Plenary Conference, June 2019, Maynooth

The Society's 17th Annual Plenary Conference will be held on 28–30 June 2019, at Maynooth University.

The keynote speaker will be Professor Michael Beckerman (New York University).

Conference Committee:

Dr Anja Bunzel (Conference Chair, Czech Academy of Sciences)

Dr Patrick Devine (Independent Scholar)

Dr Darina McCarthy (Maynooth University)

Dr John O'Flynn (Dublin City University)

Dr Adrian Scahill (Maynooth University)

See the Conference Programme.

A digital version of the programme booklet is available here. All delegates will receive a printed copy when they check in at the conference registration desk.

Registration is now closed. If you haven't yet registered, you can register at the conference registration desk.


Once you have registered, you will receive an automated response which includes a voucher code to book accommodation with the Maynooth Campus Conference and Accommodation Centre ( If you wish to book your accommodation elsewhere, the Glenroyal Hotel is in Maynooth, too, as well as a few Bed & Breakfasts, most of which are a little further out. Dublin has an abundance of accommodation options, and Maynooth is connected with Dublin through regular trains and buses. Should there be any problems feel free to contact us at

Routledge Prize Draw:

Routledge are running a prize draw for all delegates. If you would like to try your luck to win a Routledge voucher worth 150£ or 50£, please enter the prize draw following the link that you have received with your registration confirmation. Should this link not work please contact us at


Maynooth: Parking on campus will be free anywhere on campus, as the conference takes place outside of term time so clamping will not be in operation throughout the conference weekend. Do not park in illegal spaces (wheelchair accessible spaces or loading bays). Parking in Maynooth town is pricey and clamping never stops, so I would recommend parking on campus (unless you are staying in a hotel or B&B with their own parking).


Two buses serve Maynooth – the 66 (going through Leixlip) and the 67 (going through Celbridge). The 66 bus stop is located on Main Street at McCormack’s Pharmacy, while the 67 departs from an island just opposite the Glenroyal Hotel. Both buses have their terminus just off Pearse Street in the Dublin city centre. These buses leave Dublin from Pearse Street (just opposite the Screen Cinema); they also stop in Westmoreland Street and along the Quays. Each line runs regularly to and from Maynooth. You need to have exact change for the fare or alternatively you can purchase a Leap Card from one of the newsagents on Main Street, Maynooth. More information is available from Maynooth is also on the Western Suburban Line, which departs from Connolly Station in Dublin city centre. The journey from Maynooth to Dublin takes about 50 minutes.

Dublin Airport:

There are three main ways to get to Maynooth from the airport (and back).

(i) The Airport Hopper operates between Maynooth and Dublin Airport. This bus leaves from an island just opposite the Glenroyal Hotel. More information is available from A one-way ticket is €10 and this bus goes every 30 minutes from 4am to 9pm. 

(ii) You can go to Dublin city and then take the Airlink (747) or Aircoach bus. Both buses leave from Westmoreland Street or O’Connell Street. These buses operate on a 24/7 basis.

(iii) You can hire a taxi to take a direct route to the airport. The taxi will cost between €50 and €70.

Shared Google Doc:

I have created a shared google document for anyone who may be interested in sharing lifts or accommodation on campus, or who seeks or can offer a bed or spare room in or near Maynooth. Please contact us at if you would like to include your own details in this list. 

Organ recital with Professor Emeritus Gerard Gillen:

As part of the conference there will be a public organ recital with Professor Emeritus Gerard Gillen. It will take place on Friday, 28 June, at 5pm, in the Maynooth College Chapel. Please feel free to share this event widely among friends, family, and colleagues. This event is now booked out.


We would like to thank the following institutions and business for supporting different parts of this event:

Brepols Publishing

Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin

Czech Academy of Sciences, Institute of Art History

DĂșn Laoghaire Organ Concerts

Four Courts Press

Galway Cathedral Recitals

Kildare County Council

Maynooth University Research Development Office

Maynooth University German Department, School of Modern Languages

Maynooth University Graduate Studies Office

Maynooth University Music Department

Maynooth University Arts and Humanities Institute

Society for Musicology in Ireland

TU Dublin