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13 June 2024  

Buaine na Gaoithe – a first for NUI’s Publications Scheme


COVER ART - Ar Imeall an Tost II (2020/21) by Bridget Flannery

COVER ART - Ar Imeall an Tost II (2020/21) by Bridget Flannery

Buaine na Gaoithe – a first for NUI’s Publications Scheme

Buaine na Gaoithe by Ryan Molloy and Martin Dyar performed by the Damselfly Trio was released in June 2021. The album features a 30-minute song cycle of the same name developed by Irish composer, Ryan Molloy, in collaboration with award-winning Irish poet, Martin Dyar. Ryan is Associate Professor of Music at Maynooth University, and received – among other grants and awards – an NUI Grant towards Scholarly Publication to produce the album.

The five songs of the Buaine cycle are complemented by a setting of another of Dyar’s iconic poems, Death and the Post Office, performed by American soprano Liz Pearse with the composer accompanying on the piano. This poem, currently a prescribed work on the Leaving Certificate Poetry Syllabus, deals with the decline of rural Ireland and the collateral damage caused to Irish culture, traditions and language, all in the context of the business-like transaction of permanently retiring a rural post office.

Up to now, the NUI Publications Scheme has provided grants towards the publication of scholarly books and articles. The scope of the scheme has recently been extended to include musical composition. This is the first time publication of a musical work has qualified for a grant under the scheme.

Buaine na Gaoithe is available now as a digital download at ryanmolloy.bandcamp.com and on streaming services later this year.

The Grants towards Scholarly Publication Scheme is one of number of NUI awards for staff. The scheme is open to full- and part-time staff of the NUI constituent universities and recognised colleges. Under the scheme, grants of up to €3,000 may be awarded, on the recommendation to Senate of the NUI Publications Committee, which considers applications at its meetings biannually, in June and December.


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