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ITMA celebrates Nicholas Carolan

On 24 September, colleagues and friends gathered in the Irish Traditional Music Archive offices to mark the recent retirement of Nicholas Carolan, founding Director of ITMA. It was an occasion full of warmth and respect for a man who has done much to further the very important work of the Archive.

The evening began with various speeches, followed by the presentation of a fiddle bow on a custom-made plinth. Tunes and songs from Dermot McLaughlin, Paddy Glackin, Deirdre Hurley, Éanna Drury, Sinéad Ní Charthaigh and Grace Toland followed and were a fitting sound track for the evening, as were the voices of so many friends and colleagues genuinely delighted to have the opportunity to thank Nicholas for his outstanding contribution to the traditional arts in Ireland and beyond.