All twelve albums were covered over the course of the twelve weeks, from Please Please Me right the way through to Let It Be.

Speakers ranged from TCD academics from a range of disciplines to notable cultural figures such as iconic singer and Beatles friend Donovan, RTE presenter Ryan Tubridy, Ross O'Carroll-Kelly author Paul Howard, and Assistant Director of The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour film Gerry Harrison.


Monday 09 December | 19:00

'Let it Be' by Asst Professor Richard Duckworth (TCD Dept of Music)

let it be


Monday 02 December | 19:00

'Abbey Road' by Prof Darryl Jones (TCD School of English)

abbey road


Monday 25 November | 19:00

'Magical Mystery Tour - The Walrus was Paul' by Gerry Harrison (Assistant Director, Magical Mystery Tour Film)

magical mystery tour


Monday 18 November | 19:00

'Revolver' by Ryan Tubridy



Monday 11 November | 19:00

'Sgt Pepper' by Paul Howard

sgt pepper

Monday 4 October | 19:00

'Rubber Soul' by Prof Gerald Dawe, TCD School of English



Wednesday 30 October | 19:00

'Help' by Dr. Elizabeth McCarthy, TCD School of English



Monday 21 October | 20:00

'The White Album' by Donovan



Monday 14 October 2013 | 19:00

'Beatles for Sale' by Dr Daragh Downes, TCD School of English



Monday 7 October 2013 | 19:00

'A Hard Day's Night' by Tom Lenihan, TCD Student Union President

a hard days night


Monday 30 September 2013 | 19:00

'With the Beatles' by Professor Mathew Causey from TCD School of Drama, Film and Music.

with the beatles


Monday 23 September 2013 | 19:00

'Please Please Me' by Professor Michael Grenfell from TCD School of Education.



All lectures in this series took place in the Neill/Hoey Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub.

Admission is FREE and open to the general public.




Funding Bodies

Ireland EU Structural Funds Programmes 2007 – 2013, European Regional Development Fund, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, HEA, Trinity College Dublin, and

Last updated 8 March 2016 by Trinity Long Room Hub (Email) .