Monthly Archives: January 2016


30 January 2016

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Today’s blog aims to tell our readers about the inspiration behind our project name and logo.  The acronym ERIN stands for Europe’s Reception of the Irish Melodies and National Airs.  I can think of the titles of three Irish Melodies that include the word ‘Erin’: “Erin, the tear and the smile in thine eyes”; “Erin, Oh Erin” and “Let Erin remember the days of old”.  The word Erin used in this context is very powerful as it has both nostalgic and nationalistic connotations; themes very central to Moore’s work.  When it came to choosing an acronym for our project we felt it was important to come up with something catchy yet suitable to the subject area.  The acronym had to be decided at the funding application stage.  During the early stages of our project we decided to have a logo designed.  We were particularly inspired by Moore’s Egan harp, which is now owned by the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) in Dublin.  We were very keen to incorporate an image using or based on this beautiful and ornate harp into our logo.  We would like to acknowledge our thanks and appreciation to Siobhán Fitzpatrick and the staff at the RIA who very kindly and generously facilitated our request. We would also like to thank and acknowledge Darragh Neely of Darragh Neely Design Works who designed our logo.  For more information about the Royal Irish Academy Library and Darragh Neely Design Works please visit the links below.  Let us know in the comments what you think of our acronym and logo.  Check out the Wikipedia entry for the word Erin and see what varied logos you can find if you Google search Erin!


20 January 2016

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ERIN, a Horizon 2020 funded research project hosted by Queen’s University Belfast, was launched on 1 September 2015.  The aim of this research project is to map Europe’s response to Thomas Moore by examining the dissemination and reception of the Irish Melodies, National Airs and the music associated with Lalla Rookh.  This blog is a platform for sharing our work and will allow interested readers to track the progress of our research project while also providing a forum for discussion.  We expect to make some exciting discoveries along the way and will be posting content twice a month.

Irish poet-songwriter Thomas Moore (1779-1852) is a significant nineteenth-century figure, renowned for his articulation of national identity through the creation and exchange of poetry and song.  Early printed sources for the Irish Melodies, National Airs and Lalla Rookh are extant in libraries throughout Europe.  Our research begins with the Gibson-Massie-Moore Collection housed in Special Collections at the McClay Library, Queen’s University Belfast.  The Gibson-Massie-Moore collection is the largest collection of Moore’s published works in the world; it contains over 1,000 volumes of printed music, texts and volumes of illustrations.  We will keep you posted as we develop the various outputs of this project.

Image Courtesy of ContentDM Thomas Moore Music Project