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New online resource: Goodman Manuscripts (free resource)

Goodman Manuscripts FREE resource, launched October 2016.laoidh-na-buadhachta-beag

James Goodman (1828-1896), a native of Dingle, Co. Kerry, was a student and later, the Professor of Irish (appointed in 1879), at Trinity College Dublin. He was also a canon of the Church of Ireland. During his lifetime he compiled an exceptional collection of Irish traditional music and song and four manuscripts were deposited in TCD Library following his death. A further two manuscripts came to light more recently, and they too have been deposited in TCD Library.

In collaboration with TCD, the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) has digitised, and made freely available online, the six manuscript volumes now kept in TCD Library. The manuscripts contain over 2,000 melodies and upwards of 80 songs or poems. These were compiled by Canon Goodman from the oral, manuscript and printed sources at his disposal in mid-19th century southern Ireland.

This digital project enhances the published scholarly editions Tunes of the Munster Pipers Volume 1 and Volume 2 edited by Hugh and Lisa Shields (ITMA, 1998 & 2013)

There is interactive score access via Port

There is access to the Goodman Manuscripts from the Library’s Databases and E-Books page and also under the section, New Resources there.

Read the Music Librarian, Roy Stanley’s article on the Goodman Manuscripts on the M&ARL blog.