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Lecture series 2013

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.



Please Please Me

A lecture by Professor Michael Grenfell from the School of Education (TCD).


With the Beatles

A lecture by Professor Mathew Causey from the School of Creative Arts (TCD).


A Hard Day's Night

A lecture by Tom Lenihan, TCD Student Union President.


Beatles for Sale

A lecture by Dr Darragh Downes from the School of English, TCD.


The White Album

A talk by Donovan.



A lecture by Dr Elizabeth McCarthy from the School of English, TCD.
04.10.2013 Rubber Soul A lecture by Professor Gerald Dawe from the School of English, TCD.
18.11.2013 Revolver A lecture by Ryan Tubridy.
25.11.2013 Magical Mystery Tour - The Walrus was Paul A lecture by Greg Harrison (Assistant Director, Magical Mystery Tour)
02.12.2013 Abbey Road A lecture by Professor Darryl Jones from the School of English, TCD.
09.12.2013 Let it Be A lecture by Richard Duckworth from the School of Creative Arts, TCD.


Rubber Soul A lecture by Dr Elizabeth McCarthy from the School of English, TCD.

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