Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam

Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam: BA, PhD (NUI)

Karol's research centres on music and dance as social and cultural observances and markers of individual and collective identities. Her work is varied, spanning the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and employs primary source materials in the creation of historical narratives.

Previously an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, she has a particular interest in the musical culture of Irish country houses and estates. View a short video presentation on her recent research here.

Karol works to enhance both scholarly and public understandings of Ireland’s musical heritage within a broad range of contexts. She is a RISM Ireland Steering Committee member and also manages the RISM project, ‘Music in the Irish country house’.

E-mail: kmdignam[at]yahoo.co.uk

Selected Publications


Music and dancing at Castletown, Co. Kildare, 1759-1821 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2011).


Entries on Feis Ceoil and Tailteann Games in The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland, ed. Harry White & Barra Boydell (Dublin: UCD Press, 2013)
‘Useless and extravagant? The consumption of music in the Irish country house’, Consuming the country house, ed. Jon Stobart & Andrew Hann (English Heritage, 2013)
‘An “Italian palace” in Co. Roscommon: the creation of Rockingham House, Boyle’, Co. Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society Journal (2013), pp 12-16
‘Irish country house music collections: Birr Castle, Co. Offaly’, Brio: Journal of the International Association of Music Libraries, UK and Ireland Branch, vol. 49, no.2 (2012), pp 23-36.
‘“Spacious and splendid”: music, dancing and social life at Glin Castle, 1781-1854’, Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies, vol. xiv (2012), pp 16-37.
‘The Music in the Irish Country House project: origins and objectives’, The Irish country house: its past, present and future, ed. Terence Dooley & Christopher Ridgway (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2011), pp 166-183.
‘Forging a musical culture: state, nation and music in Ireland, 1922-1932’, Musical Culture and Memory: Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference of the Faculty of Music, University of Arts, Belgrade, Serbia, ed. Tatjana Marković & Vesna Mikić (Belgrade: University of Arts, 2008), pp 76-83.

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